Yellow Hibiscus, oil pastel

I’ve always wanted to paint a Hibiscus, so when an opportunity came up this month to do one I couldn’t refuse.  To my eye, Hibiscus are stunning flowers, from form to coloring – they are perfect subjects for oil pastels.  I’m not sure why it took me so long to paint one.

For this painting I did an acrylic underpainting, that provided great coverage to the surface.  It allowed me to get a handle on the shapes, as well as laying in correct values.  I really enjoyed working on this painting and Yellow Hibiscus (8×10) is a first in what I expect will be many more to come.

Yellow Hibiscus


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49 Responses to Yellow Hibiscus, oil pastel

  1. Mona says:

    Really lovely. I love the softness you’ve created using OPs.

  2. Wonderful painting marvelous Mary! I’m so proud of you!~~Vickie

  3. This is beautiful. If I didn’t know better I’d think it was a photo.

  4. Forest So Green says:

    This is beautiful. Years ago, I make a hibiscus needlework. Thanks for subscribing to my blog 🙂 Annie

    • Mary says:

      Thank you very much Annie for your nice comment – it was a great subject to paint, especially with oil pastels. Thank you for visiting my blog.

  5. Petronette says:

    Beautiful !
    I love it !!!

  6. Your paintings are so realistic they constantly fool me! Lovely painting 🙂

  7. this is about the fourth time i’ve been online today, and we keep losing the signal – nothing is sent out! i am finally home – or almost home, and now at one i the morning i think this will go thru! it’s amazing.. wonderful! you are amazing.. wonderful!

    i looked for something i sent four or so days ago and cannot find it so i assume some of my comments have not gone thru either. yikes! sigh.

    will resume when i am home in the afternoon.


    • Mary says:

      Oh man, you’ve really have had the computer problems of late – right? Here’s the deal, people understand that you are in an area where coverage is going to be spotty. None of us are going anywhere – so to receive any comment from you is pure pleasure.

      Thank you so much for your thoughts and wonderful comments. You are appreciated!

  8. Mary!!!!!!!!!!! I thought this was a picture!! Are you kidding me!!! This is amazing work. I love it. The magenta and yellow mixes so well, that it looks real. Wonderful. I love it! 😀

    • Mary says:

      HI Patricia, thank you very much – you are so kind! This was a fun painting to do. I agree Magenta (my favorite) and yellow are the best together, love working with them.

  9. violetski says:

    My God, it is soooooooooooo beautiful Mary ! I thought its a photo at the first time but read your post and just wawwwwww. Really beautiful and gorgeus ❤
    Love it ❤

    • Mary says:

      Oh my dearest Violet, you just made my day all the more brighter! Thank you so much for your generous comments – so glad you enjoyed this piece!

  10. cindy knoke says:

    Oh I truly love this!!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks so much Cindy, with all your gorgeous flowers it doesn’t surprise me that you’d connect with this piece. Really appreciate your wonderful comment!

  11. artscottnet says:

    Truly melodic, a strange way to describe a painting, perhaps, but that’s what I think 🙂 A dozen of nature’s songs all wrapped up into one perfectly lyrical burst of pretty. Incredible work, Mary, I love the contrast of the background, and the shadows, beautiful

    • Mary says:

      Wow Scott beautiful writing and much appreciated, makes me look at the painting in a whole new way. Keeping the background simple with shapes and forms gave the flower its prominence.

  12. If I didn’t know better I would have said this is a photograph. this is so picture perfect. Well done Mary.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Emily, thank you very much! I found that oil pastels are perfect for close-ups with flowers, especially Hibiscus with its ruffled edges.

  13. When this beautiful hibiscus came up on my screen I thought is was a photo. Now I see that it’s even better.

    • Mary says:

      HI Elena, thank you very much. My camera work has much to be desired, because the whites of the interior of the flower didn’t show up quite as white as they actually are – really appreciate your comments!

  14. Healthy A-Z says:

    I thought it was photo at first, too. You have the colors and texture perfect for the flower petals and stem and for the leaves. Magical!!

    • Mary says:

      Hey Cyndi, so funny! Thank you for your generous comments – it was fun developing this painting. Between the colors and texture, this was right up there as one of my favorites to work with.

  15. Anonymous says:

    I am from Florida and the hibiscus has always been my favorite flower. You have this one done so perfectly that I feel like I can touch the petals. Absolutely gorgeous! 🙂

  16. Doris says:

    beautiful the texture and color are just amazing, good job!

  17. What a vibrant and beautiful hibiscus, Mary!

  18. coastalcrone says:

    Amazing details! Hibiscus – one of my favorite flowers that grow so well here. You should have painted one before.

  19. mamiesmith says:

    Whoa… when I first scrolled down, I wondered where the painting was; it’s so realistic it looks like a photo! Amazing!

  20. So beautiful! I love the colors you chose.

  21. prewitt1970 says:

    That is absolutely beautiful.

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