Field of Flowers, oil pastel

Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing.  Making your unknown known is the important thing.” Georgia O’Keeffe

This painting was started in May and left against a wall in my studio because I couldn’t quite produce what I was envisioning.  I happened to notice it today and thought why not give it another go ~

Field of Flowers, an oil pastel (11×14) that was painted on a gessoed-prepared hardboard using mainly Neopastels, Holbeins and Senneliers.  There was a lot of scraping with a razor and a painters knife for a variety of effects.  It was a scene from our Spring trip to Ennis, TX this year to see the wildflowers.

You might not have seen me around, I’ve been recovering from a shoulder injury so painting and blogging these days have been limited.  Thanks for checking in ~

Field of Flowers



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78 Responses to Field of Flowers, oil pastel

  1. Amy says:

    So sorry to hear about your shoulder. Hope you are feeling better. Take easy, Mary. ❤

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Amy for your kind words and wishes. The healing process has been very slow going, I hope to be able to get back to painting in the next week or two. Thanks for commenting.

  2. violet says:

    Another beauty dear Mary! ❤️
    What a view…..❤️❤️❤️
    Sorry to hear about your injury and hope you feel much better now😘

  3. Christy B says:

    Lovely wildflowers you depicted here, Mary! I hope your shoulder feels better soon xx

  4. A lovely painting, Mary. I love to soft feel of it. I hope you are feeling better!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Janell, so happy to hear from you. It’s a slow going recovery, but I am starting to seem some progress ~ thank you for your well wishes.

  5. Gorgeous painting, and please accept best wishes for a speedy recovery. 🙂

  6. Take care, dear Mary. Meantime, that painting is a great argument for leaving things for a while, and coming back to them when the mood strikes. What a lovely piece.

  7. pizzuti says:

    Hope you feel better 🙂

  8. Paul Beech says:

    Constable would have loved your sky, Mary. And I would love wandering beneath it, wondering whether I was in Texas or Dedham Vale!

    Hope your shoulder is on the mend now.

    My very best,


  9. Leya says:

    I hope you are recovered and feeling better now! This work is a dream in colour and feeling. The skies above is dancing with delight!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Ann-Christine for your beautiful thoughts on this painting – a dancing sky, I like that! I’m working on the shoulder, it’s taking more time than I thought and a little frustrating. But progress is being made and that’s a great thing!!

  10. restlessjo says:

    Love the quote! 🙂 thought I hadn’t seen you around, Mary. Hope you’re much fitter now. 🙂

  11. Resa says:

    It may be a Field of Flowers, but it is also a Filed of Dreams. Beautiful work, Mary!
    I hope you shoulder is getting better. I know these types of injuries take time, so hang in!

  12. Ogee says:

    Just beautiful, Mary! Feel better soon.

  13. Beautiful…it’s so much real and just perfect… 🙂

  14. dorannrule says:

    I hope your shoulder is healing fast Mary. This field of flowers is very beautiful though and as always, I love your work.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Dorann – it’s slow going for the time, but mending none-the-less. Glad you enjoyed the painting, the filed was ablaze in color.

  15. Don says:

    The spaciousness and the colour is so captivating, Mary. Really like it.

  16. Beautiful! I love those wispy clouds and the colourful flowers.

    Let’s stop here and have a picnic!

  17. Ah, so beautiful, Mary! I especially love the dreamy clouds. It looks like the perfect place for a picnic. What a re-treat for the eyes! So sorry to hear about your shoulder injury. I’m sending positive healing vibes your way!

  18. Gallivanta says:

    Things seem to get finished when the time is right…….perhaps you needed some processing time….what a beautiful memento of your trip.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Gallivanta – totally agree with you. I think I was pushing too hard when I was painting the scene and couldn’t see past what was on the canvas – yesterday I just saw it in a whole different light. Thanks so much my friend.

  19. Ah, Mary, you’ve just transported me to a wonderful daydream! 🙂 xx

  20. That is lovely, Mary. I hope that nerve gets unpinched quickly

  21. cmartzloff says:

    Oh Mary, this is spectacular! I love the colors and depth. I could look at this for a long time it’s joyful and peaceful to my eye. Thanks for painting and sharing!

  22. Beautiful – your injury certainly didn’t stop you from making this a magical painting, Mary!

  23. There is a kind of “mediterranean light” in this painting, like the one of South Italy or South France!
    Wish you a quick recover from your shoulder injury, coraggio!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Robert – I really enjoyed reading your take on the scene, appreciate it very much. Thanks for the well wishes – “shoulder” on as they say!!

  24. Nawfal says:

    Great work! Wishing you a quick recovery.

  25. I love this painting! So very beautiful – it creates great emotion and to me tells a lovely story of peace and calming days!

    • Mary says:

      Very nice to meet you Minorartmaster – appreciate your read on the painting and gracious comments. Saw your blog, you do some amazing art. I’m looking forward to seeing more of your work.

  26. Love it, Mary! 🙂 ❤

  27. Painting for Joy says:

    I love this Mary!!! Hope you recover real soon!

  28. Such a gorgeous landscape, Mary! Glad you’re back in action again. 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thanks so much Sylvia – it’s taking some time but slowly returning. I feel about the gardens though and hope that I can take some time to restore some order to them.

  29. Simla Barki says:

    Wow, you’re landscapes are so amazing! The sky looks absolutely perfect.

  30. Fabulous! I sooo wish I could use oil pastels here in Florida. It would be my go-art medium and I totally live there with it, but the darn heat and storage issues with pests make it a bit difficult for me to do here. Instead I will marvel at your lovely work… wonderful!!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Cynthia, thanks very much. Oil pastels get a little greasy with higher temps, but you get used to it and a painters knife comes in handy for putting on thicker applications of the paint. I hope you try them out, they are fun to use and with your creativity there is no telling how far you’ll be able to take the medium.

  31. I’m so sorry to hear about your shoulder injury, Mary. I’ll keep you in my prayers for a speedy recovery. Your painting is beautiful, I love the soft pastel colors. Feel better! xo

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Jill – appreciate your kind wishes (I’m a little impatient with the healing process). Glad you enjoyed the painting!

  32. neihtn2012 says:

    You have not lost your touch at all, Mary! This one is amazingly beautiful, in a class by itself.

  33. Jet Eliot says:

    Oh Mary, this painting is so tranquil and open, just like finding a field of wildflowers. I am so glad you didn’t let it waste away leaning against the wall — it’s so lovely. And I hope your shoulder heals with each new day.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Jet, I really forgot about the painting – guess I saw it through a different set of eyes today and went for it. I enjoyed your read on the scene, thank you. Oh the shoulder, I’m hoping to see some improvement in it this week – thanks again Jet.

  34. Anonymous says:

    Very beautiful view, love the sky.

  35. Sorry to hear about your injury, Mary…please mend quickly! The painting is quite beautiful….

    • Mary says:

      Hi Cynthia, thanks so much for your thoughts on the painting. Oh yeah can you believe it, we think it may be a pinched nerve – but I’m doing my best to work it out. Today was a start, going on three weeks. Anyways ~ enough about me, I thought you were taking the month off my friend?!!??!

      • I am “off” Mary… not posting for the rest of August (this is odd, since I have posted a poem every week for the past four years!). I do stay tuned in, however, to my favorite blogs and wanted to stop by to wish you well with your recent mishap and hope you will be feeling better soon!

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