Jordan Pond, Maine – oil pastel


Jordan Pond is located in Acadia National Park of Maine.  It’s a wonderful little spot that’s surrounded by pines and mountains (more like hills compared to the Rocky’s), a place that’s serene and peaceful.  There is a nice little restaurant on the grounds so visitors have a place to rest up and of course take lots of great photographs of this charming place.

This is the second birthday gift for my husband – I had a place on the wall for two paintings and thought two of Maine would fit the spot perfectly.  Plus my husbands chair is directly across from the wall so he’ll be able to see Maine daily – hope he likes the views cause this is it, lol!   The first painting was Cadillac Mountain, ME.

This is an oil pastel (8×10) painted on a prepared gessoed hardboard, love the surface as it handles oil pastels nicely.  For this piece I wanted to establish the value ranges of the scene since the mountains are so close to the foreground I needed a slight distinction between the two areas, so a black and white acrylic underpainting was completed.  Hope you enjoy – being framed this afternoon for the big day tomorrow!

Jordan Pond, ME

Reference images were from personal collection and Teresa Houston, photographer from pmp.

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33 Responses to Jordan Pond, Maine – oil pastel

  1. Anonymous says:

    This is just gorgeous. I love the richness of the colours and the way the pastels create texture.

  2. Beautiful painting! Excellent style.

  3. Absolutely love this painting ! It reminds me of my hike around the lake and enjoying the different perspectives it offered of the bubbles. Oh how I miss Acadia.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Emily, so sorry I totally forgot to reply on this post. Thank you so much for your wonderful comment – this is one of those quiet places on Acadia that I love. Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Ohhh I wanna go there!! 😀
    This painting is amazing, Mary!!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Cha! We love it there and one of the reasons why I selected it for his B-day paintings. You’d love it – lots of artists visit this area of Maine, very inspirational.

  5. lesliepaints says:

    I like the contrast of the shapes between the mountains and the pines, Mary. Oh, and your blues are so “rich”!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Leslie, thank you very much – appreciate your lovely comment. Cobalt was my friend in choosing blues for the pond, so rich and deep – love it.

  6. dorannrule says:

    Incredibly beautiful. I so admire your talent.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Dorann, such a wonderful comment to start my week by. Thanks very much – my husband really liked the paintings are they are now hanging so he can see them from his favorite chair.

  7. A serene spot indeed. Lucky guy:)

  8. Forest So Green says:

    I like the shoreline, what a great gift 🙂

  9. Francesca says:

    Happy Birthday to your husband, Mary! What a lucky man! The pond is so masterfully executed!!! We have never been to Maine. After seeing your painting, we want to go even more! 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Hi Francesca, thank you very much – my husband loved both the paintings and is hanging them today. The coast of Maine and all its islands is a real treasure – wonderful to visit. Also in the winter you’ll find some nice skiing resorts (not has high altitude as the Rocky’s but nice never-the-less) located in the middle of the State.

  10. Oh, the blurred reflexions of the mountains, incredible

  11. Stefano says:

    Beautiful scene, masterfully executed painting, Mary.
    I’m sure he’s going to be excited tomorrow!
    Happy Halloween! 🙂

  12. Mary, wonderful gift idea! The reflection of the trees are incredible. I love how you painted the sand as well. Very well done! He will love it! 😀

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Patricia! I so appreciate your feedback, half-way through this one I was ready to quite it and then it all seemed to come together. Thank goodness.

  13. Perfect views of Maine for him. Lovely work.

  14. And that completes the perfect gift!!! Brilliant, Mary! 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Hi Marina, thank you!! My husband suspects I’m painting something for him, but he hasn’t a clue what the subject is – I know he’ll be surprised. These places hold special meaning for him. I hope you have a fantastic evening – I need to start drawing for Thursday and get it posted.

  15. Craig says:

    This would also look grand on my wall in front of my terminals.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Craig – such a compliment, thank you so much! I’ll be framing the two pieces tomorrow and hopefully the two paintings will look good together. Have you ever been to Maine? If not, it should be on your list as one of your bucket list destinations – Acadia National Park is best seen first two weeks in August, warmer and less fog for good views.

  16. Nuno says:

    Love the sky and the clouds!

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