Winter Light, oil pastel

Here is my last snow painting for the 2014 Winter season.  Don’t you think we all need a little warmth of Spring – stay tuned.

Winter Light, an oil pastel (6×9) was painted on light-gray tinted Mi-Teintes pastel paper using mainly Sennelier and Mungyo brand OPs.  Very little scraping was done on this piece, rather my fingers, clay shapers and pieces of pipe insulation were used to blend the colors.  I loved turning up the blues in this painting, just how cold can it get?

Winter Light - textA reference image was used, taken by Helen Stanchfield of pmp – although a lot of liberty was used to get the effect I was after.


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58 Responses to Winter Light, oil pastel

  1. Mary, It’s beautiful, very well painted!

  2. Enchanted/enchanting 🙂

  3. Stefano says:

    Just beautiful, Mary!
    Masterfully done as always.

  4. A previous commenter used the word “magical”, and I agree. It looks really cold, but also hopeful, as though the trees are waiting with barely-contained anticipation.

  5. nutsfortreasure says:

    You have gone and mad cold look beautiful gorgeous work Mary

  6. farbvielfalt says:

    I like the atmosphere and the light that comes from behind! Beautiful!

  7. That’s somehow so cold, Mary, even though it is a warm blue! Amazing.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Cara, thanks so much for your feedback especially with the blue – I love that you got the effect I was building in this piece (cold vs warm).

  8. Chilled to the bone, very nice Mary!

  9. Magnificent with the blues!

  10. Painting for Joy says:

    Oooh, so cold, but so sparkly and full of light! Love the dramatic effect of the shadows.

  11. Mary, this is incredible! 🙂

  12. Susan Feniak says:

    Its beautiful but I agree it is time to turn our attention to thoughts of spring!!! 🙂

  13. So beautiful! The winter light, snow shining…

  14. poppytump says:

    Something very stirring within this Mary . I really like the sense of expectancy and optimism . Shadows will vanish as light encompasses. Lovely .

  15. It seems everybody got the winter blues 🙂
    I love the all blue approach of this piece, it gives a wonderful ambiance to the scene. Love those elongated shadows on the snow and the lighting turns the whole winter landscape into a magical and mysterious place! Beautiful!

  16. ĽAdelaide says:

    brrr… this looks wickedly cold and beautiful as only a soft, snow-covered night can be. xx

  17. la_lasciata says:

    I think the answer is “VERY !”, Mary … 🙂

  18. Gloria Ester says:

    Wow, love the atmosphere in this one. So beautiful.

  19. Who knows what lurks beside, beyond that tree……only the the shadow knows…

  20. iarxiv says:

    Wow! I really like the lighting and atmosphere here.

  21. A.PROMPTreply says:

    Cold and yet somehow magical as well. I love the tone of this one… the magic awaits those who will brave the elements……

    • Mary says:

      Hi A!, thanks very much. So right in your description, I wanted something very different from my typical snow scenes with bright, but cold color. Magical is a good word ~ thanks.

  22. Heartafire says:

    Absolutely beautiful artwork.

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