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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!

A Peaceful Sight at Boothbay Harbor

Peaceful Sight

Another painting finished… I love the ambiance of it all! The  Adirondack chair, flowers and the ocean just calm me down completely.  I wish there were times when I could just jump into the picture and sit in that chair.  I took a picture of this when my husband and I drove to Boothbay Harbor, ME. I knew I would paint it in order to keep the vision of that sight alive.  It was so beautiful to drive along the shore. There are so many cute shops to go through, art shops of course.  Every where you look the creativity just reaches out to its patrons.

This particular picture is a 4×6  pastel painting.  I plan to make copies and cards for my ocean collection.  I hope you enjoy this landscape!

“Family Ties”

 

Introducing my newest painting; “Family Ties”!  I am so excited to have finished this pastel piece!  Originally I started with the opposite colors of what is showing right now. It was a difficult piece for me to do…it took a lot of thinking, but the end result was absolutely gorgeous! The original photo was taken by me at Pawtuckaway State Park. I decided to turn it into a pastel painting.  Our kayaks are looking on to what we call “Frisella Island”.  We usually dock our kayaks there to eat lunch, have cocktails and pick blueberries.  It is an awesome time!

Sunflower moment

Awakening moment
Awakening moment

As summer comes to a close, so do the bright sunshiny faces of the sunflowers that stood tall my front yard! It ALWAYS makes me smile to see these golden beauties 🙂  I can remember in grade school…a teacher of mine had a dancing sunflower on her desk.  If a student wasn’t having a good day and the work was overwhelming, she would always put us in the front of that sunflower.  She told us that the flower always makes one smile/laugh. You know…it always did!  To this day I always think of that flower and how many smiles I received! Sunflowers always put smiles in my heart! I hope it can do the same for you!