Monday, June 21, 2010

A beautiful day...

It's a beautiful day here in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. I finally got my cable fixed and the bedroom furniture delivery is finally complete. Had a few bumps along that road, but all's well that ends well.

Got new pastels last week and have been spending time getting to know them. So far I have come up with these little gems...

I painted this one using my instruction book as a guide.

This one was also an exercise from one of my books.

This one was painted from a picture that I took many years ago at the Peaks of Otter. It's a lovely little area about an hour away from us. Our Mom worked there, and it was where I had summer jobs during my high school years. Haven't been there for years, but it used to be really nice. Rustic, but nice and quiet.

I'm learning as I go with the pastels. I had this last one just the way I wanted, when I decided to reach over and add binoculars to the man crossing the bridge. Got them just so and looked down and realized that my right hand had completely obliterated the fence and most of the bank next to the bridge. I know how to avoid this, I just need to remember. Since pastel is a forgiving medium, I was able go back in and make the necessary touch ups.

Well, that's it for now. Got lots of things to do here on the home front. Birthday presents to make, chores to do and such. Now that my cable is working, I'll be checking on all my bloggy friends more regularly. Hope everyone is having a great summer and staying happy and being creative. I'll be back soon with more artsy stuff. Till then, take care and enjoy life.


Parsley said...

You have a lot of talent!

Peri said...

All the pieces are nice. Aren't you pleased with the flexibility of the medium?? Very helpful for klutzes ...not naming any sisters, just saying!
Well done, I am proud!

Artgalcrafts said...

Hi Susan, thanks for your nice message on my ever flagging blog. ?Nice to know the blogger will come in even tho I feel I have been away forever.
Your pastels are wonderful, you just have a natural talent to be able to pickup a new medium like that and be as good as that.
Love the man on the bridge, and the scenery ones are beautiful.
I am getting back to mypoly clay and hope to put more in my blog from now on.
See you again soon. Love
Elizabeth XXX

Countryfolk Keepsakes said...

Just beautiful Susan! The colors are so vibrant!! I love all three!! ♥

Tina said...

I remember seeing a sign for The peaks of otter when hubby and I went through Virginia on a little winery tour we took. It was a beautiful trip. I love your art. You are so diverse and not afraid to explore and that is so great. Pastels look amazing. Never tried them. Keep exploring. I'm enjoying your journey

Sea Gypsy said...

The last one is my favorite. You are an inspiration!

Vicki's Bit-o-earth said...

Beautiful pastels Susan~ I love your style, the subjects and the colors. We used to spend many wonderful family camping trips in areas of Southern Cal as I was growing up... the first painting reminded me of those trips. I think its the spikey plants along the path. A fun adventure for you and for us! (: Vicki

M. Smith Gentry said...

These are great, Susan! And they make a lovely banner.

You know, before I come over to your blog, I always think what new thing is Susan doing now?? Always a treat to see what new art technique/medium your creating with lately.

Artgalcrafts said...

Hi Susan thnks for the comments on my blog.
your pastels are amazing, and I love the banner wonderful to have your own original banner like that.
just perfect.

Amy Sullivan said...

~Susan, you are really doing beautiful work w/ the pastels.~Pastels are one of my favorite mediums.~Did you know that they are the most stable of all the mediums, they are almost pure pigment.~That is why one stick costs 3, 4, 5 or more $~I use mostly Rembrandt's.
~I love your colors in these painting.~

Dolly Cloth said...

What a talent you have I love the man on the bridge.I have a soft spot for pastels.

Ronnie said...

You are a natural with pastels.
Great work.
I get the "hanging your hand in your work and messing it up" thing.
I used to paint with oils and just couldn't keep the rest of myself out of it.
Glad your cable is back.
I love your new wavy hair. You look beautiful!