Personal Challenge, Rocks/Boulders – #10 Chagrin Falls, OH

#10 in my challenge is a scene from Chagrin Falls, OH – what attracted me about the scene was the stack of rocks highlighted by the beautiful waterfalls.

Chagrin Falls, an oil pastel (7×5) was painted on black Mi-Teintes Pastel Paper – the paper was perfect for creating a dark atmosphere as the base of the scene, letting the stack rocks standout and the waterfall punctuate the senses.  Mainly used Senneliers brand of OPs, as well as Neopastels and Holbeins.

Only five studies to go ~

Chagrin Falls, #10

Chagrin Falls, #10

The reference image is from Michele Long of pmp.


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29 Responses to Personal Challenge, Rocks/Boulders – #10 Chagrin Falls, OH

  1. Love the spray of water you were able to capture!

  2. Wonderful, Mary. I love the golden tones in the front rocks.

  3. What a wonderful name and what a beautiful painting. 😉

  4. Painting for Joy says:

    Wonderful energy in this study! Love the flowing water across the face of the rocks and the bit of green frames the entire piece very nicely. I’d say you nailed your rock challenge!

  5. Mona says:

    Great movement and as always I love your color usage. I am intrigued by these challenges you set for yourself. Your creativity and work seem boundless.

  6. aFrankAngle says:

    Following your challenges has been interesting. Because your location and this spot are many miles apart, what you doing in the northern side of my state? 🙂

  7. Love the name of the falls, a French name as well, and your personal portrait of the waterfalls too, of course.

  8. What a dramatic scene! Love how the waterfall frames in the rocks which are solid and stable compared to the fluidity and transparency of the water, love the balance.The two compliment each other in the best possible way! Superbly executed study!

  9. Mary,
    here is a strong capture of movement and energy. Yes!

  10. I agree about those shiny drips between the two rushing streams, especially beautiful….but the whole thing is lovely. I like how you’re trying all different kinds of stone, with their different hues. And the name “chagrin” falls sent me to googling to find out how it came about….

    • Mary says:

      Hi Cynthia, so glad that you enjoyed the piece – the water was fun to develop. Pretty interesting little place, right? I have some more rocks that are really meant to give me a challenge, and they will for sure. It may be easier to paint rocks if the surface was larger, but these small pieces force me to focus and think about the subject more fully.

  11. Mary, this one is just lovely. You have really captured the sense of the water flowing over the rock. Great color contrasts, too.

  12. Francesca says:

    I love this, Mary! The color of the rocks, the green in the back and the way you captured the fall of the water. Superb! The composition is just perfect!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Francesca, thank you very much so glad you liked the colors in this piece – they were especially fun developing them and the texture of the rocks and water.

  13. A.PROMPTreply says:

    Nice how you captured even those smaller streams of water on the corner of the rocks. For whatever reason, this work makes me feel hopeful and peaceful.

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