Splendid, oil pastel

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”  – Leonardo da Vinci

Splendid, an oil pastel (10×8) painted on cream tinted Mi-Teintes pastel paper using Senneliers, Holbeins and Mungyo-Gallery oil pastels.  This was an interesting painting to develop, I was nearly done – when all of a sudden the background screamed “change me” (had to wait until the end, lol).  So a few good scrapes with a razor took many layers of paint off and on came some darks to the lower right-hand side of the background of prussian blue, magenta and sap green – hopefully giving the flower what it needed to standout.

Thanks for checking in – have a wonderful week ahead.  Click onto the image for a larger view.




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100 Responses to Splendid, oil pastel

  1. Artful Aspirations says:

    So beautiful!

  2. Leyla says:

    this is Beautiful!!

  3. Aquileana says:

    Very pretty and great choices of colors, dear Mary! Thanks so much for sharing!… all my best wishes. Aquileana 🙂

  4. Timelesslady says:

    This is GORGEOUS Mary.

  5. Louise says:

    In the spotlight with a shadowy orchestra of rich colour your flower is a real beauty Mary . You’re a star !

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Louise for your colorful words that sing like poetry, they always mean a lot to read and savor. I truly appreciate your thoughts on this piece. I apologize for taking so long to get back to you, I’ve been recovering from a shoulder injury and it took much longer than I ever thought – I’m just starting to get back to blogging and creating. Looking forward to seeing what you’ve been up too!

  6. Gallivanta says:

    It screamed! It looks too beautiful and delicate to indulge in screaming. 😉 Do you do before and after shots sometimes? I would like to see the before scream as well as the after scream, but maybe the very thought of it makes you want to scream.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Gallivanta, thank you for your thoughts and feedback on this painting. Sorry it’s been so long in receiving my reply, it’s taken some time for my shoulder to recover and I had to stay off blogging for a while, as well as painting. But I’m slowly getting back into the swing of things. I’m in a habit of taking photographs of my work throughout the whole creative process, it lets me assess the painting/drawing and make changes as I go as well as provide documentation for my records. I do have the before and after photograph, you’d see just way a whole lot of screaming went on (lol)!!!

  7. You are a master with that razor!! Beautiful. 🙂

  8. lesliepaints says:

    The brightness in this actually “bursts” with light!

  9. Amy says:

    Beautiful layers, love the details and changing colors of red of the layers. 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Amy – appreciate that you noticed the many layers. I really enjoyed developing the flower petals on this piece, four different colors in the red family were used.

  10. Genie says:

    Well crafted, gorgeous colours, terrific painting. 🎋

  11. Anonymous says:

    Wow, I love it! So delicate and still so rich… I love the colors and the lighting and also love the luscious flower in the smaller vase.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much for your generous comment on this painting – I enjoyed reading your reaction to those areas that caught your eye. Thanks again.

  12. ladyfi says:

    Wonderful painting.

  13. jvandervlugt says:

    So much I love about this painting and your work. I love the lighter colours in the background and the darker colours in the foreground. The vase is so beautiful and delicate. The contrast again of light and dark, the touches of red on the petals. Beautiful Mary.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Joanna, thanks very much for your read on this painting – always love receiving feedback through your artistic eye. It was a great piece to work out, was afraid the vase wouldn’t have enough substance, but in the end it had the form I wanted without taking anything away from the flowers. Thanks again and hope you are well. Have a great weekend.

  14. Lovely! I would like a bouquet of these on my dining room table.

  15. Beautiful work! I love these colors.

  16. Hi Dear Mary….I love the quote and the image. Have been away for a while and so will now be catching up with my own blog and others – Have missed seeing your glorious work. Janet. 🙂

  17. Paul Beech says:

    Hi Mary, here’s the second stanza of a Valentine’s Day poem I wrote for Maureen last year:

    “Seagull Sill’ is our window garden.
    A roaring Welsh dragon stands guard.
    A tall amaryllis queens it with her clustered blooms
    of deep-throated delicate pink,
    a children’s windmill
    twizzing in homage at her feet
    as the estuary whispers through a crack.”

    How I’d love to place your gorgeous flower on ‘Seagull Sill’ for her next year.

    My very best,


  18. Beautiful work, Mary! 😀

  19. dsaquarelles says:

    very beautiful! delicate but intense!

  20. Splendid: exactly right! 🙂
    Happy new week, my dear Mary! 🙂

  21. Frank Prem says:

    That’s a very nice piece Mary. Well done.



  22. Take out the comma from your title and you have my comment. And, photography has been described as painting with light. You do it for real

  23. This is visual poetry! And yes, it’s interesting to see how an appropriate background enhances the main subject. And the light…it’s all about the light…

    • Mary says:

      Awesome Robert – really enjoyed your words, “visual poetry.” The light within this piece was a lot of fun to create, I think the paper tint itself helped a lot in this area of development. Thank you so much!

  24. Ogee says:

    Obviously, the best ideas come late. I absolutely love this, Mary!

  25. debiriley says:

    stunning! oh my gosh. love this.
    the LIGHT!!! you made magic with the light Mary! it is gorgeous. the flower is so lovely, the vase wonderful, and you have mastered the hardest thing… those pesky backgrounds!!!!!! Beaut. cheers, debi

  26. ashokbhatia says:

    Beauty which speaks for itself!

  27. Exquisite image, Mary. I love the changes you made. The dark colours really work so well to set off the rest of the painting. 🙂

  28. Leonardo was really on to something important, I am going to think about this a bit.

  29. I cannot even imagine having the skill to create something this beautiful. 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Hi Judy, thank you for such a generous compliment – glad you enjoyed the painting. Have a wonderful week ahead, perhaps you’ll get some of the rain they are projecting.

  30. Jess says:

    Oh don’t you just “love” when your painting starts to scream that it needs to change the very minute you think you are done with it? But you did a great job (as usual) and the whole painting looks great! Love the petals- so delicate.

  31. restlessjo says:

    Still creating beauty, despite the pain 🙂 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thanks so much Jo! I think I way over did it doing this painting, I paid for it yesterday and today. I’ll probably have to take a break from painting for the next couple of days. Hope you have a lovely week ahead.

  32. dorannrule says:

    Once again you have accomplished softly lit beauty.

  33. Susan Feniak says:

    Pure poetry!! Splendid is splendid.

  34. Leanne Cole says:

    Stunning Mary, really beautiful.

  35. Oh….so beautiful, Mary! I love the colors your chose. Well done!

  36. Resa says:

    Splendid, Mary! You really have a beautiful style and crazy gorgeous feel for flowers. The background was worth the effort. The flower’s colors are juxtaposed brilliantly in front.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Resa for your thoughts on this painting, appreciate your compliments – they mean a lot. Love your read on the painting, one of the first decision points to make was how to be sure the flowers stayed forward – thanks for noticing.

  37. Hi Mary, A beautiful flower done beautifully. You make the pastels sing.

  38. I am delighted not only to see this beautiful painting, but to know that you know how to listen to a background when it screams…. 🙂

  39. cmartzloff says:

    Wow Mary, this is beautiful. I love the background!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks so much Catherine. I had my doubts on the final background, but was totally surprised that a decent one materialized considering the tooth of the paper surface was long gone. I really appreciate your generous feedback!

  40. Victo Dolore says:

    Doing flower petals in such a way that they reflect their delicate nature is tough. Yours look as if they could float away. Beautifully executed! 🙂

  41. Lee says:

    Very beautiful.

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