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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 ! !

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Sun Creek

Here is a piece I've been working on.  I have a beautiful frame that I painted this for.
It's a very odd size at 7 1/8" x 17 7/8".

©2010 Paula Ann Ford, Sun Creek. Soft Pastels on Uart 600, 7 1/8" x 17 7/8".
Can be seen at the Artisan Depot in Cowan, TN, on January 21 through the
end of February, 2011

Sunday, December 26, 2010

©2010 Paula Ann Ford, Tennessee Field View. Oils on Ampersand Board, 5"x7"

I thoroughly enjoyed doing this and plan to do more palette knife paintings in the future.

©2010 Paula Ann Ford, Tennessee Field View. Oils on Ampersand Board, 5"x7"

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Pushing myself to do other types of paintings in oil - WAY out of my comfort zone!!!


Ok, so, don't laugh!!  I hear you laughing!!
I'm trying to expand my horizons by not only painting in oils, but also trying to teach myself how to paint still lifes.  Here are a couple of little ones I've been working on in the last couple of days.  The apples aren't finished yet, but the lemon is done.  I actually based the lemon in with a palette knife with was a lot of fun, and then touched it up with a brush.  Does it look like a lemon?  LOL...

Deleted the apples photo because I'm in the process of finishing it up.  Will  post a photo when it's dry.  It came out pretty good!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Majesty - SALE - $275 with free shipping

The majesty of the mountains!  WOW!  It doesn't get any better than that!  This piece is unframed.
©2008 Paula Ann Ford, Majesty. Soft Pastels on Ampersand Pastelbord, 16"x20"

$275 + free shipping

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Still Standing - SOLD

This piece was inspired by a photo I took in Arkansas. I love old barns!!

The piece measures 9"x11-3/4". I has a border of 3/8" all the way around on the paper so it can be matted or the border can be cut off if you don't want to use a mat when framing. It is soft pastels on Art Spectrum Colorfix pastel paper. This piece is unframed.

©2010 Paula Ann Ford, Still Standing. Soft Pastels on Art Spectrum Colorfix Paper, 9"x11-3/4"


©2010 Paula Ann Ford, Last Train to Blue Mountain

I just love the thought of riding on a train and looking out the window and seeing the Adirondack Mountains and lakes!  This piece is unframed.

©2010 Paula Ann Ford, Last Train to Blue Mountain.
Soft Pastels on Ampersand Pastelbord, 9"x12" unframed

Thursday, December 9, 2010

My New Method - Oils over Soft Pastels with Alcohol Wash - UPDATE

I did an experiment today.  I started with a soft pastel underpainting on Uart bonded to matboard.  Then I liquified the pastel with rubbing alcohol and a 1/2" flat synthetic paint brush.  Let dry.  Painted over the whole thing in oils.  Worked like a charm!!  Here is the piece.

©2010 Paula Ann Ford, Summertime Pines. Oils on Uart Board, 9"x9"

Monday, November 29, 2010

Moose River Plains Mini - 5"x7" - SOLD

I took a gorgeous photo of the Moose River Plains the last time I was home which inspired this painting. What a view!!! WOW! I think this one is definately a study for a much larger painting.

©2010 Paula Ann Ford, Moose River Plains. Soft Pastels on Uart, 5"x7"

Saturday, November 27, 2010

©2010 Paula Ann Ford, In the Spotlight. Soft Pastels on Ampersand Pastelbord, 12"x12"

My Painting made the top 15% in November's (2010) BoldBrush Competition!!


©2010 Paula Ann Ford, In the Spotlight.  Soft Pastels on Ampersand Pastelbord, 12"x12"

This piece can be seen at the Artisan Depot in Cowan, TN
on January 21 through the end of February, 2011.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Charlotte's Farm - SOLD

©2010 Paula Ann Ford, Charlotte's Farm. Soft Pastels on Uart, 12"x12"  This piece is unframed.


Monday, November 22, 2010

A Beautiful View - SOLD

©2010 Paula Ann Ford, A Beautiful View. Soft Pastels on Ampersand Pastelbord, 5"x7"


My Favorite Field - SOLD

©2010 Paula Ann Ford, My Favorite Field. Soft Pastels on Ampersand Pastelbord, 5"x7"


©2010 Paula Ann Ford, Pines in the Mist. Soft Pastels on Ampersand Pastelbord, 5"x7" unframed.

©2010 Paula Ann Ford, Pines in the Mist. Soft Pastels on Ampersand Pastelbord, 5"x7" unframed


Saturday, November 20, 2010

Panoramic View from the Green Bridge - SOLD

Another from my visit to the Adirondack Mountains. I hardly ever use pink, so in this I really wanted the pinks to stand out.

©2010 Paula Ann Ford, View from Green Bridge. Soft Pastels on Ampersand Pastelbord, 6"x12"

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Breaking Through - SOLD

I sure took lots of photos while up in the Adirondack Mountains!
I love the late fall and winter landscapes. They are more beautiful than spring and summer.

©2010 Paula Ann Ford, Breaking Through. Soft Pastels on Ampersand Pastelbord, 14"x11"


Monday, November 15, 2010

In the Spotlight

This piece is from a photo I took up in Old Forge, NY last weekend.  What a gorgeous place!!
©2010 Paula Ann Ford, In the Spotlight. Soft Pastels on Ampersand Pastelbord, 12"x12"

Prints are available at (link on right)

This piece can be seen at the Artisan Depot in Cowan, TN,
on January 21 through the end of February, 2011

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Star Light Star Bright - SOLD

Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight, I wish I may, I wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight.
©2010 Paula Ann Ford, Star Light Star Bright. Soft Pastels on Ampersand Pastelbord, 6"x6"

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Good Morning Sunshine - SOLD

I spent last weekend visiting my brother Woody and also spending time in Old Forge, NY, where I am now represented by Gallery 3040.

Early Sunday morning I was out taking photos at one of my favorite places in Old Forge and this painting was inspired by one of them.

There was a beautiful little pine tree lit by the sun, but the sun hadn't reached the trees in back of it.  And so the title "Good Morning Sunshine" to that beautiful little pinetree on a frosty autumn morning.

©2010 Paula Ann Ford, Good Morning Sunshine. Soft Pastels on Ampersand Pastelbord, 6"x6"

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Gallery 3040 in Old Forge, NY

I am so happy and proud to announce that I am officially represented by Gallery 3040, 3040 State Route 28, Old Forge, NY in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains. It is one of the most gorgeous galleries so if you get a chance to visit in Upstate NY, you will love it!!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

My littlest angel...

This is me and my littlest baby. Her name is Happy.  It was taken tonight after we got back from dinner at the Olive Garden (my choice for my birthday dinner). We named her that because she's the happiest kitty we've ever seen. Isn't she beautiful?!?!?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Setting Sun - SOLD

It's been a busy month so I haven't painted for a while.  I painted this little piece this afternoon.  It is a place just down the road from where I live in Tennessee.

©2010 Paula Ann Ford, Setting Sun. Soft Pastels on Ampersand Pastelbord, 5"x7"  This piece is unframed.

Hindman, Kentucky - Workshop

I had the pleasure of teaching a workshop at the Kentucky School of Craft in Hindman, Kentucky last weekend.  What a beautiful place!  Hindman is deep in the Appalachian Mountains.  The facility was wonderful, and so were my students :o)

Thank you all so much for attending!!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Alex (1995 - October 14, 2010)

Our beautiful boy Alex went to Heaven today.  We will miss him so much.  He was the most wonderful, loving boy.

Monday, September 27, 2010

MAGI Workshop - Signal Mountain, TN

What a wonderful, and very fun, workshop!!!  Thank you all so much for attending.  It was so much fun.  All of your paintings were outstanding!!

Click on the photo for a larger view.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

House of the Rising Sun

My friend Diane Furlong gave me permission to use her gorgeous reference photo for my painting.  So, thank you so much Diane!!!

Almost finished...

©2010 Paula Ann Ford, House of the Rising Sun. Soft Pastels on Ampersand Pastelbord, 12"x16"
This piece can be purchased at Gallery 3040, Old Forge, NY (315) 369-1059.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Light's Surprise - SOLD

©2010 Paula Ann Ford, Light's Surprise. Soft Pastels on Wallis, 6"x6"
Gallery 3040, Old Forge, NY (315) 369-1059.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Landscape Rhythms

A much needed update to this painting.  There was a profile of a big-nosed man in this and I couldn't take it anymore!!!  LOL....

©2010 Paula Ann Ford, Landscape Rhythms. Soft Pastels on Uart, 13"x14"
This piece can be purchased at Gallery 3040, Old Forge, NY (315) 369-1059.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

A View from Rondaxe Road (Hopefully this is the last one!)

©2010 Paula Ann Ford, A View from Rondaxe Road (A Very Special Place II).
Soft Pastels on Ampersand Pastelbord, 12"x16"
This piece can be purchased at Gallery 3040, Old Forge, NY (315) 369-1059.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

A Very Special Place

I've attempted to paint this scene a few times, but could never quite handle it.  After a great deal of thinking and contemplating, I tried it again.  It's of a beautiful place in the Adirondacks, just up the road from Old Forge on Rondaxe Road.  It was a very cold autumn day when I took the photos, but the colors in this marsh were just amazing!!

©2010 Paula Ann Ford, A Very Special Place. Soft Pastels on Ampersand Pastelbord, 12"x16"
This piece can be purchased at Gallery 3040, Old Forge, NY (315) 369-1059.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Aspen Valley - SOLD

I'm so excited!  I joined the painting challenge at Artistes de Studio and this is my entry.  It was a wonderful piece to paint.  The photo that was provided was so lovely... thank you Jennifer!!

©2010 Paula Ann Ford, Aspen Valley. Soft Pastels on Ampersand Pastelbord, 8"x10"


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Inspired by Bob Rohm's Painting - For Learning Purposes Only

For learning purposes only, I painted this tonight.  It is one of Bob Rohm's paintings from his book The Painterly Approach.  I've been feeling stagnant lately regarding my work; feeling like I'm spinning my wheels and not growing as an artist, so I took out this book and painted one of Mr. Rohm's paintings.  His was done in oils.  I learned a great deal and am very pleased with the outcome. 5x7 Not For Sale.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Autumn in August

As true as it is today, when I was growing up in Upstate New York I loved autumn so much.  There wasn't a day that went by in the summer that I didn't think about the coming of fall.  The colors, the cool weather, I loved everything about it including the snow that followed.  This piece was inspired from a photo I took from Old Forge, New York.  I was standing at Maple Ridge, the first ski area in Old Forge.

©2010 Paula Ann Ford, #1 - Autumn in August.  Soft Pastels on Ampersand Pastelbord, 5"x7"
This piece can be purchased at Gallery 3040, Old Forge, NY (315) 369-1059.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Paradise Reworked

You all may remember this painting from a couple years ago.  It was juried into the Northeast National Pastel Exhibition in Old Forge, NY.  Well, Don, my fellow Guide on Wetcanvas took it home with him because I wasn't able to go up and get it at the end of the show.  (THANK YOU DON!!)

I finally picked it up a few weeks ago while home visiting and packed this painting and another, Rain before the Snow, that was also in the show, and shipped them both home.  Well, one made it just fine, but this one didn't.  Even though the frames and glass were in perfect condition, it must have been thrown into a truck and landed face down because a ton of pastel was dislodged from the painting and was all over the glass.

So, yesterday I unframed it and have reworked the areas that were ruined.  Am still not sure about the mountains, but I like them better than they were originally.

©2010 Paula Ann Ford, Nature's Paradise. Soft Pastels on Ampersand Pastelbord, 16"x20"

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Charlotte's Farm - Step by Step Demonstration in Soft Pastels

As promised in this month’s SPOTLIGHT that I'm hosting on, here is a step-by-step demonstration on how I painted “Charlotte’s Farm.”

As I looked at the beautiful reference photo, I knew I wanted to create a bit more depth than the photo shows so my plan was to push the trees on the left of the main grouping back behind the main tree, which is the largest tree on the right which will be the focal point.

To warm up and prepare, I did several thumbnail sketches to work out my composition, and turned on some nice soft music. So, as I relaxed, sketched, and got in the zone, lots of thoughts and questions were flowing in my mind. For example, will I do a wet underpainting (no, am going to try something different this time), should I go with a more realistic style (yes), what color should I use to unify the whole painting (purple), should I paint in the front grasses (no), how will I handle the sky (time will only tell), where do I want the light source to be (straight up above), what do I want to say about this painting (these beautiful majestic summer trees feel as light as air because of all the sky holes), how will I get those trees in the background to recede so they don’t pull the eye back in that area (keep them cool in color and light in value). Lots and lots of questions pop up before I ever step up to my easel.

Most of the time they can all be solved by doing several things before you start to paint. First, always do thumbnail sketches to work out composition issues. Second, to take it one step farther, do value sketches… and one step beyond that do a color study. For this piece, I didn’t do a color study, but did do the thumbnails which incorporated values.

Ok, I’m all relaxed and ready to paint!

1. Preliminary sketch. I am looking at my final thumbnail sketch to draw the sketch on my board, NOT the reference photo.

2. Block in of all the main colors, lightly. (Mount Visions, Terry Ludwigs, Paul deMarrais-the big orange one on the right end) Included in this is my favorite color of the darkest green Mount Vision #700.

3. This is different for me. Instead of doing an alcohol wash at this point, I took a paper towel and smudged in all the main colors.

4. Went back to the areas where my darkest darks will be and scumbled in more darks. That is the darkest navy blue by Mount Vision, #514.

5. A light wheat color for the front grasses goes in.

A very warm, dark Terry Ludwig green goes into the trees.

For the background grasses, the color is actually a bit warmer than the foreground, and is bit darker. We’ll see how this goes farther into the painting. If it doesn’t work, it can be changed.

A few vertical strokes to show some ground holes in the base of the trees and also a few strokes in the tops of trees for sky holes.

Background trees get some lavenders and blues.

In the closest foreground, some darker areas go in with a medium, warm green and some burnt umber.

6. Some gorgeous Terry Ludwig eggplant gets put into the lower parts of the focal tree.

7. Very important… stand back sever feet to see the painting. If you are standing up close all the time, you can’t see the painting!!! You can see already that the left main trees are receding. DO THIS OFTEN!!! If you are not able to stand while painting, and therefore can not walk back from your painting every few minutes, I suggest buying a REDUCING.GLASS . It will give you the same effect as walking back several feet.

8. That long square stick is a charcoal stick that is used to put in some tree trunks, two different values of blue-greens go into the left focal trees, and more air holes go into the mid section of the trees.

Don’t be afraid to use charcoal in a painting. It does not muddy pastels, and it’s a great color that is seen in nature.

9. Starting to establish groupings of leaves in the main tree by using a lighter value of Kelly greens and yellow greens, and more air holes.

10. Little bits of light green to into the lower part of the main trees as sunlight hits them. Some violets also go into the lower area also. Why? Not sure. My mind just said to put violets there, so I did.

11. Now that the darks have been established in the lower area of the trees, now the grasses can be pulled up in the dark (Polychromos). Some lighter values of lavenders get put into the grasses also. This is my favorite part. I love the contrast between the wheat color and the dark purples and violets.

12. Oooo, scared myself! When I picked up that light blue, it looked fine in my hand, but then I put it in the sky and it looked white! Isn’t that what Richard McKinley means by Simultaneous Contrast? Anyway, it can be fixed later.

I also at this point put some highlights on the background grasses. Note: The land is made up of horizontal bands. As the land recedes, these bands get thinner and thinner and closer together, eventually disappearing.

The back line of trees gets just a bit of darkness in the bottoms of the trees and some lighter blues… all randomly put in.

13. With that back wheat color, I’m putting more air holes in the lower trees, so you can see the field through the trees.

14. Much better! The sky looks much better now that there is another color of blue put over it. Remember, to create interest and a little bit of depth in a sky, use a slightly darker value at the top of the sky. Because that right light color was there already, I just lightly pulled down with horizontal strokes a slightly darker value of blue. The two mixed together and created some interest.

If I’m teaching a workshop, my demonstration starts out with the sky. I use 3 different values of blues, the darkest at the top. It actually looks like 3 stripes in the sky. Then I take out the alcohol and a nice, soft square synthetic paint brush and start crosshatching the top stripe down into the second stripe and so on down to the lightest value. By the time I’m done, there are no more stripes, only a nice gradation in color from top to bottom.

Lots more greens go into the trees, bluer greens in the left, warmer greens in the right.

More sky holes (always reestablishing the ones that seem to disappear).

I also added some leaves and twigs in the lower parts of the trees.

15. More greens…

16. Let’s add some peachy pink into the foreground grasses for interest. Why? I just thought the whole foreground needed a bit of color. I also put some light gray-greens into the background field to cool it down a little.

17. Since I lost most of the sunlight on that foreground field, I’m putting some really light wheat color back in to say “sunshine.”

18. How about a little bright yellow green in the foreground too…