Golden Hillside, oil pastel

After a weekend of working in the gardens and painting outdoor furniture I got a new perspective of a painting that I was struggling with last week and finished it this morning.

Golden Hillside, an oil pastel (11×14) was painted on a gesso prepared hardboard using mainly Holbeins, Neopastels and Sennelier oil pastels – most blending was done with my fingers and foam insulation.   An acrylic underpainting was done first, I think the values of the colors choosen fro the UP were too high and my gut tells me that was probably what gave me so much angst in working in the sunset colors with the OPs.  My goal with this piece was to capture golden colors hitting the hillside just as the sun was setting.

Hope you enjoy your sunsets, they are a time to treasure ~

Golden Hillside

A reference image from Leona Fraser of pmp was used for inspiration.


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38 Responses to Golden Hillside, oil pastel

  1. violetski says:

    So beautiful dear Mary!
    Love the light on the hills and the warmth in this painting❤️

  2. Francesca says:

    The light on the hill is so warm. Lovely, Mary!

  3. restlessjo says:

    It’s lovely! I’m bathing in the glow 🙂

  4. Interesting that you find your inspiration doing something else. It’s a good reminder that occasional breaks are okay to feed our creativity.

  5. poppytump says:

    Glad you found the way to finish this painting Mary .. love your hillside glow .. all I need now is a picnic and I’ll happily lean up against your tree and contemplate the sunset ….

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Poppy – could you imagine this being in your backyard? What a view – picnic sounds good as nature gives it her all.

  6. Isn’t it true that balancing values in a piece is as difficult as balancing them in life;) But, you figured it out. I like very much the acrylic underpainting. Lovely.

  7. lesliepaints says:

    If it was a golden hillside you were going for, you surely accomplished that. What I really like about it, though is that it looks straight from a dream! I don’t know why but if I see any color in my dreams they are full of golds and yellows with a touch of blue. I’m walking that road!

  8. Yes, I see the golden color on the hillside! Very pretty, Mary 🙂

  9. Gallivanta says:

    Love the golden glow. Haven’t seen proper sunshine or sunsets for days. This is a good reminder of what will come again.

  10. Millie Ho says:

    You’ve captured one of my favourite scenes beautifully in this painting, Mary. The shade of gold is just right, as is the blending of the sky. Gesso on hardboard (or, my personal preference, on masonite), is a godsend. Great job!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Millie, glad you enjoyed the piece. I do love to paint on hardboard, it’s a beautiful surface for oil pastels. My only complaint with it, the gesso doesn’t do well with razor scraping that I do often in my paintings.

      • Millie Ho says:

        I know what you mean, Mary! I tried scraping a few times but found that I could only achieve the results I wanted on canvas. How long does it take for oil pastels to dry out?

        • Mary says:

          Hi Millie, that’s a great question. Oil pastels never dry, they’ll slightly harden, but you could touch the painting 20 years later and it will still smear. Some artists have tried fixatives, etc. but that has led to the painting colors to yellow. So OP paintings has to be under glass.

  11. dorannrule says:

    I think you reached your goal Mary. The golden light on the hillside is lovely, and the pinkish sky too. The whole effect is enchanting 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Dorann – it’s a pretty little spot on someone’s property in Australia. Can you imagine seeing these sunsets almost daily!

  12. Beautiful golden tones Mary, it really warms up the whole canvass and lands a glow to it!

  13. Painting for Joy says:

    Beautiful scene Mary. Love the essence of golden light!

  14. Your goal was achieved, Mary! Beautifully so! 🙂

  15. Gorgeous, Mary. You absolutely captured a beautiful gold on the hill.

  16. Heartafire says:

    this is lovely Mary, well done!

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