Tag Archives: pastel

Lilacs and Laundry in My Back Yard

It’s warm and sunny enough to hang out the laundry once again, and the lilacs I had to cut back after trees fell on them have grown and will bloom again this year. My yard is beginning to feel complete again! This painting always reminds me of those first spring mornings when it’s warm and […]

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Art in Place

One of the things I did today was to photograph urns and the business itself at Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation. The owner and I have become friends over the years, and we are also each others’ customers—I handle her website and public relations, and she is the person who receives my cats for cremation. She […]

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Original Painting Sold: Summer Sunset, Robinson Run

I’m thrilled that this painting is now in a home that will love it as much as I do. This family had purchased another original as well as a couple of portraits from me—and adopted one of my rescued cats, so we have a friendship as well. We also share a love of trails and […]

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Cool Off in a Summer Sunset

Imagine a summer afternoon so hot you had to soak yourself in the shallow stream in the woods to cool down after your day on the trail, cool water flowing around you, holding your place in the current, and watching the sun drop toward the horizon through the trees. What a great way to spend […]

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Promises to Keep

The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep. Excerpt from Robert Frost, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” from The Poetry of Robert Frost, edited by Edward Connery Lathem. Copyright 1923, © 1969 by Henry […]

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Dreaming of an April Afternoon, April Cloud Study

Once the weather turns warm and sunny the world begins coloring up nicely, and so it did one April afternoon. I decided to take some time to paint the clouds, literally and figuratively, standing out in my back yard with my pastel for about ten minutes—and by that time the skies were completely different. This […]

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A Great Rescue and a Commissioned Portrait: Bandit Stole His Daddy’s Heart ~ The Creative Cat

SOMETIMES WE DON’T realize until years later that a series of odd circumstances has an intention beyond our control; often this involves the entry of one of our most cherished animal companions into the sphere of our life, and our entry into theirs. Bandit was one of the rescued cats featured in Great Rescues Day […]

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Warm Spots on the Coldest Days, Winter Sunbath

I’d always wanted to paint this photo of my orange boy, Allegro. I took the photo in 1993 or 1994 and painted it in 2017, and it was on my mind all that time. I wanted not so much to paint a portrait of Allegro as I wanted to capture that moment that was so […]

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A Warm September Morning on Main Street

There wasn’t a cloud in the sky, a little hazy from a morning mist, and though it was mid-September it was warm and humid. On the way to the grocery store that Sunday morning on my bike I was out early because the day would be hot, but at that time it was just sweet, […]

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Daily Sketch Reprise: Studio Morning Shift, 2017 ~ The Creative Cat

Mimi, Mewsette and Mr. Sunshine were totally enchanting getting organized in the best cuddle pile on my drafting table by the window and the light was wonderful. I kept visualizing the three black shapes and tried to ignore them and stop visualizing a sketch. Good luck with that. I told myself that if they lined […]

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