Personal Challenge – Rock/Boulders: Autumn Steps, #13

Well what do you know, finally got #13 done in my rock/boulder studies!  I can’t give up on the studies especially when I only have two to go ~ so I was thrilled to get this scene done.  I’ve wanted to do an Autumn painting for a while now and was glad that I could include one in with these studies.

Autumn Steps, an oil pastel (7×5) was painted on beige tinted Mi-Teintes pastel paper using mainly Senneliers, Holbeins and Neopastels brands.  Because there is so much detail in this piece clay shapers, a straight-edge razor and a painters knife were used to move the paint around the surface.

The painting looks better in person (already framed and on my kitchen shelf), I’m not a good photographer!   I hope you all have a wonderful weekend ~

Autumn Steps, #13

Autumn Steps, #13

Reference image was from Lisa Tringali, a photographer from pmp.


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53 Responses to Personal Challenge – Rock/Boulders: Autumn Steps, #13

  1. violetski says:

    Just beautiful! ❤️

  2. Mona says:

    Really very pretty.

  3. Painting for Joy says:

    Oh Mary I think this one is my fav. You captured the light beautifully, and I love the little pumpkins. A very sweet painting! The colors are heavenly.

  4. ladyfi says:

    Oooo – wonderful autumn colours!

  5. The autumn colors are so fabulous! I will be walking this path today:)

  6. Love the colors of autumn, which you are very able to render in your paintings, brava!

  7. Healing Grief says:

    I love this one Mary! Its warm, inviting and beautiful.

  8. Looks beautiful….such lively warm autumn colours

  9. lesliepaints says:

    Yum. All that rich warm color set off by a little green. Love it!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Leslie! I’m considering painting this scene larger and possibly develop the background a bit – this small became a bit of a challenge to get any more in.

  10. What an unexpected little treat, it is a surprise to see there is no water! I love the feel of fall with all the beautiful colors and yes there is a pumpkin! Just super lovely, beautiful scene with the most charming stairs, I wish I could sit there and breathe in the sent of the fall!

    • Mary says:

      You just never know Eva – color was very understated in the original scene, but I saw color and the softness of Fall and the place had the smell of Fall. Glad you enjoyed it – only two to go. Have a wonderful week.

  11. Francesca says:

    I love it! It looks so natural. The colors are amazing and it just makes me want to be there and walk on that pathway,

  12. Beautiful Autumn scene. Do you use reference photos or make it up as you go? Art is so hard to photograph right but this looks lovely.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Beth, thank you! When I create it really is some of both – I’ll use reference images/photographs that I have taken, wetcanvas or PMP (both have vast libraries for artist to use) and change something about the scene. Maybe I’ll reverse the image, take something out or add some element, or change up the color combinations and textures. I also like to crop a section out of a photograph and then enhance it in some way. For me it’s a matter of creating and usually seeing something immediately that speaks to me in capturing. Thanks for asking!

  13. Beautiful color contrast.

    Regards and good will blogging.

  14. I love these autumn steps, Mary. They remind me of a favorite path we used to take between our cabin and my aunt’s cabin. In October she always left pumpkins along the way, and when I saw the pumpkin at the bottom of the stairs, I felt transported to the old route! Thank you.

    • Mary says:

      Oh my, what a beautiful thing – there is nothing better for an artist than to engage the viewer and conjure up memories of past. Very cool Marylin!

  15. coastalcrone says:

    I don’t photograph well either. Would love to see it on your kitchen shelf! Perfect for fall! Cheers!

  16. Mary: Love what you’ve done with the colours here, as well as the composition.

  17. Beautiful autumn scene, Mary! Have a great weekend. 😀

  18. ashokbhatia says:

    Captivating and inviting!

  19. M-R says:

    Oh, this is nice, this is NICE !!! Love it, clever Mary !

  20. You captured the beautiful essence of fall my friend.

  21. John says:

    Really nice! The little pumpkin looks like someone just put it there recently.

  22. restlessjo says:

    One of your best yet, Mary. You’ve got Autumn in a nutshell there. 🙂

  23. This is beautiful and I LOVE the colors! 🙂 It is inviting and makes me want to go up those steps to walk!

  24. A.PROMPTreply says:

    A perfect fall scene and your stones are magnificent! It looks like a pathway to tranquility.

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