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)

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Paper Places

Home is where the heart is.

Eucalyptus Tree, Queensland, Australia 14 x 11 inches Oil Pastels on paper, framed size 26 x 22 inchesThe Paper Places series portray landscapes across U.S.A., Canada, parts of Australia, Mexico, Costa Rica and Singapore. Styles are deliberately varied to impart the unique nature of different subjects and locations. All pieces in this collection are 11 x 14 inches oil pastels on paper, verticals and horizontals, framed with 3 inch wide double mats and 22 x 26 inch custom made wood frames with a white crackle finish. They can hang closely together in limited spaces and still be appreciated individually.

During 2002 we changed residence to Texas from Canada. Moving to a new country offered the opportunity to fresh-start my career in new directions. A move to Oregon in 2011 had me re-orienting once more, reestablishing home and business. Presently, with travel still so much a part of my life, the series is ongoing. At a personal level every piece in this series celebrates an appreciation for the places I’ve been fortunate to visit or live. Home is certainly where the heart is. The series inspired the following poem:

January Thaw - Willow saplings, Fallowfield, Ontario, CanadaJanuary Thaw - The Evolution of a DrawingIt remains
when things are gone
and people passed
and roads and paths
and places we belong
to the essence.

Using oil pastels in particular feels like sculpting, when the colors are layered then scratched away using pottery tools, fingernails, or whatever else works. Surfaces are built up, removed and rebuilt again; a process typical of all my work no matter what the medium. Pure bits of color showing through the layers emphasize textures and liveliness. Each piece undergoes fairly dramatic change from start to finish, some more than others, as with “January Thaw”, shown in progress here.



 

March Winds, Coppell, Texas - tribute to Jackson Pollock with oil pastels



Calgary In September - Elm tree leaves, neighborhood by Memorial Drive, Calgary, Alberta, Canada - 14 x 11 inches oil pastels on paper   Moon Over Cypress, Neighborhood Cypress tree in Lewisville, Texas USA, 11 x 14 inches Oil Pastels on paper - sold -   Silent Witness - Grand Canyon Juniper, North entrance, Arizona USA -14 x 11 inches oil pastels on paper   Lake Cote Forest Reserve, Costa Rica, 14 x 11 oil pastels on paper
             
Moon Over Myrtle - morning moon over Crepe Myrtle tree, Lewisville, Texas - 14 x 11 inches oil pastels on paper   Wild Canada - Stony Swamp Trail, Ottawa, Ontario Canada -14 x 11 inches oil pastels on paper   Galahs in Traffic - flocks of Galahs fly in front of cars, many laying dead beside the road to the Kangaroo Island ferry, South Australia   Coconut Palm - Costa Rica - 14 x 11 inches oil pastels on paper
             
Red Rocks in Southern Utah,, 14 x 11 inches oil pastels on paper   Arkansas, July 6:25 a.m. 14 x 11 oil pastels on paper   Goldenrod, late Summer in Southern Alberta,14 x 11 inches oil pastels on paper   Southern Spring - Scurvy Peas, Grapevine, Texas USA, 14 x 11 OIl Pastels - sold
             
The Twelve Apostles, Southeast coast Australia, 14 x 11 inches oil pastels on pape   Gold In The Mountains, Kananaskas Valley, Alberta, Canada 14 x 11 inches oil pastels on paper   Dancing With Trees 01 Cedar hedge, Coppell, Texas USA 14 x 11 inches oil pastels on paper   Texas Paintbrush, Fort Worth, Texass - sold
             
Eastern Redbuds, Coppell, Texas USA 14 x 11 inches soft pastels on paper   Speeding by the Poppies, Hwy 40 Tennessee 14 x 11 inches oil pastels on paper   Tennessee Poppies, Hwy 40 Tennessee 14 x 11 inches oil pastels on paper   Weathered, The Great Ocean Road, eastern Australia - sold

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$25.00 - Set of ten 4 x 6 inch cards with envelopes, signed   Buy Now Using PayPal
     
$100.00 - 11H x 14W inch print with 16 x 20 inch white mat   Buy Now Using PayPal
     

Sold: Arkansas in July, Tennessee Poppies, Texas Paintbrush, Moon Over Cypress, Scurvy Peas and Weathered, Australia. All are available as signed quality prints and cards.