Monday, March 26, 2018

First Light

First Light
9x9 soft pastel

I'm on hiatus in Cascade, Idaho.  Sometimes with a new pup...you just have to get away for awhile to paint.  That was the case with this painting.   First Light is an inspirational little scene I found at dawn this morning just as the sun was coming up, touching the shoreline of our little pond.  I absolutely love the pathways through the trees and meandering ponds in this area and feel very blessed to have some quiet time alone to reflect, eat, and paint.  I took a lot of photo references today and nearly froze my fingers off but the excursion at dawn was well worth it.  I hope you like it.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Saguaro Canyon Pool House

Saguaro Canyon Pool House
6x12, soft pastel
 Well, I finished the 31 Day Challenge with a challenge to myself to finish as I had started, with an early morning scene from the neighborhood.  I sketched this scene in the car with my pup Benny patiently waiting in the back seat.  He was a trooper!  I couldn't sleep so I got out really early (3:30 am)...the lighting was beautiful but I had to return a couple hours later to get the sky colors at dawn.  It's a nice little piece that goes well with one I did previously...I rather like the long rectangular size.

Happy to have completed another Challenge.  They are always very taxing...but they get a routine going and a fire under the rump....so, all in all it's well worth the effort.  I hope you enjoyed viewing my work as I trudged along!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Blooming Begonias


Blooming Begonias
6x6, soft pastel

When looking for a bunch of flowers at the grocery store to purchase for a floral scene, these begonias caught my eye.  I just love the soft yet vibrant colors!  Both of my grandmas had begonias from time to time...their sweet blooms are near and dear to my heart.  (day 30 of the #stradaeasel challenge, previously posted to Facebook on Jan. 30th)

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Pitcher of Twigs

Pitcher of Twigs
8x6, soft pastel

This little pitcher of twigs is my reminder that spring is only weeks away!  I painted it as part of the Strada Easel 31 Day Challenge (already shared on Facebook).  The best part for me was painting the crazy vertical light reflection on the pitcher itself.  Hope you enjoy it!








Saturday, January 27, 2018

Love At First Sight

Love At First Sight
6x6, soft pastel


It's almost February and with it comes Valentines Day.  I love Valentines Day for one particular reason.   I like to paint cookies and candies especially because SOMEONE has to eat them when I'm finished....and I have a 50% chance of it being me!   The above painting is for a local (silent auction) fundraiser at the Flying M Coffee Shop in downtown Boise to benefit efforts to cure AIDS.  If you're in the local area head on down there to see some amazing artwork!!!  You'll be tempted to put in a bid or two since there are probably over a couple hundred pieces of artwork on display.


Below, are a few pieces completed during the past week for the Strada Easel 31 Day Challenge that I posted to Facebook separately from my blog posts...thought I'd get them included in the blog with this post.  I've recently taken up pen and ink sketching to practice drawing more often...I'm having so much fun with it.    

Have a terrific weekend!!!



A Nap In The Studio
pen and ink

Abandoned But Beautiful
pen and ink

Above The Treeline
pen and ink

Moscow Mule Mug
pen and ink

My Side
6x6, soft pastel


Saturday, January 20, 2018

TC and Friends "Fun Times In Idaho"

TC and Friends 
"Fun Times In Idaho"
8x6, soft pastel

TC and her two friends arrived in Idaho a couple days ago.  As soon as they unpacked they were raring to go! They wanted to see the sights in and around Boise.  First on their list was hitting the slopes at the local ski hill, Bogus Basin.  Actually, it was Senor Azul who was most adamant about skiing. He crowed all the way to the top of the mountain.  TC was mildly amused and hen kept peering over the side of the chairlift, certain her chicks would meet an untimely demise.  They all returned to my art studio safe and sound and in one piece (well, ok...three pieces).

TC (aka the Traveling Chicken) is a small ceramic chicken that has traveled the globe since 2012.  She picked up a couple friends along the way and together they visit hosting artists in their studios.  Each artist agrees to create a painting of one or all of them and then pass them on to the next artist.  It was a fun day painting these three goof balls!

Follow TC’s adventures at http://travel-chicken.blogspot.com The painting above is available for sale ($125) on Dailypaintworks at https://www.dailypaintworks.com/artists/Cindy-Gillett-5073/

Friday, January 19, 2018

A Little Sketch

The sketch below is a little project I'm working on...while it's a bit corny, there's certainly more to the back story that I'll reveal tomorrow, assuming I'm able to convert this sketch into an actual painting.  See you tomorrow?