Tag Archives: pastel painting

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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Evening Lights, Acrylic Painting

Those clear spring evenings in April are touchingly beautiful with the turquoise glow in the sky for the longest time after the sun has set. The velvety blackness of the creek and its banks reflects the lights on the street and on the buildings, illuminating the fronts and sides of the buildings. I took several […]

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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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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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Spring Cleaning, a Little Magic and Memories

I regularly passed the backyard of an old farmhouse near me and was drawn at first by the forsythia, which was right on the edge of the road as I drove past, then as I slowed down I saw the colorful hanging laundry, always a favorite subject. That hazy spring sunlight with long shadows on […]

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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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