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!
Some people love before, during, and after photos.
I’m one of those people.
But that’s a big tease for this blog post
I pretty much forgot to take pictures,
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.
I started with some dark shades, and
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,
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,
Have decided to challenge myself: Paint EVERY day. And honestly, it's not going to be easy this summer, because I've also decided to have a big garden, sew my clothing again, I'm scheduled for jury duty and I joined the Rec Center at MU, plus we've got a vacation planned in June. And, of course, like everyone else, I have a million other little things going on. Sooo why now? I'm reading Outliers, a book by Malcolm Gladwell, about why people are successful. And I was reminded of something that I knew: If I want my watercolors to be better, I have to paint A LOT! So here's #1~ My House
I attended the Women’s March in Charleston.
I loved it.
Shortly afterward, I painted this watercolor…
The original’s 12″ x 16″.
I now have prints for sale.
ALL proceeds will be donated to an organization for which I volunteer, Wof-PAC,
whose sole purpose is campaign finance reform OR
to progressive candidates for political office,
in other words, candidates who pledge to NOT take $$ from multi-national corporations, SuperPacs, or special interests groups.
If you’re interested in purchasing a print check out this page: