pastels

On Penobscot Bay



Bay Sunset,  9x12,  pastel on sanded paper, available for purchase

I'm lucky enough to be spending an extended time here in Camden, Maine.  Yes, that's right.  I feel lucky to be spending winter here.  Snow is not something that has been abundant in my life so far and I want to catch up.  So far we've had < 2 inches but this is Maine so there must be a white Christmas coming right?  

Here's a few photos I took with the bit of snow we had on 11/26.  Looking 2 directions in Camden harbor (on a really low tide) and the 3rd is from Rockland.  

No matter how cloudy or cold a day may be there is no shortage of artistic inspiration here.







Luann Udell, Ancient Stories Retold in Modern Artifacts, is a NH artist who creates the most amazing jewelry, sculptures, and more.  I found her blog by chance, here's a poem she shared there that I enjoyed.


“You Reading This, Be Ready”

“Starting here, what do you want to remember?
How sunlight creeps along a shining floor?
What scent of old wood hovers, what softened
sound from outside fills the air?

Will you ever bring a better gift for the world
than the breathing respect that you carry
wherever you go right now? Are you waiting
for time to show you some better thoughts?

When you turn around, starting here, lift this
new glimpse that you found; carry into evening
all that you want from this day. This interval you spent
reading or hearing this, keep it for life.

What can anyone give you greater than now,
starting here, right in this room, when you turn around?”

- William Stafford


Fun With Pastels




5x7" pastel on sanded paper -  a marsh just north of Norton Pond in Lincolnville, ME.  Utilizing fiction can be very useful, or at least fun (!) when painting and the colors I wanted to use say 'spring' more than the reference (poor photo below).  Painting bright yellows, reds, & oranges didn't appeal to me at the time. 


Here's a picture of the world's best dog (because he mostly acts like a cat ;) 





'Trio II' and 'Lakenvelder'


'Trio II'
Acrylic on board 5x7, black frame available

A generic trio free-ranging about.




'The Lakenvelder'
Pastel on sanded paper (approx 4x6")   SOLD

Several years ago at my first poultry show I was taken by the grace and striking black and white of this very nervous rooster.  I took some blurred pictures of him as he paced his small show cage.  

I'm so happy, I have a new camera now and will be posting often.

'The Trio'


Pastel on sanded pastel paper - like the geese above, this piece is < 5x7" and framed under a white mat in a black frame.  SOLD  


'A trio of what?' another chicken lover like myself might ask, but I don't have a good answer.  These 'chooks' are an imagined composition of a somewhat Icelandic rooster with generic black and white hens.  


Here's a few of the kids I've had the pleasure to hang out with recently...



'Buff Geese'




I adore geese and want a pair badly, but for now I will paint them.  These are intended to be American Buff geese which are a rare domestic breed that are indeed a buff color, not white, with lighter and darker accents.  Here's the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy page on them with a few pictures  http://albc-usa.org/cpl/waterfowl/buffgoose.html
This breed and the Pilgrim have a much quieter and calmer disposition than the more common breeds that have given domestic geese a bad reputation.

This small painting (< 5x7") consists of an underpainting of acrylic on gessoed, heavy watercolor paper, with pastels on top (hence framed under glass).  Switching around with different mediums, vs. sticking with my beloved oil paints always and forever, is refreshing; and I have a closet full of acrylic and pastel supplies!

An older pastel painting


Forgive me for posting such a low quality image...This is my favorite of a group of birds I did in pastel as an illustration for an interpretive sign that was installed at a park in Broward County (FL). It was about 5 years ago, at my last "real" job. I'm not sure if I'm going to sell it but I may put it up in the gallery if some of my work has sold while I was away.