Friday, October 21, 2016

A Pastel Sky

9x12" pastel on paper

"To what will you look for help if you will not look to that which is stronger than yourself?"
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
The sky always reminds me of God's infinite power and glory.I guess that is why I like to paint it so much.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

A Little Palette Knife Painting

Abundant Meadow, 6x6" oil on board

I got out my oils and palette knife yesterday and had some fun painting this little 6x6" oil on board.
I really like using a palette knife because of the easy clean up afterwards, but I have to admit there are times when a brush comes in handy to knock down some of the texture in areas I don't want as much.
I am encouraged enough by my results that I think I will continue to paint some little oils as well as my pastels. The oils I am using are water-soluble and I think I might go out and purchase some regular oils just to compare and see what I like best.

Friday, October 7, 2016

I love Autumn

I painted this little Autumn scene today keeping mostly an orange and blue complimentary color theme. I used a little 7.5x6.5" scrap piece of dark grey La Carte paper I had laying around. I think I might do this scene in a bigger format and add more trees....thinking....maybe different paper, I think I have my project for this weekend.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

An Underpainting and a Little Adjustment

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This is a little 9x9" pastel on UArt paper that I started and finished yesterday. I don't always use an underpainting with my pastels but I decided to do one for this piece. I started with a loose watercolor underpainting and then when that dried I added a layer of clear gesso just for a little more texture in the flowers and grasses. This also started out as a 9x12" but just didn't look quite right so I cropped it square and it felt much better.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Pastels USA

Dreaming of Spring, 19x19" pastel on paper

I am so excited and honored that my pastel "Dreaming of Spring" was juried into the Pastel Society of the West Coast's "Pastels USA" international exhibit that is open now at the Morro Bay Art Center in Morro Bay, California. I also did a little happy dance when I found out I won the Terri Ford award!
The exhibit is open now and will be running through October 30th, if you happen to be in the area during that time stop by and see all the beautiful pastels that are on display.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

New Exhibit

I have neglected my blog for too long! I have a good excuse though, it's because I have been painting like crazy getting ready for a 3 person exhibit I will be in at the end of this month.
Today I have been doing a little house cleaning when it comes to my website, I have added my new pastels and deleted a few older ones and just kind of brightened up the look of my website. 
My next step will be my Etsy store which is closed now because I haven't taken the time to work on it! I still have to figure out if I am going to close or keep my Linkedin and Flickr accounts which I barely use. 
Well, I do want to get some painting done today so I better sign off now. Hopefully I will post more soon.;)

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Daily Painting

9x12" pastel on La Carte paper

I have been painting daily for several months now. It has now become a regular part of my life, if I skip a day which happens sometimes because of life it feels a little strange. I love this daily habit and I can see the improvement in my work because of it and it's just plain therapeutic for me!

I am working towards a landscape exhibit in July so I am painting a little bigger now. This is my latest pastel and it's a 9x12", I decided to go smaller first to see if it would translate well into a bigger piece and I think it will, maybe an 18x24 or 14x18".

If anyone out their is thinking about picking up the daily painting habit I highly recommend it! You will see an improvement in  your painting and build up a body of work at the same time.