Sunday, March 22, 2015

bottoms up

A new non objective painting? No, this is the bottom of a family heirloom. One of these days I'll get back to posting my art here but today I am appreciating the colors and textures of this surface. Of special note is the green in the lower right corner. The green chair.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Good News

Follow Your Heart, pastel, 10.5 x 12 inches
Good News! I am surprised and honored to learn that my painting, "Follow Your Heart" received the Third Place Award in the Pastel Society of the West Coast 2015 Online Membership Show in the Signature/ DP category. The exhibition opens April 1st on the PSWC website.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

reading, stripping furniture

No art today but here is a link to a few of my favorite things

Monday, March 9, 2015


All together now on my studio wall: the three 24 x 18 inch paintings from the first quarter of 2015. Now I really will take that sabbatical I've been talking about because today I finished boxing up all my art supplies. Feels very strange. It's time to turn my attention to packing, refinishing a couple pieces of furniture and transplanting many plants to the flower garden at our new home.

I expect a lot of physical work this spring and summer so I look forward to ending each day in my new bathtub with candlelight from the Glassybaby selected for me by my grandson Elias. He chose this color based on my cool painting palette.

Also complete is 8 weeks of online mentoring of Canadian artist Barbara DeMott through two paintings. She was my test case and I have a better idea now of how I might structure online mentoring in the Fall to assist several students to more successful work. If you are interested in having your name added to my online mentoring list, email me. Below is Barbara DeMott's painting, shared with her permission. Great job Barbara!

Homesite Creek Falls, pastel, 12x11 inches, Barbara DeMott

Thursday, March 5, 2015

For Evermore - based on path studies

For Evermore, pastel, 24 x 18 inches
About 70% complete.
OK. I am DONE with the dappled path series. I finished 'For
 Evermore" this morning after looking at it daily on my easel for about a week.

I keep forgetting to mention the reducing glass that I've been using to see the entire image even when I'm standing very close to it. Also, I want to mention the dry brush I use to lift pastel off the paper in a random gentle manner. See the photo below.