Thursday, August 25, 2011

Boothbay Magic


I'm posting this painting I did a while ago because I'm getting ready to go back to Boothbay Harbor and Monhegan Island with Vera Dickerson, a wonderful artist from Roanoke, and her group from The Studio School.  I've gone three years in a row, and still can't wait to return.  This view was from my first trip on our first day.  The next morning we took the ferry to Monhegan to begin painting there for two days.  Although the scenery never changes from year to year, there are so many astonishing sights that one never gets tired of it.  Today, I'm packing my pastels.  Maine awaits!!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Lake Jump

11 x 5-1/2" Pastel on Wallis Paper, 20 x 14" Framed
$150 + s/h (Framed)

We've had a whole lot of shakin' goin' on here in VA!  Yesterday, during our earthquake, some of my pastels rolled off my desk and smashed on the floor.  I didn't realize it until today when I went out to paint and stepped on one...
This is another in the series of "kid" paintings, possibly the last but one never knows.  For the next few months, I'm going to paint up a storm.  We are getting a puppy the end of October or early November, and I have a feeling that my painting sessions might be cut short.  Ah, but it's worth it...!!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Canine Art Critic

5 x 8" Pastel on Wallis Paper, 12 x 15" Framed
$150 + s/h (Framed)

A hot day at the Roanoke Sidewalk Art Show...I think this dog was deciding whether or not to buy the painting that was propped up.  He also was hinting that he wanted a large cold drink.  He probably had more luck with the drink than getting his "people" to buy him the painting...

Friday, August 19, 2011

Lake Snow


I'm thinking winter!  Summer's been nice, but I'm ready for brisk, cold days and snow (that doesn't have to be shoveled...) 

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Breakfast Conversation

11-1/2 x 15 Pastel on Wallis Paper, 20 x 24 Framed
$225 + s/h (Framed)

This was breakfast at the Island Inn on Monhegan Island.  The sun was pouring in through the windows of the dining room.  We were so lucky with the weather.  Our group was able to paint everyday, and the temperature couldn't have been better.  We are going again the beginning of September.  One can only hope that our luck continues :-)  If not, I will just have to paint the fog and rain.  That's OK, too!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Historic Beauty

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


I love old buildings, and this structure dated back to the late 1800's.  It was part of a Shaker community building that I believe was used as a central meeting place.  I chose to paint this view because the flowering bush in front of the window really set it off, but I might paint it again from the inside looking out through the leaded glass.  It always amazes me to see how the glass distorts the view and gives objects a surreal quality.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Two Friends on a Red Bench

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

I love the worn look these two gentlemen have, the leather jackets, and the great body language.  I used a lot of quick dabs and dashes.  It's rough, but it works on these subjects.  They were apparently waiting for the drug and alcohol abuse session to begin.  One of them was happy :-)

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Black Belt Academy

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

All sizes, all shapes, and everyone was paying considerable attention to the person leading the group.  The little girl in the front row seemed to be the most enthralled.  This was just an exercise for me.  I wanted to establish shapes, positions, etc.  I'm happy with this piece and will do a larger one at some point.  I must say, the people running this academy were extremely nice to let me observe.