"Birthday Orchid"

"Birthday Orchid"
"Birthday Orchid"

Thursday, December 13, 2012

"The Woodlands"
This oil painting, a class project, is a study in creating a foundation
 to build foliage and scenic layers on.

"Sunshine in the Forests"
This is another class project, an oil painting on canvas.  The
objective was to create depth...the feeling of looking deep
 into the forest.  The fun part of the lesson was learning how
to create the shafts of sunlight peeking through the canopy of 
branches and foliage.

"Snowy Tree"
This small oil painting of a snow covered tree is 5 x 7.  It is painted
on a board covered with a coat of gesso.  This was painted using
only a palette knife, no brushes!  A whole new experience for me!

"Early Robin gets the Worm"
They say 'the early bird gets the worm'...surely the case with
this very attentive robin.  See how alert her stance...she is
ready to pounce!  This is my first bird attempt ever, and I must
say it was oh so very fun!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

This scene was done using dye ink stippled onto kromekote paper. 
The Native Americans are images by 100 Proof Press,
the deep valley is by Stampscapes, and the rock formations
and ledge areas are by Sutter Enterprises.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Here is a card I made for my Niece's graduation from college.  She adores lady bugs!  It is rubber stamped, and the background is done using alcohol inks.  The little wooden lady bug was the perfect touch!

This watercolor of a mom and baby duckling was done for a friend, as a keepsake dedicated in honor of a dear friend of hers who was dying of cardiac problems.  It was a privilege to be commissioned to do this art.

This pastels is from my photograph of the desert area on Margarita Island.  It was a gorgeous, warm and balmy day.  A vacation I will never forget!

My pastels classes are most satisfying!  We decided to work on portraits, both animal and human.  I decided to do a portrait of my Grandmum using a photo taken at a family reunion a few years before she died at age 100.  My first portrait ever, and it is not just too bad!
For the animal portrait, I could not resist doing our beloved Chewee, a Bichon-Maltese darling little three-year old.  He is just too cute!

Monday, March 26, 2012

My new journey into the medium of pastels continues to be fulfilling and very exciting!  I must say, using the new tool of a small piece of pastels is a little more unpredictable for me than a nice firm brush!  As I continue, I do feel more 'confident' and the application is starting to feel more 'familiar'.

"Ready for Boating"
This pastels scene is done using Kitty Wallis Sanded paper,
over an undercoat of pastels and turpenoid. 

"Old Farm"
These old buildings and fence posts are also done using Kitty Wallis
Sanded paper, over an undercoat of pastels and watercolor.

"Study of an Old Road"
This pastels scene was done on Canson MI-Teintes paper.
The trick was to get the perspective of the road going to
the top of the slope, and then 'dropping off' .....continuing on to who knows where? 
Let the mind wander and come to it's own conclusions!

Monday, March 19, 2012

ATCs are so much fun!  There are endless possibilities for these tiny pieces of art.  On one of my art groups we have an ATC swap every month, and for March the theme was "Tickled Pink".  Of course, when I think of 'pink' I think of ballerinas and pointe, frothy skirts, classical music and filmy ribbon!  The pinked edge of the pink fabric was the final touch!  Oh, I do so love ATCs...

Saturday, March 10, 2012

New Pastels Art

 Recently I 'discovered' pastels, and am oh so very excited (and addicted) to them.  I enrolled in a pastels class and am enjoying it so much.  This scene is done in pastels, using a photograph of Finnegan's Lake in Wisconsin.

This sweet teapot made a great subject for a still life.