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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 ! !

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!