Freshness of Spring, oil pastel

Spring always inspires, right?  So I thought why not do one last floral to celebrate the arrival of Spring.

My friend, Nicola of pmp (a wonderful artist and photographer) recently took a photograph of a vase filled with daffodils.  Immediately I saw the painting – by adding a window and billowing curtain, a tabletop and table leg, and texturing the back wall it came together in a nice way.

Freshness of Spring is an oil pastel (14×11) that was painted on a gesso prepared hardboard with mostly Sennelier and Holbeins oil pastels – love them both and were perfect for this piece.  A great learning piece with many first time painting experiences: a table leg, window and billowing curtain.  The daffodils were a little difficult to paint as they were 95% varying shades of yellow and Senneliers are a bit messy, so I decided to do this piece with a more painterly feel.

I hope you have a wonderful Spring as we say goodbye to “Ole Man Winter!”

Freshness of Spring

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48 Responses to Freshness of Spring, oil pastel

  1. The fresh breath of spring! Marvelous, Mary:)

  2. doronart says:

    Mary no doubt you announced Spring in superb colours I think now it can officially start!

  3. Beautiful still life Mary!

  4. ladyfi says:

    How very pretty!

  5. Beautiful composition!

  6. Amy says:

    I love this painting, Mary!The gentle breeze through the curtain is a wonderful addition to the daffodils

  7. cmartzloff says:

    Beautiful Mary. I love the painterly feel and the daffodils have such sensitivity and “daffodilness”.

  8. i saw the first dad shoots of the season today, i adore daffodils and yours are just
    lovely Mary. i especially liked the reflection of the vase on the table, perfectly executed!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you, daffodils are the symbol that Spring is here – going into the 80’s today, couldn’t be happier. Thanks for noticing the reflection ~

  9. poppytump says:

    Oh Mary I DO love this . You’ve captured that moment of freshness and delight when Spring can take her place indoors to be enjoyed .. through the billowy curtain … the gentle breeze brings teases ..
    I love your painterly style here , it seems to suit these lush oil pastels so well ..

    • Mary says:

      Oh Poppy you know how to make my day, so glad you enjoyed this piece. The painterly style really came about when the painting was nearly completed I noticed the daffodils were looking too stiff so taking a razor blade I went about scraping with additional paint. Happy with the more loose feel to the painting. Thank you as always for your generous comments!

  10. Leya says:

    A gentle breeze bringing us spring colours and the scent of flowers – lovely, Mary!

  11. Maria says:

    The flowers are beautiful, but what also captured my attention is the table: how real it looks!! You are very gifted Mary!!! Thanks for sharing it with us 🙂 Lovely painting and I hope you will enjoy your spring!

  12. restlessjo says:

    You too, Mary! Have a wonderful Spring 🙂

  13. iarxiv says:

    The yellow is shining off the picture! Lovely 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much – I appreciate it. The colors in this photograph really isn’t doing the painting any justice, was a difficult piece to photograph for some reason.

  14. Ogee says:

    Absolutely beautiful Mary. As fresh and bright as a spring day!

  15. M-R says:

    I was about to make much the same comment as did Marina ! [I shall have to pinch her fiendishly.] 😉 Instead, I shall tell you that I do like that painting, Mary the Clever …

  16. elisa ruland says:

    Hi, Mary, this is beautiful. The pitcher of daffodils is the essence of spring, and I love the feel of the window being open – I can almost smell the sweet spring air!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Elisa for your nice comment – so great that you were able to imagine the breeze. It’s time for us to enjoy some warmer weather, don’t you think? We should all be going back to Florida, lol!

  17. at first the image did not load, and i thought,’oh great..’ then i looked up and saw it and thought ‘it’s a photo of the work propped up on a table w/pretty flowers….’

    but nooooooo, it’s one hundred percent you and brilliant!     z


    • Mary says:

      So funny! Thanks Z for your generous comments on this piece. Those daffodils were interesting to paint, loved playing around with the curtain.

  18. dorannrule says:

    It has been a snowy day here so I can almost feel the soft warm breeze coming through your painting. Lovely!

  19. sefeniak says:

    Love it! Could spring finally be on its way? 🙂

  20. Just to let my readers know. I’m having a hard time with a health issue right now and now I can post nothing on my blog nor can I get any help from WordPress with whatever the problem is. So please pray for me that these issues will be resolved soon. Blessings to all, Natalie 🙂

  21. Painting for Joy says:

    I just love the way you create such wonderful textures! The curtains are lovely, as are the daffodils. My daffodils are finally poking their heads out of the ground! Spring has arrived and your painting brings me a smile.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Rhonda, thank you very much for your gracious comments. Glad you enjoyed the textures, they are a lot of fun to make with oil pastels. Our daffodils are just about done and our perennials are starting to pop out of the ground – so happy to know that warm weather is here to stay.

  22. Ah, Mary that is so beautiful!!! The billowing curtain brings a soft Spring breeze which the flowers seem to welcome. We’ve already said goodbye to ‘Ole Man Winter’ which was actually a bit uncertain whether to be cold or not this year! 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Hi Marina, thanks so much. I’m so happy to read your reaction to the billowing curtain – originally had it hanging straight down and somehow that made the painting unapproachable and boring. This year we’ve had a very strange and cold winter – tonight will be 40, then in the 50s tomorrow and 82 on Thursday? Strange right? It sounds like you are experiencing some of the same thing – Mother Nature is so fickle.

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