Sunday, November 30, 2014

Orchid in Brown Bowl

Orchid in Brown Bowl
6x6 oil on panel
I am back to still lifes in oil for a while.  I delivered this and quite a few others to Sullivan Framing in Bedford NH.  for the Holiday Open House. Opening Reception Saturday Dec. 6 from 1 to 4. 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Summer Afternoon

Summer Afternoon
6x8 pastel on Sennelier Pastel Card $175.00
I spend a lot of time at the Parker River Wildlife Reserve in Plum Island MA.  I occasionally paint there with a friend but also take many reference photos to get me through the long cold New England winters.
It is snowing now but I am in my cozy (small) studio and will begin a still life.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Salt Marsh Afternoon

Salt Marsh Afternoon
5x7 pastel on pastel card
Just a quick study to loosen up.  Sometimes I like these the best.

Sunday, November 23, 2014


9x12 soft pastel on pastel card by Sennelier
I did this at a workshop with Robert Carsten, a Master pastelist, hosted by the Currier Museum in Manchester NH. I have taken quite a few workshops with Robert and he is an amazing teacher. It was a wonderful day. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Maine Marsh

Maine Marsh (version 3)
9x12 soft pastel on art spectrum colorfix
This is the third version of my marsh scene painted in the Robert Carsten workshop and I like this one the best.  When I attend a workshop I want to try everything the presenter has to offer.  In his demo Robert first covered his paper with 7 layers of pastel, yes 7! At first the colors and values did not matter.  After about 5 layers he started smoothing them together and the last 2 layers were consistent with the scene. The image painted on top becomes muted and atmospheric.
I have been painting both in oils and pastels but not blogging or posting on facebook for a while. Hopefully I will catch up, review my goals for the year and think about goals for next year.