Forgotten, oil pastel

My goal with this painting was to create a quiet, but forgotten subject – what better way than to illustrate an abandoned windmill along a marshy river.  I found a perfect summer scene and saw winter, so you know the story .  .  .

Forgotten, an oil pastel (5×7) was painted on cream-tinted Mi-Teintes pastel paper using mainly Senneliers and Holbeins oil pastels.  Most of the OPs were scrubbed on and then moved with clay shapers.

Hope you enjoy ~ click onto the image for a larger view.


The summer reference image was taken by David Battye a photographer with pmp.


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24 Responses to Forgotten, oil pastel

  1. ladyfi says:

    This is just lovely!

  2. ashokbhatia says:

    Beautiful. Somehow, reminds one of the tulip fields in Netherlands!

  3. dorannrule says:

    This one conjures up a love story for some reason – a place for a lovers’ tryst. Beautiful!

  4. Oh, I had to throw on a coat after spotting this, Mary! Gorgeous. I’m now chilled to the bone. I also love, love windmills. And this is a beauty. I now have a hankering for more mills, so I’m off now to find my Vincent van Gogh booklets. BRAVO. ~Theadora

    • Mary says:

      Ah Theadora what a beautiful comment. So glad that you love windmills, don’t you think there is something romantic about them? Seeing one in a painting brings on nostalgia of the old master painters. Such a compliment, you are something else – hope you enjoyed your Vincent van Gogh booklets! Take care kind one ~

  5. restlessjo says:

    It has the look of a Turner to me 🙂

  6. Wanted to drop in and wish you a Happy Thanksgiving my friend!

  7. Love the depth in this, Mary, and of course the fine skills

  8. poppytump says:

    Summer to Winter … it’s magical Mary . I love windmills .
    Wouldn’t it be marvellous to stumble upon such a scene .

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Poppy so much – glad you enjoyed the scene. I’d love to paint this in person, now that would be a lot of fun. It’s located in Norfolk Boards, UK – can only imagine what the scene would look like during the winter months.

  9. Love how you managed the textures, especially the water! The subject looks abandoned and broken but has a very charming, authentic vibe, it reminds me of a long gone era an era when wind mills used to be a preferred subject for painters. A beautiful tribute to say the least.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Eva, you are so spot on with your comment on the windmill and “gone era when wind mills were used as a preferred subject for painters,” is exactly what I thought when I first saw the summer scene. I was going to go with a stormy gray scene, but decided to warm it up. Thanks for your feedback on the painting, really enjoyed reading your description.

  10. Painting for Joy says:

    Very serene and peaceful. Especially love the reflection in the water. The contrast between cool and warm tones, makes your piece lovely Mary! Happy Thanksgiving! ♥

    • Mary says:

      Hi Rhonda, thanks so much for your lovely comment. I know you are busy preparing for the holidays, Happy Thanksgiving wishing you and your family a wonderful day.

  11. Perfect title for this beautiful painting, Mary. There is a sweet melancholy in this quiet scene.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Marina, thank you this was such a neat scene to develop – I thought a cold, gray scene would have really abandoned the windmill, so worked the warms in and maybe giving the loneliness of the scene a bit of hope. Have a wonderful evening.

  12. Beautiful Mary, and interestingly I feel warmth from this painting. Really lovely.

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