Wild Surf, oil pastel

January’s monthly challenge is “wave” perfect, it goes right along with my thought of breaking from cold weather paintings and going right into thoughts of warmer times.  I was all in.

Waves intrigue and mesmerize, are energy-filled and dangerous, they lap quietly at the seashore or wake our senses with deafening-thunderous roars as 50-footers slam the shore.  Ah waves a source of great entertainment, don’t you agree?  This gift from nature brings a range of emotions felt on many levels, from memories of quiet moments to very special times in our lives.  I love waves ~

Wild Surf, an oil pastel (8×10) painted on a gessoed prepared hardboard. For this painting an acylic underpainting was done to lay in the foundation, oil pastels used were mostly Holbeins and Neopastels, and some Senneliers.  Spreading and manipulating the OPs was with pieces of foam insulation, clay shapers and of course my fingers.

Here is Wild Surf, enjoy the roar!

Wild Surf

Inspiration for this scene was from Junie Hunter, photographer from pmp – she wrote to me and said that you could feel the ground vibrate as the waves slammed onto the shore! 

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29 Responses to Wild Surf, oil pastel

  1. Gallivanta says:

    Beautiful. I love waves. We are having some really high tides here at the moment. It’s the time of year for King Tides. Not much fun for people living very close to the sea.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks so much Ann. We see TV shows on real estate and a few folks moving to your country buy property right on the shore and I’ve never heard the real estate agent mention King Tides – I’m sure they were in for a not so lovely surprise. How high do these tides get?

      • Gallivanta says:

        That is the question! How high do they get or will they get? There is now a calendar which indicates red alert high tide days and gives an idea of tides. However, one of the regions is asking people to take photos of king tides and upload them to a special site. This way the authorities hope to be able to get a visual record of how these king tides are changing the landscape. Sea levels are rising, that much they know. Also, in our city, the earthquakes have substantially lowered the land levels, so we are now more at risk from king tides and rising sea levels. I wouldn’t buy a house near the sea that’s for sure!!!!

        • Mary says:

          Oh my, now that sounds like the situation isn’t likely to get any better – the sea always commands a bit of respect. Great idea to start recording the tides with the citizens taking part, the visual record will really show locals what to expect and how to develop future plans for the sea-coast communities.

  2. ladyfi says:

    I hear it roaring! Great piece of art!

  3. dorannrule says:

    Now what do I do? There are just too many faves. This wavy apparition is awesome!

  4. Jackie says:

    I could watch waves forever! You’ve captured them beautifully in this painting. 😀

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Jackie. I’m with you there is something totally captivating about the magic of the movement and action of waves. Thank you for your nice comments!

  5. Beautiful!! Looks completely real, well done!

  6. nutsfortreasure says:

    Wonderful and yes I have felt that beneath my feet too!

  7. poppytump says:

    *Phwoar I certainly do hear the roar Mary ! Gorgeous .
    I love that sea green-y darkness you have there on the canvas … shouldn’t like to stand in its way 😉

  8. Simply beautiful Mary! I’ve rendered waves, and fought with them to achieve a less than perfect result. Here, I can feel the mist AND hear the roar!

  9. My tendency to synesthesia is awakened by this painting..Yes, I can hear the roar. Lovely!

  10. I can’t get over this beauty! You have reach a master level when it comes to waves, oceans. Mary, this is spectacular. The shadows, contrasts and harmoney is outstanding! Congrats on your achievement. 😀

    • Mary says:

      Hi Patricia, thank you very much for your generous feedback on this piece – I really appreciate it! There is nothing like a good wave scene, just love them.

  11. violetski says:

    Sooooo beautiful! Great waves and beautiful sea❤️
    Love it, dear Mary😃❤️

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