Tuesday, April 20, 2010


Most of my recent paintings, including this one, are done on handmade panels. I use acid free mat board for a rigid surface. After coating one side with gesso to prevent curling, I apply 2-3 coats of Art Spectrum Pastel Primer to the front surface. This product comes in various colors, but I prefer white. This allows me to tint or under paint the background with the colors of my choice. I've been using watercolors to do this. For Triplets, after lightly blocking in the placement of the pears, I applied a watercolor wash in a warm peach tone over the entire surface.  Then I went in with my pastels to create the painting.
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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Diamonds on the Souls of Her Shoes

I had fun with this one! I just love the intense pink of my Converse Chucks and have painted them several times. Though I'm not really a diamond type of a person, I've always liked the idea of walking with 'diamonds on the soles of her shoes'...it's more of an attitude or frame of mind. I thought this painting was a perfect place to put diamonds on the 'souls' of my shoes. The metallic powder pigment doesn't sparkle in a digital scan. I'm hoping the close up photo shows the effect a bit better.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010


I thought I was finished with my friend Bruce's leaf images, but I wasn't. There's just something about all these rich natural golden browns, layered on top of each other that keep drawing me back in. They lend themselves beautifully to the shimmery metallic pigment.

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Saturday, April 3, 2010

The Conversation

To all those who attended my pastel demonstration at the Bangor Public Library today, here is the finished piece, The Conversation. Thank you for the lively conversation we shared this morning. Your thoughtful comments and questions excite me. I enjoyed talking art with you.
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