Tag Archives: pastel painting

Running Through the Woods, a Day I Love to Remember

This painting was included in 2016: Sun Shadow Ice & Snow, Seasons on the Panhandle Trail. It’s another one I’d been wanting to paint, a day in the woods and on the trail with my great-niece Cassidy and great-nephew Kyler from 2011, from the same visit where I got the reference photos for “The Swimming […]

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August Nature Desktop Calendar: Evening Wildflowers

On a sweltering, sticky August evening I discovered an incredibly beautiful patch of native wildflowers intentionally seeded at Scott Conservancy Kane Woods. I forgot about sweaty hands and the pulse of the sun directly in my face because it was also touching each and every flower on that hillside, filling leaves and petals with brilliance. […]

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A Very Special Commissioned Portrait, and a Review from the Recipient

I painted a very special portrait recently, special because it was commissioned as a gift for a friend’s significant birthday, a friend who I know as well, and because it was to include all the cats with whom she had shared her life to date AND include the red maple outside the window seen in […]

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The Sense of a Summer Field

It’s not about the trees and grass and sky, it’s not about what you can see, it’s about what you can’t see–the hush of a hilltop field on a summer afternoon, the whisper of a breeze as it cools your sun-warmed skin, rustles through the tall grass which ripples like waves, one bird whistling, the […]

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A Great Rescue and Commissioned Portrait: I’ll Be Seeing You

CAN THE SUBJECT of a painting communicate through his image? One of the dearest stories from any of my portraits is the one of Cooper, a “first cat” who turned his people into rescuers but who left far too young though he was never far from the memories of his people and the other rescued […]

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Dusk After the Storm, Canoeing on a Local Creek

A storm overtook us as we paddled canoes and kayaks down Chartiers Creek one July evening. We took out and watched it from among trees on the bank as the world turned black then fogged with rain, lightning struck just over the hills around us and the creek ran faster and faster and rose foot […]

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Facades, North Side Pittsburgh

This row of ancient buildings has been looking over the city of Pittsburgh for well over 100 years, and each owner through time has had their way with each facade. On a bright sunny summer day they stood unapologetic for crumbling insul-brick siding, replacement windows that didn’t fit the original opening, and grass growing where […]

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Keeping Cool on a Hot Summer Afternoon

On a hot summer afternoon out on the trail, there is nothing more refreshing to me than wading into the deeper area of a stream and cooling off. This painting was actually visualized during one of the visits with my great nieces and nephews and I knew I’d have to paint it, but it came […]

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Choosing Art to Submit to a Group Show

The deadline is tonight at midnight to electronically submit to an international exhibit and it’s always so hard to narrow down choices. In this case the maximum to submit is three, but I’ve still got more than that on my list and only hours to go. I am not a member of the Pastel Society […]

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Something About a Rainy Night

I love rainy dark streets with reflections on the wet pavement, and streetlights shining up the faces of buildings. This one, however, was all about that tall violet sky making the buildings and hills beyond look small, the clouds breaking apart after the sun had set, leaving a red glow in the clouds on the […]

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