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.
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 Mother’s Day to all those special women that take the time to make everyone’s day complete! Being a mom is the most rewarding job on this planet. I am proud of my family and take such pride in watching them grow into the adults they’ve become. Being a mom is a 24/7 job in which I can be proud. It has taught me not to take anything for granted and emotions I never knew I had. Yes, I still worry about my children every day, even though they are 25 and 26. I will never stop worrying and will always put them first in my life. Nurturing my kids to what they are today puts a smile on my face and reminds me just how lucky I am in being the mom I am today. Happy Mother’s Day!!
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!
A new painting has been born!! Not only did I paint the picture; I picked the pumpkin and the sunflower from my garden! Talk about “Homemade”:) I am very pleased with this painting and love the colors of fall that show. This was the only pumpkin that had the little knobs on it and of course I had to pick that one to paint. I know that I could have made it easier on myself by picking a smooth one out of the bunch, but for some reason my brain always wants to challenge me! It seems to happen a lot, but personally I don’t like taking the easy road all the time. Things like this painting help me to think outside of the box. I learned to make little knobs better (there was enough of them!) and I learned what other colors to use other than orange and black. It is neat to see the end result. Enjoy the weekend and Happy Fall!