Morning View, oil pastel

Morning View, an oil pastel painting (5×10) is of an empty harbor during winter months.  The image I based this painting off of reminded me of how quiet Maine would get every winter after summer visitors would leave for the season.  It was a favorite time of the year for me.

The painting was done on a gesso-prepared hardboard, with Holbeins and Mungyo oil pastels and I used clay shapers and a painters knife to move the OPs around the surface.  Buildings, gulls or the lonely lobster boat heading out to sea for its daily catch were all left out because in this case I wanted to focus on the harbor water and back-hills – I’ll let the viewer fill in the blanks.


Morning ViewThe reference image was from pmp, Renee Hanlon.


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45 Responses to Morning View, oil pastel

  1. Mary, you absolutely captured the desolation of winter, though unyielding, still lovely.

  2. restlessjo says:

    You did a superb job with the softness, Mary 🙂

  3. ĽAdelaide says:

    this is so gorgeous…. love the light. very peaceful sense to it. xo

  4. Golden serenity, Mary. Happy New Year and welcome back!

  5. Steven says:

    It has a really lovely quiet to it, Mary. Great job.

  6. Leya says:

    There’s a soft stillness to this picture. A calm and yellow tinted morning. Love the feeling.

  7. Susan Feniak says:

    Lovely painting. Reminiscent of our little town which also becomes quiet and ghostly after September. Peaceful after the crazy summer months. You have brought us the calm.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks so much Susan – isn’t it great once everyone is gone and we have these special places all to ourselves. Really appreciate your comment!

  8. Love it that you left out all those “things” hanging around the harbor, by striping the scene down to it’s bones you highlighted and brought out the natural beauty of it! Simple, peaceful and quiet morning, the kind we all enjoy sprinkled with natural breathtaking beauty! Wonderful piece!

    • Mary says:

      Always love your descriptions Eva, “striping the scene down to its bones,” perfect! It really was the effect I was after – thank you so much for always being present in your words. It was a great scene to capture with oil pastels. I’m getting itchy to paint a full and active seascape soon – getting time to switch seasons/subjects.

  9. Painting for Joy says:

    A lovely peaceful scene Mary. Love the warm hues and the viewpoint with the mountains reflecting in the water. Reminds me of our little lakeside town which becomes a ghost town in winter. Well done!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks so much Rhonda, really appreciate your feedback – I’m drawn to places like this, and the scene was just one of those places hard to ignore. I know you feel the same in the area you live, could be why so many of your paintings capture natures’ beauty.

  10. elisa ruland says:

    It must be rewarding to start with a blank slate and watch your image slowly emerge. This painting has a slowness to it that I like. A beautiful quietness.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks so much Elisa for your beautiful thoughts and comment on the process. There is something very satisfying (and fun) to transform the slate to a 3-d image. I’m so glad you like the piece – nice to get lost in thought with the place. Thanks again ~

  11. The Maine-iac in me salutes the Maine-iac in you….Thank you for a. beautiful reminder!

    • Mary says:

      Maine is gorgeous in Winter, right? So many places with lots of beautiful surprises especially along the coast and mountain regions. I wanted to tone down the yellow a bit, but lost the tooth and had to leave it as is. In any respect the scene spoke to me and was enjoyable to paint. Thanks so much Cynthia – hope you have a lovely day.

  12. aFrankAngle says:

    Peaceful. Many would expect the sun to be directly between the rocks, but I like that you have it coming from the right.

  13. artbyisabel says:

    Very nice and peaceful. Lovely colors and detail. It gives me a feeling of being pulled in. I love it!

  14. la_lasciata says:

    A beautiful veduta, Mary ! – I must draw my blogging mate Trent’s attention: he lives around there …

  15. Gallivanta says:

    Emptiness is strangely filling. 🙂

  16. This is strong, Mary; a fine composition



  17. How beautiful, Mary! What an exquisite painting of this peaceful dawn! 🙂 xx

    • Mary says:

      Hi Marina, you are so generous – loved your comment. Thank you, this one was very close to being cast aside – the tenacity had me stay with it. Hope you have a lovely evening. I’m getting ready to change subjects, stay tuned ~

  18. I feel like i could touch it. Very detailed and clever Mary!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Karen, so glad you enjoyed the piece. I first sketched the full buildings in, but felt they took away from the focus. I like your description!

  19. Jane Lurie says:

    Love the colors and quietness of this piece, Mary.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Jane, thanks so much. It was a bit of a challenge in that I lost some of the tooth in the surface, those oilies like to grab onto something to stick to the surface, I was afraid I’d loose the colors and soft feel. So glad you mentioned them – made my day.

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