Monday, April 27, 2009

Mowry Study

pastel 9 x 11 1/2

Came across a study of an Elizabeth
Mowry painting I did from her book
when I first started to study pastel.
Pastel is considered by some as drawing,
but it is actually considered painting,
only with the dry medium of chalk.
Opposite technique is used in pastel
as from watercolor; darks are applied
first and lighter values are layered
on to develope a form or texture.
(not for sale)

Friday, April 24, 2009

"A Champanion of Diana"

watercolor 10 x 13"

This was the challenge on the Different
Strokes blog where a photo is posted
and the artists are challenged to paint
it using their chosen medium and paint
a portion of it or interpret it as they
please. This challenge was to paint the
statue as a whole item. I chose to paint
Diana as a real person, not stone.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Heckle and Jeckle

We won the war with the local pair of
magpies that wanted to build a nest
in the tree three feet from the front
door. We didn't want to listen to
squawking baby magpies at 5 o'clock
in the morning all summer so we ripped
out their nest five times. They just
continued to rebuild hours later.
Finally wrapped the tree with deer
netting and they moved a few houses
down the street. We are over populated
with magpies in the neighborhood; they
raid songbird nests and eat the eggs or
newly hatched babies. Robins, meadowlarks,
and other songbirds aren't as numerous
as they once were in our area.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


watercolor 15" x 15"

Tried this on Fabriano 140 lb.soft press
paper. Still undecided if I like it.
It was easy to lift some paints and
blooms were easy to make. Snowed today
alittle, but spring is just around the

Monday, April 6, 2009


watercolor 8.5" x 11"

A quick painting of my grandaughter
to work out colors and try out a sketch
book that I bought last winter.
The sketchbook is by Pentalic,
Beaverton, OR, has 50 shts. of
130 lb. paper that is between
HP and CP surface and cost me
under $8.00. Great for watercolor.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Baby Pine

Fluid acrylic 5" x 6"

This is painted on HP watercolor
paper. Had our third snowfall
this week and painted this last
night. Looking forward to sun-
shine and warmer weather!