Monday, September 24, 2007


I will be writing about my trip, but for now I wanted to post a couple to let you know I didn't get lost.

Afternoon Light 18"x24" pastel on black Canson

Golden Field 18"x24" pastel on sepia Canson


"I should love to satisfy all, if I possibly can; but in trying to satisfy all, I may be able to satisfy none. I have, therefore, arrived at the conclusion that the best course is to satisfy one's own conscience and leave the world to form its own judgment, favorable or otherwise."

-Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948)

Thursday, September 20, 2007


None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, September 05, 2007


After a week of over 100 degree weather, I ventured out. I think it was in the 90's but it sure felt cooler. Sometimes a plein air destination can be so vast that one is not sure if another better view wouldn't be around the next corner. Today, however, I saw these cute little spherical bushes, and the awesome San Gabriel Mtns behind and decided they would make a great subject.

I need the practice, since next week I will be off at this time in New York for my 3 Day Pastel Workshop with Michael Newberry . He is scouting spots in Central Park for us. Knowing the area very well I am getting so very excited. However I have no idea if I can do one pastel an hour. YIKES.. that makes six a day!

This process is not easy folks. It may look unfinished to some, since it is not blended carefully. Yet if you were to stand next to an artist working with this technique, you would see careful and thoughtful choices in colors. Placing colors side by side, to create depth and capture the color key for that particular time of day. Also, the choice of paper is included in the color considerations. Dark paper is preferred since it can become one of the shadow colors, and creates an harmonious color note throughout the drawing.

It is a fascinating way to study color.