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 ~
This is ammmmmmaaaziiinggg!
Loooove it dear Mary!
Love the depth, colors, sky, greens …
You made my morning Violet, thank you so much for your generous comments!
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. 🙂
Thanks so much Rhonda! I really appreciate your vision ~
Foam insulation? Terrific!
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!
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 !
Thank you M.R. – you know how to start my day just right. Glad you enjoyed the piece.
A good morning indeed! 🙂
Thank you Susan!
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!
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.
Lovely…one of my favorite times of day. You captured the gentleness of the day beginning.
Thank you very much – I appreciate reading your comment, especially about capturing the “gentleness of the day” as that was my goal. Thanks ~
Love it … especially with one of my favorite color combinations (blue and orange). Nice touch with the blue hues in the close grass.
Thank you very much Frank – so glad you caught the hints of blue in this piece.
I enjoy taking the closer look.
Love the colour and the texture in the grass Mary. It kind of reminds me of an area close to us. Beautiful.
Thanks Don, so glad it takes you to a special place.
This is so pretty, Mary! It feels like morning. 🙂
Thank you Linda – sending you some cheer along the way!
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!
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.
As lovely as the real sunrise – you have a way of capturing the feeling – and what a way to start a day! 🙂
Thank you Dorann!
Only a few hours from our sunrise but I will keep you image for then! 😉 Soft and beautiful, just like dawn.
Thank you Marina and now you are headed into sunset, perhaps I should paint a quiet scene. Have a wonderful evening.