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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Ah, I want to be floating up there in your gorgeous clouds!
Thank you so much Elena, you are very generous!
You are immensely talented! 🙂
Thank you so much Eva for your beautiful compliment!
You’re quite welcome!!
Ah, so beautiful!
The composition and depth are amazing dear Mary❤️❤️❤️
Hi Violet, thank you so much for your comments – really appreciate it.
Wonderful …. and I hope you are hanging in there with the various frustrations.
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.
Hang in there with due diligence! Posting wise, I’m still on break … but I have a post for this Thursday and Sept 1st.
Thanks Frank and looking forward to your posts!
Ooooooh. Love this!
Hi Mona, thank you so much!!
So beautiful…. Thank you!!!!
Wonderful to see you Arlen – thank you for your lovely comment! Have a wonderful week ~
I enjoy your work! The composition and the deepness of this landscape is beautiful!
Thank you so much for your generous comment – it was a great scene to work with!
A painting filled with joy and hope. Beautiful Mary.
Thanks Emily! Summer is leaving too quickly this year, don’t you think so?
I agree completely Mary ! I’m not ready for summer to be over. Although the next two months are always so lovely on the bay.
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! 🙂
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.
It’s gorgeous Mary! Love the color scheme. The copyright notice isn’t too big in my opinion. xoxo
Thanks Rhonda! Hope you are enjoying your weekend!
Amazing! Love the sky!
Love all that sky!
Thanks Gallivanta – appreciate it!
Analogous was a great choice – this is beauitful, Mary!
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.
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.
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.
You crack me up, but you’re right I forget world-wide. It’s 14×11 inches ~
Do you ever do great big works ? – I should so love to see one …
Good question. I just gesso’d a large hardboard (22″ x26″, I think) and will probably paint a Lake Tahoe scene that my husband asked for. A piece that large will take a while.
Acknowledged. Over and out.
Oh, so beautiful, Mary!!!!! 🙂
…and well done on the copyright notice too! 😉
Still haven’t had time to check…
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.
I think the notice is perfect and big enough for anyone with an appetite! 😉
Gorgeous sky Mary!
Thank you so much Tim!