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Majesty of Grace – Pictorial of the Drawing Process


Happy Thanksgiving to all that celebrate the holiday.  I’m grateful for having a place to share not only my art, but also to meet and enjoy so many awesome people in the blogging world. I will be offline entirely for … Continue reading

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Forgotten, oil pastel


My goal with this painting was to create a quiet, but forgotten subject – what better way than to illustrate an abandoned windmill along a marshy river.  I found a perfect summer scene and saw winter, so you know the … Continue reading

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Fresh Snow, oil pastel


The list keeps growing with so many great winter scenes to paint, but I’ve narrowed it down to a few more for the rest of 2014 before going back to painting still life’s and flowers. First up is Fresh Snow, … Continue reading

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Thursday’s Drawing – Majesty of Grace, final


Majesty of Grace finally comes to an end today – what a trip and one worth taking. Majesty of Grace, 6×9, drawing was done on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper (smooth side) using graphite pencil (4H, 2H, HB and 2B).  All … Continue reading

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Winter Quiet – oil pastel


I’ve waited over a year to paint this scene – the early evening colors of winter at the farm in its natural surrounding really attracted me.  This painting may well be a contender for our Christmas card. Winter Quiet, an … Continue reading

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Dedicated to my WordPress Friends! 2014 Red Candle Unveiled


Too funny, whoever said I’m not tenacious!  I wasn’t about to give up on my little red candle.  So based on everyone’s great feedback, particularly Rhonda and Eva, I made some final touches leaving me with two options (threw out … Continue reading

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Red Candle – oil pastels, final versions


Oh my I’m really behind with everything today.  Here’s my excuse – went to the studio to spend maybe 20 minutes to work with the red candle painting, and before you know it three hours flew by (I mean, really?)!  … Continue reading

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Red Candle, oil pastel – three versions


Today while waiting for a clear gesso application to dry on a hardboard surface being prepared for a winter painting, I started to play around painting a Red Candle still life (oil pastel 7×5) and have a question for you. … Continue reading

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Winter Sunset, oil pastel


Today I tried my hand turning a summer scene into a winter sunset. Winter Sunset, an oil pastel (5×7) was painted on cream tinted Mi-Teintes pastel paper.  This was a fun little exercise, but was a bit of a mind … Continue reading

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Thursday’s Drawing – Majesty of Grace, #4


I’m so bad, let me just confess right up front – I keep telling myself, start drawing in the late morning for good light.  Well you know what I did right?  End of the day and here I am trying … Continue reading

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