Cirrus Clouds, oil pastel


This weeks word challenge had three:  blue and it’s complement, cirrus clouds and movement.  I’ve wanted to do a panoramic scene for the longest time that was all about the sky.  I figured this was the opportunity that I was looking for.

The oil pastel was painted on a gessoed hardboard (7.5 x 13.75) that was prepared with an acrylic underpainting.  The scene went through about 5 major changes along the way, and while I might change a thing or two down the road (like building up the darks in the immediate foreground) – for today I’m calling it a day and have posted for you to see.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!  I’m looking forward to started several autumn scenes I have in mind ~ yeah, got to love Fall colors!

Cirrus Clouds

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32 Responses to Cirrus Clouds, oil pastel

  1. Petronette says:

    Great work, the sky and clouds in contrast with the ground.

    Thank you for your feedback on my painting. If I have a new one (can take a few months 😉 ) I will sent you a photo of it.

  2. Brilliant, Mary! This is a personal favorite. The sky in contrast with the landscape is so very compelling.

  3. lesliepaints says:

    You captured those clouds with lots of movement! Beautiful sky!

  4. elisaruland says:

    I feel as though you captured my today. It was lovely, and very similar to your painting!

  5. Maria says:

    It looks so real! Amazing clouds 🙂 have a nice weekend!

  6. poppytump says:

    You’ve made the sky dance in your painting Mary !
    Beautiful .

  7. Francesca says:

    I agree with all the comments: the movement is spectacular and totally natural. It looks perfect to me but I know that – to the artist’s eye – there is always something that can be changed, improved …

    • Mary says:

      Hi Francesca, thank you for your kind comments – means a lot to me. It was a fun piece to work on and you’re right. I see three areas that I’m definitely going back in to fiddle with – foreground grasses need to be dressed up, a path has revealed itself and I plan to paint it in and there’s a spot in the clouds to work out. How did you know!! Have a great weekend.

  8. artscottnet says:

    it’s beautiful, Mary… I can imagine just how they’re moving. Have a great weekend

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Scott, appreciate your comment. I wanted to convey the feeling of clouds dancing across the sky – glad you noticed! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

  9. Amazing clouds, Mary!! 🙂 Happy weekend!

  10. This is beautiful Mary. It’s like looking out my window right now.

  11. Forest So Green says:

    I love the big sky 🙂

  12. doronart says:

    I always wait to see what will be the next one here and you never stopped to be amazed me… Mary thank you it is stunning!!!!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Doron, you are too kind – thank you for your wonderful feedback and comments. I see some patterns revealing themselves in the foreground of this painting that I might want to go back in and work out like more grasses and I see another path that has emerged.

      • doronart says:

        Mary please don’t touch but do another in this series with those ideas.. It is beautiful painting. I did touched many paintings of mine in the past and at times I regreted it… It is hard to say OK I finished.. and the more I look the more I want to add… I am sure it happens to all of us..

        • Mary says:

          Thank you Doron, I don’t know – will be starting another painting and this one will sit for a while. I understand your message though and has me hesitating to push forward my adjustments.

  13. Mary, this is a wonderful painting! Those clouds are amazing! the movement takes my eyes all around the piece. very talented!! 😀

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