October Sail

12″x9″ pastel on sanded paper

The State Fair Regatta happened this weekend at White Rock Lake. The boats were so beautiful scattered on the lake. No wind may be a sailor’s nightmare, but it makes an artist’s job easier.

Please enjoy a celebration of pink paintings this month, in honor of breast cancer awareness. I paint for my friends and family who have fought the good fight against cancer, for their families, and for all caregivers who help along with the journey toward a healthy self (body, soul, and spirit). In my strokes of pink, are prayers of strength and healing.

Occasion for Hope

10″x8″ pastel on sanded paper”The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.” -John Buchan

A Day at Turquoise Lake

10″x8″ pastel on sanded paper, Plein AirLeadville, Colorado- 10,200′Today was a fine day for fishing, or canoeing, or paddle boarding, or sailing, or hiking, or picnicking, or painting! Or just enjoying the view!

Rockledge Rumble

It was a beautiful early morning by the lake, and I had a perfect spot waiting for my trail runners so I did a little plein air study.

Here is my last runner, so ready or not my study is done and I am off to the rest of my day. Good to get outside and paint and support the fine sport of trail running.

Sunset 7:46

A Texas Sunset

Marigold, to tangerine
a hint of lavender fade.
Bright orb center scene,
For no other would I trade

Lakeshore water calming
Slowly falling behind
Feeling all my wanting,
Worry’s string unwind.

Pure, Naked, Beauty.
Right before my eyes
Like a bright red ruby
Light slowly dies.

More blue to violet in the sky
Sparkling specks come to sight
As if to replace the orb’s supply
Flickering, shining, vast glitter light

Gone once more, but not for long
Tomorrow’s day another bright song.

-Mary Alice Sallman