Girls at Beach, oil pastel


This beach scene was painted for this months challenge on Wetcanvas, seemed a great way to get started on warmer subjects as right about now many are a little tired of freezing cold temperatures and winter white-outs.

I have no earlier experience painting people or clothes, so I thought this scene would give me an opportunity to try my hand at both subjects and get a feel for painting surf again with oil pastels.  Oh my it was interesting to say the least, after a few scrapes and re-starts here is my attempt .  .  .  calling this oil pastel, Girls at Beach (8×10 – on a gesso prepared hardboard).

Here is a little seascape to begin turning our attention to lazy summer months  ~

Girls at Beach

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57 Responses to Girls at Beach, oil pastel

  1. Looking at this painting again, it just makes my heart smile.

  2. earthstills says:

    So special, what a beautiful painting…

  3. violetski says:

    Gosh, this is really beautiful! Ah, I love it❤️❤️❤️

  4. OMG, you’re soooo goood! lol
    This is amazing as always. You’re gonna think I know only one word in English because I always tell you that your paintings are amazing. But they really are.
    Okay, I’m adding one word today: IMPRESSIVE. 😀

    • Mary says:

      You make me laugh Cha, thank you so much for your generous comments. Now if I could only paint portraits like you ~ likewise, they are fantastic!!

  5. Gallivanta says:

    Love your interpretation of summer and sea. I can feel the warmth and the salt of the sea breeze.

  6. poppytump says:

    …aAfirst ?? gosh Mary … this IS beautiful .you capture Carefree and Summery … all to come 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Hi Poppy – oh yeah, I’ll bet you can relate to the nice warm beach (is that Hawaii I hear calling your, lol)! Hey they are experiencing some 50′ surfer waves right now – the pictures are spectacular. Thanks for your nice feedback!!

  7. Mary, your first attempt to paint figure and clothes, this is excellent! You captured the wind blowing very well. Great challenge! 😀

  8. Mary, your first try at painting figures and clothes is excellent! You capture the wind blowing very well. Great challenge 😀

  9. Beautiful Mary, love the composition, the ease of the moment, lovely.

  10. ladyfi says:

    That is gorgeous!

  11. Painting for Joy says:

    I think you did a great job! It’s lovely.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Mary, you can do more figures and clothes! You did a great job. I also love you sea scene and the shadow of the girls.
    Great painting!!!

  13. errhernandez says:

    Excellent! It reminds me of Sorolla, who painted lovely beach scenes.

  14. dorannrule says:

    Uh Oh! I am beginning a collection of “favorites.” This one is very special and carefree.

  15. doronart says:

    Mary we did not pass the winter yet… but at least we get a great feeling what to aim for. As usual joy to watch the skill train you are driving!

  16. Leya says:

    Very beautiful, Mary! Light and the way you have painted their movements. This reminds me of Peder Kröyer – a Danish artist (Skagenmålare) who painted much like this. White clothes and sandy beaches.

  17. Sharon K. says:

    Aw, this is just lovely. 🙂

  18. aFrankAngle says:

    Seeing it on the post is photo-like, and still a pleasure when taking a closer look. Well done, Mary!

  19. mamiesmith says:

    This is lovely! It feels so calming and refreshing.

  20. kizzylee says:

    gorgeous picture i love it!

  21. kerlund74 says:

    So wonderful, great work!

  22. Wow, that is just so lovely!

  23. sefeniak says:

    Superb! For no prior experience you have done a fantastic job with the girls and the clothing! And the water! Yippee, Summer is coming!

    • Mary says:

      Thank Susan! Maybe one day I’ll devote some time to painting figures and clothing, it was fun to give it a try though! Oh yeah, summer is right around the corner – we have to just keep thinking warm temps!

  24. Doris says:

    Beautiful, I can feel the sand and the water ;), very good!

    • Doris says:

      maybe I should try the challenges at wetcavas will check it out 😉

      • Mary says:

        Hi Doris, love your comment – thank you! I hope you do check out Wetcanvas, what’s great is that they have challenges in the various forums based on mediums – it’s been very helpful for me in trying new subjects.

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