Countrysides, Fields, Forests – oil pastels

13 Responses to Countrysides, Fields, Forests – oil pastels

  1. Bharat Panicker says:

    Hello Mary,
    Your paintings in OP are just amazing. Do you have video tutorials since it would extremely useful for beginners like me?


    • Mary says:

      Hello Bharat, thank you for your kind feedback and also question. I have no video tutorials made for painting with oil pastels, but there are some good ones out there. I might suggest that you check out This site, 100% artist driven, has a wonderful section on oil pastels. The moderator is a friend of mine, Christel, who is an amazing artist. The section on oil pastels has a ton of information: the basics of what the medium is, techniques on how to apply the paint, to general questions. This site is where I was introduced to oil pastels and picked up a ton of credible and useful information about this fascinating medium. I hope you visit Wetcanvas, the site is free and jammed packed with information about any and all things art.

      Thank you for visiting and most of all thank you for taking time to write – I really appreciate it. I hope you enjoy painting with oil pastels!

  2. Thanks for being an inspiration to so many of us, artists-to-be 🙂
    Your skills are amazing!

    I have a question:

    What is the size and paper you use on your oil pastel paintings?

    thanks 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thank your lovely and generous comment – means a lot and is appreciated. My oil pastel paintings generally range from 5×7, 8×10 to 11×14 – I enjoy working all sizes (although it’s a hard medium to paint large, but there are artists that do quite well with it though). I use several types of surfaces: prepared gessoed hardboard (love it and handles the medium very well), ampersand board, and Mi-Tientes pastel paper. Hope that this helps and also that you continue to pursue painting with oil pastels – it’s a great medium! Thanks again ~

      • Thank you for the kind answer, Mary 🙂 I’ll be looking into these surfaces you mentioned in order to find one that I like best. I know that brands are an artist’s option, but do you have any tips of fine brands for oil pastels? I live in Brazil, SP, the most common to find is the Pentel series with 50 colors. Any tips would be appreciated.

        Once again I thank you for your response and praise you for your delightful work.


        • Mary says:

          Hi Rodrigo, sorry for being so late with my response I have family matters that is taking up my spare time. I did a post on the brands of oil pastels that I use, here is the link I think Pentel is a good brand, a bit more wax than I prefer, but one that with the range of colors could still allow you to render beautiful work. Perhaps if Pentel is harder than others, you might try to use a tiny bit of solvent when blending. Pentel should lend itself to scraping the pastels with a painters knife or a slight-edge razor blade (wonderful blending could be achieved). I hope that my link helps. Notice at the far right corner of my blog under categories, there are several categories specific to oil pastels (medium, techniques, etc.) Good to hear from you and best wishes as you continue to paint with oil pastels – they are truly a great medium to create with.

  3. Roseelaineblog says:

    Wow 😳 what amazing paintings 🌹

  4. clenoir0927 says:

    I’ve recently become interested in oil pastel, and your web site is a delightful treasure trove! So happy to have found you.

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