24″x18″ pastel on sanded paper
I did this painting as a demo. I enjoyed painting for a group of friends/ students/ artists, and listening to live music. I started with a complimentary color study of the scene, and ended by being gifted with a snickers ice cream bar. It was a great afternoon!
Underpainting before denatured alcohol wash
Underpainting after alcohol wash.
I love the way an underpainting adds complexity to colors in way that is hard to duplicate.
These beauties continue to make my blood run cold when I hear their warning rattle. I have encountered 5 so far this year.
It breaks my heart that there is a forest fire nearby, but it us makes pretty sunsets.
I wish I could add the music that I heard as I painted this sunset on Chimney Rock. It was a lovely evening.
Notice my 4 year old resting her head in my lap as I painted and we listened to music, and those are my son’s feet behind me. He did a painting, too, we shared a box of pastels.
7×5″ pastel on sanded paper
Between sunset last night, and sunrise this morning I went to the camp talent show. We gathered out on a beautiful porch and enjoyed songs, and poems, stories, and jokes. The desert got darker and the community closer. I found myself thinking about the year we lived in Cuba. When we arrived, we had paperwork to fill out: name, passport number, home address, and then we had to list our skill and our talent. Those were two things that everyone should have to contribute to the community. As I enjoyed the talent show last night I thought how wonderful it was, and what talent I might offer up. What would your talent be if you had a minute, a week, a month, or a year to prepare? Think about it, perhaps we will meet next summer in the desert and by the light of the stars, share a little part of ourselves in a way we humans have for thousands of years.
There is no better way to end a day than sitting back and watching nature’s light show, and a fun challenge to try to capture the moment.
Pastel on sanded paper 7″x5″
7″x5″ pastel on sanded paper. I love the warm analogous colors of the blooms and soil. Perhaps where there are flowers there soon will be fruit!
I love the weird quality of the light right aft a big storm.
A dozen years ago today, at 7:01am I became a mother. I have had a very colorful life ever since! I love you Noah.