June, 2010

Two new pastels

Title:   Coast Sentinels


Size:  approx 10-1/2 X  13-1/2

I thought I’d make the work of getting pastels completed and ready for hanging on Thursday by including some process shots of the last one.   I think it’s been awhile since I’ve done this.   Anyway, as you can see, this is a scene of Eucalyptus trees on a cliff overlooking the pacific.   This is not an uncommon site in Southern California, believe me.  Once people started planting the Eucalyptus, they just couldn’t stop.  Like the also prevalent Palm Tree, the Eucalyptus is not native to the area, but you would never know it.  I think they actually fit the landscape here even better than the Palms, but that’s just my opinion.

Title:  Texas Spring


Size:  9 X 12

Just as the hills around Southern California are blanketed with carpets of poppies and Purple Lupine in the spring, so Texas is blessed with meadows of Blue Bonnets.

I may not get all the new pastels up on Thursday (I have plenty framed and ready from the Spring Art Show!), but if not, I will go in and exchange them when they are done.  I’m trying hard to meet the deadline of mid-day on Thursday, but I’d rather be happy with the paintings than put them up before they are ready.  I’ll be in this location for two months, so …who knows?   I may even exchange some more.

Please enjoy and remember that comments are always welcome.

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Yellow Meadow-new version

I’m still not sure I’m completely happy with this one, but I’m moving on for now.   Let me know if you like the changes.  I don’t often solicit specific comments, but thought I’d give it a try.  I’m still not completely satisfied with the lightest yellow in the fields.  So, this means I need to put it aside for a day or two and look at it later with fresh eyes.  I’m not sure you can tell, but I added a lot of color to the version I thought was done yesterday, even in the sky.  I think this is more interesting and has better perspective.  Anyway, all comments are more than welcome!!

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Pastel – Yellow Meadow

Another pastel painting for my upcoming “Art Around Town” next week

Size is approx 9 X 12

I still have two larger paintings I want to complete before July 1st, so I think I’m going to be pretty busy this weekend  (Hee hee…painting, not housework or gardening).  As usual comments are always welcome.

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New Pastel Landscape

June Mountains

9-1/2 X 12 X 1/2


I’ve kept myself busy the last couple of months making a quilt for my granddaughter’s first birthday, greeting my son & his friend Blair at the conclusion of the AIDS Life Cycle 7 day ride from SF to LA, entertaining said very active grandchild and generally goofing off.  (It’s summer, isn’t it?)

But now it’s time to get serious and make new art…..as if I needed a reason!    I’ll be displaying 7 paintings (probably all or mostly pastels…sometimes a watercolor creeps in there when I’m not looking)at the Gateway Commercial Bank as part of the Lakewood Artists Guild’s “Art About Town” on-going event.  A couple of months ago, I was in a chiropractor’s office in Los Alamitos.  The bank location is just a little bit closer at 4146 Woodruff Ave., Lakewood……for those who may choose to stop by.

This first painting is, of course, celebrating our gorgeous California Poppies as they spread their wonderful spring color along our mountain slopes.  Please enjoy!

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