Saturday, June 26, 2021

Getting back to normal

 Ahh...things are beginning to get back to normal for artists. There are opportunities to show art in-person in addition to online. Because of that, I've been framing work for "Small Packages" at Women Painters of Washington (WPW) Gallery and for the Puget Sound Group of Northwest Artists (PSG) Summer Sale.


Left to right: 4 framed paintings for the PSG Summer Sale (see link below), 5 paintings for WPW, and a small pastel that has been entered into a show, waiting notification of acceptance. The large painting of a child is by my long-ago mentor and Northwest art legend, William Cumming.

Sale begins July 1, click the image to see the Sale.

Friday, June 18, 2021

Steps of Abandon

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Painting with Abandon


Today Pinterest brought up a tiny thumbnail of a gorgeous painting. I clicked on it to see who painted it and was surprised to see that I did! It was from March of 2016,  titled "Wild," and sold to Sandy D.

"Wild," 5x7 pastel sold

This month I have been working in pastel again after more than a year working in oil. I'm painting for my annual Super Summer Sale and also to enter a few upcoming shows. Once again, I'm striving to paint with abandon and because of that I was interested to read my text from 2016 when I posted "Wild" on my blog.

"Sometimes I push a pastel painting past the point of no return. When the words "labored, contrived, sweet, pretty and cute" come to mind, it is time for me to hose it off (Wallis paper), brush it off (most other papers) or get the baking soda out (Pastelmat).

This painting was a big mess (well, as big a mess as a 5x7 can be). I finally took most of the pastel off and began again with ABANDON. Yay! I'm happy with it now."

And so, with abandon, here is today's painting.

"Bliss," pastel 10x8 inches

Friday, June 11, 2021

On the easel 6/11/2021

I'm working 3-up. One done, two to go. "Overachiever," pastel, 8x8 inches. See the  progress steps below.


Step 4

Step 3

Step 2

Step 1

I started with Paynes Grey acrylic line/gesture sketch

Monday, June 7, 2021

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

...and very attractive frames.

Once upon a time, I purchased inexpensive gold frames online thinking they would be OK. They weren't. A couple weeks ago I bought a can of Satin Black enamel spray paint and fixed them. I love the way they look now.


These two little oils will be in The Puget Sound Group's Summer Online Sale beginning July 1. Good paintings, good prices and very attractive frames. Email me if you want me to send you a link when the sale opens.