Winter Glow, oil pastel

The break after a fresh snow fall can be so gorgeous, especially if the sun comes out giving the scene a warm winter glow.  I can remember these beautiful scenes in Maine, our yard and street would be glistening with fresh white snow and the pine needles would twinkle like shreds of glass ~ this became the theme for my next painting.

Winter Glow, an oil pastel (5×7), was painted on cream tinted Mi-Tientes pastel paper using mainly Sennelier and Mungyo-Gallery oil pastels.  A razor and firm clay shapers were used for texturing the trees and snowy landscape.

Thank you for checking in ~ click onto the image for a larger view of the details.

Winter Glow


About Mary

Oil Pastelist
This entry was posted in About Oil Pastels, OPs New Paintings and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

88 Responses to Winter Glow, oil pastel

  1. Marvelous! I love getting lost in the trees.

  2. Heidi Hjort says:

    Great mix of warm and cool colors in the snow. I have a feeling we’ll be facing this kind of scenery soon here in Finland. Looking forward to that, at least from an artistic point of view. Beautiful painting ❤

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Heidi and enjoyed reading your reaction to the piece. Can only imagine the wonderful scenes you’ll be painting this Winter – you live in a great place for snow-wonders!

  3. Another lovely snow scene Mary! I like all the texture in this one. ~Rita

  4. nutsfortreasure says:

    So beautiful Mary and yes scenes such of this will soon fill all of New England.

  5. Marick says:

    Very nice shading on the snow… makes it look so soft and warm. 🙂

  6. Carol King says:

    Hi Mary, this is really beautiful. I love the light and the coolness of the color. I can hear the quiet in the snow scene. 🙂

  7. exiledprospero says:

    Like fresh snow dancing with a ballerina made of winter light.

  8. Resa says:

    Beautiful! I agree, the best time to look at a snowy scene is right after it falls. Makes me feel like grabbing a hot cup of coffee, a cat and an easy chair and just looking out of the window for awhile.

    • Mary says:

      Now I feel like building a fire to enjoy the the special white flakes – just kidding it will be upon your area before too long. Thank you Resa I’m glad the painting can take you to a place of warmth and comfort.

  9. I can feel the snow sprinkling all around. And I especially love how you tell how this was made. Love oil pastels!

  10. Nawfal says:

    Looks cold! Very pretty!

  11. Paul Beech says:

    Dear Mary, I hear poetry in your painting, music too. Your snow scenes carry me back to my childhood in the 50s, balaclava-clad, tobogganing down the slope between our house and the old church. Fresh snow blankets bombsites from the Blitz and Mum takes me down a grotto to visit Santa…

    Happy memories – thank you.


    • Mary says:

      No better compliment Paul than for one of my paintings to bring back fond childhood memories – love it. Thank you so much I really enjoyed reading your special comment.

  12. poppytump says:

    Brrrr but so lovely 🙂
    Love all the criss cross textures and working of your pastels looking at it enlarged Mary … really gives the sense of a dense secret forest ..
    Two designs already *wow*

    • Mary says:

      Enjoyed reading your reaction to the piece Poppy! Thank you for noticing it was my goal to create an appearance of a thick forest and a bit of warm sun shining through – a great eye.

  13. Nicodemas says:

    I love winter glow! Thank you Mary for sharing it.

  14. Nice drawing, I like how snow usually looks blue.

  15. A.PROMPTreply says:

    Wow. The shadows, the light,…..I can feel the wispiness of the snowflakes in this one.

  16. debiriley says:

    sensational winter scene filled with soft delicate colours and shadows. lovely!

  17. aFrankAngle says:

    Beautiful painting …. but did you have to remind me of snow so early? 😉

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Frank, and oh no – feel so bad about the snow reminder. You won’t see too many of these scenes this year, just a few then onto a new subject. Have a great week!

  18. Subtle and fine, Miss Mary

    big hugs

    uncle john

  19. For some strange reason, I’m seeing angels in your snow paintings, this time around….there it is, flying right down the center! I’m kidding you, of course, but not entirely. If only the snow-experience were so lovely, I think, as I look forward here to winter….one can only hope! Beautiful painting, of course. ❤

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Cynthia – loved your reaction to the piece. I hope that when the gray days descend on Maine and the coldness takes hold, that you imagine scenes of a warm winter day with the sun gracing a white landscape with beautiful golden rays of magic. Have a most wonderful day ~

  20. What a delightfully magical scene. Love the story of your inspiration, winter is the most magical season, we all want to experience it and you gave us a most beautiful front view to that magic. I have always enjoyed your winter scenes, love how you deliver the medium (which is snow) with your tools. Lovely work Mary!
    Wishing you a great week!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks so much Eva – snow is one of the most engaging subjects to see and paint. Magical is a great descriptive for those special moments of clean white snow w/the sun shining on snow particles. It’s a great time season to take drab gray cold days and turn them into a kaleidoscope of color. Wishing you a wonderful week as well my friend!

  21. Wow, 56 likes and I’m 57 – that’s gotta tell you, this is amazing and beautiful xo

  22. Your oil pastel textures here are really lovely!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you very much for your observation of the textures. They are a great medium for using a razor and painters knife for creating the textures you see.

  23. Heartafire says:

    Gorgeous artwork Mary, how gifted you are!!

  24. It is true that snow in New England makes for great paintings. Gorgeous work, Mary.

  25. Gorgeous lighting in this….love it. Janet

  26. Beautiful, Mary. Almost makes me want it to snow. ALMOST! 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Geralyn – I know just a few painted snow scenes, I really don’t want to rush the white stuff too soon especially for you guys in VT.

  27. anna77dennis says:

    Lovely atmosphere and light, I can feel the sun and the cold!

  28. Amy says:

    The larger view give wonderful details and show the beautiful glow. Love it, Mary! 🙂

  29. Arts & Rhymes says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!!! 🙂

  30. So lovely, Mary. You really captured that sparkle. 🙂

  31. I like your scene better than the real stuff…especially when I’m commuting to work. Beautiful, Mary!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Jill – love your reaction. Sometimes it’s so much more enjoyable to look at snow rather than being in it – especially if it is storming or freezing cold. Best to you this week.

  32. Exotically chilly. Beautiful.

  33. Beautiful light, Mary – beautiful scene! 🙂

  34. Lee says:

    Very beautiful as always. Have a wonderful week.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s