Resting Boat, oil pastel

This month I’m hosting Wetcanvas’ Oil Pastel Monthly Challenge and one of the duties is to select reference images for the artists to use for their challenge painting.  Did I mention that Wetcanvas has a fantastic reference library?  It’s worth taking browsing if you are a member.

One of the photographs selected was a mid-summer water scene with a bank of trees and a boat.  I’ve only painted one other boat, so I figure this would be a good challenge for me to practice (I see a theme emerging for a new 15-day challenge).  The scene had lower light and was mostly green, but my vision was of a hot summer day so the sunlight was turned up and more yellow was infused throughout the scene.

The oil pastel is 11×8.5 on cream tinted Mi-Teintes pastel paper, using mainly Sennelier and Neopastel OPs.



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47 Responses to Resting Boat, oil pastel

  1. Love the light! I want to be there in that boat!

  2. Beautiful. It reminds me of home.

  3. restlessjo says:

    Put a boat in the picture and I’m hooked, Mary 🙂

  4. Francesca says:

    Lovely, Mary! The composition (especially the boat’s position) is so perfect and balanced!

  5. poppytump says:

    Little boats like that always stir the imagination Mary .. thoughts of riverside picnics and going round in circles as far as I’m concerned 😉
    How lovely this is , you were so right about your choice of colours !
    The heat of the day .. sultry .. a soft swoosh against the boat side …

    • Mary says:

      Hi Poppy, so right – summertime and boats, ah speaks to floating about in a totally relaxed state. Glad you enjoyed the summer heat in this piece, it seemed to work from a number of different aspects. I like your vision of a soft swoosh against the boat side ~ very cool. Have a lovely weekend.

  6. Your painting is beautiful, Mary! I would love to get in that boat and drift off to float around for a while right now! 🙂

  7. ladyfi says:

    Gosh – that is lovely!

  8. I spent so many childhood days in and out of rowboats..this brings it all back. The perspective is what strikes me about this painting….how do I get to this boat? Is it in very little water? Why doesn’t it just float away? I feel like jumping down into it, but I’d probably kill myself! As you can see I’m having fun with your painting….thanks, Mary

  9. Line says:

    Wow this is so so beautiful!!! 🙂 I love it!! 🙂 ❤

  10. Gallivanta says:

    It really does have an idyllic mid-summer feel.

  11. Oh this is glorious. Literally took my breath away.

  12. sefeniak says:

    I like that you raised the light and infused more yellow into the scene. It feels, warm and calm, a beautiful summers day with a boat to rest in. My idea of perfect. 🙂

  13. Painting for Joy says:

    Looking down upon something is hard to portray in a composition. You did a wonderful job with the view point Mary! Love your piece.

  14. M-R says:

    I reckon boats are REALLY challenging: I say this because Stringer used to love to sketch, but always became frustrated when trying to sketch any of the squillions of boats around the Island we once lived on – including our own. 15-day challenge sounds good; I’d love to see it !

    • Mary says:

      Hi M.R., ah Stringer a man who had many talents! Who knew that boats would be the “challenge”? Have a great day, very nice to see you again!

  15. So beautiful and serene, Mary. Lovely work, my dear! 🙂
    Happy Wednesday! 🙂 xx

  16. This scene is I don’t know how can I put it in any better way than say “cute”! The boat is absolutely adorable! There is something really playful, young and fun about the whole scenario! The colors reflecting perfectly the whole mood. Wonderful canvass!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Eva, I really appreciate your generous comments on this piece. It’s time to get out and enjoy the summer months, it goes by way too fast – glad the painting took you to a fun place.

  17. Jess says:

    beautiful picture!

  18. Love the way the scenery fades on the right side… it’s nice & serene to look at 🙂

  19. Maria says:

    Ups sorry I ment to put 🙂 !!!!

  20. Maria says:

    I would take a ride in this lovely river (or lake) 😦

  21. Ogee says:

    I absolutely love this, Mary! So captures summer time. 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Audrey, glad you enjoyed this piece. It’s pretty hot down here, how about where you are?

      • Ogee says:

        It can’t make up it’s mind here, Mary…soars well above 100 – then drops back to mid 90’s. Guess it is better than staying in the 100’s! Hot, dry…not enough water. Gardens have to be tough!

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