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.
Today marks the 6th anniversary of my brother Pete’s passing. When I see any kind of wildlife, a bonfire, a blue sky, roses/sunflowers, a PSNH truck or even simple footprints in the snow, it gives me a sense of warmth that he is around. I miss his sense of humor and his caring ways and he will always be forever in my heart. Enclosed is my photo journal of some soft reminders of my brother.
“A beautiful life that came to an end, he died as he lived, everyone’s friend. In our hearts a memory will always be kept of one we loved, and will never forget.” Edgerly and Son Funeral home
I receive many pictures from family and friends that inspire me to paint. This particular picture came from one of my daughter’s friends. She traveled to Europe and had a lot of intriguing photos. She graciously let me print a few of her photos so that I could turn them into pastel beauties. Sometimes an artist gets stuck in the rut of their own perspectives. It is nice to see other people’s perspectives and the stories that come with them. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” This original saying first appeared in the 3rd century BC in Greek and it was also a Shakespearean sentiment. The neatest thing, to me, is that one photo has captured two different artists views, the photo and the painting!