Container Garden, oil pastel


Here is a painting that was started yesterday as I continue experimenting with flower arrangements, but it wasn’t long before I got carried away adding flowers and plants – the garden grew before my eyes.  Perhaps strangely so, there are a few stragglers that I’m not too sure of ~

Container Garden, an oil pastel (12×9, Strathmore pastel paper – 400 Series, cream tinted), is a combination of plants that I’ve used in my gardens.  Perhaps it’s my way of getting ready for Spring with 15 daffodil buds ready to open and many more on the way, Spring really is right around the corner.

I’m getting anxious to begin painting a few sunsets/sunrises and finally landscapes for Spring and into Summer, but there are a few more floral experiments that are on my list.  I won’t be starting a 30-day challenge with flowers any time soon – too much going on to be faithful to that schedule.

Container Garden

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23 Responses to Container Garden, oil pastel

  1. poppytump says:

    Beautiful reflective blue vase Mary I love the soft green spilling over the edges and tall twiggy like flowers . I haven’t counted my daffodils yet but hoping for a bit of a display soon 😉

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Poppy! In my quest to gain some level of comfort in painting flower arrangements and just plants in general – still working on it. We have 25 daffodil buds up and ready to burst open, one did last night as yesterday our temps were in the 80’s. Today we woke up to ice, sleet and rain/snow the high was 33 for one hour and has stayed I the 20’s – the poor lovelies are laying down. I ran out as soon as I woke up to take a picture of the open daffodils – we might loose all the rest as the temps will be like this for two more days.

  2. Oh, that blue of the vase, it’s hypnotic!

  3. Francesca says:

    You picked the perfect color for the vase. The contrast is so lovely.

  4. M. R. says:

    Sighh … what they all said, OK?
    Would you tell me, please, Mary, how you made that Translate button work, when it contains javascript? – what special thing was done?

    • Mary says:

      Thank you M.R. I would love to tell you how I did the Translate button, but I added it so long ago that I can’t remember what I did – sorry I couldn’t be of more help. If you click onto the button it takes you to the site and should be able to find tech instructions.

      • M. R. says:

        Not so simple. The coding includes javascript, and WordPres.com doesn’t allow it. SOMETHING ELSE has to be done, and I can’t find out what. Thanks anyway!

  5. Oh, I’m so glad you used that cobalt again – the flower arrangement and vase are so beautiful, Mary. 🙂

  6. a few still lifes have been incubating in my mind as well!
    am on battery power and need to head home – so glad to have seen this before logging off!

    back sunday or monday… (carnival time, ugh!)
    z

  7. Sharon K. says:

    I love this, Mary. The cobalt blue with those small narcissus over the soft grass – perfection. Thank you. 🙂

  8. Beautifully realistic! A breath of indoor freshness 🙂

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