Tag Archives: Pastel

Plane Approaching 

We are visiting cousins along the Florida coast some 20 miles to the west of the Tampa Airport. This is the night view as I look out over the sea. The bright light is an approaching plane, not a star … Continue reading

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Nostalgia

Visiting a cousin who grew up with you long ago can cause the memories to come cascading back, especially if heightened by old photos and the music of your past.  The body language of these two cousins on a shared … Continue reading

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A Flowering Hedge and a Stone Wall

Before we left San Diego today I had time to sketch a flowering hedge tumbling down a stone wall.  This is a pastel sketch on black paper. 

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Near Dateland Arizona

As we drove across Southern Arizona late this afternoon, I sketched the landscape from the comfort of an air conditioned passenger seat. I focused on catching the big shapes of the desert mountains and sky with pastel. It was a … Continue reading

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At Elk Pond

Elk Pond in Telluride Mountain Village is a place where people can come to fish without a license, sunbathe, kayak, paint and just hang out. I love the way the water catches the reflections of the sky, mountains, trees, and … Continue reading

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Meadow on the Village Bypass Trail

Mountain Bikers love the Village Bypass Trail and I had a great time marveling at their speed and courage as I stood above the trail and sketched this morning. I considered including a few but they flew by so fast … Continue reading

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View Through the Balconies

Today was a good day for rain and a good day to paint indoors, or at least to paint from under the shelter of the balcony above. I was going to paint the clouds over the mountains but noticed how … Continue reading

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Preliminary Sketch 

If my goal for the day’s sketch is complicated, it helps a lot to make a preliminary sketch or two. That way I can work through some of the challenges without worrying that I will wreck my work. My preliminary … Continue reading

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Indian Paintbrush 

The other day I did some small simple sketches of fields, mountains and sky using gouache on small sheets of black paper. I was practicing quickly placing the big shapes down in a free sort of way and did not … Continue reading

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Clouds Crowd the San Juan Mountains

After getting help from friends, a cousin and the internet, I now know some of the characteristics of a mountain scene that I can look for as I study possibilities for a sketch. A foreground is important, it should be … Continue reading

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