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! 🙂

A Unique Geranium View

I had to look at this geranium differently.  I took this picture standing on the top rung of a ladder, then looked down and snapped this shot. I couldn’t see painting the same old Geranium pot and leaves, so I ventured to a new plateau! I’ll be sure to paste the finished product along with the seaside painting as well. I love different and unique views 🙂

Here is some interesting insights on the color red…

Red Energy

Red is associated with fiery heat and warmth. It can also mean danger (burning).

Red is the color of blood, and as such has strong symbolism as life and vitality. It brings focus to the essence of life and living with emphasis on survival. Red is also the color of passion and lust.

Put some red in your life when you want:

  • increased enthusiasm and interest
  • more energy
  • action and confidence to go after your dreams
  • protection from fears and anxieties

Oh My Head!

So this is what happens when my vacation ends and work starts back up again! 🙂 I had such a wonderful vacation. I did all the things I wanted to do and then some. I spent time with my hubby on the beach just admiring the view and the little trinkets around us. I spent a day with mom having awesome conversations and many laughs. I was able to make some jewelry, paint, and just relax and read. I truly loved my vacation!

About the picture…I have a friend in Maine that has an awesome understanding of plants and how to present its beauty.  She makes her own “Face planters” that show different personalities. These planters hold different types of greenery to give the planters a unique and unruly hairy green affect! Very Cool!  She will be at a  show in Portland ME to show all of her artistic creations.  I would encourage you to check it out on her website. I just had to create the painting above because the planter is so cute! Hopefully spring will come sooner than later.  I personally can’t wait to get my hands dirty!

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!

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!