Winter in Black Forest, oil pastel painting

Sometimes simple landscapes make the grandest statement  .  .  .

Winter in Black Forest, an oil pastel (5×7) was painted on cream-tinted Mi-Teintes pastel paper with Sennelier and Holbein brand oil pastels.  Both a firm-tipped clay shaper and palette knife came in handy to work the trees and pond scene.  I was drawn to the simplicity of the scene and was hoping the oil pastels provided the look I was after.

Hope you enjoy your weekend ~ click onto the image for a larger view.

Winter in Black ForestThe painting was inspired from a photograph taken by Elena an amazing artist and photographer with pmp.


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84 Responses to Winter in Black Forest, oil pastel painting

  1. LaVagabonde says:

    I love this – so stark and peaceful.

  2. Carol King says:

    this is a beautiful, serene winter scene. Gorgeous.

  3. Mary, love the beauty and simplicity of this painting. You are right, it is a grand statement. Quite the opposite from our weekend trip to Scottsdale, AZ. 🙂 Have a great week!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Janell, really appreciate it! You are so right – it’s a little too dry and sandy in AZ for me, but the days of bright blue skies are always gorgeous.

  4. Marick says:

    This makes me think of an illustration in a children’s book… a fairytale, or something like Peter Rabbit.

  5. That is so very pretty. I think the lack of color lends to creating the perfect atmosphere!

  6. A perfect winter, Mary… It’s always a pleasure to visit your site… 🙂

  7. This is lovely, Mary! I want to go there! 🙂

  8. I just love this, Mary!
    Wishing you a wonderful Sunday and week ahead, my dear! 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thank you my friend, love hearing from you – you made my day. Hope you have a wonderful rest of the week – I’m sorry with being so late!!

  9. poppytump says:

    Your scenes are so *believable Mary … such a lovely quiet painting .

  10. mihrank says:

    Mary, this is such beautiful and amazing – let your week smile and shine for you!

  11. JSD says:

    The simplicity is what makes it so beautiful…I love it!!

  12. This is so beautiful, Mary. I love the reflection…so calming.

  13. Mary, I’m sure I have said this before about another of your paintings, but there’s something really different about this one. To me, it’s a beautiful expression of silence. Almost a sacred silence.

  14. Beautifully delicate and spare…the oval, and the bent tree remind me of stylized Japanese art…the kind that is perfect for a zen meditation….

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Cynthia for your quiet perspective on this painting, I can understand why you had this reaction – loved it. The scene has taken on a new perspective in my eyes. If you take a moment to read Cynthia Reves response to the painting (she came in right after you) you’ll read something very familiar about thoughts too. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  15. Lis says:

    You are an artist Mary.
    Love greeting Lis

  16. Nicodemas says:

    Lovely! I especially like how you did the reflection in the water.

  17. Beautiful, Mary. I grew up near a few small ponds, brings those memories back.

  18. Resa says:

    Lovely! Brrr, you sure know how to portray the cold of winter.
    Have a great weekend, too!

  19. Love this, Mary! It is so nostalgic for me…quiet and serene….reminded me of my walks as a young child out in the countryside where I grew up…delicately beautiful!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks so much Johannis – such a compliment when a painting of mine brings back wonderful memories for a viewer. Thank you for sharing that ~

  20. “Less is more” does apply perfectly to this piece. Framed by trees and small mounds of snow the pond has a mirror effect which reflects clarity and adds a focal point which is simply beautiful. Delightful winter treat!
    Have a most wonderful weekend!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Eva, thank you very much – loved reading your feedback and thoughts on the piece. It’s a winter scene that we don’t get to enjoy very often here in TX, so I had a lot of fun painting this quiet place. Have a great weekend too!!

  21. Janice Wald says:

    Really impressive, realistic. Did you do the header? My husband and I love water scenes. I wrote the Twitter article featured on Chris and Jean’s site. I wanted to come over and introduce myself and thank you for clicking the like button.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you very much Janice – very nice to meet you. Yes, the Header was a painting I did several years ago – thanks for noticing it. Have a wonderful weekend.

  22. Amy says:

    Only your painting can deliver the beauty and simplicity of the scene. Truly beautiful, Mary!

  23. Painting for Joy says:

    So elegant, so warm even though you are depicting cold. The tones and hues add to its elegance. Yes you have achieved your goal of less is more. Beautiful painting Mary! 👍🏻

  24. niasunset says:

    Wonderful painting dear Mary, Thank you, love, nia

  25. A lovely winter scene, Mary. 🙂

  26. So like this – the oval shape, imaginary feel and stillness. Wondering – Elaine Whom? 😊

  27. jvandervlugt says:

    Brrr, it feels cold. I agree, sometimes simplicity is the boldest statement. Very very nice, I like the reflection in the little pond.

  28. Ogee says:

    “Simple” always provides opportunity for focus and clarity. This is perfect, Mary.

  29. You are so right about this…..often less is definitely more and it is very true in this case. Lovely image. Janet:)

  30. kerlund74 says:

    Wonderful winter colors, love it!

  31. restlessjo says:

    So delicate! I love it 🙂 Happy weekend to you, Mary.

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