Sunday, July 31, 2011

You Go First!

7 x 7 Pastel Painting on Wallis Paper, 16 x 16 Framed
$150 + s/h (Framed)

Summer heat!!  Another painting of the children who visited us. What fun to watch them, and even more fun to paint them.  I can't believe July is over, but I'm really ready for Fall and those wonderful colors and fresh crisp air.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Summer, The Cliffs (Smith Mountain Lake)


This is a painting I did a while ago, but it is one of my favorites.  There was a place on the lake where you could jump off the rocks into the water.  It was quite a drop, but everyone loved it; especially kids.  A developer bought the property and it is now closed to the public.  I painted this when there were rumors about the impending sale because I knew it would be a little part of Smith Mountain Lake history.  It will always be known as "The Cliffs" to most of us.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Digging to China

4.5 x 6.5" Pastel on Wallis Paper, 11.5 x 13.5" Framed
$100 + s/h (Framed)

This is a quick study of two children playing in the sand at Emerald Isle.  I find doing this type of painting a great exercise for future reference.  I only used a few pastel sticks and was really surprised that I was able to get as much information into the sketch as I did.  This leaves me with lots of insight into what another more finished painting would need.  It's funny though.  I've said this quite a lot, but I really like these spontaneous pieces!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Where's Our Car?

7x7" Pastel on Wallis Paper, 16x16" Framed
$150 + s/h (Framed)

It was the gesture that caught my eye.  This couple was having an issue with the car rental company at the airport.  I've been working on making small strokes work for me.  I'm trying to say what I have to say with what I consider a few major dabs and dashes.  Surprisingly, it's not easy to focus on fewer details.  This really was an exercise in moderation.  I will probably do it again, trying different techniques, but really like this one :-)

Monday, July 18, 2011

Boys and Their Toys

7x7" Pastel on Wallis Paper, 16 x 16" Framed
$150 + s/h (Framed)

I like to paint Jones Barn as often as I can.  It's days are probably numbered due to the land here at the Lake being sold off so frequently.  I was able to paint it into this scene as these two boys were waiting for "take off."  So far, it has been a really busy summer on the water, giving me lots of material for paintings.  A good thing!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Lake Couture

6 x 6 Pastel on Wallis Paper, 16 x 16 Framed
$150 + s/h (Framed)
What fun this was to do!  It actually changed midstream.  I was painting one of the children who was visiting, but as I worked the face it became an oddball woman :-)  I loved her, so expanded on it and left it as is.  It makes me smile and that's what it's all about...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Sailboats at Rest, Smith Mountain Lake

11-1/2 x 8-1/2 Pastel on Wallis Paper, 23-1/2 x 19-1/2 Framed
$200 + s/h (Framed)

This is a typical scene at Smith Mountain Lake.  I painted these boats at VISA, a sail club here at the Lake.  It was a hot, steamy day, and I might add buggy....but I was able to get a painting out of it with only a few bites!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Catching a Wave


I caught these two surfers just as they were going out.  Painting water and waves is probably one of my most favorite things to do.  I feel like I'm sculpting when I push the pastel around, and even though I'm in my studio, I feel the rush of the water and the spray.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Emily Airborne

6 x 6 Pastel on Wallis Paper, 16 x 16 Framed

Watch out below!  This is Emily about to take off from the dock.  Her one toe was just lifting off as I snapped the picture.  She's the cutest little girl with lots of energy and not afraid of the water at all.  She might be an Olympian one day, possibly without the water wings :-)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

A Perfect Place to Read

6 x 6 Pastel on Wallis Paper, 16 x 16 Framed
$150 + s/h (Framed)

Another painting from Emerald Isle.  I doubt if this woman would have been able to read so peacefully over the July 4th weekend.  We really lucked out with the timing of our trip there.  Cool breezes off the ocean, sun, salt air....AHHHH!