Monday, February 27, 2012


Here are some San Antonio Summer photographs.

Rolling Along at Six Flags, 9 x 12 Photograph
Twisting Through Space at Six Flags, 9 x 12 Photograph
Relaxing Along the River Walk, 10 x 10 Photograph

Saturday, February 18, 2012


Here are two Texas pictures I just finished.

Bluebonnets on the Devil's Backbone
This was from a photograph taken in 2010.  We are hoping for another banner wildflower year this spring given all the rain we have gotten this month.  The next picture shows tubers on the Frio river last summer.

Fiesta on the Frio River

Saturday, February 11, 2012

East and West

Two pictures, one from New Hampshire, and one from New Mexico.  Two totally different set of colors and atmospheres, but both from rainy day photographs.

Frijole Canyon (Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico),  9 x 12 Pastel

New Hampshire Mountain (near The Old Man in the Mountain), 9 x 12 Pastel

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Pastel Workshop at NBAL

Last weekend I had the privilege of taking a three day workshop led by Terry Smith, PSA (she is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America).  It was inspiring.  A number of professional pastelists attended.  We each painted from our own photographs.  So not only did I get to watch demonstrations by Terry, learn tips and techniques and get comments on my work, but got to see other paintings evolve.

Lost Maples State Park, 12 x 18 Pastel
Day One we reviewed basics of pastels, composition, techniques and how some "rules" can be broken.  Then we spent the afternoon painting.  I was able to complete the Lost Maples autumn picture, using a sheet of U-Art 600.

On Day Two, Terry demonstrated painting on a red background.  Using acrylic paint, I prepared a small sheet of sanded paper (again U-Art 600).  Then I painted a scene from New Hampshire.  The red shows thru the painting, adding some dramatic points of interest.

Kangamangus Highway, 9 x 12 Pastel
Then I started a second painting which I would work on during Day Three and finish at home.

On Day Three, we experimented painting a piece of fruit on a gold background.  Terry showed her previously completed picture and then demonstrated some of the techniques she used.  Then we tried our hand at it.  The gold highlight in this still life is hard to see in a photograph, but it is there.  An interesting technique.

A Golden Pear, 9 x 12 Pastel
Having some time left, I returned to the painting I had started the previous day.  I painted it on a sheet of the new Canson sanded surface.  The surface was Beige colored.  The paper was not as rough as the U-Art 600, but took a number of layers of pastel well.  At the end of the day, I ran out of time, so I finished the painting in my studio.

East Texas Winter, 14 x 21
The Workshop ended with a critique of all of our work (except my Lost Maples picture that I had already taken home).  Let's just say that the critiques were kind.

All in all, this was a very informative and inspirational workshop.  I felt that I gained more valuable experience.  Thanks to Terry for all her patience and hard work.