“There’s Daddy”

This one is close to my heart, and not just because it’s my first real attempt at portraiture–it’s a Father’s Day gift for my husband, the subject being our little girl. Portraiture is way out of my comfort zone, but I do enjoy a challenge. It began with the “what if I….” thought that theseContinue reading ““There’s Daddy””

“Finally”

Is it my last piece of 2020, or my first of 2021? Starting in September, my latest oil pastel piece has kicked my butt, challenging every technical skill I’ve learned so far. It required the use of over 45 different pastels, multiple tools and untold hours of tweaking details. References included 142 photos of casementContinue reading ““Finally””

“Fragile” / Tools of the Trade

“Fragile”, my latest adventure, is newly complete. It is my largest oil pastel work yet at 24″x29″. The piece was inspired by a hummingbird I found injured under a feeder. He was likely on the losing end of a territorial battle between males, and was lying motionless on the stone ground. I wasn’t sure howContinue reading ““Fragile” / Tools of the Trade”

If At First You Don’t Succeed

Strange times we are living in, folks. When I finished converting our home office into a studio earlier this year, I would never have predicted the first thing I would create in my “new” space would be a stack of fabric face-masks. I had a newly organized workspace, a vintage work desk (thanks to myContinue reading “If At First You Don’t Succeed”

Autumn Fire

Over the Fall/Winter seasons, I spend a good deal of time cooped up indoors, with hectic holidays looming and an excess of craft supplies lying about. So I craft. My holiday-themed items are easy and quick to create, and selling them can be tremendously satisfying. Now, though…the craft fairs are done, I’ve had a niceContinue reading “Autumn Fire”

Forgotten Prince

My friends, I think I may have found my favorite medium.The smooth, blend-able glide of oil paint. But no fumes.The tactile fun of crayon. But richer, and reworkable.Vibrant, versatile and (mostly) affordable. I’ve noticed a wide range of benefits and very few drawbacks to working in oil pastel. The medium can be smudged, stippled, scratched,Continue reading “Forgotten Prince”

100 mushrooms…and a coffee stain

Have you ever looked at a remarkable piece of artwork and wondered, “How did they do that?”I have. We don’t normally see the thought process, the mistakes, the interaction with the almost palpable creative energy during the creation of an art piece. Even making-of videos usually have the real learning moments, the “oopsies”, edited out.Continue reading “100 mushrooms…and a coffee stain”