Category Archives: pastel

Featured Artwork and September Desktop Calendar: Stanley With Apple

I remembered this sketch of Stanley, not only with an apple, the universal symbol for “school”, but the background looks like one of those green chalkboards with chalk dust all over it! It’s time for Back to School! Register for an account on Portraits of Animals and get a free matted print of “Stanley With […]

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September Nature Desktop Calendar: September Morning, Carnegie Park

Morning mist illuminated by the rising sun, long shadows across the dry ground with dewy grass, and just a touch of turning color in the leaves on the trees—after a long, hot summer the cool nights of autumn have arrived. This painting is tiny, just a quick 6 x 6 sketch, layering a base of […]

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Sold Original: Emerging Spring

Emerging Spring was the featured artwork for this year’s Seasons on the Panhandle Trail exhibit. I had the feeling I would sell this original painting around Rock the Quarry this year, but I never take it for granted. There are a few people who have purchased different genres of my original art over the years, […]

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August Nature Desktop Calendar: Atlantic Sunrise

I’m going all the way back to the beginnings of my landscape/waterscape painting for this month’s featured artwork and desktop calendar, and this painting is one of the very first.  My cats inspired me to draw them in the late 80s and my first actual painting of one was in 1988. After my first trip […]

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Accepted Into an Exhibit, “How Small Beneath the Sky”

I entered this painting into two back-to-back exhibits through the 2021 Westmoreland Art Nationals: the Westmoreland County Community College Exhibit and the Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival. I was pleased that this painting was accepted into the Westmoreland County Community College Exhibit, which opened in May and just closed at the end of June. I […]

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July Nature Desktop Calendar: Geraniums and Parsley

An artist in one of the groups I post in said she could feel the “absolute joy” in this painting. Yes, the exuberance of nature on a beautiful summer day, and my joy at even just a little bit of life and color to be inspired by in the year I didn’t have a garden. […]

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Commissioned Father’s Day Portrait: Keith, Seuss and Munchkin

This portrait was a total Father’s Day surprise for Keith from his wife and children, and it was so much fun to put together. 25% discount on portraits lasts until June 30, 2021 I can’t get a portrait done by then, but you can still purchase a portrait before the end of the month and […]

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June Nature Desktop Calendar: The Perfect Place

Just one little careful study of sun on the bench and flowers, from anothers’ garden. My own garden bench should be so well landscaped. I loved this scene and the way I managed to capture it with the coarse board I had prepared, but in the years since then I have found this little painting […]

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The Artist’s Life: Accepted Into an Exhibit, “Bath, Interrupted”

I entered this painting into two back-to-back exhibits through the 2021 Westmoreland Art Nationals, the Westmoreland County Community College Exhibit and the Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival, and it was accepted into both! Mariposa didn’t win any of the regular show awards, but she is still in the running for the People’s Choice Award, determined […]

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April Nature Desktop Calendar: Emerging Spring

A scene tucked away along my favorite trail, I’ve visualized this spring painting for probably all the 20 years I’ve been walking this trail. Carefully tiptoeing through the brush at the edge of the opposite bank I leaned out, holding on to a sapling for balance, to see the suddenly brilliant mosses contrasting with the […]

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