*** 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 ! !
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.
I took the reference photo for this while standing under the Green Bridge in Thendara, NY, in the Adirondack Mountains. It was such a beautiful view. One from which I will be doing more paintings very soon.
I just spent a glorious week in Old Forge, NY, my favorite place in the world. While I was there, I met and painted with Bret Rewakowski on Wednesday. SO much fun. Here's where I was painting and then a close up of the piece I did.
As a member of an IAPS Member Society you are cordially invited to enter our 23rd IAPS Juried Exhibition. IAPS
holds two juried exhibitions per year, a gallery exhibition in the
Spring, and a webshow in the Autumn. The beauty of the webshow is that
you don't need to ship accepted artwork, there are no size
restrictions, and you can enter pieces that have already been sold! If
you are accepted into the show, you will receive one point towards
Master Circle and Eminent Pastelist recognition, and will receive
another point for any award you might win.
Entry is online only. For the Call for Entries click here to be transferred to onlinejuriedshows.com/. Scroll down to the IAPS Entry and follow the instructions to register your artwork. If you have previously used onlinejuriedshows.com, it is even easier - just log on using your password. .
am SO happy to announce, I am once again represented by Gallery 3040 in
Old Forge, New York!!! Not only that, but the weekend of Aug. 30-Sept.
1, I am the featured artist and will have 17+ paintings hanging. On
Friday, August 30th I'll be doing a demo starting around 3:30 and a wine
and cheese party will start at 5:30 - 8:30. Wish me luck!!
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I took the reference photo for this painting about 4 years ago in the deep of winter in the Adirondack Mountains. I was so taken by the scene because there was so much color, even though it was about 5 degrees outside.
Did you ever notice I love painting pine trees?? LOL... here is my newest painting of, you guessed it, pine trees!!
There is a place in Old Forge that I always go to take photos. It's called Maple Ridge and it was the first ski hill in that area long before McCauley Mountain was opened. It has the most beautiful pine trees of all sizes and ages. I must have a hundred photos from that hill. I hope you can tell how much I love it by my paintings.
with an alcohol wash over pastels... 10"x8" Stay tuned :)
Why do I do an alcohol wash, you ask? Because I'm using White Ampersand Pastelbord and when the pastels are washed in with alcohol, it gets rid of all the white dots and the pastels are liquified so they don't clog up the tooth of the board as if I were just using them dry. It also establishes and the base colors.
Phase 8 - After studying it, taking suggestions, and dreaming about the darn thing
here is the final final final. Changed the shape of that back mountain
and softened the shoreline and reshaped it. I'm ready to move on .
Phase 7 - Final. I finally signed it!! Except for a couple of little things, this piece is done.
Phase 6 - I'm almost done!! First, I re-alcoholed the reflections in the water (grrrrrr!!!). Then I redid the reflections and put lots more color in the water, and also made sure there were some lost edges at the waters edge. I also put more color in the background water because it is reflecting the sky. Darkened up the water in front to show more distance too.
Put in a beautiful pastel sky by using a light lime green, yellows and pinks over it, and used a couple of different values of blues in the upper sky to show the zenith. Back and forth, back and forth, to get a nice, soft gradated look to it. Will fix any "halos" with the final touches.
Put some more darks in the bushes and worked on the trees a bit more. Put more highlights in the sand.
The biggest change was to open up and let air and light through the trees. At first block in, it was all one big solid mass, so to let some air in, I took out (by painting over) some trees and put lots of skyholes in. It looks much more open and breathable now. Don't you think?
Sorry about the glare up in the upper left. It is lighter, but not that light and washed out. There is another lamp above my easel that has a bright, warm light bulb in it.
So now it sits for a while for observation. I'll soften the trees around the sky a bit more, so the sky holes don't look so bright.
Phase 5 - Slowing down for the evening. I just worked on the trees and bushes more and put the water in. Will explain more tomorrow about how I put the water in.
Phase 4 - As you can see, I fixed the shape of the shoreline and it looks much better. Then I scumbled in all the back trees (more work needed) making sure the darks stayed toward the bottoms. I also added little dots and dashes in and around the bushes, which I'll tone down later, to make it look like there are more types of plants.
I'm not worried about the tops of the trees at this point because later when I start putting the sky in, I'll paint the sky around the trees (painting negative space again) and will mold the shapes of the treetops.
Phase 3 - Because the underpainting looked like a painting, that meant to me that my values were spot on, so I decided to work on my center or interest only and get it all done before moving on to the rest, which won't be much work at all.
Starting with the bushes in front, I started out with a dark green, a mid green, and a light green/gold to start sculpting the front bush. Something said to me, "pink" so I put some pinks in that front bush also. I think it just added interest. As I was completing the other bushes, I put a similar color into them to unify the painting a bit more.
I used a different tone of emerald greens in a couple of values on the other bushes so they would stand out, but be different than the main bush. I tried really hard not to obliterate the darks under the bushes, but may have to go back into those areas and re-establish a bit more darks again. So, if you lose your darks, put them back in!! Contrast is what makes a painting pop.
When all the front bushes were done, I took a mid blue Polychromos (similar to NuPastel, square and long in shape) and started smoothing the tops of the bushes by pulling down with vertical strokes. I'm hoping later in the painting it will make the tops of the bushes seem to recede. We will see.
Sand. The sand closest to the water is still wet and therefore it's darker, so I put down a darker neutral sand color and then as the sand recedes away from the water, a lighter shade is put down. Also, to make the sand appear closer to the front of the painting, I laid down both a warmer shade of sand and also a bit darker value to bring it closer. I'm going to work on the shape of the shoreline a bit more. I don't like those 2 dips because they are almost the same in size and I want more interesting shapes that are different in size and shape.
I started painting the water, but it just didn't look right so I put back down the dark reflections and re-did the alcohol wash as in Phase 1. I'll do the water later after the trees are complete.
Phase 2 - The most important part of a painting is the darks, so I'm establishing dark areas of the main focal point with a very dark navy Mount Vision in the back pine trees, and a couple of very dark Terry Ludwig purples underneath the bushes. And, I am actually scrubbing in the darks with my fingers. I'm also being very careful to carve out, by painting negative space, interesting shapes in the bushes in front.
Phase 1 - I established the main shapes of this painting with 9 different colors and washed them in with rubbing alcohol (70%) and a #8 Flat Utrecht (series 209) bristle brush. Let dry.
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In the Mountains West of Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
"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!
For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul. (Judy Garland)
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Let us have a complete restoration of American. PLEASE don't pave one more beautiful pasture. PLEASE don't cut down one more tree. PLEASE don't build another building...until the restoration of the existing is complete.