Morning Sunrise, oil pastel

Just a small break from painting trees, here is my latest landscape.

Morning Sunrise was inspired by Viacheslav, a photographer and painter, from pmp – he showcased a warm sunrise lighting a field of grasses.  I know, it doesn’t contain trees, you’re right – it was a great opportunity to work on morning colors and grasses as I contemplated my next tree study.  What I loved about this particular scene was the quiet dawn not exploding with sun drenched color yet, it was just starting to wake up.

This oil pastel (9×12) was painted on Mi-Teintes gray tinted pastel paper, using mostly Senneliers, Holbeins and Neopastels.  For tools I used my fingers, clay shapers, foam insulation and a razor blade for scraping.  I love this paper for oil pastels, when I glide the OPs across the surface it catches and creates nice texturing.

Hope you enjoy this reprieve, onto my next tree study ~

Morning Sunrise

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27 Responses to Morning Sunrise, oil pastel

  1. violetski says:

    This is ammmmmmaaaziiinggg!
    Loooove it dear Mary!
    Love the depth, colors, sky, greens …
    Really beautiful!

  2. Painting for Joy says:

    Loving this landscape Mary. The softness of the colors really portrays the time of day. I can almost hear the birds i the field tweeting. 🙂

  3. Foam insulation? Terrific!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Elena, sometimes when I start a painting, especially a larger size, I’ll use pieces of foam insulation to help me spread the oil pastels (rather than use a solvent). Odd right? But I figured since soft pastelists use this to blend or blot off unwanted pastels, when not try it with OPs and see what it can do. It works tremendously well on prepared hardboard, not quite as well on a paper surface. So when I do use the foam, it’s for large swaths like ocean or sky for the first couple of layers – it really does help my fingers from the initial abuse of painting with OPs. Thanks so much!

  4. M-R says:

    This is very like one of Chic’s photos – but all the better for being a kind of suggestion rather than a statement. Love it, clever Mary !

  5. sefeniak says:

    A good morning indeed! 🙂

  6. Francesca says:

    So lovely, Mary! It’s peaceful like only dawn can be and I love the way you painted the grass. You can see the movement!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Francesca for your lovely comment – that’s what I wanted to convey, peaceful atmosphere of early dawn. I’m so glad you had that feeling with this painting.

  7. timelesslady says:

    Lovely…one of my favorite times of day. You captured the gentleness of the day beginning.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you very much – I appreciate reading your comment, especially about capturing the “gentleness of the day” as that was my goal. Thanks ~

  8. aFrankAngle says:

    Love it … especially with one of my favorite color combinations (blue and orange). Nice touch with the blue hues in the close grass.

  9. Don says:

    Love the colour and the texture in the grass Mary. It kind of reminds me of an area close to us. Beautiful.

  10. ĽAdelaide says:

    This is so pretty, Mary! It feels like morning. 🙂

  11. The perspective of this painting is superb, the ratio of the green grass really gives depth to the whole canvass, I can feel the distance all the way up to the horizon there where something beautiful is happening! I’m happy that you choose to showcase a full canvass today, wonderful piece!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Eva – so happy that you enjoyed this piece. I like quiet mornings as the sun begins to rise, this scene reminds me of how precious a time that of day it is.

  12. dorannrule says:

    As lovely as the real sunrise – you have a way of capturing the feeling – and what a way to start a day! 🙂

  13. Only a few hours from our sunrise but I will keep you image for then! 😉 Soft and beautiful, just like dawn.

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