Friday, February 19, 2016

Sparkles and Novicane


As I was getting ready to head to the dentist this morning, I suddenly ditched my simple green earrings for some dangling sparkly ones….very uncharacteristic for me! What prompted this you might ask? Well, I suppose the spirit of busting out of the norm, letting myself be free of all limits and self conscious tendencies. Also, I was thinking I might just need a little something more to sparkle about after my appointment!



Well, indeed! It's just teeth and money.  I need those teeth for a bit longer, so I'll be investing in them for a bit it seems.

But, I'm wasn't about to let a little Novocaine and discomfort spoil my Friday, so I made my way to the studio to finish a piece I'd started as a demo for my Thursday painting group. It's a little snippet of the botanical garden in Scottsdale, AZ. The reference photo was taken long, long ago... maybe fifteen years ago when my sons were just little boys. We'd visited the gardens together on a family vacation. What made today super special was that my younger son (now 23), came over to do some prep in my studio for a painting he is working on, just as I was getting started. We worked quietly together in the studio, chatting here and there. A great way to connect, enjoying each others company.  It just so happened that I was working on this piece and could connect the memory of it with him today as we worked. Nice!! Funny how stuff like that works.

Desert Memory, 8 x 8, Pastel, $150. Purchase on Daily Paintworks
No amount of dentistry could have spoiled that part of my day! I didn't really need the sparkles after all!
I hope your painting day was as rich as mine!!

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Sleepy Afternoon

"Sleepy Afternoon", pastel, 13 x 9, $150. Available on Daily Paintworks.

This is a demo I did for a group in Raleigh, NC last year. I have fond memories of this place in Taos, New Mexico. I did the original piece while on a lovely painting trip! It's painted on leaf green Colorfix paper. Most of it is pretty thinly painted. I got a little more bold with the foreground, but wanted a very light airy feel to the tree shapes. I think I got it!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Blue Skies Ahead

Blue Skies Ahead, pastel, 8 x 8, $100. Available on Daily Paintworks

This time of year, Oregon can boast some pretty spectacular skies! This is no exception! I am loving capturing the movement of the clouds. It's cool to paint them because nobody can really tell you that you have it wrong! This one was done on terracotta Colorfix paper. I ended up covering most of the reddish paper, but I think some little bits of red paper still sparkle through to add some interest for the viewer to play with. I might stay on the cloud theme a little longer.

Happy Painting!

Monday, February 1, 2016

More Sunsets


Purple Storm, pastel, 6 x 17, $150. Visit Daily Paintworks to purchase.
I've been enjoying the dramatic sunsets I've been doing. This one is a small version of a piece I did a while back. I thought it would be fun to revisit it. Sunsets are tricky....you have to get the values just right and save the lights for the bright, hot spots. I've sort of avoided doing "drama" feeling mostly that some scenes are best left to our memory or a good photo. Sunsets can also be rather trite and maudlin, or so I used to think. I'm revising my thoughts! This one is on Colorfix pastel paper. I used Terry Ludwig Pastels for some of the darks and relied on some Unison for some of the bright yellow. I think what I like best is the brown up in the left top corner. It's a little unusual and helps create a little more color harmony!