Monday, May 12, 2014

Pink Rose

"Pink Rose"
8x10 Pastel Painting on Pastelmat

Daily Paintworks has weekly challenges and I decided to participate this week.  
I love florals and roses are one of my favorites to paint.   
Hope you enjoy it.
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Sunday, March 16, 2014

"Lamb and the Lion"
 The star of the painting is the lion from the San Diego Safari Park where I attend with my daughter and her two children.  He was in a posing mood so I got some great shots.  When I added the lazy river in the back is when I felt it was finally finished and helped support the peaceful feeling this painting portrays.  Soft Pastels on 16 x 20 mixed media board.

I have always loved florals, Gods creations are always astounding to me and the photo reference of this painting grabbed my attention and I wanted to experience painting of this beautiful peonie. (Photo reference from Paint My Photo)
Soft pastels on 8 x 10 Pastelmat.

While on an art tour last summer I had to stop and take a picture of this truck that was being restored. They had only added a couple of new chrome wheels in the back which I did not include,  but I enjoy painting old trucks and this one was fun.  I used pastel pencils for the truck to help get finer details and soft pastels for the florals and greenery.
5x7 on Pastelmat

My husband has these tiny scriptures that he reads from daily and I thought they would be a good subject for an art challenge.  I liked the "S" composition from the photo reference.
Soft pastels on 8 x10 Pastelmat.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

October and November Pastels

Ok so I am now spending lots of time at painting with pastels and continue to love the rich colors it can produce.  Let me know what you think of these new paintings.

"An Apple A Day"
5"x7" Pastel on Pastelmat
Photo reference from Don Berg on Paint my Photo

"Down by the River"
5" x 7" Pastels on Pastelmat
Photo Reference from Zac Ray on Paint My Photo

"Sharing my Plum"
5"x7" Pastel on Cardstock
Wanted to try more fruit in pastels and had this beautiful plum on hand.

"Orenco Station"
5"x 7" Pastel on Cardstock
Took this picture when I was visiting my daughter in Hillsboro and
just had to get a snapshot of the beautiful colors of Autumn.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Lil Punkins

Art is so enjoyable and pastels make it even more fun!  I am always looking for a great photo to work from and when I saw a photo on Paint my Photo by Teresa Houston I thought it would be a great Fall painting.

Here is my rendition.  

"Lil Punkins"
Pastel on Pastelmat 7 1/8 x 9.5

Monday, October 7, 2013

Lovely Lilacs

"Lovely Lilacs" 
Created this piece for my sweet Sister in Law.  She wanted Lilacs for her bedroom.
Watercolor on 140lb Fabriano 
abt 11 x 14

Sunday, October 6, 2013


A dear friend and a local pastel artist, Dorothy Jenson, taught me how to use pastels!  
I never thought the watercolor artist in me would ever succumb to pastels, but I have been LOVING it!
Here are a few of my paintings so far.

 "Dancing Trees"on Wallis Museum 3 x 5
This painting is from a photo I took on a hike during the summer at our family reunion near Mt. Hood.  

"Apple Harvest" Card Stock, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Painted from a photo reference from Paint My Photo submitted by Donna Klarenbach "Apples"

"Autumn Blues"
PastelMat 7 1/8 x 9 1/2 
Photo Reference from Paint My Photo by Rodney Campbell  "Lake Sixteen"

Friday, April 12, 2013

Paint My Photo

I so enjoy doing portraits and on Paint My Photo they had a challenge in March to paint one of the photographs from their website and I chose the Gondelier.  It was my first submission to their site.  They are very encouraging helping artists from all over the world.   You can paint from any of their photos from their website.  A wonderful place!

I used a photo from Paint My Photo by Ruth Archer

For this month, April, I chose to paint a floral from Paint My Photo Challenge.

I used a photo from Paint My Photo from Dave Smith