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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, 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.