For the third day of my 3/5 day art challenge, I thought I would share some pastel portraits I have done through the years. These are some of my favorite people.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Day 2 of the 3/5 day art challenge has me going back to 2007 to find some paintings I did inspired by vintage photographs. I used white to make some of the colors to layer over others. These were done after a workshop I took by Jeannie McGuire.
Monday, January 26, 2015
My first of the 3/5 day Facebook challenge. I am posting three paintings from when I started full time as an artist in 2005. I was exploring watercolor surfaces, still learning color, technique and painting subjects that are close to me.
Picnic Conversation- Watercolor on Gessoed paper was fun and easy to lift but hard to layer. Kind of like painting on Yupo but with texture. This is of my grandfathers who dressed in a suit for most occasions. Kind of miss those days...
Elizabetha, Watercolor on coldpress is a story of my Grandmother's life. So sorry I sold this but happy that so many connected to this.and
John's Dad, Watercolor on Coldpress done for my sister's father-in-law who loved to share his music.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Arches National Park is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been.
My husband took a photo in the late afternoon with some wonderful clouds contrasting the sunlit arches. I knew it would be a painting.
15x22 inches, watercolor
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Is it too early for Halloween? Yes, probably, but...
We went to Disneyland last week and it was so much visual fun.
You know what I mean... everywhere, the details, so fun to look at.
So I planned to do some plein air this week,
but instead I just had fun painting this little fantasy house out of my head.
It will be a project for my watercolor students this fall.
Update--Go to this link to see their work
And here is the demonstration I did for the teen class.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Thursday, July 3, 2014
I met Lisa at Darn Yarn, Needles & Threads in Harmony, PA. Her shop specializes in American made yarn and supplies for knitting, crocheting, spinning... needs. It is a friendly place where Lisa also offers classes, tips and knowledge of the craft and local community.
I spent some time photographing Lisa and the shop and found I was distracted by all the great conversation. We easily moved from subject to subject covering family, gardening, uni/bicycles, and ideas for future projects. I felt I made a new friend.
Last time I visited, Lisa showed me a new aluminum spinning wheel that is a work of art in itself. It is so beautifully balanced and so lovely to look at. A new "spin" on an old design.
You can follow Lisa on facebook here for shop info and because it is just fun.
"Lisa's Darn Yarn" is number two of my "Buy Local, Paint Local" series.
It will be part of the AABC Invitational Art Exhibit at the Cranberry Township Municipal Building from July 9th - 18th and at the AABC Art Center from July 23 - August 2nd.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
This is the step by step progress so far for my second painting in Buy Local, Paint Local!
I will share more when the painting is done.
It was slow going this winter. But slow and steady... well , you know!
Thursday, April 3, 2014
The summer animation and art camp schedule is out and can be seen at this link
Saturday, February 15, 2014
As I finished this painting last week, I was reminded of a nice day this past fall.
I spent an afternoon at a local cider press to do some "painting" research.
It was a busy day at the press. People that waited to have their apples pressed shared stories about gardens, seasons and families.
For me it was a chance to slow down and appreciate these seasonal traditions.
This is a family run cider press and they all work together with a comfortable ease.
At first I thought I would do a painting about the men that work there.
But as I watched and photographed the workers, I saw that the real energy came from Sally.
She went from job to job seamlessly and was welcoming to all.
I am sure that is why the cider press has her name on it!
Sally at the Cider Press, 17x29 inches, Watercolor on 330 lb. watercolor paper
Update- May 9th
This painting won the Evelyn Nicholas Portrait Award at the 71st Spring Show
at the Associated Artists of Butler County
Also won third place in the AABC Invitational in Cranberry Twp, PA