Reach, oil pastel

Here is my third and last painting of purple flowers, called Reach.  It is part of a series that I wanted to finish before I began painting my favorite subject, landscapes – for the next several months (ha, I can’t wait)!

Reach, an oil pastel (12×9) was painted on Mi-Teintes cream tinted pastel paper, using mainly Senneliers, Holbeins and Mungyo-Gallery.  My intention was to have the background a bit more medium-to-light gray but once I got going it seemed that the green-yellow hues were fitting the piece better, making the painting more light-hearted.

Hope you enjoy, have a wonderful evening ~


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38 Responses to Reach, oil pastel

  1. violetski says:

    Soft and beautiful! Love it Mary❤️

  2. nutsfortreasure says:


  3. It’s wonderful, Mary!! I can almost smell them from here 🙂

  4. lovely mary, just lovely work. i’m really liking the Impressionist, almost
    Cezanne like suggestive color and strokes of the burgundy flowers.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you for your nice feedback – I see you got what I was trying to do with the background flowers. Moving on to the beginning of my landscape season.

  5. Leya says:

    Those colours make me smile with joy, Mary!

  6. poppytump says:

    Lovely waving flower wands Mary . Spring palette 🙂

  7. Gallivanta says:

    Love the background hues.

  8. M-R says:

    So. You love painting landscapes, which seems to indicate that you don’t so much love painting … other stuff. In which case, I can hardly contain myself !!!!!

  9. you are knocking these winners out of the ballpark! beautiful! z

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Z! I’m going back into it later today – the background is in a struggle with the foreground, so I think I have to push it back a bit. We’ll see what happens when I start to scrape it down. Can I salvage it? Never know.

      • hey.. it looked great to me, but i totally understand that push/pull conflict. you’ll make it even stronger!


        • Mary says:

          We’ll see – someone mentioned the colors were coming forward and I realized my error and should have grayed the greens to push the background back a bit. All in progress.

          • and i did the opposite last night.. i’m working on a 9-foot wide ‘mural’ for a restaurant at the beach.. we’re going to glue the fabric to the concrete wall….

            but the mural is the actual landscape of the focal point of that beach.. a point…. so int he foreground are palm trees, middle ground is water and the far side is the stretch of landscape… it was nice in blues and grays, warming as it got ‘closer’ on the left.. but not much…

            i critiqued it last night and thought, the locals will look at that and say, ‘those hills are not blue or gray…’

            i warmed it, and it is more ‘believable’ thought not as painterly!

            i should be able to share this on thursday’s timeout for art. i worked late last night, but there’s this EXCAVATOR working by the house and the house is shaking, bells and whistles beeping, and the sound of the bucket making the trench where fresh water will flow to the shrimp – eventually…. i tthink i’m goin to take a break and go to town for lunch and clear my senses!


            • Mary says:

              Can’t wait to see the painting Lisa – sounds like this is going to be another masterpiece for many to enjoy. I liked reading your thought process and then how you critiqued it. Looking forward to the post – I’m a bit late getting back to you on this, sorry.

              • no apologies needed.. i may never catch up with comments – until the desktop is connected again, it’s hard to find old comments – the screen is small, and the window doesn’t show much.

                computer’s been offline since september – can you imagine how many updates it will need to install when it is connected with the www?!!!

                i painted til daylight, worked on the post then went to sleep at 7:30.. i feared the internet wouldn’t upload photos if i slept first! it’s being nice – shhhhhhh, don’t wake the baby!


  10. lulu says:

    Crazy, Mary, but I’m not seeing the painting which I’m sure is my loss.

  11. Painting for Joy says:

    Wonderful spring feeling. Just gorgeous Mary!

  12. JSD says:

    It’s lovely…thanks for sharing.

  13. sefeniak says:

    Absolutely love “Reach” Mary! 🙂

  14. That’s why they say that a painting has life of its own! 😉
    I’m glad the green won!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Marina. There is such a fight going on within this painting, I think that I’ll be scraping it down an bit and see if I can’t push that green back a bit.

  15. Stunning & very realistic!

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