Winter Night, oil pastel

My latest oil pastel is a winter night scene using Prussian Blue as the main color.  The trees made me a little hesitant on attempting this scene, but if I don’t start going after complex scenes how am I ever know going to move forward?

The oil pastel (6×6) using Mi-Teintes pastel paper tinted light gray.  This time my fingers were my main painting tool, along with a clay shaper and a painters knife.  The reference image was from my friend, Elena wonderful artist and photographer of pmp.

Hope you enjoy as we enter the season of cold winter nights  .  .  .

Winter Night

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34 Responses to Winter Night, oil pastel

  1. Nice one Mary,. It reminds me of a place in Winterburg, Germany

  2. Madhu says:

    Absolutely stunning! Great textures and mood.

  3. doronart says:

    Super winter scene Mary It is amazing you miss a day here and you feel that so much was going on and trust me is more then missing a news bulletin.. love the one after and I am on my way to check the water…

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Doron, it’s of a place in Germany by the Black Forest. Appreciate your checking in during this busy time – hope the exhibition is going well.

      • doronart says:

        We still maintain some normality and enjoy what we love to do. Mind you I find that I miss watching and communicating with people not being here. I never thought it will become so important friendship by clicking and typing on a keyboard, but there is so much more to it. Beside I feel it is like reading a good book here and not being regular you miss the main story and it is hard to go back for old chapters as there is so much new, strange.

  4. Forest So Green says:

    Looks perfect to me, especially the color and light 🙂 Annie

  5. poppytump says:

    Wonderful moonlight shining there Mary … a promise of some magic in the air … Beautiful harmony of blues singing to me 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Poppy, this lovely place is in Germany and was immediately taken by the blue shadows cast about. The scene holds well under the blues of the night. Thanks ~

  6. So beautiful, Mary! It makes me a bit homesick, you’ve really captured the whole atmosphere and it looks like a place where I grew up. 🙂

  7. Stefano says:

    Wonderfully elegant, Mary: well done. I love the composition and the coolish color palette. Great work.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Stefano very kind and appreciated! Sometimes in the winter months we have to be reminded of just how wonderful still winter nights can be. Thanks ~

  8. exiledprospero says:

    There seems to be a vaguely Van Gogh(ish) look to this, though it’s probably just me hearing (how cruel) the Prussian blue speak to me, and despite its coolness (anti-Van Gogh) your sun, though somewhat amorphous, manages to whisper Dutch painter.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Ariel Prospero, thanks! I know you prefer cobalt blues – I think I’m right on that one? In this case the dark lifeless blue suited the dark and quiet scene of a cold winter night. Through the moon beams I was able to bring just a tad of bright into the otherwise drab scene – I’ll take Van Gogh(ish) makes my day. I went back in and added some shading around the bottom of the trees and a few solid branches on the bulk of the trunk regions – the new image has been posted. Thanks again for your feedback, nice to receive.

  9. Your winter night is ever so inviting Mary! Divine blues!

  10. Mary, I love this one too! The restricted palette helps with the atmosphere… just wonderful! 😀

  11. Quiet, peaceful and beautiful Mary.

  12. sefeniak says:

    Beautifully done Mary!

  13. that is GORGEOUS! i’m home and just took a break from the compass (on the floor) and am so glad that the internet is working fast enough to view this, but the comment had to go thru email…!!! 

     i’m home for about two weeks, so i look forward to catching up!

    great work amiga! z


    • Mary says:

      Hey Z, great to see you! Thanks for your nice comment – appreciate it. What were you doing with the compass – I thought it was finished a while ago? It seems you have a heavy travel schedule these days – hope your computer issues are all resolved. Happy painting!

  14. How lovely! There is nothing like winter’s atmosphere & you’ve captured it at its best 🙂

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