52 Weeks of Finding Light Series

2023 Series of Original Oil Paintings

by Tisha Mark

About this work: I began 2023 with a feeling of scattered creativity, meaning that I had several loosely formed ideas for what I wanted to paint, but I was unclear of which direction to follow. The common theme among all of these ideas was a desire to explore more ways to interpret light and atmosphere. This is how my 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series began. Throughout the year, I thought more about why I'm making this art, and what stories I'm telling. I spent time with source material, studying light in an intentional way, almost every day. I released an original oil painting about light and atmosphere every week of 2023, and my work creating this series has led me to further explore my Marshlands and Breathe Series. 

Original oil painting by Tisha Mark, Week 1, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 4"x4" oil on Gessobord (2023). This painting shows an orange-toned sunrise sky over a coastal marsh landscape.

Week 1, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 4"x4" oil on Gessobord (2023) 

Original oil painting by Tisha Mark, Week 2, 52 Weeks of Finding Light, 4"x4" oil on Gessobord (2023). Painting shows an orange-toned sunrise sky with storm clouds over a choppy sea.

Week 2, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 4"x4" oil on Gessobord (2023) (Sold)

Week 3, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 6"x6" oil on Gessobord (2023) 

Original oil painting by Tisha Mark, Week 4, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 6"x6" oil on Gessobord (2023). Painting shows a softly lit sunrise or sunset sky with sunlight at the horizon subtly reflecting in the water of a cove. Trees on both sides of the foreground frame the scene.

Week 4, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 6"x6" oil on Gessobord (2023) 

Original landscape oil painting by Tisha Mark, Week 5, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 6"x6" oil on gessobord (2023). This nocturne painting features a full moon rising over a treeline and reflecting in a body of water. Painted in a limited palette of purple tones with ochre and light yellow.

Week 5, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 6"x6" oil on Gessobord (2023) (Sold)

Original landscape oil painting by Tisha Mark, Week 6, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 5"x7" oil on gessobord (2023). This nocturne painting features a full moon rising over a treeline and reflecting in a body of water. Painted in a limited palette of purple tones with ochre and light yellow.

Week 6, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 5"x7" oil on Gessobord (2023) 

Original landscape oil painting by Tisha Mark, Week 7, 52 Weeks of Finding Light, 5"x5" oil on cradled gessobord (2023). Painting shows an autumn landscape with textured brown and tan grasses and trees. The sky is a bluish-gray with lavender clouds. Orange-yellow sunlight peeking over the tree line.

Week 7, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 5"x5" oil on Gessobord (2023) (Sold)

Original landscape oil painting by Tisha Mark, Week 8, 52 Weeks of Finding Light, 5"x5" oil on cradled gessobord (2023). Painting shows a green landscape with textured grasses and trees. The sky is a bluish-gray with textured light yellow sunlight peeking over the tree line.

Week 8, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 5"x5" oil on Gessobord (2023)

Original landscape oil painting by Tisha Mark, Light of Springtime (Week 9, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series), 12"x12" oil on cradled gessobord (2023). Painting shows a green landscape with textured grasses and trees. The sky is a bluish-gray with soft lavender tones. Light yellow sunlight peeking over the tree line, and reflects softly in a small body of water below.

Light of Springtime (Week 9, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series), 12"x12" oil on Gessobord (2023)

Original landscape oil painting by Tisha Mark, In-Between Times (Week 10, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series), 12"x12" oil on cradled gessobord (2023). Painting shows a sun rising over a hillside and reflecting in a creek. The sky has dramatic grayish-blue cloud formations with orange undertones, the earth features textured grass also with orange undertones.

In-Between Times (Week 10, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series), 12"x12" oil on Gessobord (2023) (Sold)

Photo of an original seascape oil painting by Tisha Mark, "The Morning Show (Week 11, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series)" 11"x14" oil on Gessobord (2023). This painting shows an orange-toned sky sunrise over a moody, dark blue sea. A wave that has crashed onto the shore is reflecting bits of orange and yellow light of the sunrise as the water meanders along the rocks of the shoreline.

The Morning Show (Week 11, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series), 11"x14" oil on cradled Gessobord (2023) 

Week 12, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 4"x4" oil on Gessobord (2023) (Sold)

Original seascape oil painting by Tisha Mark, Week 13, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 4"x4" oil on gessobord (2023). Painting features a sunrise with an orange-toned sky over a gray-blue sea.

Week 13, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 4"x4" oil on Gessobord (2023) (Sold)

Photo of original landscape oil painting by Tisha Mark, Week 14, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 7”x5” oil on Gessobord (2023). Painting of a densely wooded area with a small stream running through it. Tiny bits of green are at the edges of the water, indicating early springtime. The sky is a soft bluish-gray with soft yellow sunlight, reflecting in the water below.

Week 14, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 7"x5" oil on Gessobord (2023)

Original landscape oil painting by Tisha Mark, Spring's Promise Fulfilled (Week 15, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series), 8"x8" oil on gessobord (2023). Painting shows lush, soft green landscape with a body of water. Light light from a pastel orange and grayish-blue sky reflects in the water below.

Spring's Promise Fulfilled (Week 15, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series), 8"x8" oil on Gessobord (2023)

Original oil painting by Tisha Mark, "Awake (Week 16, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series)" 16"x16" oil on canvas (2023).

Awake (Week 16, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series), 16"x16" oil on canvas (2023) $850

On view at Reading Town Hall, Reading MA until August 2024. 

This painting was on view at the Fay Chandler Emerging Art Exhibition 2023, held at Boston City Hall, Nov. 15 - Dec. 30.

Original oil painting by Tisha Mark, Week 17, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 8"x8" oil on canvas (2023). Painting features a sun or moon rising over a marshy landscape. Painted in a monochromatic limited palette of earthy browns, reminiscent of a sepia-toned photograph.

Week 17, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 8"x8" oil on canvas (2023)

Photo of an original seascape oil painting by Tisha Mark, "When I Wake (Week 18, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series)", 5"x7" oil on linen panel (2023). This is a soft, peaceful seashore scene at sunrise. The sky features soft yellows and blues, the shore has patches of sea grass among the sand.

When I Wake (Week 18, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series), 5"x7" oil on linen panel (2023)

Original seascape oil painting by Tisha Mark, "Week 19, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 5"x5" oil on cradled GEssobord (2023). Painting of a seascape with a fiery orange sky, with yellow light at the horizon. Light reflects off of the sea as the waves meet the rocky shore.

Week 19, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 5"x5" oil on Gessobord (2023) (Sold)

Original oil painting by Tisha Mark, "Week 20, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series" 5"x5" oil on cradled board (2023). This painting is a small seascape that interprets the moment when light first emerges after a storm over the sea.

Week 20, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 5"x5" oil on Gessobord (2023) (Sold)

Original seascape oil painting by Tisha Mark, "Week 21, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series" 6"x8" oil on board (2023). Painting of a calm sea with a sunrise or sunset at the horizon.

Week 21, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 6"x8" oil on Gessobord (2023) 

Original tiny oil painting by Tisha Mark, "Week 22, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series" 4"x4" oil on gessobord (2023). This tiny seascape features soft, pastel tones of textured sunlight in the sky over a calm sea meeting the shore.

Week 22, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 4"x4" oil on Gessobord (2023)

Original seascape oil painting by Tisha Mark, "Week 23, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series" 6"x6" oil on gessobord (2023). Painting is a moody seascape painted in a limited palette of mostly gray tones, featuring orange and yellow sunlit clouds over an atmospheric seashore.

Week 23, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 6"x6" oil on Gessobord (2023) (Sold)

Original landscape oil painting by Tisha Mark, Week 24, 52 Weeks of Finding Light), 7”x5” oil on linen panel (2023). Vertically oriented landscape painting in a limited palette of soft cool gray tones featuring an atmospheric foggy scene of trees surrounding a body of water that fades into the distance.

Week 24, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 7"x5" oil on linen panel (2023) 

Original oil painting by Tisha Mark, Week 25, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 3"x5" oil on linen panel (2023). Tiny landscape painting in a limited palette of soft cool gray-blue tones, featuring an atmospheric foggy scene of trees surrounding a body of water that fades into the distance.

Week 25, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 3"x5" oil on linen panel (2023) 

Original landscape oil painting by Tisha Mark, Week 26, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 7"x5" oil on linen panel (2023). Vertically oriented landscape painting in a limited palette of soft cool gray tones featuring an atmospheric foggy scene of trees surrounding a body of water that fades into the distance.

Week 26, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 7"x5" oil on linen panel (2023) 

Original tiny oil painting by Tisha Mark, Week 27, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 3"x5" oil on linen panel (2023). Painted in monochromatic cool grays, this tiny landscape scene shows a tree-lined body of water underneath a partially cloudy sky with light reflecting in the water below.

Week 27, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 3"x5" oil on linen panel (2023) 

Original landscape oil painting by Tisha Mark, Week 28, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 10"x10" oil on linen stretched canvas (2023). Painted in monochromatic cool grays, this landscape scene shows a tree-lined body of water underneath an atmospheric, foggy sky with subtle reflections in the water.

Week 28, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 10"x10" oil on linen streched canvas (2023) 

Original tiny oil painting by Tisha Mark, Week 29, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 5"x3" oil on linen panel (2023). Painting of a cloudscape at sunrise over a coastal marsh.

Week 29, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 5"x3" oil on linen panel (2023) 

Original tiny oil painting by Tisha Mark, Week 30, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 4"x6" oil on linen panel (2023). This tiny seascape features an orange-toned sunrise sky with blue and lavender cloud formations.

Week 30, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 4"x6" oil on linen panel (2023) 

Original oil painting by Tisha Mark, "Morning Daydream (Week 31, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series)" 16"x16" oil on canvas. Painting of a marshy landscape underneath an orange-toned sunrise sky with subtle, wispy lavender cloud formations rising up from the horizon.

Morning Daydream (Week 31, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series), 16"x16" oil on canvas (2023) $850

Original oil painting by Tisha Mark, "Late Summer Stillness (Week 32, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series)", 18"x24" oil on canvas (2023). Landscape painting featuring an orange-toned sunrise sky over a coastal marsh.

Late Summer Stillness (Week 32, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series), 18"x24" oil on canvas (2023) $1250

This painting was recently on view at the Cambridge Art Association's Mary Schein Fall Salon Members' Exhibition 2023, and was awarded a Mary Schein Award.

Original seascape oil painting by Tisha Mark, "Early Bright (Week 33, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series), 18"x36" oil on canvas (2023). This painting features a brilliant sunrise sky over a seashore. The warm tones of the sky and sand complement the cool blue sea and pops of green seagrass, creating a scene that is simultaneously peaceful and energetic.

Early Bright (Week 33, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series), 18"x36" oil on canvas (2023)

Original landscape oil painting by Tisha Mark, Sweet Summer Mornings (Week 34, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series), 10"x10" oil on linen stretched canvas (2023). A late summer marshy landscape underneath a soft, orange and lavender sunrise sky.

Sweet Summer Mornings (Week 34, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series), 10"x10" oil on stretched linen canvas (2023) (Sold)

Original landscape oil painting by Tisha Mark, Week 35, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 6"x6" oil on gessobord (2023). An atmospheric marshy landscape underneath a soft, pink and lavender sunrise sky.

Week 35, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 6"x6" oil on Gessobord (2023) 

Original tiny oil painting by Tisha Mark, Week 36, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 5"x3" oil on linen panel (2023). Painting of a pink cloudscape over a coastal marsh.

Week 36, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 5"x3" oil on linen panel (2023) 

Original cloudscape oil painting by Tisha Mark, Week 37, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 10"x10" oil on linen stretched canvas (2023). Painting of a textured pink cloudscape over a grassy shoreline.

Week 37, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 10"x10" oil on stretched linen canvas (2023) 

Original tiny landscape oil painting by Tisha Mark, "Week 38, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series" 4"x4" oil on gessobord (2023). Painting of a rural autumnal scene.

Week 38, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 4"x4" oil on Gessobord (2023)

Original tiny landscape oil painting by Tisha Mark, "Week 39, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series" 4"x4" oil on gessobord (2023). Painting of a rural autumnal scene with a sun low over the treeline.

Week 39, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 4"x4" oil on Gessobord (2023) (Sold)

Original tiny landscape oil painting by Tisha Mark, "Week 40, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series" 4"x4" oil on gessobord (2023). Painting of a sunrise sky reflecting in a body of water with autumn trees near the shoreline.

Week 40, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 4"x4" oil on Gessobord (2023) (Sold)

Original tiny landscape oil painting by Tisha Mark, "Week 41, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series" 4"x4" oil on gessobord (2023). This is an earth-toned landscape with subtle tree reflections in a body of water.

Week 41, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 4"x4" oil on Gessobord (2023) 

Original seascape oil painting by Tisha Mark, Week 42, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 6"x6" oil on gessobord (2023). Seascape painting featuring a sky with orange clouds and bits of yellow light at sunrise.

Week 42, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 6"x6" oil on Gessobord (2023) (Sold)

Original seascape oil painting by Tisha Mark, "Week 43, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series" 6"x8" oil on gessobord (2023). Orange-toned seascape, painted with mostly palette knife to create beautiful textures in both sea and sky.

Week 43, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 6"x8" oil on Gessobord (2023) 

Original oil painting by Tisha Mark, "Week 44, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series" 6"x6" oil on gessobord (2023). Painting of a coastal marsh in autumn, underneath a soft orange-toned sunrise sky.

Week 44, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 6"x6" oil on Gessobord (2023) (Sold)

Original tiny oil painting by Tisha Mark, "Week 45, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series" 3"x5" oil on linen panel (2023). Tiny autumn painting featuring brilliant red trees underneath a yellow sun in a gold-toned sky.

Week 45, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 3"x5" oil on linen panel (2023)

Original oil painting by Tisha Mark, "Week 46, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series" 5"x7" oil on linen panel (2023). Loosely painted autumn landscape with a gold-toned sky.

Week 46, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 5"x7" oil on linen panel (2023) 

Original tiny oil painting by Tisha Mark, "Week 47, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series" 5"x3" oil on linen panel (2023). Tiny autumn painting featuring brilliant red trees underneath a yellow sun in a gold-toned sky.

Week 47, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 5"x3" oil on linen panel (2023) 

Original oil painting by Tisha Mark, "Week 48, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series" 4"x6" oil on linen panel (2023). Atmospheric painting in a limited palette of grays, browns, whites, and blues with a tree in the center bathed in atmospheric light and shadow.

Week 48, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 4"x6" oil on linen panel (2023)

Original oil painting by Tisha Mark. "Week 49, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series" 4"x6" oil on linen panel (2023). A small atmospheric abstract landscape painting, painted in whites, grays, and blues.

Week 49, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 4"x6" oil on linen panel (2023)

Original oil painting by Tisha Mark, "Week 50, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series" 4"x6" oil on linen panel (2023). Small oil painting of a coastal marsh underneath a pink-toned sunrise sky.

Week 50, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 4"x6" oil on linen panel (2023) 

Original oil painting by Tisha Mark. "Week 51, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series" 4"x6" oil on linen panel (2023). A small atmospheric landscape painting, painted in whites, grays, and blues with pink and lavender wintertime light.

Week 51, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 4"x6" oil on linen panel (2023)

Original oil painting by Tisha Mark. "Week 52, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series" 5"x7" oil on linen panel (2023). Small landscape painting with a wintertime sunset reflecting in a body of water.

Week 52, 52 Weeks of Finding Light Series, 5"x7" oil on linen panel (2023) (Sold)