Dancing Dune Grass, oil pastel

A long weekend coming up?  Do you need a place to go?  How about being transported to the beach .  .  .

Dancing Dune Grass, an oil pastel (5×7) was meant to do just that.  This oil pastel was painted on an ampersand board, starting with an acrylic underpainting and then keeping the scene very simple using mainly Sennelier and Holbein ops – clay shapers came in handy for the thin grass reeds.

Continuing with the objective of improving my technique for achieving believable sand using oil pastels, here is my latest creation.  Click onto the image for a larger view ~


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73 Responses to Dancing Dune Grass, oil pastel

  1. Hi Mary. Love this. How long did it take to paint?

    • Mary says:

      Hi Catherine – thanks so much. If you saw my earlier reply that I answered to your question, if you could disregard I answered about the wrong painting – sorry. This painting took a little more than four hours to complete.

  2. Leya says:

    The skies are alive and so are the grassy dunes. Beautiful.

  3. A really fine piece, Mary!

  4. Carol King says:

    I really like this Mary. I like where you have the horizon line and the point of view of the viewer. Those beautiful clouds and the dune grass make me want to run to the beach. No sharks, I hope.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks so much Carol – I positioned the horizon just below the middle, so glad you noticed. Ha, no sharks here but elsewhere along the NC shore a few of the guys are hanging around – no swimming allowed on the beach!

  5. Beautiful painting, Mary. Love the rich blue sky and the puffy clouds.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks so much Janell for your feedback. The sky was my favorite area to develop on this piece – thanks for mentioning them.

  6. What a relaxing summer scene, Mary. Lovely work. 🙂

  7. Fabulous! I want to spread my picnic blanket, kick off my shoes and feel the warm sand beneath my toes. Ahh…

    Your paintings are so sensory – I always feel like I’ve had a mini vacation. 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Love your imagery and vivid comment – I can totally see the scene by the shore. Hope you have enjoyed your mini-vacation!

  8. Aquileana says:

    Quite remarkable, dear Mary…. ❤️💛💚💙💜💖
    Sending you all my best wishes!. Aquileana 😀

    • Mary says:

      Thank you my friend! Really appreciate your lovely feedback Aquileana ~ sending you back good wishes for a wonderful week.

  9. Marick says:

    Really nice clouds… and I also like it how the dune grass creeps “up into the sky”. Only a hint of the ocean/lake in the background… just great!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Pauline, thanks very much! The thin ocean horizon is what captured my attention, but the clouds are what drove me to paint the scene – the shades of blue and awesome cloud structures are what captivated me.

  10. restlessjo says:

    It might be a simple scene, Mary, but you’ve got it spot on! Those grasses are lyrical 🙂 Hope you’re enjoying your Independence weekend. 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Jo – nothing like a bit of sea breeze and the warm sun as we imagine walking the sandy beach. Seeing that I’m in North Texas, I’ve got to stay with my imagination on this one – makes for a wonderful holiday weekend. Thanks for the well wishes – hope you’ve had a lovely Sunday!

  11. Gallivanta says:

    The sand looks very believable. Want to put my toes in it right now. 🙂

  12. Beautiful painting, Mary. And – yes, you’ve guessed – WP had unfollowed me from you again!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Sarah, thank so much!! Amazing that it keeps happening to you ~ sorry about that. Thank you for always coming back – hope you are well on this fine weekend.

  13. You capture the movement of the grass really well, and yes it seems like it dancing on the dune.

  14. cmartzloff says:

    Wow Mary, this is so lovely. Your work just keeps getting better and better….

  15. Resa says:

    It’s a perfect capture in paint! You are so talented!

  16. Leyla says:

    Lovely Painting ❤

  17. aFrankAngle says:

    No beach for us this weekend … after all, we are quite inland. 😉 …. I like this one – secluded – away from the throngs – a chance to relax.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Frank and we too are way inland, so this painting will have to do. Hope you have a lovely 4th of July weekend. Thanks so much ~

  18. Francesca says:

    Perfectly in season and so so beautiful, Mary!
    Happy 4th of July to you and your family, Mary!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks you so much Francesca – so great to see you again. My best to you and Stefano for a wonderful weekend, and happy 4th of July to you as well!

  19. poppytump says:

    Happy 4th Mary ! That’s a scene I love 🙂 I can sense the wartmth from the soft sand with wavy dune grasses and that sky perfect for running up a kite 🙂
    Lovely Mary !

    • Mary says:

      Hi Poppy! Thanks very much – a special weekend for sure. So glad you have enjoyed the scene – love your description and of kite flying, awesome!! We should all find a moment to be a kid again and enjoys the small pleasures – kite flying (love it!). Have a great weekend ~

  20. Impeccable creation, Mary…a beauty… 🙂

  21. A.PROMPTreply says:

    I know your focus was on that sand, but my eyes were drawn straight away to that sea grass…..how magnificently you captured that…….also, the clouds/sky…wow!

    • Mary says:

      Hi A! Thanks very much – glad you enjoyed the scene and the dancing sea grass! The sky was great to work out – many layers of a variety of blues. Have a wonderful 4th of July!

  22. Wonderful! How cool that you start with acrylic … nice to hear how you do this wonderful artwork.

  23. Heidi Hjort says:

    I think your sand looks very believable, really sandy. Love that you find something you want to learn and then practise til you do.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Heidi, thanks so much! I have a long way to go with sand, using oil pastels – it’s tough to get the right colors w/o making mud. Two or three paintings to go and then I’ll be moving onto a new subject, it’s been a good learning experience. Thanks for your compliment – means a lot.

  24. I’m a believer, Mary. I want to walk that sandy beach right now! Reminds me of the Cape even though I haven’t been there since I was a kid. Have a great weekend.

  25. dorannrule says:

    Yes! This one makes me yearn for the beach. I love your header too.

  26. Not just believable sand, but I love the sea grass/sea oats as well! The sky is probably my favorite part. Really lovely. Definitely feeling the warmth of the sun. Well done, Mary. 💜

  27. Tom Donovan says:

    Very believable, Mary. Reeds and sand dunes. Nice cirrus clouds as well.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks so much Tom for your generous comments and feedback on the scene. The sand was mostly applied by using a painters knife of thicker slices of the OPs and thanks for mentioning the clouds, they were my favorite part to develop. Have a wonderful weekend and Happy 4th!

  28. The painting captures a beautiful summers day at the beach….Love it:)

  29. I’ll be a homebody this weekend, Mary, so I appreciate being transported to the beach by your lovely painting!
    The town, here, does 4th of July Fireworks in the local football field, which happens to be only two streets away from me, so I can stay in my recliner chair and look out my picture window at the display as it explodes over the trees…pretty convenient. I hope you enjoy the holiday, however you choose to observe it!

    • Mary says:

      My husband and I are to be homebodies too this weekend with projects around the house. So I guess we are all going to be transported to the beach through the painted scene. Thanks so much – love your feedback. Wow, now don’t you have the best views in town!! Hope they are spectacular with a brilliant and dazzling display of colors/formations. Happy 4th to you and hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  30. This is lovely Mary! The sand looks terrific! ~Rita

    • Mary says:

      Thanks so much Rita!! Sand is a complete challenge for me – but one of these days I’m going to feel a lot better about painting it, just not quite there yet. Have a wonderful 4th my friend!!

  31. Jackie says:

    The beach sounds like a perfect place to spend the day! I hope you have a very Happy 4th of July and a wonderful weekend. 🙂

  32. Lee says:

    Love your latest creation.

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