Sunset at Scarborough, oil pastel

“It’s a moment that I’m after, a fleeting moment, but not a frozen moment.”
– Andrew Wyeth

During our recent trip back East we arrived at Scarborough beach in Maine just as the sun was quickly setting.  We hadn’t much time, but was able to get a few photographs of the sea before we took a brisk walk down the beach stretch to where we used to live.  It was one of those beautiful evenings – the ocean gave us some quiet, but beautiful wave formations as they came ashore.  Towards the end of the walk we could barely see ourselves let alone the ocean, but between the smell of the sea and sound of the waves I felt like I was home again ~

Sunset at Scarborough, an oil pastel (8×10) was painted on black-tinted card stock paper using mainly Sennelier, Holbein and Mungyo-Gallery brands of oil pastels.  Between the paper and payne’s gray & magenta for the darkest darks the combination gave more of a dusk-to-nighttime feel to the scene.  I was surprised at how much paint was laid down with my hands as the main tool given the minimal texture built into the paper.  I may try to paint the scene again with acrylics toning the surface a mid-range gray to see how that would change the mood of the painting.

It was fun painting this very special place.  Thanks for checking in ~


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130 Responses to Sunset at Scarborough, oil pastel

  1. liveoutcrazy says:

    I cannot believe that its handmade!!

  2. ventisqueras says:

    sei bravissima!
    felice sera Annalisa

  3. kellymlaplace says:

    That afterglow in the sky and movement of the waves is breathtaking! Thank you for posting this lovely piece!!

  4. art ana pj says:

    I’m speechless! Such energy in one painting!!! Congrats, Mary.

  5. Resa says:

    I know I already liked this from my other blog, but came by to like it again after seeing you came for a visit to Art Gowns. Thank you so much for dropping by,I hope you are well and I always look forward to your art! 😀

    • Mary says:

      Thanks so much Resa for the visit and kind words. I just loved seeing your new creation – a nod to elegance like no other. All is well here – getting back into creating and will be posting again. Felt like blogging to starting to control my time and thoughts and needed to get some perspective.

  6. nutsfortreasure says:

    Hope you are well Mary.

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