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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,
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 ! !

Monday, December 28, 2009


I wish you all love, peace and happiness and an
abundance of blessings in the coming year and always!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Autumn in the Mountains

It was so good to use my pastels again!! It's been a long time and I'm so rusty!! This one is 6"x12" on Ampersand Pastelbord. Haven't done the sky yet.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Dreaming of ...

being able to get out into nature to do some plein air!!!

New paintings coming soon... hang in there with me while I work out my new schedule.


Saturday, November 28, 2009

Plein Air #6

It was another absolutely beautiful day here in TN. Linda and I went to a spot where there are hundreds of potential paintings waiting to be painted. We loved it so much we want to go back there next week if the weather cooperates.

12x12 on Ampersand Pastelbord.

The water is crooked. I wasn't standing on level ground.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

*****Review of My Latest Workshop*****

Included in the material I give out at my workshops is an Evaluation Form for each student to fill out anonymously. This is one of many I received from a recent workshop.

"I was amazed at how much was accomplished in this 1-day workshop. Paula's organization of materials, teaching style, knowledge of the subject matter, artistic expertise, and passion for sharing her art all worked together to make this a powerfully valuable workshop. It was a gift and privilege to participate - very inspirational. Thank you!!"

It is my students who make every
workshop an amazing experience!!

Friday, November 20, 2009

November 19th - Plein Air Outing

Yesterday was another glorious day in Tennessee. Linda, Melissa, Roxane and I went out plein air painting. The sun was shining, it was warm with a light breese, and it was just the perfect day to paint. below are photos of my paintings and one of the location were we were set up.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Workshop in Cowan, TN 11/13/09

Is this not the most fabulous class of students you've ever seen?!?!?!?

We had the best time! Thank you so much you guys!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Plein Air #1

The first time I went out to do plein air painting, it was a beautiful morning and the sunshine lit the ground and danced around the trees. This is the piece that resulted. 8"x10" on Ampersand Pastelbord.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Sunshine Fields

One more for today... 5"x7" on Ampersand Pastelbord. A warm up to a much bigger piece.

Quietly Walking SOLD

I love those crisp, overcast, quiet fall days, strolling slowly down a country road where there is no traffic, and no noise except the occasional rustle of the leaves. Can't you just smell the cold fresh air? There is a mist in the air and the anticipation of a light snow....

(11"x14" on Ampersand Pastelbord)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Rocky Coast

This is REALLY different for me! I purchased a couple of 12"x12" Ampersand Pastelbords a last week because I've never tried a square format before. It was a bunch of fun!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Next Train to Georgia - Finished!

Here is the final of this painting. Hope you all like it!! This the frame that will be used.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Next Train to Georgia (WIP)

Definately not finished, as you can see by the sky. Just wanted to share.

8"x15" on Uart 500 bonded to gatorboard.

I was at the frame shop the other day and they have a gorgeous frame in the bargain bin. The moulding was made in Italy and because they only had a little bit left, they made this 8"x15" frame.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Our precious animals

Thank you all for your kind comments!
I have an update on Sally. Her blood work came back late this afternoon and she has diabetes. The reason she is having a hard time walking with her back legs is because she has diabetic neuropathy, a condition caused by the diabetes. After the ulcers in her mouth are cleared up with antibiotics, then she will be put on a special diet and will be given insulin, pill form, and she should be feeling better soon. I'm hoping also (through all the research I've been doing about this) that she will be walking better soon also. Though there is no way of knowing if getting the diabetes under control will help her back legs. She isn't in any pain, except for the ulcers in her mouth and that will be gone soon. All we can do now is pray and hope for the best.
Thank you for caring!

I'm so stressed! One of my cats (Sally, above) is very ill. It just came on suddenly and I'm scared to death. She's 11 and has never been sick a day in her life. We took her to the vet earlier in the week because she was having trouble walking on her hind legs. Instead of walking up on her toes, she is walking down on her elbows and hopping around like a rabbit. So, the vet checked her out and sent her home thinking it was just arthritis. She was eating and drinking fine so he didn't do any blood work.

Wednesday she started drooling and can't eat or drink, but she wants to. She started sitting in the shower after we took showers. And, there is a terrible smell coming from her mouth. He looked in her mouth and there are ulcers all over her tongue. He is doing the blood work now and will call me later with the results.

My cats are my babies. Our world revolves around our animals. I'm so scared. We lost 2 of our cats last year. One had hyperthyroidism and passed away and the other just disappeared one day.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Busy busy busy

It's been such a busy time. I had 2 workshops back to back and then this past Sunday Bob and I drove up to Port Clinton, Ohio to pick up a custom made trailer for the 1955 Lonestar boat Bob is restoring.

Time to get back to my studio! There is a painting I'm planning and it's going to be a big one 24"x36". The Ampersand Pastelbords are on their way from Dick Blick and should be here in a couple of days.

Headed to the Hays Frame Shop to pick up the frame and museum glass for Eastern Shore Marsh II tomorrow (after the dentist) and will get that framed and ready to go to the Lookout Mountain Gallery.

After that I'm headed to my studio Friday, Saturday is plein air painting with Linda Kerlin, Sunday will be back to my studio.

Busy busy busy!!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Eastern Shore Marsh II

This is the 2nd version of this painting, by request (the first one sold).

11"x14" on Ampersand Pastelbord

Saturday, October 3, 2009


I just got back from my workshop in Paducah, KY and have to say it was absolutely wonderful. The students produced the most incredible landscapes!!


Monday, September 28, 2009

Hills of Nowhere - SOLD

This really is the final version of this painting. It is already framed!
All I can say is this painting was a great learning experience!
I learned a great deal from this painting. Bringing it back from mud was quite the experience. At times it was hard not go break into tears or take the painting and stomp on it in a childish temper tantrum. Something in me just kept saying "keep going, it's going to be ok."
Today's efforts. 11"x14" on Uart 400. Still working on it, but wanted to post it before i went to bed.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Manchester, TN Workshop & More News

What a wonderful workshop yesterday in Manchester, TN! Thank you all so much! I had a great time and look forward to seeing you all again!

I was also notified that one of my paintings sold at Lookout Mountain Gallery... YAY!!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Season of Changes

Finished this up and framed it. Taking it to Manchester with me tomorrow for my students to see.

I love the photo that I took years ago in Upstate New York. I've painted it several times.
Forgot to adjust the white balance on my camera so the photo isn't showing the clouds. 11"x14" on Uart400. Had to paint a quick one before my workshop in Manchester, TN.

Manchester, TN Workshop this weekend!!

It's finally here! My workshop in Manchester, TN is Saturday. Can't wait!

And then on October 3rd is Paducah!! YAY, I love Paducah!

I've been painting but haven't taken any photos. Will be back soon...

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Exciting News!!!

I have just been invited to do a lecture/demo and workshop for the Appalachian Pastel Society!! Stay tuned for more details!!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Anticipation of Autumn

I love these cool mornings in Tennessee. When I got up this morning it was only about 60 degrees up here on the mountain. After a nice warm shower, I put on my favorite perfume that signifies to me the scent of autumn.
I have been imagining my next painting and working it out in my head for a couple of days now. It will be dark and dramatic. There will be a small island of Adirondack pines, floating on a deep, dark lake with a very dramatic sky in the background. I've worked out the composition in thumbnails, but more work has to be done before pastels hit the paper. Preliminary value sketchs, color analysis....
Anticipation of Autumn ... coming soon.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Warm Pine - Finished!

My sweet friend Lynne Vokatis gave me permission to paint from a few of her photos from the Adirondack Mountains. So, this one is for you Lynne! Thank you so much! 14"x11", soft pastels on Uart. (The photo is a bit dark and those colors are more lavender and blue, not pink!)

Monday, August 24, 2009

Lit by the Sun on a Cloudy Day

I took the reference photo for this last week. It was one of those scenes that stopped me dead in my tracks. It was a cloudy day and I was out taking photos. There was this beautiful field with some hills in the background and I stood there looking at views through my camera. Off in the distance were these two (three now in the painting) trees so I zoomed in on them and all of a sudden the sun came out and lit up this beautiful scene.

It's 12"x18", Mount Visions & Richeson Handmade pastels on Uart 500 grit.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


It's finally finished! I had been thinking about using that great big Ampersand Pastelbord for a while and when I took that photo, it was the right one for that size. I made sure that the composition was worked out 100% on the final thumbnail sketch (I did many). It was really strange. I walked in my studio, didn't even know I was going to paint. It was like somebody else took over my body and thoughts. I pulled that big board out from under the treadmill where it was stored, picked up a big piece of vine charcoal and just went at it. It flowed smoothly and by the time I knew it, it was almost finished. I was in the groove. Didn't feel it coming, but it just hit, at that moment.
24"x36" on Ampersand Pastelbord, Mount Visions and Richeson Handmade pastels. I have a 6" wide antique gold plein air frame for it alreay. Framed size = 30"x42"

Monday, August 10, 2009

Still Standing FINISHED

Gee, it took long enough! It has been the most crazy busy 2 weeks! Here is the final of this painting. Thanks for looking and I hope you like it!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Still Standing (and a problem solved)

I started this late last night because the reference photo is much different than anything I've done. It's almost done. Some more work has to be done to the tops of the trees and sky. 11"x14" on Uart 400 grit.

Please excuse those little little prongs holding my painting. They are the things I solved a problem with my new easel. Easels are really made for holding canvases, which are thick, and not for holding thin boards like gatorboard or foamboard. So, I started thinking how I could get the board flush with the end of those lips. It dawned on me if I took my pointdriver and drove points in the ends of the wood, it would solve the problem. It did!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Saturday, July 25, 2009


Sorry I've been so quiet. I'm preparing for my workshop in Paducah, KY on August 1st!! Can't wait!!

Sunday, July 19, 2009



SEPTEMBER 26, 2009


Manchester Municipal Arts Commission
128 E. Main Street
Manchester, Tennessee
More info to follow!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Pine Lake - SOLD


Still lots of cleanup to be done on this. Went back to Ampersand Pastelbord today. Thought I'd pull my hair out! I've been using Uart and absolutely love it, but that nice fresh piece of AP was just sitting there. I couldn't resist. 11"x14"

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Valley Pines

7"x18" soft pastels on Uart 500 grit. I just LOVE pine trees and old barns!!

FRIDAY, JULY 10 - Lookout Mountain Gallery

Celebration in Honor of Sarah Moore
JULY 10, 2009
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
3535 Broad Street
Chattanooga, TN 37409
Next to Mt. Vernon Restaurant on the way to Ruby Falls
I have 4 (maybe 5) new paintings hanging for this event!!

Wenatchee River - SOLD

I'm so happy to say my painting Wenatchee River sold at the Lookout Mountain Gallery!!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


I'll be at the Lookout Mountain Gallery tomorrow (7/8/09) helping out! You've got to see this beautiful gallery. Come on down and visit!!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Saturday, June 27, 2009

At Rest - Update

From a photo taken in Old Forge, NY at the Green Bridge. 11"x14" on toned dark purple Uart 400 grit. Mostly Mount Visions and Richeson Handmade pastels.

Friday, June 26, 2009


I was recently in the Adirondacks and took lots of great photos. This is just a sketch/study to see if the composition and values work. 8"x10" on Uart 400 grit.


Tonight (JUNE 26) is the grand opening of the
Lookout Mountain Gallery
3535 Broad Street
Chattanooga, TN 37409
(423) 580-8117
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 18, 2009


Painting the Romantic Landscape in Soft Pastels
A Beginner’s Workshop

Saturday, August 1, 2009
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Yeiser Art Center - 200 Broadway - Paducah KY 42001
Deposit: $30. Refunds will be given up to 3 days before workshop.
Balance due July 25, 2009.

You will be painting a beautiful landscape with step by step instructions and individual help. You will learn to work with photographs to simplify the landscape, do thumbnail sketching, under paint and tone your paper. There will be a demonstration of mounting and framing your work and handouts for online resources and interesting websites.

This workshop is full of information.

Class size is limited. Register early!

Supply list given at registration.

To Register contact Carol Harlan at 270-554-4803
for more information.

Snacks and water will be available.

Monday, June 15, 2009

I'm back from the Northeast National Pastel Exhibition!

It was such a pleasure to meet my fellow Guide of the Pastel Forum of Wetcanvas, Don Ketchek (DAK723), Lynne Vokatis, Monica Stadalski and her husband George, and to see my friend Adriana Meiss!! They are all absolutely fabulous artists!!

From left to right: Monica, Adriana, Me, Don and doggy, and Lynne.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Epiphany!

This is my first painting standing at my new easel! I LOVED it!

What I loved about it was the freedom to walk around, backup, and use my pastels freely without any support to my arm. It was really cool!!

9"x12" on Uart 400 bonded to board.

Northeast National Pastel Exhibition

Well, I leave very early tomorrow morning to attend the opening reception of the Northeast National Pastel Exhibition in Old Forge, NY on Friday evening. The opening to the public is on Saturday. Not only will I get to spend time with my big brother Woody, but I'll meet some of my Wetcanvas friends who live near that area and spend time in my most special place in the whole world...Old Forge. It's going to be a wonderful time!

So, you all have a wonderful weekend!! I'll start painting lots with my new easel next week.


Tuesday, June 9, 2009

My new easel arrived!

and it was fully assembled!! Here is my studio (sorry, it's a bit messy because I had to move all the furniture around). Also my new chair is on its way :) I'm a happy camper!!

Beautiful Tennessee

I had to show all of you this picture. It is a view just minutes from my cabin in beautiful Tennessee. Isn't it spectacular???

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Warm Sunshine after the Rain

Have you ever experienced a day that was really, really warm and then it rains, and then all of a sudden the sun comes out and it shines down and makes everything really steamy? Well, this is what I wanted this painting to say to you. 9"x12" soft pastels on Uart 400 grit.

I did a full demo of this painting on Wetcanvas. If you'd like to see my process, please click on this link...
After a few tweeks, this one is for you Susan! (Lookout Mountain Gallery)

Western Autumn - FINAL

Here it is in its final version. I put some much needed sky/ground holes in, brightened up the color of the tree, added some color to define negative space around he clouds on the upper left to point to the main focal point.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Experiment #4 - this time on Uart 400 Grit

Here is this photo (from the Wetcanvas Image Library - thank you lisilk!) painted for the 4th time. This time I used Uart 400 grit that was toned with bright purple. The one thing I hated about the Canson Moonstone (see my other thread on WC or my post below) was that none of my colors popped. They all seemed dark, dull, and dreary. On the Uart, I had no problem keeping nice clean bright colors. Uart (all grits) is a wonderful paper.
I cut a 9" x 12" piece, cut an acid-free foam board to the same size, put down a sheet of Grafix Double Tack and bonded the Uart to the board. The first thing I've noticed is that the edges and corners are totally secure and are not coming off the board. It has been since last night and it has not changed, whereas I had a problem with Wallis paper rolling up around the edges and corners within a couple of hours. Here is where I got the Double Tack at Jerry's.

With the Uart, you can achieve a painterly effect, but on the other hand, you can get a nice smooth blended sky that is easily blended with the minimum amount of effort, if that is the look you're going for. In this case, the ground is the focal point, so I wanted the sky to be smooth with just a hint of color. This paper also takes many layers of pastels. It just keeps on going and going... If you fill up the tooth, just take a bristle brush or foam brush and flick it off and it's ready to go again.
So this time I pumped up the color. I used 2 values of aqua blue, lavender, and a very light blue in the sky; brown, deep rust, deep violet, medium orange, and bright orange in the main trees; peach, medium rust, and a medium brownish mauve for the trees on the right; several values of purples plus gray-greens in the distant mountains; and all of those colors here and there in the foreground plus a light wheat color.
9"x12" Mount Visions and the new Richeson Handmade Pastels (love! they are softer than MV and even bigger and fatter).

Friday, June 5, 2009

Green Faced Peanut!

I came walking into my studio tonight and Peanut was laying on the floor with a green streak across her face and behind her leg, and she had blue feet. She must have taken a walk through my pastel box....again....LOL

Western Scene on Canson

This piece was inspired by the recent classes I took with Lorenzo Chavez. He uses Canson paper in the color moonstone (what this piece is on). 9"x12" mostly Mount Visions. It's a photo that I've always loved by lisilk of Wetcanvas.

Monday, May 18, 2009

The New Uart Pastel Paper - GREAT STUFF!!

I received a sample of the new Uart recently and tested it out today (500 grit)

First I sketched out a painting. Didn't like it so I rubbed it out. Paper doing fine.

Then I sketched and painted with pastels. Didn't like it so I rubbed it out...again. Paper doing fine.

Then I sketched, painted, and douced it with Turpenoid. Paper nice and dry, no warping at all! Paper doing great! Me on the other hand am not doing so well at this point.

Then I painted, rubbed it out, painted it again, rubbed it out again. Paper still doing fine. 5 Foam brushes not doing so well.

This time I was really careful to paint on it. Unfortunately I didn't like it again so I took out into the driveway, stomped on it several hundred times, got the hose out and doused it with nice cold water... over and over and over.... I am happy to say, it dried, no warping at all!

Ok, last attempt........ didn't turn out so good ....... back out to the driveway, lit match and burned it!

BUT! I'm very happy with the new Uart Premium Pastel Paper. It is an excellent product!

It will withstand water, turpenoid, watercolor, and any other wet media. It doesn't warp at all. You can scrub it off and use it again...if you want to that is.

On the other hand, when you've lost all your talent and can't paint ANYTHING, put the uart away for a while and don't burn it.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Early Morning Runoff

When the fields are really wet first thing in the morning, they form little streams that dry up as the morning goes by in the nice warm sunshine. I'd love to take a walk here and smell the flowers and see the butterflies.

11"x14", soft pastels on Ampersand Pastelbord

Friday, May 8, 2009

Eastern Shore Marsh

Trying to find a balance of cool and warm colors. 11"x14" soft pastels on Ampersand Pastelbord.

Thursday, May 7, 2009


Hi Everybody,

I'm proud to announce that I am now selling the TOTOBOBO Artist/Craftsman Mask. You can find information and purchase the mask here

I discovered this mask because I was having problems breathing after painting with pastels. After a desperate search for the perfect mask, I found this one and love it so much that I decided to endorse it completely by selling it. It has probably saved my health.

Be kind to yourself and love yourself enough to stay safe, no matter what medium you use. Protect your health so you'll be able to live a long, wonderful, happy creative life!!I couldn't imagine living without painting in pastels!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Lazy Farmland

This is another scene from beautiful Tennessee.
16"x20" on Ampersand Pastelbord.