Thursday, April 30, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
"Down Into the Hoodoos" is done. Once you copy it to CD, mail it off to a competition, there is no changing it! So, this is done, and this is my final answer! I'm happy with it, and proud enough of it to enter it in my first major pastel competition. Wish me luck!
Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I got one of those pop-up canopies for our back patio this year. It is 10x10 and so much easier to have space for an easle and move around than a market umbrella, and tripping over the base. With a homeowners' association and rules, I think I can get away with this because it is basically a square umbrella and not attached to anything. So today I'm trying it out. I worked on my Boulders pastel yesterday afternoon, but I was unhappy with it. Maybe it was the light green paper. So I will try again with this salmon colored paper.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Hey - I haven't painted since Thursday! What is going on? Well, I'll tell you...Spring has come to the high desert. I went riding on Saturday with a fellow horseman, to Washoe Lake. Today the garden called me to tend to it. My tulips are petering out. I think I'll move them to a sunnier spot. This watercolor was done in class a few years ago. Jan Foss of Incline Village (Lake Tahoe) teaches how to do lots of fun and beautiful flowers.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Here is a picture of the underpainting, and then the pastel over it. It might need some value or color adjustment, maybe some finishing touches, but I'm done for today! Last night the phone rang all night (my husband's turn for night-call) and I began to fade while doing this painting.
This painting was a different challenge for me - with no photographic reference, no on-location viewing - just mostly from my head. This leaves me with many decisions to make.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Eastertime always brings back memories of pretty dresses my mom would sew for me to go to church, pictures of us kids in our Easter dress-ups in the backyard, holding our easter baskets, and standing in front of the wisteria vine. How I loved that twisting vine with the long clusters of delicate lavender flowers, the soft hum of the honey bees visiting each bloom, the faint-sweet fragrance. I did this painting two years ago, but bring it out to share with you today!
Friday, April 10, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
I brought some photographic references with me on this family trip, so I could grab an unplanned moment and paint a little, most likely from our room or balcony. So this is the one I chose. This is the Boulders, which is near Scottsdale, AZ. A few years ago we were guests of friends who have a second home on the golf course. I just loved the rocks and boulders and how they seem to have been piled and balanced on top of each other by a magical power of some kind.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
I've had a few snippets of time to paint, and I'm almost done with a little watercolor, but I'd like to finalize it tomorrow before posting it. So, in the meantime, I'll share another little painting that was in my travel sketch book - these yellow roses, done about a year ago.
Monday, April 6, 2009
As I said last post, I'm finding it hard to paint with family vacation chaos going on. I did bring my mini watercolor travel book and some paints. This painting was in there - I actually did it a few years ago when we were here in Newport Beach. So, I'm posting it! It is another fabulous day and we will probably go to the pool today with the family. Last night I was "cook" for the masses. I made a spaghetti feed (in two rounds). Something about spending the day at the beach makes you really hungry!
Sunday, April 5, 2009
We are on a family vacation in Southern California for a week. I do not expect to do any artwork. There are two little toddlers, and six adult (kid) couples - all trying to go to the beach or pool and do family meals with us! The weather today was gorgeous! We enjoyed the beach today. So, I will have to post an old painting on file. This is an older pastel painting, done in class in 2007. I was trying a gessoed illustration board. No grit except for the brush texture. I used pastel pensil almost entirely. I then went back with a scratch tool and scratched the little hairs on the petals and stamens. It was very tight work, but I was on a mission to go for detail.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Last Wednesday, I did this in Margot's class. This is a funny little cottage I saw in Southern California. I'm not very experienced with architectural subject matter, but I do practice it now and then for a departure from natural landscapes. It certainly exposes your boo boos and inacuracies! But I had fun with it anyway - this was the first time I tried windows, blinds, and, not very succesfully, shingles. *?##!!! Back to the drawing board...
Friday, April 3, 2009
Now, here is the finished painting. This is the first time I took a picture of a painting and it came out quite different than the original, both in flash and in natural light. Oh, well...you get the idea.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
On day two, I chose still water for my challenge. I got some helpful hints on this, as well as keeping a loose impressionistic style. This lovely little bridge and pond are at Big Springs Gardens, near Sierra City. I still had time to start another painting, but I haven't finished it, so I will post on it later. The whole three-day workshop event was fantastic and got my creative juices flowing. In fact, I couldn't sleep well because I kept thinking of what I wanted to paint next!