Only Eyes for You, oil pastel


I was asked to donate a painting to a charity with the goal of animal rescue.  Twelve paintings are being donated for the charity and will be formatted into a calendar for purchase later on during this year – once the calendar is available for purchase I’ll send out a blog posting for anyone that is interested.

I was given a choice of subjects to choose from:  dog, cat or specific bird types – I choose Conures who have beautiful, vibrant colors.

Only Eyes for You, an oil pastel (11×9), was painted on Mi-Teintes ochre tinted pastel paper – it handled multiple layers of OPs and razor scraping beautifully.

Finally I look forward to enjoying your blog posts, I’ve been missing for a week and ready to get back at it.  Hope you have a wonderful week – thanks for looking,

Only Eyes for You

This painting is based on a loose interpretation of a photograph taken by Paul Sherman of pmp.

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57 Responses to Only Eyes for You, oil pastel

  1. jolynproject says:

    ❤ the colors in your work. Very vivid and beautiful.

  2. Karen B says:

    What a fabulously, beautiful piece of work! I totally love it. I used to be a watercolourist and I always failed to create the backgrounds I could feel were inside me. You are brilliant and all this with what I see as messy, totally impossible to control pastels!-Karen.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Karen, thank you for your generous comments and feedback – means a lot. Thank you for mentioning the background, sometimes I see them before I start a painting and then there are times when it’s not until the painting is almost done before I have an “ah-ha” moment – took a while to get my brain to recognize what I was seeing, so I understand totally. Thank you for your compliment!

  3. Sweet little guys created for a terrific cause. I hope they sold for LOTS:)

  4. poppytump says:

    This really tickled me Mary what with the little bird on the end …he DOES look so put out … smile..
    Lovely painting with such sunny vibrancy which I can totally appreciate at the moment 😉

    • Mary says:

      I bet you can!! Aloha Poppy and thank you very much (isn’t he a riot!). Hope you are thoroughly enjoying yourself – looking forward to your return.

  5. Oh Mary, Mary, Mary, what a lovely painting!!! And you’re so kind to donate it to the charity! A very worthy cause, I’m sure this will help many animals! 😀

  6. Francesca says:

    I love those parrots, Mary! Masterfully painted!

  7. violetski says:

    Lovely, sweet painting dear Mary! ❤️

  8. ladyfi says:

    That’s a lovely painting.

  9. They should garner a lot of money for a well deserved cause. I hope to be able to do something like this some day as well Bless You.

  10. Mary, what boldness and beauty. Such a generous heart to donate your work…blessings.

  11. Madhu says:

    Ha and three’s a crowd! Gorgeous painting Mary 🙂

  12. So beautiful and full of life. It’s a wonderful work.

  13. Wow! I am impressed by the contrast of your usual tones, not that I dislike them. It is just different. 😀

    Such a lovely subject and wonderful cause. Thanks for sharing! 😀

    Your skills with this medium is a joy to watch 🙂

  14. Maria says:

    Beautiful painting for a calendar, it is lovely!!!!! 🙂

  15. lifelegaciesproject says:

    Gorgeous and so realistic! Wonderful patterns!

  16. Gallivanta says:

    The colours are beautifully vibrant. Love them.

  17. dorannrule says:

    Beautiful colors and a perfect fit for the “only have eyes for you” challenge.

  18. Heartafire says:

    Such lovely work! We have parrots here in Miami, none more beautiful than these, I am an artist but very intimidated by oils. Kudos! Your painting is stunning.

  19. Painting for Joy says:

    Absolutely stunning Mary! Not only do I adore birds, but your vibrant colors are eye candy! Good luck with the charity donation. It’s a worthy cause for sure.♥

  20. JSD says:

    It’s beautiful….love the colors!

  21. Leya says:

    Just wonderful, Mary! Rich colours and I can hear them talking to each other!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Ann-Christine. So funny you mention them talking, we’ve had so many birds coming back and hanging out in the trees outside my studio that I was listening to them chattering away the entire time I was painting this piece!

  22. Awwww, they are lovely, Mary!!!! 🙂

  23. Doris says:

    Beautiful, the color and texture simply amazing

  24. It’s wonderful that you are planning to make a calendar with your artwork. I’m looking forward to your next post about it.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Evelyne for your nice comment. The painting has been donated for a charity fund raising event – I heard yesterday they are still considering whether to do a calendar or an e-book.

  25. Mona says:

    This is so charming. I hope it does well at auction.

  26. Beautiful, Mary! I love the colours 🙂

  27. M. R. says:

    As I don’t know where you live, Mary, I don’t know of those gorgeous birds – although I’ve just discovered that whilst the originate in Mexico and down the western coast of South America, there are several kinds in Oz!! The painting is, of course!, marvellous!; and I’m happy to know that your lengthy absence was due only to work commitments. 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thanks M.R. this was an interesting and exciting project to work on – the Sun Conures are beautiful creatures. Glad to be back blogging again.

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