Royal Elegance, oil pastel

Moving right along, the second painting in my purple flower series is finished.  I swear it took me longer to photograph the piece, then actually paint it (lol).

I’ve looked for a long time to paint a flower that exudes a deep, rich elegance and when I saw a photograph of a purple Clematis by my friend, Nicola – photographer with pmp, I knew this would be the one.  I love low-value purples and this would let me stretch the colors in lots of neat ways.

This oil pastel (5×7) was painted on Mi-Teintes cream-colored pastel paper.  For the darks indigo blue, prussian blue, violet and magenta were used, they seemed to give me the drama that I was looking for.  Clay shapers (like liner brushes) were my tools of choice to get into the tight spaces and for shaping the petals.

It’s Thursday and I’ve got to get drawing, didn’t want the day to get by me without finishing this piece.

Royal Elegance

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47 Responses to Royal Elegance, oil pastel

  1. violetski says:

    Another beautiful work! Stunning❤️

  2. Madhu says:

    Just gorgeous!! I thought your lily the other day was stunning Mary, but this purple beauty is even more so!

  3. Purple Clematis is a stunning blossom, but you make it even more fantastic, Mary. Well done!
    To give you a smile, though, I have to tell you I was at a flower show years ago, and one of the little old lady judges–confused and tired, I think–explained, into the microphone, why she gave the award to the “vividly delicate pink chlemydia in aisle three.” 😉

  4. Mona says:

    So very lovely.

  5. being a former landscape designer, i am very familiar with this variety of Clematis,
    that deep almost black purple , powdery hue is very unusual. you captured it perfectly Mary!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks very much – it’s an attractive flower and I think because of the deep, rich color. I really enjoyed working the colors out on this piece.

  6. Francesca says:

    So beautiful! I love it!

  7. mamie says:

    This is incredible! I absolutely LOVE it!!!

  8. restlessjo says:

    Such a lovely swirl of colours, Mary 🙂 I hope that storm passed you by!

  9. Painting for Joy says:

    Ahhhh, my favorite colors! I have yet to acquire a Clematis for my garden. Your painting is exquisite as always Mary.

  10. Karah Serine says:

    I always love deep vivid colors… especially purples. So royal and vibrant!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Karah, I like purple too and rarely make the color dominant in my paintings – wonder why? Glad you enjoyed the piece.

  11. aFrankAngle says:

    Purple is such an elegant color. Well done!

  12. poppytump says:

    Such velvet purply plushness Mary !

  13. M-R says:

    What amazing hues, Mary … What a beautiful flower. How much room do we have left in the parcel ? Got enough sticky tape ? [grin]

  14. Gallivanta says:

    I love clematis and I love those blues.

  15. dorannrule says:

    I am so impressed Mary! This one flower is a vivid display of your enormous talent.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Dorann, always encouraging – means a lot to receive it. I really enjoyed painting this particular flower – the colors were fascinating to work with.

  16. Fantastic! Blessings, Natalie 🙂

  17. doronart says:

    Mary, I could easily touch your flowers… Who needs cameras?

  18. are you entering your work in competitions?  if not, you should be!  you’re there, and i am pleased to inform you that this one is surely best in show for the week.. wait.. let me look back at the previous flower, as it was a stunner as well.. but wait… i have a soft spot for clematis… 



    • Mary says:

      Oh Lisa you are too much! Thank you, you know how to make my day, your encouraging support is important my friend.. I’ve sort of tip-toed into a couple of competitions, but just haven’t felt my best is there yet – I feel I’m still finding my way as evidenced by the number of different subjects.

  19. Sharon K. says:

    Velvety soft blues and purples. Very beautiful!

  20. pepaulmier says:

    Gorgeous, you captured the essence of the flowers very well.

  21. Mary, this is stunning! I adore those prussian blue, violet, purple hues! 🙂

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