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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 ! !

Friday, March 27, 2009

*******April Events - UPDATED*******

I am hosting the April Landscape Challenge in the Landscape Forum of Wetcanvas.
This month we have quite the treat!! The gorgeous photos for the challenge were donated to us by Phil Bates!! Thank you so much Phil!
Please come join us here:

I'm also hosting the April Pastel Strokes thread on the Pastel Talk Forum of Wetcanvas. One of the photos in this thread is also donated by Phil and the rest are taken by me.

As always, every week I host the Weekly Pastel Sketch Thread.

Busy, busy, busy.....

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Why I started Painting...

I've always had a profound love of beautiful scenery and never knew why. I was brought up in Upstate NY and it was (is) absolutely gorgeous there. In my late 30's I moved away from there to a place that had no mountains, rolling hills, farmland, lakes, streams... It was hot and flat and there was nothing beautiful to see... and my heart was dying. So in 2000, I decided if I couldn't see anything beautiful outside, then I was going to learn how to create something beautiful to look at. That's why I started painting.

Now I live in TN, in the mountains, where everything is beautiful and my heart is full again. Now I paint beautiful landscapes for other people so their hearts will be full also.

Upstate Farmland - SOLD

8"x10" on Ampersand Pastelbord

Friday, March 6, 2009

Working from Photos

Just a quick thought on working with photos.

Photos are not exciting until the artist puts the interpretation down on paper or canvas. Don't be strict to the photo, make it your own. Change and rearrange to make the composition better. Use the colors that you love. When I look at landscape photos, I don't see all greens. I see all kinds of color combinations just waiting to come alive and the potential that each has to be painted in a hundred+ different ways.

Early Autumn

5"x7" on Uart 400 grit.