15 Day Challenge – Trees, Day 10


Was a little concerned I wasn’t going to make today’s tree challenge.

This oil pastel is of a Crepe Myrtle (6×8) on Mi-Teintes cream tinted pastel paper.  I just love these trees – they are plentiful in the US both Southern and Western States.  They are used as ornamental trees and you’ll find them all over the place.  Their flowerets make them a natural draw and really compliment landscapes.  There are about 120 varieties that come in many different colors.  My favorite ornamental tree, I love their beauty.

We have three in our yard, this painting represents one that we trimmed up last weekend – the flowers are this color.  Hope you enjoy a little Texas summertime treasure.

Crepe Myrtle, Day 10

Crepe Myrtle, Day 10

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26 Responses to 15 Day Challenge – Trees, Day 10

  1. kerlund74 says:

    Just wonderful, love the colors in this:)

  2. violetski says:

    Beautiful tree, beautiful color❤️

  3. Painting for Joy says:

    I’ve never seen one of these trees. Do they have a fragrance? Your rendition is just lovely Mary.

  4. You are paying a beautiful, artistic homage to a favorite tree, here in the California Sierra.
    Thank you, Mary.

  5. Francesca says:

    This is wondeful, Mary! The pink is so vibrant and greatly put! It definitely screams summer!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Francesca – this is one of our vibrant pinks, we also have a deep red, which is a late bloomer and only now just starting to open. Happy Summer!

  6. Gallivanta says:

    I adore crepe myrtles. How lucky you are to have three of them.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks so much – we used to have a fourth, beautiful white flowers and a disease did her in last year and had to be removed. They really are gorgeous trees.

  7. Mary, I love this …treasure indeed! So fortunate to have this in your yard! 🙂 xx

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Marina – I’m so glad you are enjoying this piece. We have three and you can always count on having these beautiful blossoms going all summer, especially when the heat takes its toll on the land. Have a wonderful weekend my friend!

  8. Line says:

    Oh, that oil pastel is so beautiful!!! 🙂

  9. ĽAdelaide says:

    One of my faves too! We planted two more this spring, hoping all are about the same color, about like your lovely crape. I’ve got 6 now! And 3 cherries growing fast! Yay! xxx

    • Mary says:

      Hi Linda – thanks very much. We have three deep reds, we did have a white one that died last year. I love these trees, always brimming with gorgeous colors. I always love hearing about your land and gardens, the photographs are gorgeous and your descriptions lovely!

  10. Wonderfully colored flowers! Lucky you to enjoy it daily!

  11. Yes I do, I can imagine myself under the tree having a rest and taking in the summer breeze! Love the colors of the tree flowers, the whole painting feels very summer to me, lovely job Mary!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Eva – it’s a tree in the Texas landscape that in the middle of a hot summer as the grasses begin to die you can always count on the Crepe Myrtle’s to bring a lot of color to a drab landscape.

  12. M-R says:

    Is that really how you lot spell it ? – or just a typo, Mary ? To me it’s a ‘crepe myrtle’ …
    Whatever it is, it’s BEE-YOO-TI-FUL !!!

    • Mary says:

      Hi M.R. – you are so right! Thanks for the find, it is spelt “Crepe” I’ve got back in and fixed it. Thank you for your comment, these are really beautiful trees – ours are all deep pink and reds.

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