Winter Sunset, oil pastel

Today I tried my hand turning a summer scene into a winter sunset.

Winter Sunset, an oil pastel (5×7) was painted on cream tinted Mi-Teintes pastel paper.  This was a fun little exercise, but was a bit of a mind twister trying to stay focused on the sky colors bringing them into the landscape and reflecting off the snow.  My second goal with the painting was to create an impressionist feel to the scene – the reference image was hard-edged buildings, crisp trees, road edging, and a more contemporary setting.

Today my imagination ruled.  Thanks for looking ~

winter sunsetThe original summer reference image was from Sasha of pmp.


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48 Responses to Winter Sunset, oil pastel

  1. lesliepaints says:

    I think you reached your goal. This has a Monet-like feel to it. Beautiful!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Leslie, thank you – appreciate your feedback and compliment. I’ve made a few changes since, mainly with the buildings, and is posted under the gallery of winter paintings above.

  2. Carol King says:

    I think you achieved your goals with this, Mary. I love the colors in the sky reflecting off the buildings and the ground. You painted a soft, moody painting. Someplace I’d like to be this evening.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Carol, really appreciate it. I wish you could have seen the summer scene that the painting was based off of, so funny but I could see winter and used the great elements. Smudging helped get the soft atmosphere to this piece, and lots of layers. It’s so cold out we all need this kind of warm up!

  3. Nice colours and composition. Good work, Mary.

  4. Eliza Waters says:

    A lovely work – reminds me of Monet or Millet.

  5. Painting for Joy says:

    Oh Mary this painting is stunning! I love the contrast of “cold” snow with the warmth of the sunset. Your impressionism is beautifully executed!

  6. This is so infused with warmth, love the colours and the whole feeling of this, Mary; it really springs out at this time of year, thank you for the delight!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Cara – I went back in yesterday and made a few adjustments to the behind the buildings and I think it reads better. I love warm winter scenes, takes away the cold of the season. Thanks again!

  7. Susan Feniak says:

    Stunning! Fantastic colors and yet soft. Impressionistic indeed.

  8. What a great idea, switching seasons. And you’ve done it seamlessly. Quite lovely.

  9. eastwitching says:

    It’s chilly yet inviting at the same time..marvelous

  10. M-R says:

    You succeeded. Totally. Can I have it ?

  11. poppytump says:

    Warmth and sunset glow abounds in this scene Mary … and I do like the impressionistic interpretation very much . You imagination is working a treat !

    • Mary says:

      Hi Poppy, It’s rare, but sometimes a winter sky can breath warmth into the most cold scenes – it’s what I was hoping to do with this painting. Thank you so much, I thoroughly enjoyed your comment.

  12. Interestingly beautiful piece Mary! Love the impressionistic feel with golden snow, love when your imagination rules, the result is more than stunning!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Eva – loved reading your thoughts on this painting. The more I see the painting, the more I’m convinced to go back in and change the width and height of the buildings and perhaps add a few nondescript ones in the very background. Just some thoughts swirling around this morning. Really appreciate your beautiful feedback!

  13. F.G.M. says:

    “turning a summer scene into a winter sunset”, your beautiful work has reminded me of Turner’s wonderful paintings! Have a nice Sunday 🙂

  14. Jane Lurie says:

    Love the colors and composition you’ve chosen, Mary.

  15. A.PROMPTreply says:

    My other friend, Mary the artist who I wrote about and we discussed, painted a scene quite similar to this actually. You may not like the comparison but though her painting was of the War of 1812 and the burning of D.C., this painting of yours brings that one immediately to my mind. Perhaps that the “over” saturation you were speaking of in another comment, but whether it was intended or not, I think this is a really neat scene because it makes the viewer wonder if it is indeed fire that is making the glow or just sunset as you intended.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you A! for your feedback and thoughts, provocative and if I was to paint this scene over, I would consider adding more deeper red tone. The glow evolved in this piece and became more interesting as the clouds structure was built.

  16. Great subtlety in this work, Mary, and i like the tone control very much

    • Mary says:

      Thank you John for your nice description of the work. I do think I need to revisit the four buildings that are all the same height and add some slight imaging behind them . . . will let that thought simmer a while.

  17. stan2606 says:

    Fantastic image, wonderful mood. Makes one want to explore.

  18. Doris says:

    I love the color of this piece and it makes me feel cold
    yet the sun rays hit the right spot.
    it reminds me of Cézanne or Monet

    • Mary says:

      Thanks very much Doris, I love your description. There are so many layers of color in the sky, at one point I thought oh no, I’m going to lose the whole effect. But through scraping with a razor and reapplying the layers it came together.

  19. Right on the Monet….er..I mean right on the money!

  20. Rob Taylor says:

    Very striking piece….well done…..

  21. Francesca says:

    The colors are so beautiful, Mary!

  22. Glad your imagination ruled, Mary!!! …and ruled it did! 😉

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Marina for your beautiful comment – there are many such scenes waiting to be painted. Love winter scenes ~ Happy weekend to you!

  23. And thanks for offering us such a treat. The golden colors are beautiful. Must be a tough exercise to turning a summer landscape into a winter sunset. The result is warm and has a real touch of impressionism. Best to you, Mary.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you very much Evelyne for your lovely comments – it was a great exercise, with limited goal, but to work the sunset colors throughout and be convincing that it’s a winter scene. Several more are coming with this theme in mind.

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