Friday, March 30, 2007

Pastel paintings from Life

Hello and welcome to my first blog. I have been painting steadily for the past several months. I first started out in watercolors. I loved using watercolor but found the medium very challenging. I also am not a very patient person and found that waiting for things to dry just drove me crazy. I was first introduced to pastels by my father who is an artist as well. For my birthday he sent me a book all about using pastels. I read the book and thought I would give it a try. I rushed out to the nearest art store, bought the cheapest pastels I could find and ran home to try me hand at using them. I immediately fell in love! The colors were so beautiful and I loved how I could layer many colors on top of one another and get new colors. Also I did not have to wait for the painting to dry! I knew I would be hooked for a very long time. I experimented with different brands of pastels and paper and fell in love with the very soft Terry Ludwigs and sanded papers. What a difference a really good pastel made in the quality of my work! I subsequently threw out all those cheap pastels! Today I am painting on a regular basis and will be posting new paintings to my blog as they come off the easel. All my paintings are for sale. If you see something you like please email me at