Happy Friday! I am so happy to be creating pastel paintings that relax me once again! I was introduced to a new way of pastel painting. I am using “Gatorboard”, then applying gesso to this board to get a textured affect. I like this “grittier” look because it emulates the feel of the beach when I’m there. It gives the painting a little more dimension as well.
“The Golden Egg”, in Portsmouth NH, was an inspiration for this painting. It has inspired me to paint other comfort foods that will add to the collection of my “Coffee Talk” series. This restaurant always has several delectable desserts, sitting underneath glass pedestals, at their counters. The staff is always friendly and very accommodating to their patrons.
My husband and I will always stop at this restaurant after a morning of walking along the beach picking up sand dollars, searching for sea glass, or just to take in the salty air from the ocean. It has been a habit of ours, after we’ve eaten a great breakfast, to order these coffee rolls to go. What caught my eye for such a tasty treat? Well, I scanned the menu and saw “Big Coffee Roll”, I believe. I thought, “I haven’t had one of them in a while!”, so I ordered one for each my husband and I. The next morning as we were getting ready for the day, I heated the coffee rolls and set them on the table for us to eat, but before we ate them, I had to do one last thing…take a picture of the coffee roll so I could paint it. (It isn’t uncommon for me to take pictures of everything, especially food! My family would agree.) 😉 THEY WERE HEAVENLY!, better than I have ever tasted! To this day, we always order coffee rolls to go and we always enjoy these treats as if it were our last. It’s great to have special treat made with TLC and I consider it a great gift for them to share.
I had such a great time creating this piece for a gentleman that wanted to give this to his wife for Christmas. The personality of this painting matched up to the happiness of the dog in real life. I am very content with the outcome of this creation. This is a 11 x 14 pastel painting
Happy New Year (2013) to Family and Friends!
I wrote an acrostic of what I thought this coming year should be like for me. Although I haven’t been active in writing on my blog this year; it is my hope to challenge myself to write and create more. Both mediums are very therapeutic to me and balance my life out.
This painting “Weathered” was created a few months ago. The idea was taken at an antique show in Massachusetts. I was drawn to this setup because of my love for the garden, the ocean and antique accents. The colors that attracted me to this picture gave me a sense of what has been used in the past, but is very welcomed, for some, in our lives today. Most of us cherish aged pieces from the past; it gives us comfort and can remind us of situations or people who were once in our lives, (warm fuzzies). In most instances I can’t agree with the saying “Out with the Old and In with the New”. Some things have emotional ties, maybe an attachment to the past, or just a warm memory you’ve created yourself. It is all in the hands of the individual. So, I will end this with my creative writing piece, enjoy the New Year with lots of love, health and happiness!
Happy, Healthy, and Heartfelt
Attitude is everything
Prosper with my creativity
“Yes” to a brand new year!
New Beginnings with family and Friends
Every day will be a new gift
Work to make a difference with everyone I see
“You”, my family friends & students, are my sunshine
Energetic for health
Artistic license renewal
Risk taking is a must!
This painting is with no doubt my most favorite painting I have done yet! I am so excited to be sharing this with everyone. People have asked me, “Why did you do the back of the sunflower and not the front?” and I said, “Why not?” We always see the front of a sunflower and its beautiful designs that are on display for all the outdoor critters to see and eat. I feel it is important to see an object all the way around and inside out. You wouldn’t judge a book by its cover; nor would you just look at some parts of a person to get to know them. You want to see the whole person and his or her beauty, Right? One has to investigate every avenue and search for its beauty; and that is what I did with this painting! Love it!!!
I learned a lot from this painting. It was tough for me to get the petals to look translucent and to get the leaves to look natural and not stiff. Layers and layers of pastel ( of all colors) cover the sanded paper that holds my creation. I can put up to 25 layers of color on this type of paper, but sometimes I lose tooth on the paper because I push a little too hard to get more color on there. In that case I can have a bald spot in the middle of my paper. I have switched to mostly soft pastels in order to avoid “baldness”. It does help a great deal. So, play around with pastel, it’s forgiving, you can blend well with them and if you don’t like what you see…cover it!
Hope all of you have a great 4th of July! 🙂
Happy New Year Everyone! I know it has been a while since I posted something, but I had to start some of those resolutions, you know, organizing, catching up with friends, more organizing and so on. 🙂 One of the things that I haven’t been able to achieve, for myself, in years, was to finish projects in which I started. My mind goes into overdrive when I see any new project. I feel I have to take part in a project just to feel complete. But, this year, I think things will be different. For the first time this week I actually turned down a chance to learn a little about painting with oils. Now, I would love for the chance to experience it, but that means I have to get all the supplies and actually do something with them. Now add that to my love of pastels, watercolor, photography and creating silver jewelry AND what do you get? “Jack of all trades and master of none!!” It sounds cliché, but I find it to be a very true statement in my art world.
Above is a picture that someone took of my brother Mike. Yes, I actually created another picture in watercolor, but I was not happy with the outcome, so I felt the need to do it over in pastels. I absolutely love this picture. I feel it has a sense of depth with a lot of vibrancy. I also feel that I captured his “sense of wonder” in this picture…a thought provoking action I always see in my brother. To me, this picture by far shows some warmth and true emotion. Enjoy 2012 everyone!