When life gives you lemons, draw them, 11 x 14 inches dry pastels, graphite on paper

"When life gives you lemons, draw them". (Nikki)

"Trust your intuition, it's just like goin' fishin'; you cast your line 'til you get a bite." (Paul Simon)

oil pastels

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Dahlias

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

Dahlias, 22H x 28W inches, modeling paste and oil pastel on canvas board
Dahlias, 22H x 28W inches, modeling paste and oil pastel on canvas board

Blue Flag Iris

Thursday, May 9th, 2013


 

Blue Flag Iris, 10 x 10 x 1 inches oil stick on canvas

Blue Flag Iris, 10 x 10 x 1 inches  oil stick on canvas

Spring Garden Mix

Saturday, April 27th, 2013


 

Spring Garden Mix, 18H x 24 inches oil pastels on 80 lb acid free premium

Spring Garden Mix, 18H x 24 inches oil pastels on 80 lb acid free premium


 

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BlossoMania

Thursday, April 25th, 2013


 

Blossomania, 12H x 16W inches oil pastels painted with oil blending and glazing medium on 80 lb acid free premium, white mat

Blossomania, 12H x 16W inches oil pastels painted with oil blending and glazing medium on 80 lb acid free premium, white mat

I’ve been admiring the round masses clumped on the Plum tree branches in our neighbor’s back yard for a week or so now. Yesterday and today, pink swirls in the wind…

Plum Blossom Mania, Original size 18H x 24 inches Oil Pastels on 80lbPetals are falling, the sky is blue

They cover everything, old and new

If I sit too long, I’ll be covered too!

Larger image shows the finished piece, 12H x 16W inches, which was cropped from the original size, left thumbnail, 18H x 24 inches. Blogging always reveals a different perspective. If I had not re-sized the original  in order to post, I might never have recognized that the cropped portion has a more balanced composition…benefits of blogging!


 

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Celosia – work in progress

Thursday, April 18th, 2013


 

Celosia, work still in progress, 18H x 24W inches 0il pastels on paper

Celosia, work still in progress, 18H x 24W inches 0il pastels on 100% cotton paper

This piece was tucked away a month ago, planning to continue work in future with new eyes, so with nothing to lose, I jumped back in today and threw more color around. I splurged today and bought about 40 new oil sticks, the “Sennelier” brand. Wow, they are so intensely colorful and creamy-beautiful to work with! There is no contest as far as quality compared to any of the other brands I’ve been using, but they do have a lot of oil content which makes them muddy easily. Looks like it needs to be stored away again to re-work and refineanother day. I don’t like giving up on a piece until it feels absolutely done, or without a doubt done to death!

Celosia, 18H x 24W inches Oil pastels on 100% cotton paper, in progress

Left, March 22nd, 2013, Day 4 in progress

Reminiscent of retro sofa fabric, now that I see it on-screen! Usually leaving page space showing through to create light and brightness, this time I colored the entire page yellow before starting. Adding white did not help brighten areas much, but did muddle colors, helping some flowers recede. Much of the pure color as seen in the early versions has been covered up or removed, but will be re-added cautiously. The style has also gradually changed to more of a Representational/Impressionistic one. To finish, there will be more scrutiny, and fewer emotional responses before adding or removing anything else.

Celosia, 18H x 24W inches Oil pastels on paper, Stage 02 in progress   Celosia, 18H x 24W inches Oil pastels on paper, Stage 04 in progress   Celosia, 18H x 24W inches Oil pastels on paper, Stage 06 in progress

March 20th through 22nd; Days 1, 2, and 3

Multnomah Falls

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013


 
Multnomah Falls - Oregon - 18H x 24W inches Oil pastels on 100% cotton paper
Multnomah Falls, Hwy 84 East, Oregon 18H x 24W inches oil pastels on 100% cotton paper, white mat. Work in progress details:

Multnomah Falls,18H x 24W inches Oil pastels on 100% cotton paper, phase 01   Multnomah Falls,18H x 24W inches Oil pastels on 100% cotton paper, phase 02   Multnomah Falls,18H x 24W inches Oil pastels on 100% cotton paper, phase 04


 

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Flamboyant Tree flowers and seed pods

Thursday, December 6th, 2012


 

Flamboyant Tree flowers and seed pods, 9 x 12 inches oil pastels on paper

Flamboyant Tree Flowers and Seed Pods – Chapala, Mexico –  9H x 12W inches oil pastels on paper, white mat


 

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Sumac Bushes

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012


 

Sumac 12 x 16 inches oil pastels on paper

Sumac Bushes 12H x 16W inches oil pastels on 140 lb W/C paper

This piece has a base of watercolor crayons, which I hadn’t heard of before and was excited to try. With expectations to complete a piece today, I wasn’t too impressed that the rough crayon color marks remain on the page, and the colors and solubility are weak. With more experience, those properties might be used to advantage, but not without an open frame of mind toward experimenting. Because of this, oil pastels are layered on top, then scratched away using fingernails and pottery tools.


 

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On exhibit

Friday, July 9th, 2010


 

Dandelions, 16 x 20 acrylics on canvas, dark brown wood frame with red trim design. Total size 22 x 28 inches Dandelions, detail Bonsai Garden, Chinese Garden, Singapore 9 x 12 inches graphite on paper Milkweed Melody, 27H x 33W inches framed Oil Pastels on 140 lb cold pressed premium watercolor paper Seasonal, 36 x 24 x 2 inches acrylics on canvas, gallery wrapped sides painted, narrow frame

On exhibit at Oxide Gallery, Denton, TX

Dandelions among the Tulips, 16 x 20 acrylics on canvas, dark brown wood frame with red trim design. Total size 22 x 28 inches, Bonsai Garden, Chinese Gardens, Singapore  9 x 12 inches graphite on paper  Milkweed Melody, 27H x 33W inches framed Oil Pastels on 140 lb cold pressed premium watercolor paper, Seasonal, 36 x 24 x 2 inches acrylics on canvas, gallery wrapped sides painted, narrow frame

Basic Drawing workshops in May

Monday, April 26th, 2010


 

Iris, 24 x 18 inches oil pastels on paperIris, 24 x 18 inches Oil Pastels on paper


 

Basic Drawing and Color Play

Workshops

Dates:
1) Saturday, May 15th 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
2) Saturday, May 22nd 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Ages: Young adult (16) – Adult – Seniors

Experience Level:
Beginners to Experienced Artists, maximum number of participants: 6

The Workshop:
We will sketch simple objects using a variety of loosening-up techniques, graduating to a more complex still-life arrangement, fun with color, then a longer study period in the afternoon.
Supplies:
Bring favorite reference photos or items that you’d like to study, sketchpad and supplies that you usually work with. A variety of papers and drawing supplies will be on hand to experiment with during class. Also bring beverage and lunch.

Fees:
Registration (pre-paid) – $50.00 Oxide Gallery 501 West Hickory St., Denton, Texas 940-483-8900

Registration Deadlines:
March 12th and March 19th – Maximum Students per Class 6

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