Tulip and Glass Study, oil pastel

I invent nothing, I rediscover.” Auguste Rodin

Mr. Rodin described perfectly what I’m striving for, to rediscover our precious world through my paints.

Tulip and Glass Study, is an oil pastel (8.5 x 5.5) painted on a gesso-prepared hardboard.  For this painting the goal was all about developing contrasts in both values and colors – allowing the tulips and vase to standout against a supporting rich dark background.  It was done as a study, I think for a larger size I’d paint the tulips more fluid with taller stems and the vase as long-necked – that would probably get me the vision for this piece I’m after.

I hope you have a great weekend.  Thanks for checking in ~ click onto the image for a larger view.

Tulip and Glass Study





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71 Responses to Tulip and Glass Study, oil pastel

  1. Maxima says:

    You know, I appreciate very much your posts, just do not make it, and therefore forgiven me. with love maxima

  2. Very nice! Tulips are one of my favorite flowers! 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Rita – tulips are the quiet introduction to Spring color. There is something soothing about seeing them show after the winter months.

  3. Beautiful red tulips look lovely on that piece of furniture and the blue in the vase is a bonus. Your skills are showing again. 🙂

  4. Amy says:

    Truly beautiful, Mary! I love the rich color. 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Amy, the darks really appealed to me in this still life and seemed to work well with what I had envisioned for the piece.

  5. ladyfi says:

    Vibrant and utterly gorgeous!

  6. Gorgeous colours! I adore red tulips. And I love how you made the vase + water look so real. That looks like it might be a bit tricky.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Ruth – I love how deep the color red can be in tulips. They are every bit as delicate as pinks, but standout striking to see. Thanks again ~

  7. jvandervlugt says:

    Mary, this is beautiful. The blue colour of the vase perfect. The stems through the vase perfect. Gorgeous painting. 👏👏

  8. dorannrule says:

    Oh my… this is truly a winner!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Dorann – always appreciate your enthusiastic response to my work. Hope you are well and enjoying the beginning days of Summer!

  9. John says:

    I went through several of your images just now, opening them up you see how much detail is involved. Excellent work! 🌞👍🏻

    • Mary says:

      Thanks very much John for taking the time to go through my paintings – that means a lot and glad you enjoyed them. Thank you!

  10. Genie says:

    Gorgeous! I love the placement of the vase on the table, a tiny bit of the vase is not quite on the table that’s always fascinating — when an artist chooses to have something there that’s not quite obvious — unless one looks deeply at the painting, well done, Mary. 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Genie for your generous comment and looking so closely at the painting – you’ve seen right into the work. Thank you ~ have a wonderful new week ahead.

  11. Leyla says:

    So beautiful!!

  12. Resa says:

    Oh Mary, your work is amazing! I love this.

  13. Simla Barki says:

    I have such a hard time with glass and water, but you make it look so easy!!

  14. cmartzloff says:

    Lovely Mary! I like the quote as well and can identify with your exploration of this precious world with your paints. Well said!

  15. restlessjo says:

    No idea how you make glass look like glass with paint, Mary! Our tulips have mostly gone but I have some lovely gerbera in a vase right now. Same droopy problem as with tulips though. 🙂 Wishing you a happy weekend!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Jo – glass is a fun subject to paint, offering a lot of interesting shades and colors. I’ll bet the Gerbera were gorgeous – they make for a lovely arrangement. Hope you have a beautiful weekend ~

  16. Lux G. says:

    That’s a pretty painting. I wish I can paint but can’t. I do appreciate arts though.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Lux! I’m glad you enjoy art – there so many styles, mediums and tastes out there these days – something for everyone letting us escape with the artists imagination.

  17. Rebecca says:

    This one’s a beauty – I’m particularly taken by the transparency of the glass, and the colour contrasts you’ve chosen. 🙂

  18. Ogee says:

    How your work can be so beautifully painterly and still capture the smooth clarity of glass amazes me. Wonderful, Mary!

  19. Really lovely. Mary. Love the rich colour of the tulips, and of course, as always the vase is so perfetly done. Happy weekend to you. 🙂 xx

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Sylvia – I’m glad you enjoyed this piece. Happy weekend to you as well and all those critters around your place. Won’t be long now that you’ll have a finished house – bet those kitchen cabinets are gorgeous!

  20. debiriley says:

    I’m loving your tulips with the wonderful warm and cools in each, and the lovely shading you have done in them!! and the vase is glorious 🙂 I really, paid attention to how well you handled those tulips. They’re so easy to flatten out – but those warms and cools, and tones …. worked magic. love it.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Debi, thanks so much for you thoughts on this one – every time I paint glass I learn something new about showing transparency and lost/found highlights for edging. I know what you mean about the tulips, it can be real easy to flatten them out – can’t tell you how many times I stepped back and photographs taken to analyze the progress. Really appreciate seeing the painting through your artistic eye.

  21. Very beautiful Mary!

  22. Your experiments with dark backgrounds remind me of very classic floral paintings. This is a fine study, and I love your vision for the larger painting. The tulip is my favorite flower, and I always imagine it as tall, in a tall vase…..but I think you said that’s just what you’re after!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Cynthia for your thoughts and compliment – the painting taught me a lot during this go-around. I’m looking forward to painting a larger version of tulips, still thinking about the background and color of tulip heads ~ stay tuned! Have a beautiful weekend.

      • I do wonder how you decide on the color of your tulips….they are all so beautiful..the red, the yellow, the white, the purple…. One year I decided to plant a whole bed of orange tulips among grape hyacinths—blue and orange being my favorite of the complementaries. They looked great in my little back yard–at least to me! 🙂

        • Mary says:

          Oh I bet the pairing of orange tulips among the grape hyacinths were gorgeous – I try to do complementaries in my yard as well. I have purple verbana among yellow lantanas in several patches out front – the color combination draws the eye right in. Right now I’m leaning toward yellow tulips w/perhaps a dark purple/magenta/indigo background – all depends on the look I see in my vision for the painting.

  23. This is beautiful, Mary…I love the color of the tulips, so vibrant!

  24. Beautiful…the glass effect is amazing… 🙂

  25. Those tulips look so comfortable in their environment! Well done, my dear Mary! 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Love your description Marina, “comfortable in their environment.” Thank you my friend and hoping you have a lovely weekend – full moon is expected.

  26. Mary, you manage to wow us every single time. Congratulations and thank you once again, my friend!

  27. This image and your last have real depth and richness to them…Enjoy your weekend and here’s to more beautiful work. Janet:)

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Janet, I have been working on getting more depth within my work, so your feedback is music to my ears. Thank you so much and have a wonderful weekend too!

  28. Lee says:

    Very beautiful.

  29. Clanmother says:

    Lovely – great quote. A new perspective on art and creativity.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Clanmother – thank you so much. I was looking for inspiration from a master and came across this quote. Packed with a lot of meaning.

  30. The vase and the water are excellent Mary

  31. Alok Singhal says:

    I really liked the tulips here, probably the larger version will bring out the best from colors 🙂

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