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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 ! !

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Saturday, March 24, 2012

©2012 Paula Ann Ford, Mountain Meadow. Soft Pastels on Ampersand Pastelbord, 5"x7" (#21-2012)

I found a photo in the Wetcanvas Image Library that inspired this little painting.  Thank you to the photographer, wildlifeart89!!

It was difficult getting a phot of this.  The mountain is cooler in color and the sky is really beautiful.  But the photo makes this piece look dull.

©2012 Paula Ann Ford, Mountain Meadow.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


Update, well, what can I say.  Not every painting makes it and this one
got the old alcohol wash and is a fresh board waiting for another painting
to be put down on it. :)
I don't normally draw out my compositions (only in thumbnail sketches),
usually only a quick sketch. For my thumbnails, I was using Tombow pens
and decided to use them on my board too. Here is the preliminary value
drawing. 8x10 on Ampersand Pastelboard. Now for some color!!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Do you have problems using small format surfaces on your easel?

I love painting mini paintings, 5"x7", 6"x6", 8"x8", 9"x12", and so on, but the smaller the surface gets, the harder it is to put it on my easel to paint on.  So, here is what I do to solve the problem.

I would suggest using 1/8" foamboard, but if you don't have it, you can also use 3/16".

1.  Say for instance I want to paint a 5"x 7" painting, (this will work for 6"x6", 8"x8", and sizes in between also), take 2 pieces of foamboard the same size and cut a whole out of one of the pieces the size of support you will be using.

Because I often use Ampersand Pastelbord, I laid a piece down onto the board, traced it, and cut it out.  These pieces are 11"x14" and the opening I cut is 5"x7"

2.  Here are the two pieces together and the cutter I used.

3.  I turned the piece over to the back side (because there is a label I can't get off...yes that is Jerry's Profoam Board) and near the edge put double sided tape.

4.  I peeled off the paper to reveal the tape and then put both pieces of board together and pressed on them to allow the tape to bond them together.  I also permanently bonded the boards together by applying masking tape.  Now the whole thing is secure.

5.  I'm ready to put my board into the hole, but first I roll up a piece of masking take and apply it to the back of the board.  That holds it in the opening more securely.  Only use masking tape if you are using Ampersand Pastelboard !!

If you're using paper, hinge the paper to foamcore, and put a piece of low tack tape on the back of the board.  It will make it much easier to take the board out when you're done painting.

6.  Ok, here is the board in the opening and it is ready to go up on my easel.

7.  All set and ready to paint!!

Just remember, this doesn't have to be pretty because you'll end up getting paint/pasels all over the boards.  And, you can reuse this every time you want to paint a 5"x7" painting.

I've made up lots of sizes and use them over and over.