Category Archives: pastel

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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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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September Featured Artwork and Desktop Calendar: Kelly in Warm Colors

This sketch is a sweet memory, still one of my favorites, and one through which I still feel a deep bond with Kelly. The sketch is from April 17, 2012, and the light is coming around to that angle now as the daylight approaches the same position a few weeks before the autumnal equinox as […]

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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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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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Warm Spots on the Coldest Days, Late 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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February 2020 Personal Creative Challenge, Day 18: Curious Fawn

I’m back to a painting for this day of my creative challenge. For this painting I once again used self-prepared smooth deep charcoal matboard coated with my favorite transparent pastel ground, Golden Acrylic Ground for Pastels, so that I would start with a dark background. I painted it without any guidelines, just hitting the surface […]

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February 2020 Personal Creative Challenge, Day 9: Update on Amy’s Portrait

I’m counting all creative things I do into my creative challenge, especially artwork. Time spent on a portrait works into that. I began this portrait last summer but picked it up again after my hip surgery last fall. I had a chance to meet with the customer last month and posted the first draft then. […]

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