Questions? Comments? Please email me at paulaford9660@aol.com


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 ! !


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Shining, 8x10, soft pastels (Adirondack Painting)

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.

©2014 Paula Ann Ford
Shining
8x10, soft pastels on Ampersand Pastelbord


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Old Forge Paint Out (Adirondack Painting)

I participated in the Old Forge Paint Out yesterday.  SO much fun!!  I set up my gear half way up Maple Ridge, the first ski hill in Old Forge.  The trees are so beautiful there.

Just a simple scene.  The sun was so strong and the background trees were in dark shadow.  I did an alcohol wash underpainting to start.

©2014 Paula Ann Ford, Maple Ridge Plein Air,
6"x12", soft pastels on Ampersand Pastelbord.



Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Mount Vision Pastels

OH BOY!!! Look what just arrived!!! Aren't they yummmmmy?!?! Thank you, Karl Kelly....you're the best!! Mount Vision Pastel Company

If you want to try some absolutely fabulous pastels, try Mount Visions!!! 



Sunday, August 10, 2014

Starting new...

I just started this piece, so I thought you might enjoy seeing the progress.  The first two photos are of the sketch in and the alcohol wash using 70% rubbing alcohol.

#1 With just dry pastels, putting in what I call "what's underneath."


#2 - Washing it in with rubbing alcohol.  LOL...doesn't look like much!!


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Totobobo Masks and 96% Filters

My double order of Totobobo Masks and 96% filters have arrived!!  They are now in stock and ready to ship!!



Friday, June 20, 2014

An introduction...

I want to introduce you all to my boss, Erich Neubert, owner of OnlineJuriedShows.com.  Such a great photo of Erich at the Paint San Clemente Plein Air Paintout!!



Friday, March 28, 2014

Exciting News!!

I would like to officially announce some exciting news!!


I am now the new Manager at
OnlineJuriedShows.com!!
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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.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Bonding Pastel Paper to Board



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 board.

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.

Second Side:

1.  At this 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.

That’s it.  Your pastel paper is permanently bonded to board.  I'll post another thread for sizes larger than 11"x14".

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Ethereal

ETHEREAL

is a perfect word for my work.  From an online dictionary, it says

Extremely delicate and light in a way
that seems too perfect for this world.

My paintings really aren't about this world.
They are free of fear and harm, and are places to sit,
to dream, to contemplate, and to smell the fresh air
with no worries at all. These places are made for you
to lay out a blanket and just daydream the day away,
or just walk through with no cares.

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Winter Air Show at the View Arts Center in Old Forge, NY

So 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 18th.
SOLD

SOLD
 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

©2013 Paula Ann Ford, Fog on the Moose River, 5"x7" (Adirondack Painting)

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.

©2013 Paula Ann Ford, Fog on the Moose River, 5"x7"
Soft Pastels on Ampersand Pastelbord.


Sunday, December 1, 2013

©2013 Paula Ann Ford, From Under the Green Bridge 2 (Adirondack Painting)

My newest little piece...of course from a photo I took in Old Forge, NY, Adirondacks.

©2013 Paula Ann Ford, From Under the Green Bridge 2,
6"x6", soft pastels on Ampersand Pastelbord.

SOLD


Monday, November 25, 2013

©2013 Paula Ann Ford, Autumn at Fly Pond, 7"x5" (Adirondack Painting)


This year's colors in the Adirondacks were gorgeous. This little piece was inspired by a photo I took up in Old Forge in early October.


 ©2013 Paula Ann Ford, Autumn at Fly Pond,

7"x5", soft pastels on Ampersand Pastelbord.