Blessed in the City of Brotherly Love

A Billy Joel concert with the fam was an early birthday present! The show fabulous! The scenery gorgeous (and crazy clean for the Democratic Nation Convention)!

I am really enjoying being closer to family. Can’t explain what it is like, seeing these people once a year on a good year for the past 28 years and suddenly able to go play for a night and skip out the door the next morning knowing I will see them again in a week or two is surreal.

I also am truly enjoying the time I’ve had to paint. I have had a few really bad days where I question why I bother, but most days are good. I keep attempting images way beyond my ability and am pleasantly surprised with the outcome. Ideas for next images flow faster than I can write them down, I think about painting tomorrow when I lay down at night, dream about it and wake up ready to go. Crazy, incredible opportunity I have been given!

Billy!
Billy!

 

Waiting for Billy!

 

Liberty Bell with Independence Hall behind, 9 x 12 pastel painting on Strathmore pastel paper
Liberty Bell with Independence Hall behind, 9 x 12 pastel painting on Strathmore pastel paper

 

Breakfast, 5 x 7 pastel painting on carson watercolor paper
Breakfast, 5 x 7 pastel painting on carson watercolor paper

Boston Massachusetts

Spent the 4th of July in Boston, a glorious city to stroll through. There are so many things worthy of my pastels, just not enough hours in the day for me to get them all painted!

7 x 10 pastel on Carson mixed media paper
Old City Hall, Boston MA – 7 x 10 pastel on Carson mixed media paper, painted July 14, 2016

 

7 x 10 pastel on Carson mixed media paper
North End Boston – 7 x 10 pastel on Carson mixed media paper, painted July 15, 2016

 

9 x 12 pastel on Strathmore pastel paper
Mystic River, Arlington, MA – 9 x 12 pastel on Strathmore pastel paper, painted July 18, 2016

Leaves Leaves Leaves!

I have spent the last few days working hard on leaves! I threw a deer in the mix just to add to the frustration! I am sure this is like the plateau on a diet, right? I say that like there is comfort in that – I usually give in to my hunger with large amounts of chocolate when on a diet!

It is like beating my head against a wall! I can’t seem to get the pastels to make the lines or layer the way I see them working in my head. I know if I work through this I will have learned something wonderful and have the most exquisite images, just need to keep painting!

Original image of Doe we met on our morning walk
Original image of Doe we met on our morning walk

 

First painting, too much focus on background foliage
First painting, too much focus on background foliage

 

Second painting, less focus on background detail
Second painting, less focus on background detail

 

Third painting, all focus on deer, very little attention paid to the foliage
Third painting, all focus on deer, very little attention paid to the foliage

 

Third painting, all focus on deer, very little attention paid to the foliage
Close up of deer in third painting

Weekly Drawing Challenge -Week 3

We spent last weekend at home, so I did a drawing from our back yard. I mostly like this one, but it points out I have work to do on our awesome Kansas tree tops!

  
Then I took a stab at the river next to us from the bridge, I like these trees, but water sucks!

  
Still using the drawing paper and old chalks from college. I may have to get new soon, wearing them down!