Personal Challenge – rocks/boulders: All 15 Painting Studies

Here is the collection of all 15 oil pastel paintings for the rocks and boulders studies.  It was a good challenge, with a wide-range of subjects allowing me to learn about their shapes, forms, textures and values.

Thanks for following along ~click onto image for a larger size.

Study 1 thru Study 5

Study 1 thru Study 5

Study 6 thru Study 10

Study 6 thru Study 10

Study 11 thru Study  15

Study 11 thru Study 15


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50 Responses to Personal Challenge – rocks/boulders: All 15 Painting Studies

  1. Hi, Mary. I love your site. How do you get that flag stats box onto your blog? I’ve searched the options, but haven’t been able to find an answer. Love the idea, as it is so interesting to see where in the world we are going?

    • Mary says:

      Hi Margaret, thank you. If you want the visitors’ flag, you’ll have to left click onto the Visitors box (to the right here) go to the site and there should be instructions for copying the counter to your blog – I may have also copied the link and then created a widget for my side bar and attached it there. I did it so long ago that I’m trying to remember, so these instructions might not be 100% correct. But, I think that WordPress has a widget for an international map to track visitors that is really great. I started my flag counter several months after I started my blog and actually have 85,000 visits so 20,000 aren’t showing up here. It’s a fun option to have.

  2. An amazing collection Mary and all so very different. Beautiful colour and texture. A body of work to be proud of!

  3. Mara says:

    Lovely series and it’s wonderful to see them all together as they develop. Are you going to take your rocks further? You should!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Mara for your feedback and thoughts. At some point I might pick them back up, but I have several more subjects to get through that I want to build challenges around. Appreciate it!!

  4. Boeta says:

    Wonderful series.

  5. poppytump says:

    Love these Mary !! From the sheer cliffs dropping into the ocean to those river boulders of metallic greens and blues and the facets and chiseled colours in no 1 there .. marvellous .
    Congratulations on this fine series !

  6. violetski says:

    How great and wonderful to see the collection of your beautiful works dear Mary!
    I haven’t been around for long time and now really enjoying to see and read your posts❤️

    • Mary says:

      Thank you very much Violet – loved hearing from you. I know you are very busy these days with your studies, hope all is going well with them! Good for you ~ you’ll never regret moving forward.

  7. Anonymous says:

    It has been inspiring to see your work develop so nicely over the past two years. The self-discipline and application of formal study certain is reflected in the fine work you are posting.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you for your lovely comment and feedback – means a lot that you stayed with the development and progress. The personal challenges have pushed me to expand my understanding of technique, color and medium far beyond my imagination. The best part, it’s been an incredibly fun journey. Thanks very much ~

  8. nutsfortreasure says:

    I am working on so many myself love yours!

  9. How wonderful to see the collection here, Mary! It is wonderful to compare them to each other and pick out details I love in them!

  10. Leya says:

    Seeing them all together is an overwhelming sensation. You are so skilled to perfection. I just love those colours and details.

  11. sefeniak says:

    Think I may have missed a few. They all look fantastic. As mentioned before, can’t wait for your next challenge!!

  12. Hope that everyone will take the time to click on the photos to enlarge them. The details of texture and nuances are gorgeous. Your productivity puts me to shame, Mary. Lovely work.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Evelyne, you are so kind – thank you so much for your feedback and compliment. I really appreciate it and hope you have a lovely weekend.

  13. farbvielfalt says:

    Great results Mary! It’s always worth it to leave the comfort zone!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much – sometimes leaving the comfort zone is a nail biting experience! LOL, I really still have all my nails, it’s actually fun – this world of discovery!

  14. Wow! How impressive to see them all together! Extra kudos to you, Mary for challenging yourself. A collection to be very proud of!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Elena for your encouragement and enthusiasm. I’m glad I went outside my comfort zone and tackled, time to consider my next series. Thanks for the nod.

  15. aFrankAngle says:

    Gotta love the collection … and I enjoy seeing the commonalities.

  16. Gallivanta says:

    Lovely to see all the rocks and boulders gathered in one place.

  17. Excellent collection, Mary, excellent!

  18. What a great series! They look really great all together. Congrats on all of the beautiful paintings.

  19. ashokbhatia says:

    A great series. Reminds me of David Lean’s movie – The Ryan’s Daughter, where different moods of the sea were captured and interwoven so very well with the narrative.

  20. What a beautiful collection! I just realized I have missed one #14, must go and check my reader! As for now my favorite is #11, love the scale of the rock and the reflection is just super perfect! Thanks for showing all in one frame, is exiting to see and compare. Congratulations!!!

  21. Painting for Joy says:

    I can’t pick a fav either! They are all fabulous Mary. Bravo!!

  22. Amazing work Mary, you should be do proud of your achievements, I want them all in my house!

  23. A.PROMPTreply says:

    I was going to say I liked No. 9 best, but then thought, no, No. 10, and then saw No. 8, but then noticed No. 12 and so on and so on. So I’m just going to say this is a wonderful series!

  24. Mary, it is a beautiful collection with nice touch of colors! I like it. Congratulations!

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