Callas and Blue Bowl, oil pastel

I’ve wanted to paint these Callas and blue bowl for a while now, and after some loose flower arrangements it was really nice doing a tight piece.

This oil pastel (8×10) painted on Mi-Teintes black tinted pastel paper.  Working with black pastel paper can be great for obtaining an overall dark undertone to a painting, but it’s a great challenge to cover the black if trying to lay down light colors (in this case, cream and yellows) – a real struggle to get decent coverage.  I did let the painting setup over night, and was able to lay down more layers for the center of the callas.  With this brand of pastel paper, it won’t take a wet medium (i.e. watercolor, gouache, or acrylic) for a underpainting – so you’re stuck with what you can manage with the oil pastels.  Senneliers, neopastels and Holbeins brands were used.

Hope you have a wonderful evening. 

Callas and Blue Bowl


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43 Responses to Callas and Blue Bowl, oil pastel

  1. F.G.M. says:

    I love this painting, powerful vibrant constrast between yellow and blue!

  2. Lovely Painting and I love catching up on your art!

  3. Mary, this is a stunning work, the lighting and deep richness of the color
    almost have a historical Dutch-Flemish interior painting quality, if that makes any
    sense. i am so sorry i’ve somehow missed so many of your posts, i went back to my
    settings to try and figure why your new posts are not showing up in my e mail notifications.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you for your beautiful comments and compliment, much appreciated. I could feel this piece as it progressed along – it’s what I call the Endorphin Rush for us creative types. You must get the same sometimes when writing. If you find your reader is missing some blog posts – unfollow and then refollow the blog. This was happening to me last year and finally figured out that this resets the blog in your reader.

  4. lesliepaints says:

    Gorgeous warm darks surrounding this, Mary!

  5. Francesca says:

    Seriously beautiful, Mary! Love the colors and the lighting.

  6. A beautifully dramatic still life Mary. Thrilled to know that you’re still creating great masterpieces.

  7. Absolutely gorgeous! 😀

  8. The cobalt blue is electrifying! The light is superb. A real gem of a painting.

  9. adore the black undertone…beautiful still life.

  10. Craig says:

    Think you have it going on with the o/p!! Really fine.

  11. Gallivanta says:

    Love that colour blue.

  12. Maria says:

    So beautiful!!!

  13. Beautiful painting. I love the richness and the wonderful color palette.

  14. Your beautiful callas flowers stand out so well against the background and blue bowl! 🙂

  15. Painting for Joy says:

    Your painting is absolutely gorgeous Mary. Very dramatic. I love the lighting!

  16. mamiesmith says:

    Incredible! It looks like a photograph!

  17. Just gorgeous, gorgeous.

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