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"


Dorothy said...

Look how much you've done already! That's one of the fun things about working in pastel: Immediate gratification! I love what you are doing and am excited to see how you will express yourself in pastel.

Polly @ Pieces by Polly said...

Beautiful! The top and bottom ones are my favorites.

Shirleen Bland said...

Thank you, Dorothy! Your encouragement is very helpful!
Thank you, Polly! Glad you liked them.

Diane's Daily Doings -Life is always interesting said...

I love this picture. Yours of course look much better than Miss Amatuer here. You are awesome and soooo talented.

Shirleen Bland said...

Diane, thank you! You are amazing as well! Remember to only compare yourselves with you!