It’s a Beachy kinda Day

 

 

Beachy

 

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.

Golden, Sweet and Heavenly Take-out

A Golden Comfort Food

“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.

Pastel and Poetry

Seaside Treasure

A Glimpse in Time

A walk along a sandy beach

with footprints of every size.

The waves move forth to catch the prints,

and bring them back in time.

Odd little pieces of driftwood,

and colored nuggets of glass.

Contribute to my understanding,

through nature’s casual past.

Every granule of sandy beach,

represents a whole of life.

A shell, a bottle, a piece of rock,

or a plank from a ship in plight.

A heart-shaped stone so smooth and weathered,

Can measure the ocean’s caress.

Green seaweed hangs upon the rocks,

As a symbol of duress.

The tide pool is playground,

for crabs and starfish too.

The periwinkles stick around,

to keep the company true.

Nature has its beauty,

in every glimpse you take,

the sea, the shore, the sandy beach,

It gives you inner strength.

Debby Frisella 08/2013

 

 

 

Sydney

Happy Dog

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

Sunshiny Day Pastel

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

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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!!

Sense of Wonder

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!