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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Bird Inspiration!

I have been wanting to paint birds for a while and today I was talking to an artist friend and she has been doing just that! Yesterday another friend of mine sent me some pictures of birds that she and her husband took, so the two inspirations came together and I started on a painting from this photo. Thanks Linda and Liz!





I chose a simple palette of mostly Nupastels and a few other brands.

I did a rough drawing using charcoal and some light pastel pencils. I love to work on this grey Ampersand sanded board!

Then I just starting to block in colors thinking of values rather than local color.


 I wanted the painting to be more colorful than the photo. I was going for an iridescent quality. I really enjoyed working on this and it seemed to almost paint itself!

I think I am finished (might tweak it a bit)...




"Feeding the Goldfinches", pastel on board, 11x14"

 For sale... Unframed painting $250, plus tax and shipping.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Start the New Year with a New Class!

"October Sunset", pastel on board
Beginning Drawing And Painting With Pastel 
with Judy Albright
Fridays , January 24-February 28  1-4PM    6 Weeks/$225 
E-mail Instructor or call (860) 364-0477 for details.
If you have always wanted to learn to draw and paint, but are a bit afraid to try... this is the class for you!
In this stress free, fun class, participants will experience a nurturing community atmosphere that will ignite artistic and personal growth whether you are a first time explorer or have had some experience.
Students in this class will develop basic drawing and painting techniques while discovering their own style. Using guided, personalized instruction students will improve their drawing skills and learn how to choose colors and tones that create harmony in their work and enhance their ability to compose their pastel paintings effectively.