Category Archives: pastel

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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A Quiet Snowfall

We didn’t get any snow from this latest snowstorm, and I’m disappointed. I love the subtleties of color and shape with snow in the air and on the ground, and on the trail I am often all alone with the quiet of a winter day, or a quiet snowfall. About this painting The photo is […]

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Nature & Wildlife Framed Original Artwork 50% Off

Spring cleaning? Redecorate a little with framed original artwork 50% off including landscapes, florals, still lifes, wildlife and street scenes As I make plans for this year’s new artwork I begin by assessing what I’ve done. And as I say each year when I have a sale on my original artwork, I don’t just paint […]

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Jays are Jammin’ the Blues

When a bunch of blue jays get together, you know it. This one particular section of the mulberry tree in my backyard is a favorite place for jam sessions. I saw this group in the bare branches, noising it out like a random atonal brass quintet, and went to get my pastels and paper to […]

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Morning Snow 1 and 2, a Backyard View

These two pastel are each 8″ x 8″, each of them views from my windows of early morning snow, just after sunrise when there’s a lot of color in the light. The very snowy winter of 1993 provided an abundance of photos—on film, remember—and these two scenes were memorable for their colors and patterns. I […]

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Winter, Fading Into Sunset

Winter is represented by the frozen hillsides of a farm drifted with snow and reflecting the colors of a winter sunset. The quiet, stillness and subtle color, the snow drifted up against the fencelines in the distance and caught on the clumps of flattened grasses and brush in the fields, the flat sky reflecting the […]

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Sparkling Gems in January

The reference photo for this painting was taken on a bright January day with lots of snow cover, and waited about five years to be painted. The mallards were floating on Chartiers Creek where it flows under Main Street on my walk to the bank and post office. The water is shallow there, and with […]

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