Personal Challenge – rocks/boulders: The Range, #15

Well now I finally reached the end of the 15-painting rock/boulder challenge – took a bit more time than anticipated but I’m happy that I undertook it.

The Range, (6×8) oil pastel was completed on cream tinted Mi-Teintes Pastel paper using mainly Senneliers, Neopastels and Mungyo-Gallery oil pastels.  Tools included clay shapers and painting knives, many layers of paint was applied in this painting.

I selected the mountain range called, Napes Needle, because I haven’t painted a mountain range before and thought the sharp dark edges of the mountain range against  of a snowy mountain range would make for an interesting contrast and give the scene some depth.

Thank you all for following along with this study – it was challenging, exasperating, exciting and thrilling.  I think that 15 studies are a good amount to base on any particular subject.  Hmmmmmm, wonder what the next will be  .   .   .

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The Range, #15

The Range, #15

Reference image was from Gary Jones, a very talented photographer with pmp.


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42 Responses to Personal Challenge – rocks/boulders: The Range, #15

  1. poppytump says:

    Love the perspective of this Mary ! The dark jagged range is a perfect foil against the other snowy mountain spread out below … an achievement all round I’d say . What a climb it would have been for real 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Hi Poppy! What a beautiful and generous comment, thank you so much. Got to say you’d never see me up there, my fear would be too gripping that I’d freeze w/no possibility of moving forward or backward.

  2. karenford71 says:

    I love this one Mary! It’s great

  3. So very beautifully done! I know just how difficult it is to capture rocks, boulders and their surroundings, and you have conquered it! Great piece, Mary!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Elena! This was an exciting piece to get into – less was more on the snow-filled mountain range and the textures were solid and thick on the open-faced range. Had a lot of fun working it.

  4. I’m always so impressed with your dedication to your art. I’m still waiting to add a Mary’s Masterpiece to my collection. 🙂

  5. Painting for Joy says:

    Superb study Mary! I bet they look fantastic on the wall as a grouping! Along with everyone else here, I can’t wait to see what you do next. You are such a talented and creative artist.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Rhonda, thank you very much for generous comment and compliment ~ I really enjoyed this mountain study for the hard/soft edging and contrast in value range. Ops handle this type of scene really well.

  6. Francesca says:

    Well done, Mary! Looking forward to the next challenge!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Francesca – thank you! Next challenge probably won’t be until well into November, but will be just as big of a challenge as this. Thanks ~

  7. dorannrule says:

    When I first looked at this one, my thought was, “This is the best of the best! I love it.” On second look, my reaction was the same. I saw it as a raging sea pounding against ragged rocky cliffs. Then I read your description and realized it’s two mountain ranges! I still think it’s the best of the best. And I love it. It’s beautiful either way but I can’t get the raging sea out of my mind.

    • Mary says:

      Dorann you just rock, what else can I say! I laughed and appreciated your beautiful comment and I can also see the raging sea (lol – the beauty of art, it can be whatever you want it to be). Glad you enjoyed the piece – thank you so much.

  8. Excellent! Can’t wait to see what’s next. 🙂

  9. Most impressive ending to the challenge indeed, there ain’t no mountain you cannot climb! Love your determination and how devoted you are to your art, it is very inspiring. Thank you for the wonderful journey, I’m looking forward to your next which I’m sure will be even more exciting!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Eva for your never-ending encouragement and support – means a lot. The studies have been eye-opening learning experiences, every piece taught me something that I’ll be able to carry forward in my future work. Thanks for coming along and sharing the journey ~

  10. Gallivanta says:

    Congratulations! Another series completed with style.

  11. Don says:

    Enjoyed walking along with you on this challenge Mary. This one has a wonderfully wild and rugged feel about it.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Don for your comments and tagging along. Rocks aren’t always that exciting to paint and there were some of these studies that really challenged my motivation, but glad that I stuck with it.

  12. M-R says:

    Absolutely magnificent, Mary ! – one of your best, imo …

  13. Carol King says:

    Congratulations on your undertaking and completion of your rocks boulders challenge. You did a fantastic job!

  14. A.PROMPTreply says:

    I’m going to miss your rock studies. This one especially shows the harshness of the conditions. I just got a quite good pic of rocks I was thinking to send you to do for your challenge. Guess I’m going to have to wait and see what comes next and take a new pic to contribute!

  15. Hi Mary..I’m up here in Maine applauding…can you hear me?

  16. sefeniak says:

    Well done Mary!! Looking forward to seeing your next challenge. 🙂

  17. pizzuti says:

    Great job! Rocks are difficult to get right.

  18. Healing Grief says:

    Cannot wait to see what you do next Mary and Im sure it will be wonderful!

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