Welcome to my oil pastel studio.  A place to share thoughts on oil pastels primarily, art in general and my current art portfolio.

Oil Pastels (OPs), as it’s sometimes referred to, is my medium of choice for painting.  Over time we’ll explore a variety of subjects on oil pastels (OPs) from brands, to techniques used, work-in-progress, and you’ll be introduced to people or books that have had a positive impact on my art.

So come on in, take a few minutes and explore my world of oil pastels.  Please don’t hesitate to ask questions or post a comment.  I’m looking forward to connecting with you!  Mary


30 Responses to Welcome!

  1. Linda May Alongi says:

    Hi Mary,
    You have such a God-given talent;never knew all those years ago at our tea parties that we had an artist in our midst…love everything you have created.
    Love you,

    • Mary says:

      Hi Linda, thanks so much for visiting and leaving such a beautiful comment. You know it means a lot to me. Ah our tea parties, great memories! Love, Mary

  2. Welcome
    Greetings from Luke with Polish

  3. utahrob says:

    Thanks for the like on Provo Girl. 🙂

  4. juansandin says:

    Toda only I discovered that you have a website. I will follow.

    • Mary says:

      Hello Juan, so nice to see you here! Thank you for your visit and very happy that you’ll be following along. Have a wonderful weekend.

  5. M. R. says:

    It must be wonderful – no, exciting! to have this kind of talent. The concept of being able to reproduce in beauty what the eye sees is something to be longed for. I can scarcely draw a stick man; but I certainly know when art appeals to me – as does yours. My compliments!

    • Mary says:

      Wow Margaret, you make it so easy to love what’s great about the internet. Thank you so much for your very generous comments, I’m blushing! I’ve gone over to your blog and am fascinated and now intrigued by your book, I want to know more about your husband and life together.

  6. Lu says:

    I love your paintings – I’ve recently treated myself to my first set of oil pastels, and slowly learning about them – they are fantastic! (although my artistry is not quite in keeping 😉
    I’m looking forward to perusing your blog more thoroughly – it looks wonderfully inspiring!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Lu, so very nice of you – thank you for your beautiful comment! Also I appreciate that you’ll be following my blog – it’s a work in progress, but a happy one at that! I’m headed over to your blog to see your lovely art. Thanks so much – nice to meet you! Mary

  7. I really enjoy your beautiful site, Mary. And I hope you don’t mind being nominated for a blog award.:) I just nominated you for a Sunshine Award. Please click here for more info: http://eyedancers.wordpress.com/2013/02/05/the-sunshine-award/ . Thanks! — Mike

    • Mary says:

      Hi Mike, thank you so much for the wonderful nomination – I really appreciate it. I have two other in the wings that I still need to work on, plus this month I’m hosting a painting challenge which has me occupied. If you don’t mind that I wait a couple of weeks I’d be thrilled to accept!

      I’m really honored that you’ve taken time to visit my blog and me for the Sunshine Award.

  8. David Reid says:

    Thanks for dropping by. Funny, I have tried every medium except for oil pastels. So I’ll certainly keep looking in for some tips. Cheers. David

    • Mary says:

      Thanks David. Oil Pastels are a great medium to work with once you get a feel for how they handle. Many people make the mistake of using student quality first (these are hard and a more waxy consistency – harder to move and blend). Go with artist quality and you’ll find a softer pastel that’s easier to handle. I have a short discussion under another post.

  9. doronart says:

    Great work and inspiration, love it very much make me smile.

  10. Amazing blog and amazing paintings! Do you mind if I ask, how long have you been studying and working? I have been studying five years but I feel there is still so much to learn, it’s a never ending process

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much for visiting my blog and writing such a beautiful comment. I’m a new self-taught artist painting or a little under 1 1/2 years now, learning what I can from reading books and being an active member of several online art communities – experienced artists have offered countless words of advice and encouragement. The joy of painting for me is the endless learning and discovery, giving way to the ah-ha’s and hopefully showing growth in my pieces.

      Thank you so much for the compliment ~ my personal opinion is that for most artists, true growth comes from a disciplined eye to practice and experiment.

  11. Petronette says:

    Hi Mary,

    Your blog looks great !
    I found the follow button. 😉
    Good luck with your blog, and I am looking forward to read the next blog from you.

    Your friend from the Netherlands

  12. diamantialexandra says:

    Hi Mary.
    Congratulations for your new blog.!!
    I like it very much. It is amazing!!

  13. Mona says:

    Congrats on starting your blog. I’m looking forward to seeing and hearing more about how you do what you do.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you for your best wishes Mona, much appreciated! I’m looking forward to staying in touch with all my followers on a regular basis, more to come!

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