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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 ! !

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

New UART BOARD - My Review

I am one HAPPY CAMPER today. You know why? I don't have to bond Uart to gatorboard using an adhesive anymore!!! I tried, for the first time, Uart 400 that is already mounted on 100% archival 4 ply Conservation Board, and it's easy to cut too!!! Not only that, when framing I don't ever have to worry about the rabbet... being too shallow for my painting because the new mounted Uart on board is much thinner than when it is bonded to gatorboard. Now there is plenty of room to fit the glass, spacer, and painting and it is strong enough that no backing board is needed at all! Thanks UART!! Great product!!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Tennessee River View **SOLD**

Here is the finished piece. I toned down the water, softened some edges, and added a bit to the left bush to create a bit more depth, and just a few other touches here and there.
A few weeks ago a group of us went out to do some plein air at this place.  It was a beautiful day with beautiful views everywhere.  11"x14" on Ampersand Pastelbord.

SOLD!  Thank you Kris!!

©2010 Paula Ann Ford, Tennessee River View. Soft Pastels on Uart, 11"x14"

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Old Baldy

My brother Woody and I climbed Bald Mountain in the Adirondacks a few days ago and while we were at the top, there stood the most unusual dead tree.  You can see a different view of it behind Woody in the post below.  What a grand old tree!  It must have been really something to see in its prime.

©2010 Paula Ann Ford, Old Baldy.  Soft Pastels on Ampersand Pastelbord, 9"x12"

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Northeast National Pastel Exhibition

I just got back from attending the opening of the Northeast National Pastel Exhibition in Old Forge, NY.  It was the most beautiful show!  All the paintings were so gorgeous!

It was also wonderful to see my brother Woody again.  We climbed Bald Mountain, shopped our favorite gift shops in the Adirondacks, and went to several galleries.

I also got to see my friend and fellow pastelist Adriana Meiss.  We painted together while attending a 4 hour workshop at the Old Forge Art Center with Sean Dye.

I am proud to say I am now represented by Gallery 3040 in Old Forge.  It is a beautiful, new gallery.  If you are in that area, please stop by and visit Deb Burrington.  My paintings will be there within the next month.

Gallery 3040
3040 Main Street (St. Route 28)
Old Forge, New York  13420

Thursday, June 10, 2010

June 9 - Plein Air Outing

What a beautiful plein air day we had, after the rain stopped. We set up in a little picnic area at the lake, set up our equipment, were painting away with the sounds of the frogs, and geese and enjoyed the cool breeze. Linda turned to me and said "it is so nice and peaceful and quiet." Our paintings were coming along nicely...

About a minute later, a guy who works for the state backed up his diesel pickup and his power boat right in front of the scene I was painting, cranked up the boat and buzzed around the little lake dumping chemicals in it to kill the algea for at least an hour!!!

The damn boat sounded like the LOUDEST lawnmower I've ever heard. It totally ruined the mood! I washed my painting off in the lake, put all my equipment in the car, watched while he buzzed in front of us a hundred times with the floating lawnmower while talking on his cell phone.... grrrrrrrr

Sunday, June 6, 2010

June 2nd Plein Air

This is a piece I recently did while out plein air painting with Linda Kerlin and then finished in the studio.
©2010 Paula Ann Ford, June 2, 2010 Plein Air. Soft Pastels on Ampersand Pastelbord, 11"x14"

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

June Landscape Challenge

I'm hosting the June Landscape Challenge at Wetcanvas this month.  Please come join in!!!  It's so much fun!!

Path to Granddads (final)

A member of Wetcanvas, granddad (James Mise), was so very kind to grant me permission to use his gorgeous photo. So, James, this one is for you! Thank you so much!

©2010 Paula Ann Ford, Path to Granddad's. Soft Pastels on Ampersand Pastelbord, 12"x16"