A Weed, oil pastel

One of my goals for this year is to paint more flowers, so I wanted to break-in with a small piece.  Not to worry though, at the request of a few there are a couple more snow paintings coming that will close out the winter of 2013-14.

The latest oil pastel (6×4) is of a weed, really have no idea the name of the specimen, painted in a looser style.  The surface for this painting was a Mi-Teintes pastel tinted gray paper using mainly Senneliers and NeoPastels oil pastels.  This brand of paper handles Senneliers so well it’s very easy to manipulate and spread the paint around the surface, and blending develops some gorgeous color notes.  The fine lines were achieved by using clay shapers pulling the oil pastels across the surface.

Here is my first flower of the 2014 season – okay if I call it a flower even though it’s a weed, right?

A Weed

The reference image used was from Viacheslav a wonderful photographer from pmp.

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38 Responses to A Weed, oil pastel

  1. violetski says:

    Beautiful as always! ❤️
    Colors are so beautiful!❤️

  2. Gallivanta says:

    A lovely weed-flower. Bees enjoy weed-flowers as much as they enjoy flower-flowers, so why shouldn’t we?:)

  3. doronart says:

    Mary that is a super weed painting looking forward to see your flower shop growing as I am sure we will al enjoy the smell every where around the globe.

  4. nutsfortreasure says:


  5. Gorgeously painterly! The color, delicacy, values, are really wonderful!

  6. Forest So Green says:

    I like your new focus on flowers, look forward to your work as always, Annie

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Annie, I’ve got to go through the process of selecting them now – I’ve some ideas but will have to wait for a while before I can get to it.

  7. Francesca says:

    Simply gorgeous, Mary! I love it!

  8. It may be a weed but you’ve represented it so sympathetically you’ve elevated it to the category of ‘orchid’

  9. aFrankAngle says:

    Very soft … I can see a weed, but I also see a flower.

  10. Wonderful piece! Love weeds! ❤

  11. Defintely OK, it’s super beautiful! 🙂

  12. Craig says:

    Mary – it’s simply wondrous to watch the exponential growth in your work. Quite a gift to the world emerging. Your winter images are really splendid. We still have several months; don’t quit with them too soon!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Craig, thank you for your very generous comment – you always know just the right words to spur one on. More snow paintings? There may be several more coming over the next week or so. Have a beautiful day!

  13. exiledprospero says:

    You like flowers and I like weeds.
    You like tomato and I like tomahto
    Flowers, weeds, tomato, tomahto.
    Let’s call the whole thing off.

    But I, like Fred Astaire, love your first flower. As for Ginger Rogers, that’s another matter.

  14. poppytump says:

    Too beautiful to be a weed Mary 😉
    It’ll be interesting to see what flowers you’ll be painting … any from your garden you have in mind ??

    • Mary says:

      Hi Poppy, thanks very much! Actually I have several good pictures from the first year of my garden that would make for several wonderful paintings. After the first year, a lovely little rabbit seems to come by just when the perennials are at their tasty best – really not too funny though. So I’m not holding my breath for a flush garden this year, but you never know!

  15. elisaruland says:

    This reminds me of a botanical print. Very nice!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Elisa – I enjoyed pushing the background on this painting. I thought the same as you when it was done. I’d like to do a couple of 16×12 pieces similar to this one.

  16. sefeniak says:

    This is absolutely beautiful Mary!

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