Trees on the Ridge, oil pastel

Today’s painting focuses on trees and boulders – great combination for the two studies done with this year.  Don’t you just love the majesty of mountain tops?  This one spoke to me  .   .   .

Trees on the Ridge, an oil pastel (5×7) was painted on cream tinted mi-teintes pastel paper using mainly Mungyo-Gallery and Holbein oil pastels.  The cream-colored paper helped to keep a light and airy feel to the scene.  There is more back-lighting to the piece than what I was able to pick up with the camera, hopefully you can see some of the effect here.

Trees on the RidgeThe reference image was from Elle Hauser (a fantastic photographer and artist) from pmp.


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49 Responses to Trees on the Ridge, oil pastel

  1. A.PROMPTreply says:

    I really like this…..the foreground roughness against the softer high ground…….makes me want to peek over and see what lies beyond!

    • Mary says:

      Hi A! thanks this was such an interesting scene to paint – you describe it perfectly rough foreground with the softer trees. I liked the juxtaposition of the scene.

  2. Eva PoeteX says:

    Wow! Your artwork impresses me every single time… teach me your ways! lol. 🙂

  3. Gloria Ester says:

    I love the feel of this. Beautiful painting.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Gloria, you know that means the world to me. I saw a few old master snow paintings over the past couple of days and I could see how your knife work would work so great in the landscapes I saw.

  4. Leya says:

    This is soooowonderful, Mary. Made me long for real winter again. It’s raining everyday instead.

    • Mary says:

      Ah Ann-Christine, your comments make me want to get to the studio and start painting more snow scenes. If you can believe it, we are suppose to have some snow flurries tomorrow (in TX?) – soon enough you’ll be able to enjoy the wonders of snow. Have a wonderful weekend.

      • Leya says:

        you are having snow? We’ve had nothing yet…very late this year, and the temperature is only this week dropping to autumn temperature. Metheorogically we had summer until last week. I’m happy with your snow pictures instead! Have a great weekend you too!

  5. poppytump says:

    It’s truly delightful Mary ! I feel like I’m peeping over those rocks waiting for the show to begin …

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Poppy – my whole goal with this scene was to get the light right, and then build on the boulders and trees. I’ve been studying some 19th century masters of gorgeous snow scenes – I’m hoping to bring some of that magic w/oil pastels to several snow scenes I have waiting to be painted. Have a great weekend.

  6. ladyfi says:

    Such a lovely scene!

  7. Gallivanta says:

    Lovely to see the combination of boulders and trees.

  8. niasunset says:

    Great painting dear Mary, I loved it. Thanks and Love, nia

  9. Love this one, has such an airy feeling, but by adding the boulders you managed to anchor down the whole scene and give it a perfect balance! Superb winter magic!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Eva – love reading your feedback of the technicals and your overall comments, means a lot. It was a lot of fun painting the scene and working the icy snow on the boulders.

  10. Mona says:

    I love the technique of the trees. Lovely.

  11. JSD says:

    I like the warmth about it! It’s wonderful.

  12. Painting for Joy says:

    I love this one! Beautiful scene Mary. Would make a great Christmas card! 🙂

  13. Mary,
    Your work never disappoints – well done!

  14. Nawfal says:


  15. Beautiful and amazing!!!

  16. I love it’s subtle beauty! Lovely Mary! 🙂

  17. Wonderful, Mary! You’ve captured that intriguing mood that a snowfall provides!

  18. Heartafire says:

    yes, I do love mountains, and this painting…gorgeous.

  19. Don says:

    It is so good Mary. Beautifully done. I like the way there’s a coolness and a warmth about it. The balance between the two does something marvellous for the picture.

  20. Susan Feniak says:

    I can see why this mountain top spoke to you Mary. Lovely.

  21. timelesslady says:

    Beautiful Mary…I like the depth in the boulders and the beautiful frosty blue-green of the trees.

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