Monthly Archives: February 2010

The midpoint has been reached #50


48,49,50………………………………………………half way and it is still an interesting journey.
On # 49 and 50 I got out the Pan Pastels. 49 has the pink hint of field flowers and is done on a pale yellow Colourfix paper. I used a couple of different applicators with the Pans and didn’t get beyond the underpainting on this paper. The Pans didn’t seem to like to stay on the paper very well. It was slightly better with the Wallis paper because, I am certain, the sanded finish. You don’t seen to get a great cover with these, even as brilliant as they seem. I didn’t do anything beyond the base underpainting on either because of that. The golden fields with purplish sky was the one on Wallis. I think I will try some with a wet technique and see how that works with them on sanded paper. Steve Hill did his demo at the NPS meeting with them – underpainting, again for the most part on LaCarte paper. Haven’t tried that. I am hoping I find something better with them as I like the visual appearance of the landscape set as you see it in their containers…but I need to get that value on my paper and so far haven’t gotten that. Neither of these would have looked like they do without painting over them with some Schmincke sticks.
This is a project to learn by and I will try them again.
This weekend I am going to Pendleton to do a workshop for pastel students. Looking forward to that two day commitment. I am always energized to work with students; I teach but I learn and its most rewarding to have someone let you know that they learned something from your efforts! So for a couple of days…
happy painting…


more hills and trees and skies


Little pictures of the hillside number 48. Will take a bit of a break from the series to work on some work for the Willow show that hangs the end of March and for the NWPS show that I need to get my entries in VERY SOON.
Hay bales is a new miniature for the NWPS show. I have done other hay bale ones in miniature and I am liking them better as I do them. These are 4×6- or will fit in a 4×6 frame, so they are little drawings!
I am reminded of a post from Diana – she says she wants to live in my Series of 100. That’s a huge compliment to know someone would like to live in place you are painting. I need to also post her last comments to the blog site, which I have neglected to do.
New work schedule…no more retail banking! I will do mortgages again and paint more. I really am jumping up and down about this! Took me a long time to make the decision, but I did and it is good!
Next, I am going to try some Pan Pastels on Wallis paper. If that goes well, may try some on the Art Sprectrum Colorfix paper. Someone asked who makes the Pan Pastels…I am not certain, but they are called Pan Pastels and there is a website which I think is panpastels.com…I have them linked to Facebook and see demos frequently – very nice one. They really look like eye shadow – they come in a screw top plastic container and are solid appearing – like eye shadows – and a series of these containers all screw together (I have the landscape set) so you have a stack of what appears to be a tall tube. You use an applicator – like a make-up sponge to apply the pigment to the paper. More later on this subject….and
happy painting


45 and 46 in the series


The most recent in the series. Now that I am closing in on 50 images, I am thinking I really will be able to get to 100! I have moments of doubting, sometimes!
Spent the weekend in Seattle; visited Daniel Smith Art Supply. It is truly a candy store for artists and staff is very willing to assist and share experiences with a variety of products. Great place.
The main focus of the Seattle trip was to go to the Northwest Pastel Society meeting and demo of Steve Hill’s using Pan Pastels. I have always been happy with my membership in the NWPS with an informative and updated website, their use of digital images for their show entries, the great venues they have had for member’s shows and when they host an International Show. So this year there was some lack of participants for new board members and I decided to take that step and say that I would commit to the first Vice President’s job. And as of the meeting today, all seats are filled and it seems to be an energetic group to work with.
Steve Hill did a demo using Pan Pastels – mostly as his underpainting. He used a LaCarte paper (sanded) and they seemed to work well for him. I had not tried them on a sanded paper yet, so will do that. I can see a group of my Series of 100 being done with the Pans on Wallis and Art Spectrum paper! So give them a try…and happy painting…


little paintings…


Number 43 and 44 emerged; 45 and 46 nearly ready. It’s almost like hatching chickens as two or three or four of these get completed and taped up on the wall…all hanging there waiting…which ones will go to the Willow Show; which ones will go to Miles City to Cafe Utza; which ones will never get a mat and frame…The fun of doing these is to see how the colors play; to see what you can visually get away with and still be pleasing to the eye.
I am going to Seattle in the morning to attend the NWPS meeting and election on Sunday. My hope is to go to the Pike Street Market tomorrow, do a little shopping, have dinner maybe at the Crab Pot. Taking my dee-o -gees along. They know something is in the air; my bag is out; so are their sweaters…they seem to know they will be included (they almost always are) and that they are special buddies. They don’t know they are dogs…they are dee-o-gees!
I finished the large piece I was working on; am satisfied with it.
Next weekend is the workshop at the Pendleton Center for the Arts that I am scheduled to do…
I found another interesting web site…Illustration Friday…artists can submit work to represent a word of the week on the site. Some great stuff on it.
As part of the NWPS meeting on Sunday, someone will be demonstrating Pan Pastels. I am excited to see how they use them and their results! More on that later. So with that all said…..the weekend is upon us; enjoy it and most of all…keep painting…


Ok, this is piece is about 20×20 inches. Has a great deal of the small imagery in it. It proved pretty easy to convert my small works technique to the much larger one. I purposefully made the painting pretty loose and we’ll see how I feel about it in a couple of days…it might be a piece to go or be entered into some shows. I beef up my foreground tho. Haven’t decided…
enjoy…
happy painting…

More Chalk Dust and something new…


I don’t do flowers often, but yesterday I decided to give it a shot. I have a favorite ceramic piece, a light ochre glaze with the red moon on it.. So I decided to incorporate it into a still life with some flowers that one of Kate’s friends gave her for Valentine’s Day. So if you are tired of looking at 40 some little fields…here’s something different. I used Wallis paper, mostly Richeson pastels with some Sennelier and a few Schmincke. One thing I have learned is that you can’t rely on just one brand of pastel; you need to have a variety, just because not all colors are the same for each company. Now I am sure if you have a 1200 piece set of one company, you might be just fine! Broke is what I would be! Have you ever heard of Roche pastels?? Supposed to be the absolute best ever…best ever priced at somewhere near $20 a stick…but I have heard they are remarkable…I just want to get my hands on a couple of them 🙂
I then went on to do a larger 20×30 inches, piece of a landscape and employed some of my findings with doing the mini’s. It’s almost completed and will post it probably tomorrow…so far so good and if it continues to behave, it may be a piece that I use for competitions. I’ve probably hexed it, now that I verbalized that statement…but who’s superstitious!! ;-D. So with that, I will say ciao! happy painting…


Chalk Dust


One thing for sure, I create a lot of dust. That’s why I like to work plein air. No one has to follow you around with a vacuum or a dust mop.

So the Series of 100 is up to 42 now…I have just taped these to a wall in the garage; now I need more wall – or a ladder. I’ll get the ladder! The photo of the “wall” is only a portion of what’s painted thus far. And so, I am heading out to paint this morning…hoping to have something of note later today or tomorrow.
happy painting…


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