Category: Landscapes

Two Pastels

This is an 11″ X 14″ pastel painting titled Lone Pine that I am happy to report received a first place ribbon in the Other Media category in the Lakewood Artist Guild’s Spring Art Show on April 21st.  I also received a third place ribbon in the same category as shown further down.

Yep, it’s a blue ribbon!

This is a 4″ X 9″pastel painting floating in a 7-1/2″ X 10″ space  titled Golden Meadow and was the one that got the third place ribbon at the show in the Other Medium category.   I was totally surprised (and pleased, of course) with the judge’s decision!

I’m happy to be back painting again.  This is the longest break I’ve taken in a very long time, although I have been sketching occasionally during that time.   Hopefully, I haven’t lost too many visitors in the past 3 or 4 months, but I’m determined to work daily and share my art adventure with you all.  The show was a wonderful return to public viewing!

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100 Pastels Nos. 66 & 67

I just realized that I haven’t been working on the 100 Pastel Challenge lately.   So, here is #66 & 67.   I think I’d better get going to finish in 2012.  What do you think?

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Midwest Farm

This is the smallest landscape that I’ve completed in pastel (5.5 X8.5),  but the size didn’t stop it from being voted First Place in Lakewood Artist Guild’s September meeting last night.  Although I have received ribbons from paintings that I entered in our Spring and Fall shows with professional judges, there was something really great getting the votes from my fellow guild members!

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Golden Fields in Pastel

Seems like we should be thinking of fall (my favorite season) about now even though we’re in the 90′s in SoCal.  This painting was completed on an 11 X 14 Strathmore Bristol Vellum using primarily Terry Ludwig, and Unisons.  I love the deep color of these products and their softness.  Not so good for small details, but great for landscapes.  Enjoy!


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East Oregon Autumn


I’ve been trying to work looser and had to stop myself from adding any more details.  I had some photos from years back that I combined and added a creek.  Hope you enjoy.

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100 Pastel Challenge-Nos. 62-65

Well, I’ve been working on completing this challenge, but haven’t posted the result for awhile.  Above are the most recent.

For newbies, this was a challenge to complete 100 versions of the same pastel.  You had to choose the size and a time limit (I chose 5 X 7 and 30 minutes) the idea being that this would force you to use colors that you wouldn’t normally choose.  And it has really worked for me.  I wasn’t aware how much I was reaching for the same colors when I painted a landscape.  But, I have to admit, I’m looking forward to finishing soon!


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100 Pastels Challenge #61

We’ve been visiting family in the SF bay area and I just had to jump in and get something done.  The is the 61st painting in the challenge.  I was going to just post groups of 4 in the future, but couldn’t resist posting this.

We had a great time in Marin (I didn’t tell everyone that we brought the sunny days up there with us!)  Actually, we had a little rain on Saturday, but the barbecue on Sunday was in a wonderful sunny day and the three birthday cakes (this was a family celebration), were perfect.


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Our guild’s Spring Show was yesterday and I’m thrilled to have won two ribbons

Our guild’s Spring Show was yesterday and I’m thrilled to report that I got two ribbons: one was third place for Kansas Farm and an honorable mention for Marshland.  I had entered three pastel paintings as shown below.  Yeah!

Marshland is very proud of her ribbon!

as is Kansas Farm

and the runner-up was Farm in the Valley!

Yes, I was very, very pleased!

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Marshland in Pastel

This was done on a heavy watercolor paper, first roughing in the background colors, then going over this with brush and water.  This is a process used by many pastelists to put in the background without filling the texture of the paper, thus allowing several layers of pastel as needed.  Once pastel has filled the texture, the color just slides off as you try to add more.  You have a couple of options when that happens, such as spraying with fixitive  which allows a little more pastel to be applied, or you can taka a stiff brush and remove portions of the painting to be changes.

I had picked up an off-brand of watercolor paper to work on and discovered during the process that the paper was a little too textured.  I’ll be keeping the pad for future watercolors, but using  this particular paper for pastels was especially difficult.

I have the process steps below.  The painting is 7-1/2 X  11-1/2 using primarily Unison pastels. Enjoy!

Here is the painting before completing the blending with water.  The sloping horizon line is due to a sloppy photo edit.

Background is now blended.

Here is the beginning of adding the marsh grasses, next is reflections in the water and completing the sky and cloud colors.


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100 Pastel milestone-60 done

Ok, that’s numbers 57, 58, 59 and 60.

So, I’ll probably go back to watercolor for awhile.   …..wait a minute….I already said that didn’t I? I think I mean it this time.

I hope you are all enjoying my struggle to make each one different.  Only 40 more to go!!



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