Friday, March 28, 2008

"Golden Dawn"

16" x20" , Pastel on Board

Here's another pastel on Ampersand Hardbord. I really like working on this heavy , textured board. It can stand up to pretty much any kind of beating! I did the underpainting in hard pastels, wet it down with a sponge to sort of "shmear" the colors all over the board.. and then after it dried, went back in with soft pastels. I tried to vary the strokes, using different directions, different edges of the pastel, and my finger to smear. It's one of the first landscapes I've done in pastelsl and was a lot of fun.....Hope you enjoy!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

"My Ballerina"

16" x 20", Pastel on board

My experimentation with pastels continues, and I really LOVE working with them. The only problem is, I am limited by the colors that I have. It's not like painting with oils, where you can blend whatever colors you have in mind. With pastels, it's all about the variety of colors you have to work with... I have a lot.. but I can see how an artist can never get enough!

This painting is of my very own ballerina, from about 10 yrs. ago..... she's now a teenager and WAY past the "tutu" stage!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

"Wheaton Terrier"

5"x7" Pastel on board

I've been playing with pastels lately.. and finding just I LOVE working with them. I've done this view of this Wheaten before in oils, but I had such a good time with the pastels, and I think was able to capture the feel of his fur nicely.

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Monday, March 24, 2008

"Springtime in Paris"

4"x6" watercolor on Arches paper.

THis is from a series of little mini paintings I've done (and sold lots of on eBay!), from my trip last summer to Europe. Just a delicate little watercolor /pen & ink drawing, that's a fun warm up for me on scraps of paper from bigger projects in my studio...

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Sunday, March 23, 2008

"Chincoteague Fugue"

11"x14" Oil on canvas
I'm planning a pantining trip in early summer to Chincoteague Island, off the coast of's one of my favorite places to paint and I can't wait to get there and be inspired!
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Saturday, March 1, 2008


Pastel on board

This is another work in progress from the Carducci Pastel workshop I attended last week.... It is definately unfinished.. notice the black plate.. the shape is wrong in the foreground, but it did not go unnoticed.. I just didn't get a chance to fine tune it and correct the shape of the plate... it's sometimes tough to get that elipse right! I'll finish this one of these days and post it again....