Personal Challenge – Rocks: #4 The Rock

Didn’t want the weekend to come around without having one more study of rocks to post.

The Rock (4×6) is a small oil pastel study of a rock sitting close to the shore along the coast of Maine.  This study is all about the rock w/regard to color, formation and textures – the water is more incidental to seat the rock.

Thanks for checking in, have a great weekend!

The Rock


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30 Responses to Personal Challenge – Rocks: #4 The Rock

  1. The rock is wonderful. I love the water. You caught the reflective quality it has.

  2. I love when you do a small size painting…they seem so precious.

  3. aFrankAngle says:

    You’ve given the rock its due elegance.

  4. ladyfi says:

    A lovely picture!

  5. Eva PoeteX says:

    Beauty, elegance, vibrancy!

  6. sefeniak says:

    The water at first glance may seem incidental but I can see it and hear it undulating around your wonderful rock! Hope you are enjoying a great weekend. 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thank you for the well wishes Susan – the weekend was way too busy, but restful as well! Thank you for your nice feedback on the water and rock!

  7. Painting for Joy says:

    Love this one Mary. The colors in the water are rich and full of light. The rock is so wonderfully dimensional. Awesome.

  8. dorannrule says:

    Wooohooo! That rock looks positively dangerous! You are doing an excellent job of depicting all the jagged edges and color gradations of a prominent rock formation near shore.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Dorann! Love that it looks dangerous, makes me thrilled that you saw the jagged edges and slipperiness of the rock. It’s a good learning study. Have a great week ~

  9. The darkened wave tips do not confuse my eyes as per “mrsmrs says”, in contrary it just suggests to me that there are other rocks under the water mass, that is why is darker at that point and that is why the waves breaking over it! OK, there you have my humble opinion over the “confusion”.
    The rock is the focal point and love the values and texture of it, beautiful visuals! Wish you a wonderful, happy weekend as well!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Eva, that you so much for your thoughts on this study – perhaps it would have been better off without the water, but wanted to give it a little substance. I enjoyed how you filled in the view with additional rocks and breaking wave, you have read the scene correctly. This rock was a great study because of other elements like wetness and bulk – the textures came easily in this one because I was able to drag the OPs across the surface and that allowed the OPs to sort of stick to the surface giving me textures to play with. Thanks and have a beautiful week, I’m very late getting started ~

  10. I enjoy your descriptive interpretations as much as the beautiful visuals Mary.

  11. mrsmrs says:

    Want a totally ignorant comment ? – you gonna get it, anyway; and advance apologies for it.
    The darkened wave tips confuse my eye. At first I thought I was looking at a volcano ! The thing is that someone who knows zero about art tends to look at it with seen memories in mind rather than without anything influencing the eyeball. Alas.

    • Mary says:

      M.R. I hope you would comment! I can totally understand why you thought it was a volcano, without the water being sparkling blue and a natural nuance about it the rock looks something other than what it is. This is one of the problems I struggle with doing studies of close-up rocks and boulders – I’d prefer to have no background, but often they read better with a background to seat the subject. I get your meaning – thanks!

      • mrsmrs says:

        By all the gods you are a tolerant woman. For someone of your talent to have to read comments like mine and not lose her temper is truly impressive, Mary – and I like you all the more for it. I do seem bloody DRIVEN to say the things that are in my head … :-\

        • Mary says:

          I completely forgot to respond – ha! Oh M.R. you didn’t say anything wrong in the least, not being familiar with the scene you really looked at the painting to try and figure out what the heck did she paint this time (lol)! Thank you for speaking your mind, why you wouldn’t be M.R. if you didn’t – so don’t stop, be who you are.

  12. lulu says:

    I love rocks, all shapes and sizes, and goodness knows, there are plenty of them in Maine.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Lulu, this one was wonderful to paint – but the water could have been more advanced. You are right about Maine rocks – I have a unique one that we had on our cove which I’ll be painting.

  13. Beautiful rock textures, Mary and btw that’s a very nice scene with the wave about to hit the rock. Happy weekend to you too, my dear and here is your …COPYRIGHT REMINDER!!!!! 😉

    • Mary says:

      You are really good Marina! Was working in the yard and just saw your note, ask me where my mind is? Thanks so much for the reminder!

      Thank you for your feedback on the rocks – it was great fun to paint, yeah the wave is coming just not in this scene – but I do have it where it slammed into this rock! So glad it’s the weekend, have a good one!

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