Friday, April 15, 2016

Preparing to Teach an Introduction to Pastel Class

Tomorrow's the day I will be teaching a 3-hour mini-class on painting with soft pastels.  This will be for the Syracuse Guild for the Visual Arts in Syracuse, UT.

 Pastels have been a huge part of my art life.  I began by doing quick portraits at art festivals many years ago.  I loved doing portraits and loved the differences among different cultures and age groups.  We lived in the Seattle, WA, area which is rich in much diversity. 

I thought I would post some of the pastel paintings I have done over the years.  Most are sold, some have won awards, some are available in my Etsy Shop as prints and originals -- and some hang in my home.

In the interest of your time & blog space I am not going to give a long dialog on each piece.  This first one is probably one of the oldest paintings I have done - at least 25 years old -- it still looks fresh as when it was painted.  Pastels do not fade!


This painting was purchased the Girl Scouts organization.

Painted at Ogden 2012 Plein Air ~ Painting Sold Opening Night of Show

The original is sold but this one has been a popular print - it is
at the entrance of the fabulous Seattle Pike Place Farmers Market.

Painted at Little Cottonwood Falls

Painted at the Ogden Botanical Gardens

And last a fun little whimsical one I did for a Valentines Card...  With the caption:

"Love comforts like sunshine after rain."  Wm. Shakespeare

Friday, April 1, 2016

Fun with Pen & Ink Washes

The "Paint My Photo" site is a online place where photographers share their photos for artists to paint and draw.  Below are three sketches using photo references from the site.  The chicken on the donkey was added just for fun...

I probably will be adding these to my Etsy shop soon.
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

An Eclectic Collection
Many works have been produced since the last post on this blog.  I will probably randomly post works completed over the past several months as the mood dictates.  Our Syracuse plien air group visited several local sites over the past year, including this charming little barn.

14" x 11" ~ Acrylic on Canvas

I have also been working on keeping up with my Artists Journal..  This entry is from a visit to one of our daughter's home.  She always has fun still lifes staged around her house...
12" x 9" Strathmore 140 lb Watercolor Artist Journal

I need to do a post only on art journaling! It is a great way to record memories of the everyday stuff that seems insignificant at the time but is rewarding to review time and again.

I find it enjoyable to design a piece around a quote such as the one below:

This quote is by Alfred Joyce Kilmer,(December 6, 1886 – July 30, 1918),  the poet who also penned the poem, "Trees".  He died at the too young age of 32 by a sniper's bullet in France serving in the U.S. 69th Infantry Regiment (better known as the "Fighting 69th" ) in WW1.

Thank you for dropping by - Hope you are having a wonderful day!
~ Patricia  xo

Friday, May 1, 2015

Spending some serious coloring time...

It's been fun trying an experiment with designing some 'Grown Up Coloring Pages'.  I do not know where it will go but it has been enjoyable!

It was fun to add another hair style option, too!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

"Today is not just any day, you know." Lewis Carroll - sort of

My  title today is a quote written by Lewis Carroll in "Through the Looking Glass."  It takes place when Alice and the Queen are debating about when jam is served;  yesterday or tomorrow, but NOT today.  Alice explains that tomorrow will be today, and at that time the jam will be served 'today'.  The Queen retorts that the jam cannot ever be served 'today.'  I love the silly nonsense in Carroll's writing but can see deeper meanings.

I like to think it could mean today is important and time is precious.  We do not have to look forward or backward to find what may make us happy.  We can find joy in each day.  I had this quote in mind when I created the painting below.  I have included photos of the process...  I have borrowed Lewis Carroll's words but added the word 'just'-- as you can see in the last image.

First the sketch in my 'Idea Journal.'

My most cooperative models.

In progress...

Finished Painting - 
"Today Is Not Just Any Day You Know."
10" x 8" Acrylic on Wood Panel
Available at my Etsty Shop

I do hope you are able to find joy and purpose in your day today!