Floating, oil pastel

This painting was started last weekend, but a few things interrupted my concentration and I had to set it aside for a bit.

Floating, an oil pastel (14×11) is painted on a gesso prepared hardboard using a variety of oil pastel brands, mostly Holbeins and Neopastels using my fingers and foam insulation to spread the paint.

A soft pastel underpainting washed with alcohol was done to give me a sense for depth and tones before I started to apply the OPs.  A recent post discussed three alternatives for underpainting colors (Analogous, Complementary and Monochromatic) https://oilpastelsbymary.com/2014/08/13/three-studies-of-underpainting-color-choices/.  For the final painting I choose to use Analogous colors, mainly because 2/3rds of the painting is sky and clouds and I wanted to keep the UPs colors similar to final family of colors used and not take away from the deep blues in the sky.


While the scene has changed somewhat it was inspired by a farm scene taken by Petra Moll of pmp (a site where photographers and painters join forces all in the name of creating art).



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43 Responses to Floating, oil pastel

  1. Ah, I want to be floating up there in your gorgeous clouds!

  2. Eva PoeteX says:

    You are immensely talented! 🙂

  3. violetski says:

    Ah, so beautiful!
    The composition and depth are amazing dear Mary❤️❤️❤️

  4. aFrankAngle says:

    Wonderful …. and I hope you are hanging in there with the various frustrations.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Frank, so happy to see you. Thank you very much and you know I’ll work through this, but it has shaken my confidence a bit with being online. Hope you are enjoying your time – I’ll be spending time w/my Reader today, maybe you’ll have posted something.

  5. Mona says:

    Ooooooh. Love this!

  6. So beautiful…. Thank you!!!!

  7. farbvielfalt says:

    I enjoy your work! The composition and the deepness of this landscape is beautiful!

  8. A painting filled with joy and hope. Beautiful Mary.

  9. Wow! I must admit I have never seen such a saturated blue in the sky….but then, though I’ve been to California and Arizona, I’ve never been to Texas! 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Cynthia. I intentionally really ramped up the colors on this piece (not quite vivid, but higher intensity than what I usually paint) because I wanted the effect of those clouds and movement across the blue sky. It was a fun sky to paint w/OPs.

  10. Painting for Joy says:

    It’s gorgeous Mary! Love the color scheme. The copyright notice isn’t too big in my opinion. xoxo

  11. Jess says:

    Amazing! Love the sky!

  12. Gallivanta says:

    Love all that sky!

  13. Analogous was a great choice – this is beauitful, Mary!

  14. I love the sky and the fact that it takes up a 2/3 portion of the canvass. It is impressive, well balanced out with the white and superbly executed clouds on one side against the beautiful blue sky on the opposite corner. The landscape on the bottom emphasizes even more the proportion of what is above it. A magnificent display to marvel upon!
    The copyright note displayed on the end of each of your posts will help because not everybody is reading the disclosure on the sidebar.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you for your generous comments Eva! I still a long ways to go with clouds and am seriously thinking of painting quick 5×7 a day of whatever cloud happens to be passing by, only thing is in TX we don’t always have clouds – lots of blue gorgeous sky! We’ll see, it would be good practice. I’ll have to reduce the size of my copyright note, didn’t realize just how big it is – but is an important aspect now of my postings. Thanks for your encouraging support – love painting skies and this was a great exercise. Have a beautiful weekend.

  15. M-R says:

    Sorry to be dumb, but … 14 X 11 what ? Inches, one supposes …
    This would be MIND-BOGGLING at around, oh, say … 4 X 3. Feet.

  16. Oh, so beautiful, Mary!!!!! 🙂
    …and well done on the copyright notice too! 😉
    Still haven’t had time to check…

    • Mary says:

      Thank you very much Marina! Like the notice? It’s a little big on purpose, hopefully it won’t be missed. Try a couple like a mix of paintings, some of your older pieces and newer ones. Most of my pieces were the seascapes and a few landscapes, plus my avatar.

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