15 Day Challenge – Trees, Day 12

Getting down to the home stretch now, only three to go.

For today’s tree I selected Pines using a Colorado Trail setting, had a wonderful reference image to work with from pmp, but used a lot of artistic license in working this piece.

The oil pastel (11 x 7, odd size – used left over surface) was painted on Mi-Teintes gray tinted pastel paper.  Used my fingers as the primary tool on this piece, all I can say is I think my fingers are permanently stained Sap Green – lol, with a bit of Sepia and Indigo!

Thank you for checking in, I enjoyed working the scene – Colorado is a beautiful place.

Colorado Pines, Day 12

Colorado Pines, Day 12


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24 Responses to 15 Day Challenge – Trees, Day 12

  1. JSD says:

    Quite nice….feels like you’re right there in the trees. 🙂

  2. Love this Mary. These trees are alive!

  3. niasunset says:

    I love the depth of the colours… amazing. Thank you, love, nia

  4. Stefano says:

    Just beautiful, Mary: I love it!

  5. elisa ruland says:

    I’ve been to Colorado only a few times, but I can still see that you have captured the essence of it’s natural beauty, with the rich evergreens complimenting the Rocky Mountains backdrop. I can only imagine what you’re hands must look and feel like, Mary!!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks so much Elisa for your beautiful feedback. Lol, I thought the green was bad on my hands, you should have seen them yesterday when I got done with all the reds and oranges from a Fall scene painted!

  6. aFrankAngle says:

    Well done on the different shades of green on the trees.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Frank! So much green was getting me a bit nervous, but the deep indigos and magenta, and hints of compliments helped giving some relief.

  7. violetski says:

    Beautiful nature! ❤️

  8. Gallivanta says:

    You have skilled fingers! 🙂

  9. This is lovely, there are so many levels to this painting. From the ground up to the highest elevation of the mountains is a build up and is exciting! Starting from the ground, the trail lined with bushes highlighted from the Sun leads into the darkness and gives great depth because of the sharp contrast of light and shadow. It’s a great way to define space perception! I like the fact that all your pine trees have different heights too, which takes my eyes to the next level! I love how you treated the mountains.The color graduation which is getting lighter and lighter, really reflects the distance. Overall the scene is wonderful and the pine trees a perfectly colored and shaped! Great study and I can definitively say there has been great progress with each challenge!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Eva for your time spent writing your thoughts – I really appreciate your thoughtful feedback. I self-talked a lot while working on this piece and a few coffee breaks which gave me the chance to stand back and assess where the piece was going. So happy that you felt much of what I fretted about came worked, thank you again.

  10. Painting for Joy says:

    Lovely scene. Looks like our neck of the woods. (P.S. Have you ever tried Grime Boss wet wipes? They remove paint from hands and stuff really well. You can find it at Home Depot)

  11. I didn’t think I would say that because I find your trees so beautiful, but you are getting better and better! 🙂 Happy Monday and new week, Mary! 🙂 xx

    • Mary says:

      Thank you very much Marina! It was quite an interesting mess, if you saw my hands you’d think I was 5 years old again – this stuff is everywhere. It’s going to take quite some time to clean all these pastel sticks. I hope you have a great week, Happy Monday to you Marina – thank you for always being present ~

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