Anchored in the Cove, oil pastel

What to do when it’s pouring rain outside (suppose to continue for another seven days), just keep right on painting .  .  .

Anchored in the Cove is an oil pastel (11 x 8.5) painted on black heavy textured cardstock paper.  Mainly OPs brands Senneliers and Holbeins were used in this painting as well as tools – painters knife, tortilium and a razor for shaping and scraping.  While the black paper was used to give the cove woodsy area depth, I don’t particularly like it when using whites and yellows with OPs – very difficult to layer in thick coatings without seeing through the paint.  This was the dilemma with the boat, I would have rather used some other colors for white – but it was good experience, learned a thing or two and I’ll leave it at that.

This scene reminded me of the cove back in Maine at the end of our street.  Maine coves are usually heavily wooded with big boulders stretching to the water line and often times you’ll see boats resting in the cove.  This boat in the painting is pretty typical of the type for the local fishermen, the yellow in the boat window is their “rain slicker” as they are called in Maine (raincoat).  I’ve got mine on this week!!

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Anchored in the Cove

The reference image was from Linda Willason a fine photographer with pmp.


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82 Responses to Anchored in the Cove, oil pastel

  1. 365dniwobiektywielg says:

    You have a talent

  2. Such a charming painting, Mary. Love the boat! Makes me miss my days growing up in the Northwest surrounded by lakes.

  3. Love the colours and atmosphere of this one, Mary. Sometimes it is fun to work on dark paper, isn’t it.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Cara, thank you so much – do love your thoughts on this painting. If I’m going for a certain look with oil pastels, I find a dark background will give me the depth I’m seeking. Also and especially with this scene I wanted a rich dark background, I laid down a very think layer of Sennelier mars black oil pastel – then layered and blended the OPs from there. As you can see it enhanced because of the black paper and the oily sennelier mars black. Yes, it’s a lot of fun developing scenes like this – always a mood gets captured.

  4. Love the rich background, like an Old Master’s

  5. So wonderful! I love her w the blue of the oat pops from the background!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Elizabeth, so glad you like the blue – you are right it does pop. Would love to have given her a medium jade look, but it wasn’t to be. I’ll have to work on developing that shade with OPs. Thanks again ~

  6. elisa ruland says:

    I was just going to ask you if this was a scene in New England when I reread your piece and realized it was in Maine. You translate the sense of a place so well. This is lovely!

  7. This looks like a fantastic vacation spot! I’m booking a holiday here right away. 😉

    • Mary says:

      Ha, so funny – they would love visitors, and many of them! Outside of lobsters, I think tourism is one of the larger economic driving factor of the area. So pack up your bags and head on up the Coast to Maine, “the way life should be.”

  8. Susan Feniak says:

    Mary somehow you have managed to make a rainy day seem not so bad after all! Love it. 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Susan – maybe there is something about painting on rainy days. I had a good time exploring, scraping paint off and layering it back on – it was very interesting.

  9. restlessjo says:

    It says ‘a wet day in Maine’ loud and clear, Mary, but no less lovely for that 🙂

  10. Excellent Mary!The color, textures, VERY fine work!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Elena, thanks very much. I used a painters knife a lot with this painting – have to scrape off big chunks of OPs to be able to scrape a thick swab of paint onto the surface over other layers. The scene is typical of Maine – glad you enjoyed the piece. Have a wonderful week of exploring ~

  11. jeffhaynes says:

    I love the warm color on the rocks and sprinkled in the trees. Tranquil.

  12. This is a beauty Mary! The contrast of the smooth reflections in the water, with the craggy rocks is terrific. And such lovely rich deep colors. I think this is one of my all time fav’s of yours!~Rita

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Rita – the aspects that appealed to you is what I was after (very cool). Nothing like Maine for painting inspiration ~ thanks so much! Have a great weekend.

  13. This is really lovely and having spent quite a bit of time in Maine….you have got the feeling and atmosphere so beautifully.
    As for the rain….yes, just keep painting:) Janet.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Jane – a special place that I miss and loved painting. I have another scene that I’ve been planning to do as a 16×24 as a present for my husband. Actually with the chilly weather we are having around here, I’m in the mood for some fresh Maine clam chowder!

  14. JSD says:

    Very, very nice!

  15. I of July says:

    it looks like an actual photo, it’s that good… this is a different feel, rainy weather inspired emotion caption… you went to another place with the green, took me there with you… just wonderful.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Heath for your generous thoughts on this piece. Really enjoyed your description and that the painting spoke to you. Thanks again ~ have a great weekend.

  16. It looks so real..the dark background and the reflection of the boat. Thanks for sharing your wonderful works with us, Mary… 🙂

  17. Simla Barki says:

    I looove this one. The water and the trees are absolutely perfect, I could stare at it for hours!

    • Mary says:

      Wow, awesome Simla – thank you very much. Love your reaction – nothing like a quiet little spot to drink in, that is the Maine coastline.

  18. Ogee says:

    Send the rain to us, but keeping painting the likes of this!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you for such a beautiful comment. I’ll keep the rain and hope it keeps on coming (actually it is for seven more days, everything is drinking it in so fast!).

  19. Ah, Mary, the contrasting boat with the dark background works beautifully!
    Happy Thursday! 🙂

    • Mary says:

      You always make my day my friend! Thank you Marina for your wonderful words and description – I really wanted dark back there and the black paper was perfect for the mood. Thanks and I hope you have an awesome Thursday!

  20. artbyisabel says:

    Beautiful, love the reflection on the water. What a lovely piece, simple subject that evokes a tranquil feeling of being on that boat on the water.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Isabel, thank you very much – your reaction is just what I was hoping for, tranquil. That is the Maine way of life – quiet and peaceful.

  21. gpcox says:

    I don’t wish you bad weather – but – if it’s going to help produce paintings such as this…. 🙄

  22. poppytump says:

    Mary – a lovely painting again ! You can really sense this little boat is lilting and bobbing to the side as the waters move in and out . The towering rock walls and crevices of the cave are SO realistic … can you hear my echo … Hellloooooo Mary 🙂
    Keep dry … rain slicker … that’s a new one for me !

  23. Love this, Mary! Lucky for us you’ve been inside painting while it’s been raining.

  24. Fabulous painting, Mary. Lovely reflections, and the boat is just perfect. I would so love to watch you at work. 🙂

  25. Me says:

    Yes the reflections are lovely👍🔺

  26. Amy says:

    The scene is so beautifully painted. Love the lighting, colors of the boat, water, and the rock!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Amy, thanks so much – so glad you enjoyed the painting. The boat color, well that is a whole story altogether, I had no way to get a close match of Jade and Hunter was too close to the trees and water, so I went with blue – gosh darn I hope the fishermen don’t see this, it is not a typical color for their vessels, lol! Thanks again ~

      • Amy says:

        I love the color of the boat. Now i know why i love this painting. Thank you for taking time ti explain.

        • Mary says:

          Thanks Amy. Wanted you to know that I noticed last night that my following you, became un-followed. Sorry about that I’ve corrected it.

          • Amy says:

            I often noticed the missing posts. I think it’s the problem we all have to deal with… 😦 Thank you for letting me know, Mary!

  27. Painting for Joy says:

    Perfection Mary!!!!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you my friend. I do see aspects to work on in this piece, but that will be for another day – for now it was my rainy day project, lol! Hope you are well – your big day is coming up soon!

      • Painting for Joy says:

        I love it the way it is Mary from what I can see on my end! I adore the blue boat!!

        Yes it’s approaching fast! I’m working on a whale painting right now for the baby’s room. Will post it next week. I have to work in layers on this one and need time for the paint to dry.

        Have a great weekend despite the rain. I pray you are safe from violent storms.

        • Mary says:

          So cool, the whale painting will be awesome and can’t wait to see it. Ha, the blue boat – I’m sure the gritty fishermen of ME aren’t too pleased with the color!! Have a great weekend.

  28. That is beautiful, Mary! How lucky we are that you share your talent with us. That looks so real, just like a photo. The reflection is fabulous!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Jill, really appreciate it. I’m not a boat person artistically and I think there might be a challenge coming sometime this summer to paint row boats, maybe. It was a great scene to paint and one that I know so well from my days in Maine. Thanks again ~

  29. Marick says:

    Love the dark water and the reflections of the trees there. Wish there were a bigger version to see, it’s hard to gauge the reflection of the boat. Makes me long for cottage, hiking… a cold beer on the dock 🙂

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