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Monday, June 27, 2011

Artic Blue Alpaca

Artic Blue
canson 12x9"

      My first attempt at painting a baby Alpaca known as "crias". This is from a nearby Good Time Ridge Alpacas a farm right down the road from us in WV. This cria has different colored fur on different levels and fuzzy! Its difficult to find a photo with their eyes showing as the hair overhangs them as it grows out.
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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Bobo Sit! in progress

Bobo Sit!-in progress
14"x18" on colorfixed watercolor paper

Another update on Bobo. The grass is in progress and he found a stick! Looks messy right now!
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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Bobo Sit!

Bobo Sit!
14"x11" on Colorfixed Primed Watercolor Paper

Here is Bobo! I started with the main focus Bobo, to make sure that I get his personality right before moving on to the background and to keep my hands out of the dust. Black dogs are ......very hard to paint!
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Bobo Sketch

Bobo 12"x9" on canson smooth side paper

This is a sketch for a commissioned painting of Bobo who passed away in 2010. I combined several photos together to get him into a full sit for him. He is Black lab and Dalmatian mix.
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Tuesday, March 15, 2011


9"x12" Pastel on smooth sided Canson Pastel Paper

It's been a long time since I have painted, and it felt so good to get dusty again! Still trying to get used to wearing the new glasses, but my eyes are finally calming down and I can see to paint!

This is my first real horse portrait and I have been worried about doing it. It took about 2 hours to draw it in with vine charcoal and paint.

Thanks for looking,
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Friday, October 29, 2010

Medieval woman in thought

12X9" Pastels on Canson Paper

     My second go at a portrait ala Mike Beeman approach. I am finding that I like working from full darks and layering on the lights over them, as I progress through the painting process. I am still wondering if enough is done with the background.  Took some liberties with the photograph again.
     This photo is also from the collection of Photos from Hans Splinter on flickr, with his permission to use them. Here is a link to his page.
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Viking Woman Sewing

12"x9" Pastel on Canson Paper
The original photo was taken by  Hans Splinter, who has kindly allowed me to use it.  This is a link to his Flickr photo account  Flickr Hans S, and a link to the original photo Viking Woman Photo

     This is an update to the first post cleaning up a few bits and pieces.  Added highlights on her face, small change to the mouth and fiddling with her fingers.

Thanks for looking!

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Woman Sewing

12"x9" Pastel on Canson paper

    Something different today, a portrait. I needed a break from all the landscapes and I enjoy painting portaits. It took about 3 hours fiddling with it, until now it has the most layers of pastel that will stay on the paper.
   So I stop.  Thanks for looking.
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Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Cottage

12x9 Pastel on black, bumpy Canson

     Another painting this week, I'm plugging right along. I seem to be attracted to high key paintings lately and using black as the support that only makes them...louder. :) I had fun with it though.

     This is another Priesing painting from West Virgina. My brother-in-laws cabin, it faces a small river that floods at bit, so its back from it a bit. Yep that's the outdoor shower..the only shower and they conveniently left gaps in the boards. Hee he, To give us all a thrill I'm told. A few artistic changes from real life. The tree swing would have been off to the left and not seen, and another smaller tree would be right in the middle of the cottage blocking it.
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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Church on a Hill

Pastel 12x9 Black Pastel Paper

    Another painting from West Virgina, just around the corner from family.  A beautiful day. 

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Up RIver

Up River
12"x16" on Colorfix paper.

      I just finished working on another painting from my summer vacation in WV. This is looking up stream past the local swimming hole. On those 100+ days, a natural spring right in the middle was a wonderful surprise. Floating seats and a drink just added the right touch to a hot day.
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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Levi in the field

11"x14" Pastel
After a lot of summer vacation visiting family, I finally started finishing some paintings. This began as a Plein Aire at my brother-in-laws fields, then brought home to finish in studio. I'm a bit rusty. :) I had a lot of fun and even got up on a horse...after 25 years...ouch!
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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Poppies at Waters Edge

11x14" on watercolor paper primed with colorfix

     A new painting for this week.  I decided to do another flower painting, but cut the sky out of it completely.  I had to really think about the background so that it would not compete with the greens of the flowers in front and show distance.  The watercolor paper again gave this a really bumpy look to it.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Flowers in motion

16x12" Pastel on Colorfix paper

    I have finally finished this painting that I started last week. Similar to the last few that I have posted. This one has a different look to it as the support paper is a rough bumpy watercolor paper that was primed with colorfix pastel primer. I had to do a few underpaintings. One with watercolor, and then another with a harder pastel and sprayed with alcohol and left to dry. The bumps made it so I had to underpaint, as the dry pastel would skim over the tops of the bumps and leave a larger amount of background paper than I wished to show.

This one has a darker feel to it, because of the amount of greens in it and less sky.
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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Stormy Dunes

Stormy Dunes 9x12" Pastel on colorfix paper

     This is painting done off the small sketch study that I did recently. The sky was given some colors and the bushes turned into grass clumps. I enjoyed painting this one and spent some time trying to get the shallow water/beach edge to read right. Footprints were added for some interest up close.

     After painting this one I think that I will paint another in a larger format, perhaps I will be daring and go for 16x20".

Thanks for looking as always.
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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Blowing in the Wind

Blowing in the Wind
9x12" Pastels on Canson

Something different this week. I decided in honor of spring, I would paint some flowers. This is from a reference photo, as they bloom later in the summer.

9x12" Pastel on Canson

      Both of these were painted while I was helping out a friend at his laundry mat on Thursday and Friday.   I'm getting a little more comfortable with people watching while I'm painting, which is why I bring along my setup.  It's still weird though.  The painting I did a week ago ended up in the trash bin when I got was that bad.
thanks for looking!

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

afternoon at the sea

5x7 Pastel on colorfix paper

Another ocean sketch, this one not so much about the water. I think that I will paint another of this larger and get more detailed variations in the sands, and work out some different placement of the grass clumps on the left side. This photo doesn't show the difference on highlights on the left dunes.
thanks for looking :)
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Friday, March 26, 2010

The Rocky Shore

Pastel 5x7" on Black Canson Paper

Finally another painting.
I'm working hard on getting ocean water and my rocks to look as I intend them too. This one sat unfinished on my painting easil for a week while my computer was rebuilt. All my reference photos are of course....on my computer. This painting I decided to have the sunlight at a low point to the side. I was trying to get more colors into a very boring ref. photo to liven it up. I am scouring all my ocean photos for the next attempt.
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Thursday, March 18, 2010


Waves 5x7" on black Canson paper

This is an attempt at painting waves and surf. I never thought that it would be so hard...but it is for me. About 2 hours, with little stabs of inspiration there after. I'm going to call it a day now though.

Finally got onto my computer, its been having alot of problems lately. Its going to get rebuilt tonight hopefully.
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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

3 little landscapes

These are a few 5x7 landscapes that I have done while the power was out over the weekend.  It is interesting and difficult, to get much detail into such a small painting.  I can't imagine doing it any smaller.
                  7x5      pastel    mat board with Colorfix primer      
A scene from Dry River Campground. We spend alot of time swimming in this River. Even though its named Dry River,  it is not dry. 

 5x7  Matboard with colorfix primer  Pastel
This is in Londonderry NH, lots of farms here.  It was a road but I shrunk it into a path.

  7x5  Pastel on matboard with colorfix primer
From a Reference photo on wetcanvas website.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Two more paintings


      Another two from this weekend. I didn't have enough time to take photos and post as my mom, dad and aunt came up for a visit.
This one is of Connor, Cassies brother.  It was suppose to be an hour, but ended up double that because I was having so much trouble with his face.  It was too flat looking, and I was having trouble with the shadowing and having stripes at the same time.
Canson smooth side 9x12 pastel

Vermont Field
 9x12 Canson smooth side pastel
 This is from a hiking trip this past summer in Vermont.  I drove Russ my husband and daughter crazy because I kept stopping to take photos.  Its suppose to have Queen Annes Lace flowers in the forground that I didn't get time to in for the  1 hour sketch limit.  I can't decide if I should continue or not.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Sitting Pretty

9x12 Pastel on Canson

This is one of the one hour sketches finished. The sketch itself looked like a puppy and considering I was suppose to drawing an adult, I went back in and fixed it. Another 1 hour to do that.  Generally the lower jaw was too small.  Lots of other little things.

Here is the one hour sketch

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

RIley smiling

8x10 pastel on canson
My 2nd offering today for the one hour sketches that I would like to get done daily. This is Riley as a big boy, I went over by 5mins again for a touch up.
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Casie on Red Stripped Towel

8x10 Pastel on Canson- smooth side
Another 1 hour study from yesterday I didn't get the photo because the battery died. This is Casie our tinest cat in the house. She stays mainly upstairs, not liking company or the dog. I have a little timer that I set for an hour, but I noticed that I forgot whiskers and her nose looked strange. So I need to add on another 5 minutes.
I'm going to try to get atleast 1 one hour sketch out a day before I start in on other paintings.
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Thursday, February 18, 2010

RIley Pup

9x12 Pastel on canson

I had a little time today to do a 1 hour sketch. I really should be doing them more often, but its been ignored lately. I'm glad I did because it, the sketch reminds of the its importance Getting the quick broad gestures down, cuts all the tiny mark making and really plays a big importance in understanding value. You have to block in your values and then layer. This is my pup Riley looking all innocent and stuff.
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