The Power of Pastel

October 4

The Art Police

My daughter was home from college this weekend ( hooray!) and she had some friends over for a study-fest Saturday night. While making curry, the girls got to talking about the awful teachers they had when they were young…..

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September 20


"To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time to every purpose, under heaven….."

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September 13


I am not a weepy person. I think the years have coated me a bit in a tough, cynical shell, but sometimes I come across a painting that breaks through my armor, reminds me of why I became an artist and makes me want to run to my easel. My ideas suddenly bigger than I am…….

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September 6

The Shape of Things....

Composing simple shapes in a painting is one of the most important things you can do compositionally. And the hardest.....

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August 23

A Fairy Tale...

Once upon a time there was a thought. She was small and wispy, just a ghost of a form. She was born in the kitchen among a scribble of words.

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August 16

No Easy Button

Ok. Time for a vent about a pet peeve. I was recently online and ordering an art book and found myself amazed at how many books have “Made Easy” in the title. “Watercolor Made Easy”, “Pastels Made Easy”, “Abstracts Made Easy”, “Pencil Shavings Made Easy.....

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August 9

"Let it go..."

I have often heard over the years... "How do you do it all? You have 3 kids, 2 cats, a beast of a house, a husband that runs a company, family health issues and yet you still paint..."

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