Personal Challenge – Rocks/Boulders: #7 Slanted Rocks, oil pastels

Slanted Rocks is #7 in my personal challenge of studying rocks/boulders.

The oil pastel is 5×7 painted on beige Mi-Teintes Pastel Paper – using mainly Senneliers and Neopastels.  I wanted something complex and challenging, exactly what I got with this painting.  Love the close-up of slanted sharp-edged rocks, the water dripping down and swirling around the bottom all interesting elements.

Have a beautiful weekend – I’m one day late in checking my Reader, so I know it’s going to be jam-packed with some great posts.  Actually looking forward to catching up, it’s going to be raining here (no complaints we need the water) ~

Slanted Rocks, #7

Slanted Rocks, #7

Reference image used from Jim Pierce of pmp – great artist and photographer


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36 Responses to Personal Challenge – Rocks/Boulders: #7 Slanted Rocks, oil pastels

  1. Love the color! You have made me rethink rocks!

  2. I love this oil pastel. In my digital app, I’ve made pastel brushes, and am painting my abstracts with them. You have been a real inspiration to me. This is wonderful. I love the depth of the piece, and the darks and lights. Those are the areas where I want to focus more.

  3. Wow, it’s amazing how much detail you’ve put into a small 5X7. I love the water running over the rough looking rocks. Fantastic job! 🙂

  4. aFrankAngle says:

    On closer review, love all the color you gave the rocks!

  5. nutsfortreasure says:

    I really must practice daily on one subject 🙂 Must stay focused like you 🙂 I love this one!

  6. “Slanted Rocks #7” reminds me so much of a wonderful cropping not far from Guthrie, Oklahoma. You’ve done an excellent job capturing the feeling, Mary.

  7. Love this “up close and personal” perspective of this study! Splendidly executed to the last detail and probably the most interesting one too! Wishing you as well a wonderful weekend with or without rain!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you very much Eva. I’m not used to painting a structure positioned at an odd angle, a mind game challenge on this piece. We had a wonderful weekend, a little (but very needed) rain and mist. Fall weather is definitely in the air ~ have a lovely week.

  8. Wow! One can actually feel the movement of the water 🙂

  9. Inese Poga Art Gallery says:

    Beautifully done challenge! It’s raining here, as well. Cold and not nice weather, actually. It is great to paint, isn’t it?

  10. Anonymous says:

    It’s fabulous

  11. Gallivanta says:

    Lovely close-up view.

  12. Once again, Mary, fine work

  13. mrsmrs says:

    This series of rocks is absolutely terrific, Mary ! – and even an art klutz like me can see why the subject must be appealing to an artist …

    • Mary says:

      Well now, how cool is this! Thank you MR, so glad you liked this study – the smooth slant of the rocks totally appealed to me. Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

  14. Another difficult subject very well handled, Mary!!!
    Wishing you a great weekend! 🙂 xx

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Marina – this one was a bear, until I got enough layers on to develop the textures. Have a fantastic weekend, our temps dropped to the high 50’s and we’re loving every cold minute!

  15. Painting for Joy says:

    Fabulous perspective Mary. You created wonderful drama with the water flowing off the rocks and the motion in the water.

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