Sunday, January 20, 2013


I revisited this creekside painting this week by adding more values and color.
I started this piece in August 2012 along the banks of Silver Creek
at Silverton Park. 

17 x 11 pastel
on Wallis paper with
liquid acrylic underpainting

It truly was a "delightful" day painting plein air with friends and 
watching the children enjoy the cool water on a warm sunny day!
It's so great to revisit these memories made as we are
fogged in on these cold winter days!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Making Pastel Poetry

I spent a weekend filled with art and inspiration attending 
Marla Baggetta's workshop Making Pastel Poetry at Oregon Society of Artists.

Marla shares so much valuable information for us artists wanting to be more successful in
expressing ourselves through our paintings.

We got to watch Marla demo and learned about starting with the biggest shapes, working quickly, blocking in color. Starting thin, with a light touch before adding more layers.

 I found that doing basic thumbnail sketches from our photos was a really good review for me. I typically to much larger sketches in preparation for a painting. 

I stretched myself in my studies by using much brighter colors and making loose, expressive mark making.

It was a wonderful group of artists to work with!

For more about Marla Baggetta's art and workshops go to

For more information about Oregon Society of Artists go to

Sunday, January 6, 2013


I'm happy to say I am enjoying this New Year!
Goals are set to do at least a painting a week.
So far I am exceeding my goal with getting more than that accomplished.
Three new paintings are in the works....Two complete, and the third is nearly done.
It always seems important to walk away for a time and come back with new eyes for seeing those places that may need adjustments in value or color. It also helps to photograph the painting and view it on the computer. While on the computer, an adjustment to black and white sure helps to check values of the painting as well.

An art day this past week with my Art Sisters was a good movitation to CREATE. We all worked on different projects, but the energy was flowing well for all of us....

I started a new painting with a liquid acrylic underpainting before applying any pastel.

 Denise, Leslie and Deanna
Work in progress...Leslie's scratchboard study
Deanna's collage in progress...
Denise's acrylic on canvas in progress...

We took time to take a walk since it was a nice dry day!