Monday, November 8, 2010

"Little Boy and Tall Trees"

Pastel, 18x24

This is my latest painting, and I had a lot of fun with this one. The reference was my little boy standing on the bridge at Spring Park, which is a beautiful park by the St John's River. It's very peaceful here, with lots of wildlife.

I find that I enjoy painting landscapes more if I include a figure in it--even if the figure is very small, as it is here.  I'm not sure why this is, but I enjoy painting people and I like for my paintings to tell a story.

This painting was juried into the AGOP Fall Show "Life's Inspirations", November 2010, and also the St Augustine Art Association "Fantastic Florida" show, December, 2010.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Recent pastel paintings

In a busy house with 3 kids and 4 dogs (yes, FOUR dogs!), painting is my sanity saver.  I love the time I get to spend at my easel with the Dave Matthews Band "station" playing on Pandora and the pastel dust flying.  I mostly like to paint people, animals, and the beautiful Florida outdoors, but I'll paint pretty much anything that catches my eye. Here are a few of my recent paintings.