Country Flowers, oil pastel

Oil pastels: 7×5
Stonehenge Vellum finish paper

This is a study on painting flowers in a loose style and exploring the use of soft and loose hard edges.  Talk about trying everything at once, but if I don’t put myself out there how am I going to learn.  If I had smudged the oil pastel here and there it would have made for fuller greens in the middle, although in the real painting it’s showing better than here.

I used two wonderful photographs for inspiration by Heidi Andersen and Mantana both of pmp.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.  Thanks for checking in,

Country Flowers


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21 Responses to Country Flowers, oil pastel

  1. Beautiful as usual Mary. I enjoy viewing your art work, and I love flowers. Ahhh, to have the same ability, I’m jealous. :o)

  2. Stefano says:

    Beautiful, Mary, it’s radiant. Great job as always! 🙂

  3. That’s a lovely bouquet, Mary [imho smudging was not needed, it’s fine as is!] 😉 xx

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Marina for your generous comments – you make me laugh! It’s a bit different for me, but I want to understand the style and technique. Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. Leya says:

    This is lovley, Mary! So subtle and soft – yet colourful.

  5. it reminds me of a watercolor!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Lisa, thanks! Actually will be doing a second version that will have a watercolor underpainting – I’m curious to see how deep I’ll be able to get certain areas and then apply layers of oil pastels. Nothing like a good experiment ~

      • long ago i used soft pastels over watercolor and really liked the effect, especially on a landscape – say of azaleas in a garden of color.

        i realized that the pastels triggered hay fever!

        you’ll do well combing watercolor w/your amazing control of pastel!

  6. ĽAdelaide says:

    Oh Mary, this is gorgeous! Looks like spring!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Linda, thank you very much – it was so out of the box for me, but a lot of fun. I have version 2 that I’ll be doing this weekend with a watercolor underpainting. I had a lot of problems getting the photograph to show more clearly the stems and such.

  7. I am jealous, you are a wonderful painter. Such talent :o) I voted.

  8. M. R. says:

    For heaven’s sake! – what’s NOT to like???

    • Mary says:

      Hi M.R. – oh my, it really does need some work here and there. Thank you kindly for your comments. In the meantime there are some stronger lines w/the stems in the vase and outside of the vase that aren’t showing up. One of these days I’ll figure out how to take a good shot. Have a nice weekend!

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