Valley Vineyard

Valley Vineyard
Valley Vineyard Pastel

Friday, June 15, 2012

Art Demo for the Alliance of California Artists Pastel on Ampersand board
So lets see if I can keep up with a blog this time!
My last portrait commission has been mailed out to New York to a very pleased customer. Always nice when the customer is pleased!
My last two show entries were in Clovis and Morro Bay, California.
I gave a demo to the Alliance of California Artists the beginning of this year. I had so much fun. And I got a pretty good pastel out of it, too.

Summer is upon us, the garden needs tending, paintings need creating, and more grandchildren are on the way. Makes me pretty happy!

Bull Rider, 3rd Place, Clovis, CA

Rajasthan Woman Accepted into the Pastel Society of the West Coast  2012 International Show


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

I'm Back!

It has been a long time, but I am going to try to keep up with the blogging thing. Lots of things going on, lots of plans in the works. I have been doing a few ocean scenes to get the hang of how they are done. I have enjoyed them a lot, but now I'm about to get into a few subjects. I brought out a pastel I had started a few years ago and hadn't finished. The title is Pip, my niece's boarder collie. She has a boarder collie rescue in Florida.

Thursday, February 3, 2011


Here is the pastel I did for my son and his wife of my little grand daughter, Georgiana. She is now seven months old and crawling all over the place. This was taken from a photograph that was on the birth announcement.

This was a pastel done on Ampersand board.

Pastel of The Hen

Well, I didn't get a chance to work on the Oil painting of the lady collecting eggs, mostly because its winter and I don't want to freeze in the garage where the painting is set up. So I started a pastel, on a smaller scale, than the oil. Same subject. I can take it with me when I go painting with my friends on Thursdays.
This is done on Ampersand board with pastels, a lot of pastel pencil, too.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Morro, California

This is a pastel I did while in Morro, plein air painting with my pastel buddies. It is 8x10 on sanded pastel board.

We went out to paint and get pictures. We started painting on site, but when the wind started to pick up we all ended back at the studio. I finished up the pastel when I got back home. Finished is not a good term, its more like I quit before I messed it up. I have a bad tendency to keep working a painting until I ruin it.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Shell and Avacados

Here is the pastel of the Shell and Avacado, almost done.
I am including a shot of my easel which is kind of a work of art in itself. I needed a kick so I ran out to my garden and picked geranium flowers. I like the result. Warms up the painting

Here is an update to the Shell and Avacado Pastel.
Not done yet, but pretty close

Pastel of Still Life Shell

I started this pastel in Morro from a still life. I took a picture of it because I knew I wouldn't finish it on site.