I Need Some Spring Tonic

Last Saturday I did a painting demonstration at the Brandon Artists Guild in Brandon, Vermont in conjunction with our show "Art from Farm to Table". There were about 20 attendees and lots of good questions! Here are some of the progress photos as I played with my pastels...

Initial sketch in charcoal...
I then created a value under painting in charcoal...

I begin to add color...

I took a vote as to whether or not I should dull down the background and I began to do that.  And this is where I stopped the demonstration...

I worked on the painting for a few days and I think I am finished! Thank you to all who came and the staff at the Brandon Artists Guild!

What's the Message?

My journey into the words of the song "Put on Your Travelin' Shoes" are nearing the end. I have felt inspired and sometimes frustrated as I created these paintings. Frustration comes with the territory, but inspiration is a joy when it touches your heart and soul.

There are two more paintings to be created in this series, but the message of the the four paintings that I have shared with you is pretty simple.

The message is hope. There is something ahead of us that is greater and more wonderful than we can imagine.


So You Better Get Ready

When you are painting from a memory it can be hard to get the colors and values right. My memory of a wet and muddy dirt road near my old home finally gelled for me just before my class today. What a blessing!

This is the same road from the last two paintings in this series, "Put on Your Walking Shoes".

I can't get the song out of my head!

Who knows where inspiration will come from? We just have to be ready to say "yes" to it!

Get those pastels out and PLAY!

Landscape Journey

I am enjoying this series of imaginary landscapes. A song we sung in choir recently, "Put on Your Travelin' Shoes" inspired the titles.


"Put on Your Travelin' Shoes"

I am trying to learn to do better landscapes and painting a "sky hole" was the challenge of the day. I started with this ground  of a soft umber and sketched in the big shapes. I blocked in the basic hues and values using Nupastel.

Painting in the sky holes makes it come alive. I used Richeson pastels mostly. I wanted to try my new set created by  Desmond O'Hagen. Had to get a few colors from my big set, but I think I might be on the right track.
Hope you are playing with your pastels! Judy

The Comfort of an Old Friend

I love this old teacup. I love the vintage napkin, too. I could have used a paper one, but it felt special to use this one. "Treat yourself," I said.

Enjoyed talking to a new friend at church tonight. Another treat!

Life's simple pleasures can be so comforting. Counting my blessings today...


Let it flow...

I thought I might play around with some new pastel paper that I ordered. The grit was 250 and it was like painting on course sandpaper. I ended up using a piece of foam to push some color into the tooth.

Interesting results.

So I kept on playing.

Sometimes it is good to fool around and not be concerned with results. Just let it flow...