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First Light, oil pastel


One day I saw a spectacular photograph taken by Mitch Zeissler, whose blog Exploratorius provides us with amazing images taken through his lens.  This day Mitch posted a most gorgeous scene he shot on his commute to work http://exploratorius.us/2013/10/18/slice-of-light/.  Could you imagine … Continue reading

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Valley During Winter, oil pastel


Here is a winter scene that I painted during the holidays.  I was attracted to the area for its quiet and peaceful feel – the way nature was meant to be enjoyed. This oil pastel (8×10, surface was a prepared gesso hardboard)  is a place called “Wye … Continue reading

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Snowy Hillside, oil pastel


Happy New Year everyone!!  So happy to be back at it .  .  . I’m looking forward to catching up on your blog postings.  During the break I did a little painting, drawing, researched art techniques, and learned how to bake bread (on … Continue reading

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Snowy Field, oil pastel


After such a cold week, with so much sleet and ice – the ground looks like it is coated with snow.   Well why not celebrate having a “white” December in Texas. Here is Snowy Field, an oil pastel (7×5) painted … Continue reading

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Snow Scene, oil pastel


Today I decided to use Strathmore “pastel paper” that I’ve had sitting, just waiting for a painting to emerge.  The problem is I have a supply build up of this paper, because when I began painting it was on sale and … Continue reading

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Forest Secret 1 and 2, oil pastels


Yesterday I was fooling around with creating a snow-scene painting using a straight-edge razor blade.  The fun was how quickly you can completely change a scene by scraping away the oil pastels, revealing new patterns that can give way to … Continue reading

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Winter Night, oil pastel


My latest oil pastel is a winter night scene using Prussian Blue as the main color.  The trees made me a little hesitant on attempting this scene, but if I don’t start going after complex scenes how am I ever know going … Continue reading

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Destination


This scene said, “it’s the Destination.”  You know a place that one would hike just to see the valley below and feel the breeze from above – a peaceful destination.  The place had a wonderful to it that I knew … Continue reading

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House on the Hill


This house in France is a wonderful piece of property, surrounded by  gardens made up of mostly shrubs and trees.  I thought it would make for a great painting, so I used it as one of the reference images for … Continue reading

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Does Your Art Speak to You?


I recently read an article in “Pastel Journal” about artist, Bobbie McKibbin and her process for painting landscapes using soft pastels.  One statement in the article really resonated with me, Bobbie said, “she’s doing all the talking at the beginning … Continue reading

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