Sunday, March 19, 2017

Playing around with soft pastel

"Afternoon Delight"  soft pastel
This painting was begun at one of our recent painting sessions and I promised to post the finished piece.  Inspired by the photo of an artist friend, I blocked in areas of color and then developed the painting at home without a photo reference.  This allowed me the freedom to express the scene as I wished, without regard for being "accurate."  This is the scene as I visualize it in my mind's eye.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Aquarius 2017

"Autumn's Glow"  soft pastel

"Imagine"  soft pastel
The Medina Art League's annual exhibit, Aquarius, is currently underway on the third floor of the Medina County District Library in downtown Medina!  The two paintings above are in the the show, and I am delighted to have received an Honorable Mention for "Imagine."  This is a very diverse and exciting exhibit so, if you have an opportunity, please do stop by during regular library hours and take a look. 

Friday, February 3, 2017

Epiphany Arts Festival

"Glad All Over"  acrylic on wrapped 24 x30 canvas (sold)

The Epiphany Arts Festival is currently underway at Bath Church, Akron, Ohio.  The above painting, "Glad All Over" (24"x30"), is on display, along with a small pastel, "Lake Isaac Impressions, and many other beautiful works of art by area artists.  The exhibit runs from Jan. 21 through February 19, 2017.  So, there is still time for you to stop by and see all the exciting artwork that is available for sale at this lovely venue.  See sidebar for information on location and hours.  To my delight, "Glad All Over" was sold at this exhibit.

Sunday, December 18, 2016


One of my ongoing struggles in painting, is to get the values right.  Without that, it is not a good painting, no matter how precise the drawing might be or how strong the composition.  Values are what make a painting "POP."  I still have a bit of work to do on this piece, but I think I'm headed in the right direction.  I'll post an update when it is finished.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Kaleidoscope 2016!

"Imagine"  Soft Pastel
I am truly honored to have two paintings accepted into this year's Kaleidoscope exhibition.  "Imagine," shown above, and "Autumn's Glow" will be on display from December 3 through December 31, 2016.  The opening reception, open to the public, will be Saturday, December 3, from 5-8 PM at Summit Artspace Gallery, 140 E. Market Street, Akron, Ohio.  Gallery hours are: Thursdays and Fridays 12-7PM, Saturday 12-5PM.

Sunday, September 18, 2016


"Imagine"   Soft Pastel
This painting was strictly a fantasy...a chance to just experiment and see where my imagination might take me.  I had fun playing with the color and working to create the illusion of a stand of trees at the edge of a forest.

Friday, May 27, 2016

The Path

"The Path"   9" x 11"  Pastel
Several weeks ago I began this painting at our painting group.  It is roughly based on an image from one of my husband's photos from Iceland.  In his image, there was a large field of lupine, but I was working from memory...no photo reference, and I decided to just have fun and see what I could come up with.  When I hit a roadblock, I took it to our critique group for suggestions on how to proceed.  Taking their comments to heart, I implemented some of their suggestions and this is the end result.  It is quite a different color palette for me, and I had fun playing with the many layers of color.  This painting, along with 4 other of my pastels, will be on display at the Medina County Library from mid-June through mid-July. 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Something New for Spring

"Spring is in the Air"   9" x 11" Pastel
With these lovely spring colors, I thought this would be an appropriate piece to post on this beautiful  Sunday in May.  I have been playing with abstract in acrylic for some time, but decided I wanted to try it with my favorite medium (for now)...soft pastel.  I'm pretty happy with this outcome, and plan to experiment further. 

Friday, August 7, 2015

Another Encaustic

"In a Tizzy"   Encaustic

I absolutely love creating images with melted wax!  There is something magical about watching an image emerge from the chaos.  This is a very small image, about 2" x 3" and it was a bit challenging to work that small, but I think it was worth the effort.  I consider any image I create to be worth it if I have fun with the process, learn something, and am reasonably happy with the outcome. 

Friday, April 10, 2015

New River Gorge

"New River Gorge, West Virginia"   8" x 10"   Pan Pastel
I painted this scene in watercolor several years ago, and decided to try it again, this time in pastel.  I felt the image of fog rolling in over the river would lend itself nicely to soft pastel.  I'm not sure if it's finished, time will tell.  What I do know is that I really like working with the Pan Pastels.  It has taken a while for me to really get the feel for how to apply them effectively, and I'm still experimenting. They create such a lovely soft effect! 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Finally Finished...

"Pinks"   8" x 10"  Pan Pastel

"Happy Dance"  9" x 12"  Pan Pastel
In my previous post, I displayed these paintings, in process, and indicated that I would be taking them to our critique group for comments and suggestions.  The keen eyes of our members were able to quickly point out the error of my ways. I am happy with the final (I think) outcome of these playful images that help remind me that spring is, indeed, on its way.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Time to start thinking about flowers!

"Happy Dance"  Pastel

"Pinks"  Pastel

Two pastel paintings that I recently began in our Wednesday painting group.  Pan Pastels were used for both of these pieces, which creates a very soft velvety image.  I have gone in with pastel pencil to sharpen a few areas.  These will be going to our critique group tomorrow morning.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Acrylic adventure

A couple of weeks ago, we had some fun with acrylics at our local painting group.  Everyone was asked to design a painting based solely on emotion.  Nothing representational allowed.  This is the painting, as yet unnamed, that I created.  It was an interesting, challenging, and exhilarating experience!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

A Brand New Year!

"Somewhere Beyond"  Pastel
This pastel painting is of an imaginary place, but one that is reminiscent of places that I have visited and of which I have fond memories.  I love the out of doors, the majesty of nature, and the feeling of exhilaration such a place bestows.  This is where I long to spend some time in 2015!

Friday, December 26, 2014

It's That Time of Year Again!


May every day be a special day filled with love, laughter, and the comfort of family and friends.

Sunday, October 26, 2014


"Joie de Vivre"  Watercolor (sold)

Me holding the award plaque
I was very honored to receive the Valorie J. Snell Memorial Award for Creativity at our recent juried exhibition, Artworks/'14.  This award holds special meaning for me because it is in memory of a friend, and Valorie was a charter member and trustee of this group.  Below is additional information about the award and about Valorie Snell.

"Sunny Flowers"  Watercolor by Valorie Snell which received 2nd Place in Artworks/'7

Monday, September 15, 2014

Being observed...

"Royalty"  Pastel
While painting "Royalty" in a local park, I was unaware that I was being observed by a large black snake who was peeking out of a hole in the concrete directly behind where I was standing.  As I was about ready to pack up, an older gentleman stopped by on his bike to warn me about the snake, who had apparently claimed this area for his home and is frequently seen slithering about.  Sure enough, there he was, sticking his head out, watching, watching.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Plein Air Exhhibit at Medina Library!

Our plein air ("in the open air") painting group, is currently exhibiting at the Medina Library, 210 South Broadway, Medina, OH.  The exhibit will run through September 28.  If you enjoy landscape paintings, and have an opportunity to stop by, please do.  And, don't forget to sign our guest book and let us know what you think of the exhibit! 

Monday, September 1, 2014

All Aboard!

"All Aboard"  Watercolor
Bill and I are steam engine buffs, and have frequently ridden the old iron horses during our travels.  Once, while foolishly wearing brand new white shoes, we had the opportunity to ride in the engine, and I sat with the fireman as he stoked the fire with coal.  Needless to say, I ended up with black shoes!  Wonderful memories. I believe this particular image is of the Blue Mountain and Reading in Pennsylvania.  More research needed to confirm that...

Sunday, August 24, 2014


"Abandoned"  Acrylic
Bill and I were in Central Ohio, returning from a trip down south, and as we came around a curve in the road, we happened upon this fabulous, old, car, totally rusted, sitting forlornly in the middle of an empty field.  The car was surrounded by overgrown weeds, presenting a very sad, but beautiful, sight.