Friday, February 26, 2010

M&M Addiction

I can't help it, I'm addicted.  These are so fun to paint, I just had to try them larger.  But this will be the last one.  Probably.  Maybe.  Well, for right now, anyway.



9.5" x 12.5"
Soft Pastel on La Carte

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Sunshine Award

I was recently given the Sunshine Award by three wonderful artists:  Gwen Bell, Pat Burns, and Faith Te.

The rules for this award are:

1.  Put the logo on your blog or within your post
2.  Pass the award on to 12 bloggers
3.  Link the nominees within your post
4.  Let the nominees know they have received this award
5.  Link to the person from whom you received this award


I'm passing the award off to these artists, whose work I admire:

Amanda Carder - I always enjoy her blog updates, her work is fabulous!

Aimee Dingman - An acrylic artist (love those Tootsie Pops!)

Todd Ford - I love looking at his unique still life paintings.  Amazing talent!

Edward Gordon - An extremely prolific artist.  I look forward to reading his blog every day.  I like everything he does, but I particularly enjoy his figurative work.

Marti Green - So talented with watercolor, and now venturing into acrylic.

Vicky Knowles - Vicky's work is just plain fun.

Pat Meras - Soft pastel paintings that will knock your socks off!

Sophie Ploeg - Portrait and figurative work in oil.  Check out my personal favorite "Checks and Sand."  Love it!

Pierre Raby - I just love everything he does.  I could look at his work for hours.  He has two blogs, so make sure to visit both.

Alvin Richard - I love still life paintings that look uncontrived, and Alvin is a master at it.

Colette Thierault - Excellent animal artist.

This last blog is all about soft pastel artists, a review of their web sites.  I enjoy scrolling through it and looking at all the great pastel art.  Check out Artists in Pastel.

Special thanks to Gwen, Pat, and Faith for thinking of me!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Tribute to Karin Jurick


Karin Jurick
10" x 8"
Soft Pastel on Suede Matboard

Along with 117 other artists, I painted Karin Jurick’s portrait as a “thank you” for all her efforts with the Different Strokes From Different Folks blog.  The DSFDF blog has been an inspiration to many artists, and I’ve enjoyed the benefits of participating in the challenges.  In addition to stretching my skills by painting things I might not normally choose to paint, I’ve met many great people through the blog.  I have appreciated the time and effort Karin devotes to the blog, and I’m happy to be able to participate in this tribute to her.
Thanks go out to Jill Polsby, who coordinated the entire project.  To see all of the 118 portraits of Karin, click here.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

M&Ms II

M&Ms are just as addictive to paint as they are to eat. It's just too fun. I had to do it again.


5" x 5"
Soft Pastel on La Carte

Friday, February 5, 2010

M&Ms

I was in the mood for something fun and colorful, so I bought some M&Ms to paint a still life. I debated painting the candy dish in various crops, but finally decided it would be more fun to do a really close crop of just the candy.


When you aren’t used to eating a lot of sugar, M&Ms are unbelievably sweet! I was amazed at how quickly I went from being nauseous to addicted. I had so much fun painting this, but found it is difficult to paint candy without wanting to eat it. Now I need to paint something healthy to get over my sugar high.




M&Ms

5” x 5”

Soft Pastel on La Carte