pastel painting

Plein Air Report

I have a goal to do a lot more plein air work, so I’ve been making the effort to do so. It helps a lot that where I live is just crammed with great scenes to paint. My walking partner lives in a subdivision that is sparsely populated and further out of town. This makes…

Tomato Serendipity

ser·en·dip·i·ty/ˌserənˈdipədē/Learn to pronouncenoun the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way. Tomatoes used to be my favorite food, and they haven’t dropped down the list all that far in the passing years. So when I saw these at the farmer’s market, I knew I wanted to paint them. I…

In All That’s Fair

I’ve never lived in an area where peonies grow well. Since the day I learned of them, though, I’ve known I would love them. I’ve never had any peonies given to me or bought any. Until this last week. I’d heard they had some at the local grocery. I needed some groceries anyway and looked…

Early Light

My friend and art buddy Kathy and I decided to get out very early this morning and catch the light on an accessible creek bed for a plein air outing. Plein air just means outdoors, but some people even consider it plein air if they are indoors but painting from life. Kathy had spotted this…

My First Official Series

To rest for a few minutes, just out of sight of the crowd; to listen yet not be seen or heard, or to hear only the wind, the leaves, and the birds is precious to introverts and ambiverts alike. They say that what is in your heart will come out when you paint. These pieces…