Tag Archives: pastel painting

“Safe” in My Back Yard

Though they nibble on some of my favorite foods and flowers that grow in my back yard, I enjoy observing the two does who have visited for the past three years, sometimes with their boyfriend and sometimes with a fawn. When I came outdoors they would often leave my vegetable garden and scurry through my […]

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November Featured Artwork and Desktop Calendar: Winter Sunbath

Even though this painting is nominally from winter I always choose warm colors and a feeling of home and warmth for my November desktop calendar, and what is warmer than an orange and white kitty dozing on a sun-warmed windowsill? I also like to feature new artwork, and I painted this in September during the […]

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Clear Skies and Sunshine on a Bright Autumn Day

This painting was included in 2016: Sun Shadow Ice & Snow, Seasons on the Panhandle Trail. Autumn along the trail is overwhelming with all the colors in the mix of trees and brush in the woods and on the hills. I took this photo years ago and finally painted it. So rich in detail, sun […]

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The Colors of Autumn and Coming of Winter, “Autumn in the Valley”

Sloping hills blaze with autumn color at a rocky, rippled bend in Chartiers Creek, yet on the horizon deep gray-purple clouds hover; although the day was sunny I remember it being distinctly chilly with a sharpness to the breeze, especially on the water in a canoe, and winter is literally on the horizon. I took […]

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October Nature Desktop Calendar: Allegheny River Reflections

I had had another autumn painting chosen for my October calendar, but was secretly hoping I’d paint one of the autumn views I had planned for the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge, and I did. This is a view of the Allegheny River in Western Pennsylvania, seen from Tarentum. I took a quick walk […]

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#30paintingsin30days, Day 26: Allegheny River Reflections, Pastel

This is a view of the Allegheny River in Western Pennsylvania, seen from Tarentum. I took a quick walk through the park along the river on a beautiful autumn day and took as many photos as I could. The hill is very high and steep behind this row of trees and otherwise the hill comes […]

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#30paintingsin30days Day 24: Main Street September Morning

I love quiet little street scenes, and living in a small town they aren’t difficult to find7 There were people around aside from me—some of the shadows on the sidewalk are from cars—so it was just a momentary empty sidewalk. I remember paying more attention to the two flags slowly waving back and forth on […]

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#30paintingsin30days Day 17: Late Winter Sunbath

I’d always wanted to paint this photo of my orange boy, Allegro. I took the photo in 1993 or 1994, and it’s been on my mind all this time. I wanted not so much to paint a portrait of Allegro as I wanted to capture that moment that was so much Allegro in his quiet, […]

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#30paintingsin30days Day 13: Sunset Cruise

I took the reference photo for this in 2005. It’s been waiting 12 years to be painted. It was indeed a sunset cruise…down Chartiers Creek on a perfect July evening. Not only the delicate light on the nearly still water and the clear sky gradating up to deep blue, but the curve of the hills […]

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