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.
“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.
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
As promised, and a little behind in getting this out, is my finished painting “Sea Trinkets”! I am so excited to have finished this. The ocean is my inspiration, but it is also my favorite place to hang no matter what! If you ask me how often I’m at the beach my response would be, ” Count my sea glass, sand dollars and more importantly, my happiness! ” Have a great day everyone! 🙂
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!