Personal Challenge – Rocks/Boulders: #6, Island Cove Rocks

#6 rock study.  I loved painting this little scene, it’s of a place along the coast in Maine – seeing an inlet fogged in is not unusual to see in this part of Maine.

Island Cove Rocks, an oil pastel (4×6) is of a place located in Westport Island, ME, a small coastal town mid-Maine.  It’s one of the idyllic, quaint places that no one would be exists today – ah, but it does and all things good, I loved going there to meet with clients.  This scene reminds me so much of where I used to live in Maine – always socked in with fog, chilly oh so chilly, and the massive slabs of rock angling downward is a signature mark of glacial slit and melting ice sliding and scraping the earth from millions of years ago.

I kept this scene quiet, void of bright or vibrant colors as the fog colors everything in a dull gray.   The surface is Mi-Teintes gray-tinted pastel paper using mainly Sennelier oil pastels, with clay shapers and foam insulation to move the OPs around.

Island Cove Rocks

Island Cove Rocks

Reference image is from Debi Peters from pmp.


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30 Responses to Personal Challenge – Rocks/Boulders: #6, Island Cove Rocks

  1. I love this. I makes me believe that I’ve been there, spent hours, when I know I haven’t. Beautiful.

  2. Are you tired of me yet? I can’t believe I have missed so many of your blogs. This one is great. You really captured the peacefulness of the site. I love how you did the tree with the very light greens on the edge. That really makes the piece pop.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Kerry – this is such a special scene and so typical of Maine coastline. Also ready framed, husband loved it – think it made him homesick.

  3. restlessjo says:

    What a lovely part of the world! As usual, Mary, you bring it to life 🙂

  4. ladyfi says:

    What a lovely painting.

  5. Gallivanta says:

    Your love for Maine shines through. When this post showed up on my reader I saw the painting (didn’t glance at the text) and said to myself, “This must be Maine.” I have only been to Maine once so I was pleased to find I was right. It’s a beautiful, beautiful part of the US.

    • Mary says:

      How cool Gallivanta, it’s such a compliment to read that you knew the area before it was revealed! I’m thrilled – this is a typical, but beautiful scene along the coast. Thanks so much!

  6. niasunset says:

    I love your art works dear Mary, another beautiful one. Thanks and Love, nia

  7. dorannrule says:

    This one is more favorite than my last. This one is truly special and is definitely my favorite.

  8. Oh Mary, Maine is such a great place for me. Since I’m familiar with central Maine, including the coast, I’m curious to know more about Island Cove. You certainly capture the color and texture of the Maine rocks pretty well. And the fog too.

  9. Painting for Joy says:

    Beautiful Mary! Absolutely beautiful! Love the fog and the muted tones. You hit it it out of the park, yet again.

  10. Mary,
    for me, my favourite so far – this is subtle and seamlessly toned and gives an air of relaxation and peace. i LOVE it.
    Best wishes

  11. sefeniak says:

    A relaxing view. Peaceful and calm. Quiet.

  12. Jess says:

    Lovely! Such a peaceful piece.

  13. There is a calmness and serenity in this painting. It’s done so well, Mary. 🙂 xx

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Marina, you know how to make my day. I’m glad you are enjoying the quietness of a beautiful place that I used to call home. Hope you are having a wonderful evening.

  14. I can vouch for it…these are real Maine rocks….nice work, Mary!

    • Mary says:

      Ah Cynthia, thank you! I have several more scenes from Maine, one is the cove we used to live off of. There is nothing more relaxing or enjoyable than to sit by the quiet shores of Maine and enjoy the way life should be. Thanks for recognizing Maine Rocks, such a compliment coming from a “Mainer!”

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