Category Archives: pastel

Celebrate Summer 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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The Inspiration of “A Bend in the Road”

June 1, 2014, 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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A Small Still Life, Small Roses

Just one little sliver of sunlight crept through the blind and that was all it took to illuminate these old roses in a tiny glass vase. I stood in my kitchen and sketched this as quickly as possible before the light changed. These are roses that I grow, an unbelievably bright pink pasture rose and […]

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Colorful Spring Sky, 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. The […]

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“Social Isolation,” in the Woods in the Time of Covid

It was 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. Turns out it was also good for our health in one more very important way—lots more open space […]

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A Rainy Violet Sunset on Main Street

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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Emerging Spring, Before the First Flowers

A damp, chill and overcast day may not seem to present any amount of inspiration, but those are the days when the spring woods look like this, the heightened intensity of color emerging from dense shadows and mist among the trees have hidden magic. A scene tucked away along my favorite trail, I’ve visualized this […]

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Still Life, Angled Sun, Fresh and Vintage

That deeply angled winter sunlight reaches farther into the windows than summer sunlight, into the corner with the fruit bowl. I remember studying the late afternoon sun hitting this vintage ceramic bowl where I kept my apples and enjoying the shapes of the apples, the reflections on the bowl with its uneven design in indigo […]

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Forest Bathing, the Misty Spring Woods

About Forest Bathing A view of the misty spring woods. I’ve always loved this ravine just off the Panhandle Trail for the angle of light that enters it, that deep “V” shape creating colorful highlights and rich shadows and always mossy logs with a little sparkle of water that meanders down the center. And in […]

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A Favorite Spring Scene, Pear Trees on Main Street

Walking down Main Street in mid-March I could see a few buds opening already on the pear trees lining the street. Now at the end of March they are in full, glorious bloom, and in this spring scene Main Street looks alive again. A familiar spring scene When the ornamental pears bloom, Main Street seems […]

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