Dawn at Wester Ross, oil pastel

My latest painting, Dawn at Wester Ross, is a special place in Scotland that seems to keep calling me, because last September I painted “The Passage” http://www.oilpastelsbymary.com/2013/09/23/the-passage-oil-pastel/, Wikipedia described “Bealach na Bà is a historic pass through the mountains of the Applecross peninsula, in Wester Ross in the Scottish Highlands—and the name of a famous twisting, single-track mountain road through the pass and mountains.”  This time I painted mountains in the same region as the sun rose drenching the landscape with golden tones.

Dawn at Wester Ross is an oil pastel (11×14) painted on gesso prepared hardboard.  I apply clear gesso for tooth – either with a brush for texture or a sponge roller for barely visible texture, but still providing good tooth.  I wanted to texture the foreground grasses and create a hazy atmosphere for the back mountains, so applying clear gesso with the brush worked perfectly.  The brands of oil pastels used were Holbeins, Mungyo-Gallery and Sennelier.

Wester Ross is a special place that continues to fascinate many who travel its pathways and beautiful landscape.  Hope you enjoy a view of an early morning in Scotland, Dawn at Wester Ross.


Dawn at Wester Ross


Reference image used was taken by Paul Ackmaley a photographer with pmp.

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44 Responses to Dawn at Wester Ross, oil pastel

  1. Zara says:

    Your composition is always on point!…fantastic and very soothing to look at 🙂

  2. lesliepaints says:

    Absolute “eye candy”!

  3. The haziness is quite appealing. So is the color harmony of the piece. A beautiful place.

  4. Leya says:

    This is a landscape I never can get enough of. You do it justice – in glorious colours making the crisp air visible.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Ann-Christine for the compliment – you must know the area well. I love painting the hillsides of Scotland beautiful scenes and perfect elements for a painting.

  5. Stunning. I love the red orange glow in the center. 🙂

  6. Jackie says:

    I also agree with other comments – beautiful! 🙂

  7. restlessjo says:

    Absolutely beautiful, Mary! The colours of heather 🙂 Or do I mean heaven?

  8. What a beautiful painting Mary. Some of my ancestors were from Scotland. Perhaps they to saw this same sight.

  9. aFrankAngle says:

    Outstanding … love the transition of colors … and as one not ever been to Scotland, I knew it was mountainous, but not that much.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Frank. This area of Scotland is known for many for the mountainous region, incredible steep slope and amazing history – I love painting the area when I have an opportunity.

  10. Gallivanta says:

    Your attraction to this place really comes through in your painting today. Did everything just flow for you when you were working on this? It would appear so.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Gallivanta for your lovely comment. It took a while to manage the overall glow with the oil pastels, but once I got the main colors down for the mountains, I worked the flow over several days – the OPs had to hard slightly each night to get additional layers. Thank you, I like your question.

  11. poppytump says:

    Folds of soft woollen fabric layered across the landscape Mary !
    A gorgeous morning on the mountains 🙂

  12. Millie Ho says:

    Beautiful work, Mary! This is the kind of scene I hope to stumble into someday. You have a real knack for capturing objects in the background and bringing out the magic of nature.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Millie for your generous comments. You nailed what attracts me to paint a scene – the background gives the focal point it’s life. Thanks again!

  13. Oh Mary, this painting took my breath away. So gorgeous!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Emily for your wonderful comment! You would love this area in Scotland for the awesome views and history, it’s a real treat for photographers.

  14. Painting for Joy says:

    I agree with the other comments, it’s lovely! Soft and serene morning light.

  15. Nice compostion and nice colours.

  16. I feel there’s something magical here..maybe because of the evocative colors, maybe the landscape itself…but if I were to wander into this painting I think I would see the fairies fleeing with the dawn, and my sudden, unwary discovery of their midsummer night’s festivities…..

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Cynthia for your beautiful comment, it’s a real reward when one of my paintings takes you to a special spot. The morning glow really got my attention – thanks again!

  17. Don says:

    The colours and the mood are exquisite, Mary. Lovely work.

  18. It’s beautiful, Mary! I can see why it would inspire you with your artwork too.

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