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 ! !


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

PURCHASE INFO FOR TOTOBOBO MASK

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

http://totoboboartistsmask.blogspot.com/

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.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Oh dear! Is it autumn already? (Updated)


LOL... I have been fidgety all day not know what to paint. So I just grabbed the first photo I saw and painted it! 8"x10" soft pastels on Ampersand pastelbord.