Category Archives: pastel

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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Honorable Mention in North Hills Art Center Exhibit “Where Love Dwells”

Ironically, I wasn’t going to enter this painting, but a friend presumed I would enter “Studio Morning Shift” and I reconsidered. It was honored with an Honorable Mention in the Winter show at the North Hills Art Center. Looks like home to me! Where Love Dwells benefits Hello Neighbor, a Pittsburgh nonprofit “committed to supporting […]

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Another Painting and Essay Published in “Woods Reader”

In 2018 I submitted for publication a few of my paintings and their stories to nature-themed magazines and websites. Woods Reader responded with interest and in 2019 they published “The Rope Swing”. When I sent my submission to them I had sent one painting and essay, and later as we discussed other possible stories I […]

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Dusk in the Woods

I took the reference photos for this painting on January 30, 2005, so it’s an anniversary of sorts. It’s a painting of the woods in snow, but in addition to how I love snow and to be in the woods, it’s also deeply connected to several other things in my life in a special way. […]

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Commissioned Portrait: Brothers, Paladin and Percy, and Consider Giving a Portrait Certificate

To really be true to the two together, we had to use the entire photo, from their butts to their toes. Also, consider giving a certificate for a commissioned portrait as a gift for the holidays. Read more on The Creative Cat: Commissioned Portrait: Brothers, Paladin and Percy, and Consider Giving a Portrait Certificate

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Featured Artwork and December Desktop Calendar: Black Cats Dreaming in Color

The way the frilly colorful lines worked out in this sketch always reminded me of both confetti and some Christmas wrapping paper we had when I was little and looks so festive. And likely the three brothers are dreaming of the wonderful things that will fill the house for them when they awaken. Download your […]

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Keep Cool in “The Swimming Hole”

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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A Cool and Leafy Spot at “A Bend in the Road”

In early June, on a lovely sunny day just about noon, I was leaving a morning event and on errands traveling the back roads just for fun, knowing this narrow back road had some wonderful spots. Here is one of them, “A Bend in the Road”. We never know what’s around that bend in the […]

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Commissioned Portrait: Sky

Sky was a Blue Merle Australian Sheep Dog and this portrait was a Christmas gift for my client’s father. Sky was a happy, social dog, accepting everyone into his circle of favorite people. His personality made Sky the center of his companion’s universe; as my client put it, “If my mother, my sister, Sky and […]

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New Painting, “Social Isolation”

It’s a phrase of the times, but it’s kind of how I always felt when I walked in the woods, and I always enjoyed that time alone with the trees and the shadows and the sun. Two years later, I finally had the chance to return to the woods in spring, after my hip replacement, […]

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