Friday, April 5, 2013


                    ©Sally's Bouquet, Pastel, 17 3/4 x 18 1/2 inch, St Germain

                           ART NOTES

When Sally posted the bouquet of daffodils  her hubby gave last year, 
 the nuances of the yellow spoke to me so much
that I asked for her permission to paint them
It only made sense to follow the direction 
of the flowers in the vase.
I was struck of the simplicity of a subject at home,
 with at the same time a very complex design.
Since my approach with pastel is more representational, it takes more time. 
From the background you see that I paint several layers on top of each other
using the cross hatch technique
Looking closer, you can find more colors than just green and yellow!
Even grays and browns are in here!
This was a lot of fun:)
What I like best about this rendition is that
 this bouquet unequivocally says "Spring!"
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Monday, March 11, 2013



Pier Cafe is close to the well known Coronado Bridge in San Diego.
Where you see the umbrella is the entrance patio,
connected to the busy board walk ,
entertained by mime artists, and bike carriages

It was a hot day, so I sat in the shade of a little building
on the side of a small outside platform, on my fishing stool,
with a backpack with my art tools, next to me.

A policeman came by and looked at me, my backpack, and my stuff.
Was I gonna jump, or did I have a concealed weapon?
When he was gone, I smiled, because it finally dawned on me
that he was checking if I really was just painting!

The challenge with this painting was to express the ambience of that moment.
In reality the siding on the building was a nostalgic and rustic faded brown,
but the windows looked super modern.
Since I wanted an idyllic look, I decided to use the long side,
had to extend the rocks side - not there in reality. 
This way it thrusts and points the scene upward to the sky.
I choose for warmer colors on the restaurant and the rocks
to match the sweltering hot day
I emphasized the rocks to lead the eye of the viewer into the painting.
Otherwise the restaurant would have looked as a cut-out,
appearing out of "nothing."

The sky reveals the cross hatch technique, a common technique used
for the pastel medium. Great for the Kitty Wallis paper with a lot of "tooth",
so I could put enough layers on it. (the more tooth, the rougher the paper
feels like fine sandpaper)

Our world
Green Day
Sky Watch

Thursday, January 17, 2013



The year is still young, so I thought to show you
my first attempt of painting a baby, 
one of my grand children,here "Four Days Old." 
Last year Sept. he went to Kindergarden, 
and did not want to go back home!

The measurements with babies are different -
their heads are 1/5th of their height. 
 shadows give form to the face 
and make the cheek and forehead look larger

The color of the "Little Boy Blue"
 was still very red at the time, and his limbs long! 
He's laying on a round green inflatable pillow.
which was a perfect backdrop
 for the fiercely red of the face. 

When attempting a new subject 
I often venture out in pastel. With this  painting medium,
which is like colored chalk sticks (am not referring to light colors)
I use my drawing skill as a safety blanket :)

my next new venture would be to paint a child 
between 6 and 12 years old