Country Flowers, version #2 – oil pastels


Oil pastels: 7×5
Stonehenge Vellum finish paper

My second study on this floral arrangement as I continue to explore the use of soft, hard and lost/found edges.   This time I used a Gouache underpainting to give some depth to the greenery – it left a matted finish which didn’t interfere when layers of oil pastels were applied.

A couple of petals could be changed and probably less of the yellow-green in the foreground of the arrangement, but I’m getting a feel for painting floral arrangements in a looser style. It’s progress, but still a lot more learning ahead.

Country Flowers #2

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24 Responses to Country Flowers, version #2 – oil pastels

  1. mamiesmith says:

    I love the bold colors yet the soft overall feel!

  2. I love how you change subjects to work with. I actually really like this.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Emily, so nice to hear from you – hope you’re well. Thank you very much for commenting – I’m trying to stretch a bit and try out some new subjects, flower arrangements have turned into quite a challenge.

  3. An interesting impressionistic take!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Elena, thanks very much. I feel like such a fish out of water with these flower arrangements, it’s going to take a while to get comfortable.

  4. Francesca says:

    I like this version better. I think it’s more balanced.

  5. emeraldwake says:

    Great blog you have,nice to meet you ,EM

  6. cmartzloff says:

    Love this. Has great energy!

  7. Madhu says:

    Looks perfect to me! 🙂

  8. Painting for Joy says:

    Your floral arrangement is beautiful Mary. I too am working in this area and really need to study more in depth than I have been. Are you working from life? I think if I did, it would help me a great deal. One of these days I will treat myself to a bouquet of flowers. 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Rhonda – my first flower arrangement studies, I have a long ways to go in technique and comfort level. It’s so different than painting one or two flowers, not good or bad, just different. These studies were from a combination of images, I’ll be working on real life arrangements in later paintings. Your florals are beautiful btw!

  9. Gallivanta says:

    Beautiful. I remember having some pastels as a child of about 10 when I was having art lessons; what kind of pastels I can’t remember. But I liked them.

  10. ĽAdelaide says:

    It’s beautiful! Interesting you use gouache as the under painting ! I envy your ability to stay so focused. I have ADD thus can be all over the map! I rarely, if ever as I think about it, have worked a piece at a time! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Linda – I’m not particularly happy with the results of these flower arrangement studies, but the exercise allowed me to analyze using watercolor paper w/o applying gesso and try out gouache. I liked gouache as an underpainting, it gave a nice coverage like acrylics only a flat finish so as not to interfere with oil pastels.

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