Category Archives: Pastels


Winter Landscape

This week has been time spent in the studio trying to avoid the challenges in my personal and national realities.  My challenge in the studio was to depict the landscape from a photograph.  My neighborhood has been frozen for a few … Continue reading

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Artistic Inspiration

A Richard Diebenkorn show has been in SF and Palm Springs this year.  I bought the catalogue even though I did not make the real thing.  I wish I could see the paintings at their full size. Below, are two … Continue reading

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Cotton Nightie

It is not as if I am obsessed with laundry, although I do get to watch Top Chef, Project Runway or the latest Masterpiece Theater selection while I fold it. The ordinariness of it and the whiteness of it are … Continue reading

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Critique and Response

      I thought that I would share with you the evolution of a painting of mine, incorporating the good advice of artist friends with whom I meet regularly.  A crit group is a great way to improve your … Continue reading

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Just Beet It!

My friend Julie sent me home from Book Club with a bag of beets freshly dug from her garden.  I thought they would have character and be a fun still life challenge.  And challenge they were.  The first painting was … Continue reading

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IT IS dark out there!  Tis the season for candlelit dinners.  Gotta make the best of a bad situation. Usually, I light my subjects with incandescent light. I have been looking at Old Master still life paintings lately and decided … Continue reading

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Still Life in a Busy World

The deck project is ongoing and I am still at home watching it come together.  One of the contractors brought us beautiful heirloom peppers and I painted them.   I sat before my easel concentrating on making only marks and … Continue reading

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23rd Anniversary Celebration for Vistas and Vineyards

Tonight’s the night!  The show is up of selected work from a terrific summer of plein air painting.  There is an awards reception from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Giustina Gallery at the LaSalles Center on the OSU Campus.  The … Continue reading

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Studio Still Lifes

I am bound to my studio these weeks as Scott is off nursing his mom and I am left to midwife our new deck and landscaping project.  Since he is gone, I have become a denizen of my basement studio … Continue reading

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Working on an Old Painting

During the past few weeks I reworked an old painting and improved it substantially. This week I tried another.  There are a couple of new directions I am considering. One is to add more lines of water leading to the … Continue reading

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