Friday, April 10, 2009
My daughter took this wonderful study in black and white while we lived in Florida. Her best friend, Jenny, posed underneath our crepe myrtle tree. I asked permission to use the photo to do a painting in color in pastel and I was quite pleased with the result.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Right before I left Florida, my aunt (who's a fantastic artist) and I went to Morikamo Park in Delray Beach to paint. It's a Japanese Garden and a peaceful place. They weren't too accommodating to us, but we didn't care. They let us in and we painted!
This pastel painting was done a few years ago. I used to pass this palm everyday when I walked my dog in Florida. I finally took some pictures and got to work in my studio. This won a Holbein Award at the Alabama Pastel Society Exhibit a few of years ago and also was featured in "International Artists" magazine as pastelists of the world (or something like that) LOL
This painting won Honorable Mention at the United Society of Pastel Artists 3rd National Exhibit in Laguna Beach in November, 2008. It also took first prize at the San Clemente Art Association Winter Show, 2009.
One windy day, I sat at the park above Dana Point Harbor and painted this. I'm trying to get "looser" in my paintings and hope I achieved it with this painting. My daughter has it - she says it makes her miss Dana Point. She and her family live in Florida.