Oregon Sunset, oil pastel

There are about 30 hardboards waiting for me to sand and gesso before I can paint on them.  In the meantime I decided to try out a black tinted card stock paper that feels much drier than Mi-Teintes that I normally use for oil pastels –  it soaked up the OPs.

This oil pastel (11 x 8.5) is a sunset taken from one of Oregon’s beaches.  I was attracted to paint the scene because of the how the light from the sunset drenched cloud bank – served as a brilliant backdrop for the ocean setting.  Used mostly Sennelier and Neopastel oil pastels, as they handled the drier surface better than Holbeins.  I rarely paint scenes with sun rays because you can’t glaze the OPs over painted areas (unless it’s a dried underpainting) and when you spread the OPs for the rays it can create a bit of a muddy look.  Today though was for the pure fun of painting this scene.

Hope all your sunsets bring you joy ~ welcome to the Oregon Coast.

Oregon SunsetMy hands were a little shaky taking the photograph, so it’s not as crisp as I’d like – but you get the idea!

Reference image was from Dorothy Jensen from pmp, a fantastic artist and photographer.

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55 Responses to Oregon Sunset, oil pastel

  1. Absolutely beautiful, Mary!

  2. pi314chron says:

    EvaPoetX reblogged your exquisite Oregon sinset, and I just had to say how relaxed and calm I feel having experienced it! Thank you for sharing your remarkable talent and gift with us! ❤


  3. Eva PoeteX says:

    Reblogged this on Ēva PōeteX and commented:
    Mary is such a talented artist! People who paint like this need to be recognized! Drop her a “like” and/or a comment. And don’t hesitate to take a look at her other beautiful nature paintings! 🙂

  4. nutsfortreasure says:


  5. violetski says:

    This is brilliant dear Mary! ❤️

  6. aFrankAngle says:

    The that comes to my mind? …. it’s ….. Radiant.

  7. Mary, your Oregon Coast is vibrant and beautiful! Stunning.

  8. Your sunset does bring joy:)

  9. Beautiful sunset Mary, love the values here, my favorite part is the ocean with the reflection, now that spot is absolutely perfect! Over all it put me into a mellow mood and made me start dreaming just as I would if I would watch the sunset over a real ocean!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you very much Eva for your nice and generous comments – I’m so glad that the painting puts you in a different frame of mind. Have a beautiful week.

  10. Jackie says:

    Absolutely gorgeous. Mary! I love it.

  11. Gallivanta says:

    30 Hardboards to prepare; that’s a major job, surely?

    • Mary says:

      Thanks, yes (actually have more like 45, but whose counting). It’s takes several days – have to sand the boards, then apply two coats or Gesso to all sides, and finally two coats of clear gesso (for the grit, gives a nice tooth to the surface). I never look forward to this time, it seems very unproductive.

  12. restlessjo says:

    Fabulous, Mary! I could live with that 🙂

  13. Anonymous says:

    Very pleasing result you got with this.

  14. dorannrule says:

    Stunning in every way! I love it.

  15. poppytump says:

    Isn’t that a great sunburst split by the cloud … like a theatrical floodlight spectacle !
    Gorgeous colours Mary .

  16. Painting for Joy says:

    So cool Mary! Love the contrast the paper provided making the sunset colors pop. I especially love the reflections in the water near the shore. Your ocean colors are spot on!

  17. lulu says:

    Mary, Mary, this is absolutely gorgeous, maybe because I love sunsets!

  18. Leya says:

    Beautiful, Mary! Colours shining and such a treat!

  19. We on the east coast are so accustomed to seeing the sun set over land….thanks for the treat of seeing it over the sea!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Cynthia – when I lived in San Francisco our office faced the Golden Gate Bridge and most evenings we witnessed the most spectacular sunsets ever. Never had a camera with me, so I missed taking photographs. Glad you enjoyed this quick piece – hardboards are still waiting to be prepared.

  20. Very spectacular! Well done, Mary! 🙂

  21. iithinks says:

    Oh wow. Beautiful 🙂

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