Hillside Fiddling, oil pastel

It’s been a busy around here I apologize for not visiting everyone’s blogs, but throughout this afternoon I will do my best.

Hillside Fiddling, an oil pastel (9×12) was painted on heavy card stock paper.  What started as a quiet field with an incredible cloud structure, soon turned into something quite different.  The textured paper had a bit of a slick coating on it, which didn’t allow the oil pastels to adhere properly and led to much bleeding.  Thank goodness there are only 8 sheets left in my supply – this paper is not a good surface for oil pastels.

Well plans changed as the cloud structure didn’t pan out, so I decided to take an opportunity to paint this fiddler and her violin.  I don’t paint figures that often, let alone a violin – ha, a good exercise but that’s about it.  Click onto the image for a larger view.

Hillside FiddlingSeveral reference images from Rosemary Clark and Freda Nichols Austin both are artists and amazing photographers from pmp.


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65 Responses to Hillside Fiddling, oil pastel

  1. Okay. Now THIS is lovely!!! Well, all of your works are, but especially this one!

  2. I love this one, Mary. A redhead! A violin! Yeah! Also, I love the yellow in the sky.

  3. Susan Feniak says:

    This gives me a fun and carefree feel. A good thing Mary!! 🙂

  4. JoelF says:

    Such a beautiful artwork, made me smile.

  5. ladyfi says:

    I love the warmth of emotion in this painting!

  6. Always a pleasure to experience your art! Wonderful Mary! 🙂

  7. dsaquarelles says:

    beautiful choice of colours! and when I see that, i have my head in the clouds! ♪♫♫

  8. Wow, this one is so striking, Mary! Such freedom and movement in this piece! Love the colors and I can feel the wind. Wonderful sky, I could go on and on, but this is a transportive piece. Everyone needs to feel on top of the mountain, and this one does it. Thank you! I needed this today! 💛💛💛💛💛💛

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Laura – I totally enjoyed your thoughts and feedback on this painting. It’s always a compliment when the viewer can get caught up in the feel of the piece and you are right there. Really appreciate your enthusiastic response to the painting! Have yourself a beautiful day ~

  9. Painting for Joy says:

    This is so sweet. Amazing how you work the op’s on the small details! Great movement in the sky and then repeated in her skirt.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you my friend – love that you felt the movement and quiet energy flowing through the scene. Appreciate it!! I worry about the fires near you – hope you are staying safe.

  10. Paul Beech says:

    Wonderful, Mary. And I’m sure I know the young lady’s name – Joy.

    My very best,


  11. This is a truly charming image….evocative of gentle and loving times….thank you…Enjoy your day.. Janet. 🙂

  12. Fabio says:

    Another super work, Mary! Glad to see so many people writing excellent reviews!

  13. A.PROMPTreply says:

    I think there was a time not so long ago when you said you didn’t really do portraits and then you did a few and lo and behold you were GOOD at them! And now you say you “don’t paint figures much” and lo and behold, THEY’RE LOTS OF FUN! Sound of Music was my very first thought, but somehow this is even more……I see that 16 going on 17 (with the movement in the dress as if she’s just spun around and around) and the youthful excitement of first love (looking up at the skies thinking how magnificent life is) and the abundance of nature in there too. How’s that for an evocative painting? I think it’s pretty darn good!

    • Mary says:

      Wow A! now that is quite the review and I loved it. A whole lot of promise in this young lady’s life – she has much ahead of her and if she holds onto that youthful joy, well the world is her oyster. Thanks so much for your encouraging support in my art journey.

  14. This si really lovely Mary and reminds me of a photo of my granddaughter which I posted a while ago, minus the fiddle of course. 🙂 https://adinparadise.wordpress.com/2012/09/02/photo-challenge-free-spirit/

  15. Miss Mary
    Your work never disappoints

    with love

    uncle john

  16. Amy says:

    Beautiful, Mary! Love the colors in the painting. I can feel her joy. 🙂

  17. I love all of your paintings, but this one…WOW! Love it, Mary!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks so much Jill! I’m glad you enjoyed the painting, the young fiddler was a perfect fit for the hillside scene – a freeing sense of joy.

  18. I think you should do it more often because you’ve done it beautifully! I loved the flow of her skirt…it’s so natural… 🙂

  19. Well, you may not do it often, but you sure do it well. Beautiful. 🙂

  20. mamie says:

    I love this painting! It’s so beautiful and makes me think of a free spirit just like Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music. 🙂

  21. This isn’t your usual kind of subject, Mary, but I think it’s lovely, and very evocative….like a poetic story that wants to be told…..

    • Mary says:

      I knew you’d be onto it – yes, Cynthia that is the feel I was hoping for. A magical moment in the field, imagine seeing this young lady playing her violin out in a field by herself – would be quite a sight. Thanks so much. I know it’s quite different from my normal, but once the other painting didn’t work out this is what I started to envision. Glad you enjoyed it.

  22. exiledprospero says:

    Apart from the violin, there’s something musical about this composition–perhaps it’s the sensual glissando of the violinist’s skirt, the ostinato of the ochrous grasses, or the pizzicato of the melodious sky…

    • Mary says:

      I’m going to check my dictionary and be right back!! Seriously, I thought the yellows and ochre was going to be too much, but as I worked out the scene the warmth seemed to fit what I was after. btw I do like the description “ostinato” to describe the young lady. Do you think the sky has that pizzicato feel to it? I like your description Prospero, very fun indeed – thank you for brightening my day!!

  23. lulu says:

    Reminds of what could have been Christina’s world.

  24. What a nice surprise to see the fiddler in your field. 🙂 Looks like she’s getting inspiration from the sky!

  25. Arts & Rhymes says:

    It’s beautiful, Mary! I love your color palette!

  26. Nicodemas says:

    Gorgeous! Incredibly beautiful, and I love the colors in this.

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