Tag Archives: soft pastel

Bearly There – waiting to become ‘Real

Bearly There – waiting to be ‘Real’ 6×6, pastel, 16 January, 2019

This beauty sits against the wall in my studio everyday just waiting.

did the grid


The Fisherman, 6×6, pastel, 15 January, 2019

Pulled this guy off of pexels.com and used a grid. Using someone I didn’t know made this less precious to paint, and the grid definitely helped keep his features where they were supposed to be. I am not sure that if you knew him you would recognize him here, but good practice and I have more ready to go.

After I painted him, I drew him without a grid. I was pleased with this rendering.

August 2017

I almost titled this blog disappointed. It wouldn’t have been completely accurate. I am disappointed with the number of paintings I completed this month and the number of drawings and portraits I worked on, but it was such a good month filled with family and friends that I couldn’t possibly be disappointed with August!

September and October will be even busier with even bigger celebrations! My take away (again, I’ve thought this once or twice before) is that I have to get comfortable drawing and painting in front of other people. Easy to say, so so so hard to do.

A few of my favorite sketches from August.

My studio!

Third Times A Charm


I have been having a loud painful argument with this painting for the last three days. It started out so promising, but all those damn leaves – it’s very frustrating to not be able to paint leaves when you live surrounded by trees.

I learned that brushing off pastel is a messy business but you do get the paper tooth back and are able to start over.

The first painting was pretty good. The leaves on the branches high in the sky were not my favorite, but it was the warm deep blue sky color that caused me to brush it off and try it again, it was too warm against the green and yellow.

1st attempt, sky blue too warm

After brushing off the top of the painting I set in to cool the sky blue. I was successful in that, but lost the rest of the painting and the tree branches and leaves high in the sky were horrible wimpy marks. I couldn’t brush it off fast enough this morning!

2nd attempt, sky blue is cool, the leaves and branches are not.

I think I may have finally captured the feeling of the Allegheny Trail I was trying to convey. The sky is dramatic, it looks like a bright spring day and the feeling that the trail needs to be walked even though it heads into dark unknown is there. I would love to hear feedback on this one. I don’t think I can paint it again for a minute, but I will definitely be back to this scene to give it another go.

Allegheny Trail, 16 x 20, pastel painting, June 2017

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