*** PAINTING ROMANTIC LANDSCAPES IN SOFT PASTELS & OILS ***
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Let us have a complete restoration of America!! ***PLEASE don't pave one more beautiful pasture, ***PLEASE don't cut down one more tree, ***PLEASE don't build another building, **NO MORE LAND DEVELOPMENT UNTIL THE RESTORATION OF THE EXISTING IS COMPLETE** S T O P . . . U R B A N . . . S P R A W L *** S A V E ... O U R ... L A N D ! !
I used to sit at this place and dream that one day I'd live back in the Adirondacks. My dream came true last July 1 and I actually now live about 1/2 mile from here. I love this place so much. My heart is full.
A beautiful Adirondack day, a bicycle ride, Nutty Putty miniature golf, hot, fresh Chinese food, a fresh bottle of Fat Frog wine, AND a new painting!! It doesn't get any better than that!! (Unfortunately, not my best composition, but I've learned a lot and won't do it again.)
My two newest paintings!! The first is the plein air piece done last Thursday and finished in the studio. The 2nd is a piece I originally did in oils a long time ago, but this time I painted it in soft pastels.
I belong to the the Mountain Air Painters in Old Forge, NY. We try to go out every Thursday morning to different places in the area. This morning we were at Singing Waters Campgrounds. It was such a beautiful day!! All of us had a very successful painting day.
Here is the piece I did. Soft pastels on Multi-media art board for Pastels. 10"x10"
I'm so excited!! This is my 2nd real painting that I've painted this year!! It's been so busy with my job and IAPS. It is, of course, my favorite place in the world...Maple Ridge, the 1st ski hill in Old Forge, NY. It has the most beautiful trees and you all know how much I love painting trees.
I would like to officially announce some exciting news!!
I am now the new Manager at
A huge thank you to Erich Neubert for accepting me into his company. I am absolutely thrilled!! So, if you are an organization, or person who has a show that has been submitted to OnlineJuriedShows.com, I am the person who will be running your show. P.S. I am still the Show/Exhibition Chair, and Board of Directors Member at IAPS. Nothing has changed there.
We've been having a discussion on FaceBook and a few
people have asked me how I bond pastel paper to acid-free foam board or
gatorboard (when I'm not using Ampersand Pastelbord).
This seems like it's a long process, but it actually only takes a couple of minutes to bond a piece of pastel paper to a board.
When mounting pastel paper, I use a product named
Grafix Double Tack.It is basically
double-sided tape in sheet form.It
comes in sizes 9”x12” up to “24x36” (there may be other sizes that I'm not
aware of). I like getting the big sheets, usually 18x24, because they can be
cut easily, when necessary, to any size needed.
Double tack has a bit of a learning curve.It is permanent, so you've got one shot to
get it onto the board and paper!!So,
here is what I've come up with to make the process of mounting it easier.
When mounting any size up to “11x14” (anything bigger
is a different process and I'll cover that in another thread), I cut the exact
size as the pastel paper I'm using.Remember, double tack is double-sided tape, and therefore, it has a
sheet of paper on the front of it, and a sheet of paper on the back of it that
you have to peel off to reveal the sticky tape underneath and to bond it to the
Please note, I do not mat, I only use spacers, so my
pastel paper and boards are always the same size. For example, if my painting
is going to be an 8”x10”, my pastel paper and board are both 8”x10”, as will be
the double tack.
First side – sticking the double tack to the board:
1.Once the size
is determined, the pastel paper, board, and double tack are all cut to the same
size. Using the double tack on one side, peel back the paper and cut a strip
about 1" off, so therefore, an inch of stickiness is revealed.
2.Then, on a
table or flat surface, hold the double tack and board vertically and align the
board and the double tack together, making sure the sticky tape doesn’t touch
the board.When both are aligned, press
the sticky part to the board.
3.Then, lay the
board down on the table and, like turning the page in a book, turn the double
tack to the underside and pull off the rest of the paper to reveal the rest of
that side’s sticky tape, using both hands (one hand is pulling the paper off
and one hand is holding on to the board and the other end of the double tack so
it doesn’t accidentally fall onto the board!!) and then press it down onto the
board, starting from the end where the sticky tape was already stuck to the
board.I usually use some type of
straight edge to make sure there are no bubbles.
point, the double tack is stuck down on the board on one side; the other side
that is exposed still has the paper on it.As in step 1 above, peel back an inch of the paper to reveal the sticky
tape and cut that paper away.
2.Then, on a
table or flat surface, hold the double tack/board and pastel paper vertically
and align the pastel paper and board together, making sure the sticky tape
doesn’t touch the pastel paper.When it
is aligned, press the sticky part to the pastel paper.
3.As in step 3
above, lay the board down on the table and, like turning the page in a book,
turn the pastel paper to the underside and peel the rest of the paper off the
double tack that is stuck on the board to reveal the rest of that side’s sticky
tape, making sure the double tack doesn’t accidentally touch the pastel
paper.Press it down onto the board,
starting from the end where the sticky tape was already stuck to the pastel
paper.Again, use some type of straight
edge to make sure there are no bubbles.
pastel paper is permanently bonded to board.I'll post another thread for sizes larger than 11"x14".
happy to announce my two paintings, Winter View from the Green Bridge,
and Winter Love-Holding Hands, were accepted into the Winter Air Show at
the View Arts Center in Old Forge, NY!! The show will be at the View
from January 18th – April 27th, 2014. The reception will be on January
I've been working this one out in my head for the last couple of days
and finally decided to paint it. I took the reference photo in Old
Forge, NY, last fall. When I was there, I woke up early one morning and
wanted to look at the photos in my camera but realized I had left my
camera down at the river where I was doing some plein air the day
before. I got dressed really quick, jumped in my car, and drove down to
the spot where I had been and there it was!! Fortunately, the fog was
so beautiful and I was able to capture many more photos in the next 20
minutes as the sun came up. Such a beautiful experience.
"Landscapes are my chosen subject because I have always been amazed at the way nature arranges its compositions into scenes that capture my heart, my imagination, and stay in my memories. My paintings become keepsakes of the places from my journeys and they represent happy times and come from the memories of fresh mountain breezes, fragrant wild flowers, and the changing seasons. As the historian records past events, so shall I record the ever changing landscapes of our time and leave souvenirs for all to be reminded of the places visited in our travels.” Paula Ann Ford
I see beautiful landscapes through the eyes of a child...pure, innocent, loving, peaceful, breathtaking. The places I create are free of fear and harm and are places to sit, dream, contemplate, and smell the fresh air. These places are made for you to lay out a blanket and just daydream the day away, or just walk through with no cares. There is only love in them because love created them. With love, Paula P.S. That is my little baby Peanut. She is 21 years old. On June 20, 2012, my baby Peanut went to Heaven. RIP baby girl. I love you.
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The inspiration for my paintings comes from the beautiful landscapes of the United States that are being destroyed by sprawl. My hope is to make people aware of the needless destruction of land and if it continues, this world is going to be nothing but an ugly, dead, concrete jungle. So please let us have a complete restoration of America. Please don't pave one more beautiful pasture. Please don't cut down on more tree. Please don't build another building - No More Land Development until the Restoration of the EXISTING is complete. Please stop urban sprawl and save our land. PLEASE!
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