Summertime Dreams, oil pastel

Summertime Dreams is my way of saying, okay already it’s time for summer!  Bring on the warmer days that we have dreamed of during this long, cold winter – I heard it’s snowing in Chicago today I’m mean it’s May 16!

Summertime Dreams, an oil pastel (11×14), was painted on a prepared gesso hardboard using a combination of Senneliers, Holbeins and neopastels OPs.  An acrylic underpainting was first used to set some of the tones I was looking for, especially in the river and river bank of grasses and flowers.  Because the grit on the hardboard is from the gesso it doesn’t lend itself to razor scraping, so tortiliums, clay shapers and sometimes my fingers were used for spreading and blending the oil pastels – oh my, you should have seen my hands by the time I was done with this piece!  A reference photograph by Steve Lyddon, an awesome artist and photographer with pmp was used for inspiration.

Have an awesome weekend – we had a large tree branch crack on one of our old Oak trees, so you know where I’ll be, that and tending the flowers!  Thanks for stopping by  .  .  .

Summertime Dreams



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35 Responses to Summertime Dreams, oil pastel

  1. violetski says:

    Ah, amazing!
    Love water reflection dear Mary❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  2. Jackie says:

    I absolutely love this painting! It’s very beautiful. I wanted to apologize for not visiting your blog lately. My laptop is giving me all sorts of trouble so it’s been hard to keep up. Thankfully, a new one is on the way so I should get back on track after I get it set up. 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Hi Jackie, thanks so much for your note – computers have a life of their own with control over us, and now we can’t live without them. I hope you are enjoying your new one – got a new myself a few months back w/Windows 8 took a while to get accustomed but now I love it. Really appreciate your lovely comment on the painting, it’s been great getting back into painting landscapes again.

      • Jackie says:

        My new computer is due to arrive on Tuesday so I’m still limping along with the old one. Thanks for mentioning windows 8 – I’m hoping it’s not as bad as I’ve been hearing. Your experience gives me hope! 🙂

  3. aFrankAngle says:

    A very peaceful setting.

  4. ladyfi says:

    What a lovely painting.

  5. ladyfi says:

    Gorgeous work.

  6. Painting for Joy says:

    Beautiful work Mary. Love the rich dark tones in the water contrasted with the lovely greens in the foliage. Summer will be here very soon! 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Hi Rhonda, thank you for your wonderful comment – much appreciated. Thanks for mentioning the river, I really enjoyed working the darker tones in this piece.

  7. Wonderful summer dreams, Mary! Have a great weekend 🙂

  8. lesliepaints says:

    This is beautiful, Mary. This looks exactly like the west side of our pasture years ago. I’m sure it is not, but I held my breath when I saw it….. That was years ago, now, so sweet memories. Beautiful.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Leslie, it makes my day knowing that the painting brought back nice memories – that’s what it’s all about. Thanks for your great comment and compliment.

  9. Francesca says:

    Yes, definitely the perfect place to dream. So beautiful!

  10. Gallivanta says:

    Lovely reflections in the river, and I can’t believe there’s snow in Chicago!

  11. Oh Mary, what a wonderful dream it is, I can just see myself laying on that green grass, looking up to that blue summer sky, chewing on a piece of grass and dream the day away!Thanks for making me dream! Have a wonderful weekend!

  12. M-R says:

    Give me a break, willya, Mary ? – someone’s going to have to take out a large personal loan for the Post Office costs …

  13. OH Mary, I adore this painting. I can breathe the air, hear the birds, it’s marvelous!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Elena for your generous comments! The inspiration was a darker day, but in my vision of the scene I saw a sun-filled day. I can hear the birds too!

  14. This is a wonderful painting Mary!

  15. Exactly like your title; summertime dreams…. Gorgeous! Happy weekend, my dear Mary! 🙂 xx

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