July 22, 2010

The Ceremonial Princess Biscuitrina

The Ceremonial Princess Biscuitrina of the Faux Feather Tribe (nfs)

I am not a mask painter but I just had to find a way to celebrate the Master Mask Painter Don's new kitty and, well, there was Miss Biscuit, all ready for the task. Congratulations on your new studio friend, Don. May you have many happy paw prints together.

July 17, 2010

Grand Indeed, pastel

Grand Indeed (25 x 19.75 dry pastel)

In preparation for our trip to the Grand Canyon, I read books about it. I saw pictures of it. I studied maps of it. I watched videos. I must say, though, that there is no way I could have prepared myself for the reality of standing on the edge of that magnificent canyon! There simply are no words to describe the feeling. It seems as though there should be a stamp, or tattoo, one gets once you've "canyoned" so when you're talking about it, someone else can know if you really know the canyon. It is truly beyond words.

Some subject matters seem almost "hands-off" to me when I consider painting them because they seem impossible to capture. That's a bit how I feel about the Grand Canyon. However, I was compelled to spend more time there after returning home and getting lost in this painting was a wonderful way to do that. I wandered around all the nooks and crannies and hilltops and studied the ledges formed over thousands of years. It was such a joy to work on this piece.

I was prompted to post this piece because I was reading a wonderful blogpost by Katie who's husband taught her to fly (so cool!) and one of their trips was over the Canyonlands. Travel safely!

July 07, 2010

City Beach Sunrise

City Beach Sunrise (16 x 20 dry pastel)

It seems nearly every spot on beautiful Whidbey Island has views to offer and gorgeous sunrises and glistening waters. I just can't seem to get enough of it! This scene is from an early morning adventure to City Beach in Oak Harbor.