Capitol or Capital??

I’m at the Capitol (building) …

in our capital city (Charleston)

frequently these days…

so I decided to paint it…

twice!

I probably should have painted the Kanawha River view…

 with a reflection…

I’ll do that next time!

Thanks for following along,

Linda

 

 

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I’m in love with pastels!

So I did this pastel piece a couple of years ago…

And shared the story here.

Like many artists,

I enjoy trying different forms of media…

and I wrote about that in my little art bio last year, but..

I’ve been primarily focused on watercolor for a while,

and I even made the Kanawha Metro.

However,

after recently completing several commissioned pieces in pastel, and

studying with some pastel artists online…

Sorry watercolor, I’m now in love with pastels!

I’m super excited to be participating (for the first time) in

Art in the Park

this coming May!

I’ll have my original pastels, prints, and framed prints (ready for your wall).

I won’t be taking commissions for the next several months,

so I can focus on the show.

Thanks for following along,

Linda

 

 

 

My 2018 Calendar is FINISHED!!

I’ve kept this year’s calendar paintings secret,

only showing you two:

Marshall’s new engineering complex

and our state capitol building.

But now that I’m finished,

I’m ready to show you all of them!

For all the details of what they look like

and how to get one (or two) go to my 2018 Calendar Page!

 

From Start to Finish

Some people love before, during, and after photos.

I’m one of those people.

But that’s a big tease for this blog post

because

I pretty much forgot to take pictures,

but I do have a few!Client photo…

I know, absolutely adorable.

But take note.

Look at the all the obvious light and shadows…

a perfect photo to paint.

My little studio

You don’t see my new 120 piece Sennelier Pastel Set…

that I LOVE…

because the drawing begins with a pastel pencil…

and, yes, this is a large painting, 18″ x 24″

For some paintings,

I grid my photo and my paper to assist me with the drawing.

Now, I’m ready to start applying color.

I started with some dark shades, and

then I completely forgot about my camera.
Thanks for following along,

Linda

 

I just LOVE a challenge!

When asked recently to paint a child’s portrait,

I decided I would use pastels.

I had used them for this painting of our neighbors’ dog, Tasha…

here’s that story

But I felt the need to upgrade my materials;

so I ordered professional grade soft pastels,

and high quality pastel paper in a variety of colors!

(You may remember my recent blog post

regarding my affinity for art supplies😉

Once I got my new supplies

I was ready to tackle this challenge…

and I LOVED it!

Thanks for following along,

Linda

 

Plein Air?

Plein Air is a French term

which means painting “in open air”.

and more precisely, it means painting outside

while you’re looking at your subject.

I have followed many artists who just LOVE plein air painting,

but I’ve always painted from photos

in the safe, controlled environment of my art studio

(first that was my kitchen table and now it’s a repurposed extra bedroom:)

But with some nudges from other people,

I lugged my cumbersome easel

and all the necessary supplies out on location and tried it, and…

I loved it!

Ok, well, I don’t love the bug bite I got on Tuesday

that inflamed half my leg for the next 3 days,

or the unrelenting sun that chased me inside.

But I LOVE looking at my subjects in real life

(so to speak, as I’m usually painting buildings).

I love watching the shadows change,

I love being outside (with exceptions, as noted),

I love visiting with people passing by,

And I love my new easel!

Yes, I had to buy a plein air easel with watercolor palette…

I’m all about getting the right art supplies…

I may have an 18 year old van with automatic doors

that are no longer automatic,

but I’ve got some darn good art supplies.

I’ve been painting every day this week…

First my house and then my neighbor’s house… (see above).

Thanks for following along,

Linda