Personal Challenge – Rocks: #3 Ocean Cliff

This oil pastel (7×5) was painted on Mi-Teintes gray tinted pastel paper.  Using the rough side of the paper, texture was left after spreading the oil pastel.  I liked the look, since the cliff is quite rough with lots of cracks and crevices, using this side of the paper worked well in this case.

Oil Pastel brands used was Senneliers, Holbeins and Neopastels – all soft and smooth when applying to the surface, so very easily manipulated with clay shapers and tortilums.

A reference image from John Warren, fabulous artist and photographer of pmp.

Ocean Cliff, #3

Ocean Cliff, #3


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25 Responses to Personal Challenge – Rocks: #3 Ocean Cliff

  1. Beautifully done Mary. I find artwork so highly subjective and while I am taken by its natural splendor in the literal sense I am also struck by seeing at least three heads of bison in this visual. The mind has an interpretation of its own…and perhaps I should see a therapist about the bison thing!

  2. The color wins me over before I can even see anything else:) Delightful.

  3. Jackie says:

    Both personal challenge paintings are wonderful. Beautiful work, Mary! 🙂

  4. Zara says:

    Wonderful use of texture! Brilliantly done as always Mary 🙂

  5. Carol King says:

    Love the work you did on the rock and the water below. Very exciting painting.

  6. M-R says:

    YETH, Mary ! – yeth yeth yeth !!! Love it. Thank you !! 🙂

  7. Fabulous and dramatic scene at the same time! The hight of the cliff is dizzying high and lends a perfect perspective to the whole canvass! Beautiful colors and textures, great study!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Eva, appreciate it! Interesting for this study, I used the rough side of the pastel paper so texture of the cliff stood out more – not sure I like the effect, at least not with Sennelier oil pastels that are lipstick soft. Looking to go back into the painting and add a bit more definition for the craggy look of the cliff once the oil pastels setup a bit more. Thank you for your generous feedback and comments.

      I have to rethink what surface and brand of oil pastels to use when a scene calls for rocks – gessoed hardboard has always worked best for my ocean scenes, rather than pastel paper.

  8. Painting for Joy says:

    Reminds me of the California coast! Loving all the colors in the cliff and the action of the waves upon it.

  9. sefeniak says:

    Wonderful, textures and colors!

  10. I love the roughness of the rocks! Beautifully done, Mary!!! You’ve set yourself quite a task there!! 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Marina! This cliff was more solid and less definition so it posed a real challenge for me – that’s what studies are all about and you are so right! I have my work cut out for me with this challenge, that’s for sure. I really appreciate your encouragement!

  11. This is wonderful, Mary. I sat and ate my sandwich and looked at it. The textures are wonderful and so rich, colors too.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Kerry, thank you so much – always appreciate your comments. This was a very difficult subject for me and one that I need to go back and revisit. Nice to see you again.

  12. Wonderful rich colors in the rocks. Great work!

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