Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Cherry Blossom Canopy

On the way to breakfast with a friend the other day, I couldn't help but pull the car over to take pictures of the flowering cherry and plum trees.  It's that time of year when the weather is cool one day and warm the next.   The spring colors are so fresh and vibrant...the trees and flowers just scream "paint me!".   It was quite warm and sunny this particular morning.   I met a wonderful gentleman who allowed me to snap a few photos of him as he enjoyed a quiet reading spot under the flowering trees.

Cherry Blossom Canopy, 8x10, pastel

Monday, April 13, 2015

Sunrise At River's Edge

I'm one who never sits still for long and I've been crazy busy these past few weeks.  It's not that I haven't had time to paint...but I've been trying to embrace the word "balance".  I've been balancing my time between family, friends, the dreaded housework and my love of painting.  Balancing one's time is not as easy as it might sound.  My passion to paint is always tugging at my heartstrings.  It seems I can easily spend every waking hour painting or scoping out new places and subject matter to paint.  The more I paint...the more my passion awakens.

Following are a few of the studies I've done in the past 2-3 weeks (disclaimer...I don't think they're in the finished state but this is where I left off with each of them).  These paintings were squeezed in around family gatherings, lunch dates, painting with friends, and a massive spring cleaning of the house.  In conjunction with those things...I also found the perfect tray at TJMaxx to organize and hold the entire set of Terry Ludwig pastels I recently purchased....I so love TJMaxx!  I'm in heaven.

Sunrise At River's Edge, 8x10, pastel

Redbud Amigos, 5x7.5, pastel

 Julia Davis Park, 6x8, pastel

Grazing, 6x8, pastel

Among The Wheat, 8x4, pastel

Demo 2 with Karen Margulis, 6x8, pastel

Demo 1 with Karen Margulis,4x6, pastel

Roadside Church,4x6, pastel

My new pastel it!