Sunday, July 31, 2011

Outside My Window

Completed another Daily Paintworks Challenge involving taking a black and white photo and creating a colored work.  It was fun and something I have never done.  I learned a lot from this exercise and am happy with what I've created.  Let me know what you think!  Check out the website, very fun place for artists to network and receive constructive criticism.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Flower Series #4

As a part of daily paintworks challenge to look outside and draw flowers using a specific palate, in less than an hour.  I'm really happy with what I've accomplished!  I think I did pretty well with the restrictions and am happy with the results!  Please let me know what you think.  Also check out my fan page on facebook!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Simple Exercise

Another artist who works in Pastel gave me the advice of taking a 2D object and painting it life size.  Well I grabbed the closest thing around, taped it to the wall and started working.  It was a good exercise and I'm happy with what I came up with.  It isn't quite life-size, about half an inch off but I like it for some reason.  I think I'll do more and try to put more of an artistic spin on them.  Enjoy!  p.s. I got my Pastel Journal, yay!
5x7 NuPastel and Pastel Pencil on Pastel Paper

Monday, July 25, 2011

Iris Study

Here's my experimentation with watercolor and using the pastels wet.  I'm not sure how much patience I have for watercolor lol.  After getting used to the immediacy of pastel and not needing to wait between layers, its hard to wait for the watercolor to dry before I put more on.  I also stretched my watercolor paper and still had issues with the paper wilting. :( But here it is...its a start.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Posing and experimenting with watercolor

So what's new?  On Saturday I posed for the Art League of New Britain's Saturday open figure drawing (clothed).  It was very interesting to see the different interpretations of me.  One of the gentleman did a fantastic charcoal drawing and let me take a picture for myself.  Check it out...
On another note.  I've decided to start experimenting with watercolor so that I can combine it with my pastel. I bought a cheap starter watercolor set, meant to get anyone started into it.  Well there isn't much instruction in the book on techniques or anything other that color wheels, mixing colors and stretching canvas.  Also, the brushes are rather cheap but if I can just get into it a little and figure things out.  Then I'll know if I'd like to spend extra money on better quality watercolor supplies.  I'll let you know what happens. :)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


Quick 5x7 Pastel inspired by daily paintworks challenge.  The challenge was reflections, this is my interpretation.  I'll probably work on it a little more.  I like where it's going! :)

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Pastel Class Canceled

:(  One of the difficulties with doing Pastel for artwork is that not only are classes hard to find, they get canceled.  Its just not a popular medium compared to acrylic or oil.  Not only is finding one is a challenge, but finding one reasonably priced or priced for the hobby artist, is not easy either.  On another down note, I was not selected for the Step Up 2011 by Real Art Ways.  It was a contest for the emerging artist with minimal exhibition experience (I have none) and just out of art school (I never went).  I'm a little disappointed but I'm sure they had many talented submissions and I've only been doing pastel for a year and haven't taken anything other that a required art class.  I'll try again next year :).  I didn't want to write a post and leave it empty handed so to speak, so I'd like to post an older piece.  Orchids I did for my grandmother, Chalk Pastel on Drawing Paper 11x14.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

5 Inch Heels :)

I finished the picture of my pink, grey, and black 5" heels.  It was a challenge on  I like the way it came out. What do you think?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Finished Paintings!!

Okay... so its been a little while.  I've been battling with my beach portrait photo.  I've been looking at it (my easel is in my dining/living room) everyday and thinking about what I want to do with it so that I don't over work it.  I'm happy with how it came out and don't think there is anything else I can do without throwing of the balance and spirit that is there.  Here it is! NuPastel and Pastel Pencil on 11x14 Pastel Paper.
The picture is not as clear as I'd like it to be but you get the drift. :)
Another photo I'm posting is a quite 20 minute 6x8 of a challenge on  The challenge was to do a piece based on balance.  And I figure, what's a better representation of balance than a pair of 5 inch heels?  Hope you like it.
On another note... I'm starting my first Pastel class tomorrow!!!  Actually, its my first art class since freshman year of high school.  I'm super excited about learning actual techniques and getting feedback.  Not all that excited about the teacher telling us to go get more supplies after the first class but such is life!  So I plan to bring my camera and take photos of my work as it progresses.  That way I can post what I work on and show the stages of it as I go.  Wish me luck!
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