Sunday, October 30, 2011

Meet My New Studio Pal, LuLa

The subject of this photo is the reason I haven't posted anything new on my blog.  Tallulah is our new Sproodle puppy (springer spaniel/poodle) and she is a delight...until bedtime.  Then all bets are off, although she has only been with us and away from her litter mates for two nights. She is a welcomed addition to our family and so much fun.  Can't wait to paint her!  If you want to see more Sproodles, go to Old Mill Doodles.  They are the best!  They breed  really healthy and adorable labradoodles, goldendoodles, and sproodles.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Halloween at the General Store


This painting was my ode to The General Store here at Smith Mountain Lake.  The owners have been so wonderful and supportive of my artwork.  If you want to see a wide selection of my work, that's the place to go!  They have originals, Giclee prints, regular prints, and cards.  If you can't make it to the store, they have a website that has a lot of my work,  The store has a great selection of quilting materials and gift ideas as well.

Friday, October 21, 2011

View from Bridgewater

This is Smith Mountain Lake at it's best!  I did this quite a while ago, but thought I would re-post it now.  I would like to do this one again.  This was done in the early summer.  Right now, the colors are wonderful and it would make a great new painting.  I'm adding it to my list :-)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

One Large Black Dog At Rest

7 x 7 Pastel on Wallis Paper, 16 x 16 Framed

This Newfoundland attracted a lot of attention, and I think the owner was pleased about that.  I'm getting more and more into practicing shading and skin tone and really enjoying it.  I feel as though I'm sculpting with the pastels, using the darks and lights to create bone structure and placing that dash of color is just the right place. 

Monday, October 10, 2011

Silver Sea

11 x 5-1/2 Pastel on Wallis Paper
20 x 14 Framed

This painting shows why I keep saying that it doesn't matter what the weather is like on Monhegan Island.  Each and every day is more breathtaking than the day before.  This was one of them.  The stormy sky with just a little sun trying to get through gave the ocean a sparkle that was incredible.  That is what I tried to capture here.  That sparkle...

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Day's End

16 x 20 Pastel on Colorfix Pastel Board

This was one of the most beautiful sunsets I've seen.  Capturing it was a challenge because nature gives us colors that are almost impossible to capture in mere paint.  Unfortunately, this image does not do the painting justice.  For some reason, the photo of the painting came out lighter than the actual painting.  The sky has many more colors and the water is not as light...but you can get the idea.  What I wanted to express in this painting was the stillness and peace one gets when observing the sky and water at dusk.  This might be one of my favorites!