Thursday, September 22, 2016

Tennessee

During one of our trips to Tenn. we  stopped by a small park and I took this reference photo...I loved the old wooden fence and thought it would make a nice painting...I decided to paint it with oils instead of pastels.... I'm doing a large painting of the Grand Canyon right now and it's giving me so many problems...I don't know what I'm doing....talk about challenging!! lol  Hopefully by next week I'll have it figured out... meanwhile, I hope you enjoy my little oil painting...

Friday, July 29, 2016

The American Eagle

When I saw this reference photo in the computer, I really wanted to paint it.  Every time I look at it I get the goose bumps.. I have painted the Eagle before but never with the American Flag as the background.  I used Unisom reds since its very vibrant as well as the white.  I hope you enjoy this piece as much as I enjoyed painting it.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

LING

Ling in Chinese means "Spiritual Being"... I thought this would be a good name for this lovely Lady.    I took the reference picture of "Ling" when I was at Hick's Nursery...a Garden Center in Westbury, NY.  She had such a kind face and even smiled when she knew I was taking pictures... and yes, I really needed to paint her...lol

Friday, July 8, 2016

LEXI

When my youngest granddaughter visited me, I asked her if she would pose for me and of course she said yes.  She's very sweet and loves that I would want to paint her.  I've painted her before but everyday she changes so its always a bit different!   I used mostly soft  Rembrandt pastels for this portrait.

Friday, July 1, 2016

West Virginia

I took a  reference photo of this waterfall while hiking a few years back!!.  It was  so beautiful...  I can still hear the sounds of the water falling against the rocks..  I probably would never find this place again, but at least I'll have this pastel painting.  We decided that this was the perfect spot to have a picnic!!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Hats for sale

When I was in Manhattan in front of the Whitney Museum, I saw a street vendor with an incredible amount of hats for sale!  I thought it would be interesting to paint...As I got into it I realized it wasn't an easy piece ...however, I really enjoyed painting this.  Every hat seemed to have a different color and just the right amount of light hitting them.  Again, a little different?

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Mr. Rooster

 I needed a change from painting portraits and this little guy was calling me.  I'm not sure but I believe the photo was taken in West Virginia.  He was standing near another rooster equally as beautiful...I might paint him another time. 

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Alexa

When I went to my friends Anniversary party last summer, his granddaughter Alexa was there.  She was so pretty and I asked her if I can take her photo.  After I finished her portrait, her Mom saw it and wanted to purchase it.. it's always such a compliment when someone likes your work!  SO now the portrait has a new home...

Monday, May 2, 2016

Megan

Megan was our last weeks model in my Friday live model class.  She was so sweet and the perfect model.  She's the granddaughter to one of the Artist in our group.  I loved the shadows hitting her face and of course I painted this at home after taking some reference photos...but I did sketch in class which was a wonderful practice for me.  (I'll get there..lol)

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Shadia

We all have our favorite models.. Shadia is a very sweet girl as well as beautiful and such a pleasure to paint.  On Fridays I go to a live model class to "practice"... however, I cheated and I took Shadia's photo and painted her at home!  I'm not ready to show anyone my paintings yet from class..lol.  but I will never give up since I enjoy the class so much.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Bianca

This is my granddaughter Bianca getting ready for her dance recital.  A sweet little dancer who is willing to pose for me anytime.... I took many photos of her but it was something about this pose that I fell in love with.

Every day I'm feeling a little better... I still go to Physical Therapy every day.  What a great feeling waking up with less pain!!  Life is so good!!!   Thank you all for your previous comments...you are ALL so special and always make my day.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Harvest Time

It's been a little over 5 weeks that I had my surgery and the therapy part of it is the toughest.!
Bringing my arm back to norm is SO difficult  but they tell me that I'm doing well so I push myself to the ultimate.  Everyday I try to paint a little more... this is what keeps me sane and relaxed..lol
This painting was so much fun because I used my palette knife only for the texture on the corn.
The reference photo was taken in Lancaster, PA at an Amish Farm.  They were harvesting  corn with horse drawn wagons.  They are such hard working people and I have so much respect for them.
Thank you all for your previous comments.  I appreciate them.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Jack

I took the reference picture of Jack when I was in my Tuesday pastel workshop.  I finished the portrait yesterday and Jack loved it.  He said if he knew I was going to paint him he would have changed his shirt...of course I told him I can always change the color or style!  We can do these things..lol
Next week, on January 13th  I'm having surgery to repair a torn muscle on my shoulder....yes...ouch!!!  I have no idea what I'm in for but the doctor told me that I won't be able to do too much after the surgery BUT I will be visiting all my friends here so if I don't comment please know that I'm enjoying your work.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Monument Valley, Utah

Monument Valley is about 3 1/2 hours away from Zion National Park and such an awesome place to visit.  The colors in the sky reflected on the mountains and I really enjoyed painting this with pastels.
This will be my last painting for 2015!  It's so hard to believe that 2016 is around the corner...
such a busy time in the year for all of us.  I'm working on a pastel portrait for January!   Until then,
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR to all of my friends here on blog land! 

Sunday, December 13, 2015

106 years young

I went to New Jersey today to visit with my Aunt and we celebrated her 106th birthday!  She is such an amazing, and beautiful Lady who now is looking forward to her 107th birthday!   This Friday the Mayor of her town will be visiting her and  I understand the media will be there as well!  She is a Phillies fan and always wanted to meet one of the players...  Hey!  you never know... lol   I love you Esperanza!!!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

A proud Marine

Joey is  a proud Marine and here he stands in his dress uniform.  As Veterans Day approaches, it seemed like an excellent time to honor those who have served.  I painted this portrait of Joey in pastel wearing full uniform awhile ago but never posted it..I'm so proud of my cousin's son!  I have quite a few family members who have served our Country and this is the perfect time to  thank them for their dedication and service.   I would also like to thank all the other service men and women...
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Cades Cove, Tennessee

There is so many things to see in the Smokey's... Cades Cove is a place where everyone should visit.  It's an 11 mile one way loop road that circles around the Cove.  I saw a black bear and some turkeys.. sometimes you can view coyotes and other wildlife.  The bears are very active in the park right now, so I'm very happy to be home!!!  But there's so many horses and I was able to get many great reference photos.  This horse is a work horse...so beautiful and very big.  I did a monochromatic painting and I'd like to paint a series of my horses this way from reference photos all over the country.
I haven't been painting for a few weeks because I had an annoying floater in my eye that looked like a spider in front of my vision!  First my hand now my eye !!??  It seemed to have gone away and I'm hoping it doesn't come back again... although I understand that it never really goes away!!!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Early morning cruising

I was on my way to Fire Island and took the reference photo of this sailboat for this pastel painting.   You can see the background clearly but I chose to blur it out.  I loved the light hitting the boat and how it reflected in the water. 

Friday, August 7, 2015

Still Life - Hydrangeas

I don't paint flowers but I had so much fun painting these Hydrangeas.   I picked a few from my garden and put it in this old vase that I found many years back and made a bouquet for this painting.  I used Rembrandt pastels and used Unisom pastels as well since they are so vibrant in color.  Unfortunately you really can't see it in this photo.  I think I got carried away and added too many flowers for the size of the vase!!!   What was I thinking?   I couldn't even put water in the vase.. lol   

Monday, July 13, 2015

JACK

Jack is an Artist from my Friday art group who was nice enough to pose for this reference picture.  I haven't worked in pastels for many weeks because of my hand but I'm feeling so much better since I've been resting it.  My Orthopedist feels that it is nerves coming from my neck or shoulders that is creating the problem.  Thank you all for your comments!
But more important!!! www.wallpart.com is stealing our work off the internet and selling them as posters!   This really needs to go viral so we can stop them.  I know, because I found my work there when I typed my name.
Some of the Artists in the Pastel Society believe that they want you to order a poster of your work.  Once you put the order through, they can get into your computer.  Very scary people out there.  So sign the petition....I already did!
The link is
http://www.change.org/p/remove-wallpart-com-stealing-people-s-work-without-permission
and feel free to share the link with other artists....   I will be visiting all of you soon!!  I look forward to catching up!!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

AMY

Amy just passed away a few days ago at the age of 4 and my daughter wanted me to paint a portrait of her so she can present it to her friend who is mourning this beautiful golden retriever.
I will be taking a break from painting, and blogging for a month or so because I have a bad case of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome which is so incredibly painful and it gets worse when I type or even paint!   It's very upsetting because we don't realize how much we use our hands until the moment we "can't".  Wearing a brace helps a little bit...any input is appreciated.  I'm typing with my left hand right now..(not easy)  Thank you so much for your comments.
I'll be back soon.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Rembrandt Study

This is my first portrait in oils.  And what a challenge it was!
I don't know how you all paint with oils! lol...I had so many problems mixing colors.  I decided to paint a self-portrait of one of my favorite Artist - Rembrandt.  As you know, he painted so many self-portraits and since I love his style I used this as a study for my next oil portrait.   The title is "Self portrait with a Gorget".   I was curious to know what a Gorget was....it's the Armor that protects the throat and shoulders.   I learn something every day!

Monday, May 4, 2015

In Thought

When I went to Manhattan a few months back, this man was sitting on a bench enjoying the weather.  I always wonder what they're thinking about ...so I just took his photo because he had "that face" that needed to be painted.  Lately I haven't been in the mood to paint but once I put those pastels in my hands...the desire to paint takes over!!... I hope you like it.
Now I'm on the watch for my next subject.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

ABANDONED

I'm working on a pastel portrait but in between I painted this barn from West Virginia.  I have so many reference photos of barns across this beautiful Country of ours that I can probably publish a book..  I used a palette knife for this painting except for the sky.  I still need to work on that... Barns was always a favorite subject for me and using the palette knife was a wonderful practice.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Papi

This is a portrait of my Papi.  I painted a portrait of him before but I loved the reference photo that I found when cleaning up.  He was ready to go out to a dinner when  I took this photo.  I thought it was the perfect time to post it since he was born in March.   When my daughter saw this portrait she wanted it...so I knew she must have loved it...
I miss this man everyday that passes!!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

LISA

Lisa was a model in one of my classes... I don't like to paint portraits in class so I took the reference picture of  Lisa and worked on her at home.  In class I just paint the model for practice since I have problems working on live models.  She was the perfect model with beautiful features.  I finished this portrait a few weeks ago but I've been so busy visiting everyone who was doing the challenge that I didn't get a chance to post it!   Everyone did so well and it amazes me when someone does a painting a day!!! Congratulations to all!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Sounds of Nature

I'm not a landscape Artist but I sure had fun painting this pastel.  The reference picture was taken in W.Virginia..
Unfortunately I don't remember exactly where but I do remember how beautiful it was..  The perfect place to be when you wanted to sit and enjoy God's Country.. listening to the sounds of the birds and waterfalls.  I loved seeing the moss all over the rocks.  Wonderful colors everywhere you look.   Right now I'm working on a portrait but I thought I would post this painting.  Since I wanted to achieve texture on the rocks, I painted this on sanded paper.   I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

So many things to do.. so little time.  Just to let you all know that this will be my last post until January.  I'm getting ready for the Holidays and this coming Sunday we will be visiting my sweet Aunt Esperanza in New Jersey to celebrate her 105th birthday!!  She's already thinking about how she wants to celebrate her 106th!!  Thank you all for your visits and for  your generous comments.  I always look forward to seeing your next paintings....you are all SO talented and we all have our own personal techniques in our work that makes it so interesting!   To my friends... Merry Christmas and Happy and Healthy New Year!!!  John, Hilda and Cali

Monday, November 17, 2014

Lucas

This is Lucas..... almost 4 years old and already has such an amazing personality!  I recently had an exhibit in Lynbrook Library and he was with his Grandma.   He looked like a little man admiring all the paintings on the wall.  With Grandma's permission, I took his photo.  Lately I enjoy painting children.   They have such an innocence about them that I love to capture in a  painting.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Early August

Perfect light....Perfect shadows is what I always look for when painting a portrait.  The reference picture is of Skye a few years ago when I seated her near a window to pose her until I took the photo.  The lighting was the way I wanted.. a bit darker so I lightened it up a little.  My model is growing up too fast so I have to get all the reference pictures I can..
then move to another grandchild.....lol

Thursday, September 25, 2014

MEMORIES

Since I'm still working on a painting, I thought I would post this one that I did awhile ago but never posted..an oil painting of my two daughter's first shoes.  When the shoes didn't fit any longer, I threw them out.  Years later I went to my husband's workshop.  When I looked up, there they stood!!!  I couldn't believe he was the sentimental Dad.. Honestly, now I'm glad he took them out of the trash because I always regretted throwing them out.  These shoes that were once white was pretty worn out so I couldn't paint them white, like I wanted. LOL
When I see this painting, I immediately think back when they were babies taking those first steps toward me...stumbling at first, but I was always there with open arms ready to catch them!!

Also, I wanted to share Colette Theriault's blog with all of you who are not familiar with her.  She does mostly pastel portraits of pets that are so incredible and she's having a "pet portrait giveaway" that you don't want to miss out on.
Her link is http://petportraitsbycolette.blogspot.ca/2014/09/custom-pet-portrait-giveaway.html
You will love her work...

Monday, September 8, 2014

Saturday Night

A few years back, my sister-in-law gave me a photo of her Grandson Ryan and told me it would make a nice painting.
After I finished it, I really liked it because basically it's an outline with very little detail.   I would like to paint a similar piece with my granddaughter playing her viola.  I enjoyed painting this in oil because it doesn't have to be protected under glass like my pastels.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Irving Kerr

Irving Kerr was a watercolor Artist from my workshop who passed away recently at the age of 101.  I was invited by his son to join his family and other Artists from the workshop for a Memorial luncheon.  There was a table set up displaying his beautiful work.  The reference photo for this pastel portrait was on the table.  Unfortunately, I never met Irving since I started the workshop after he stopped going but I feel like I knew him especially after seeing his work and listening to all the stories from the Artists in the group.  I will be showing this painting in the Rockville Centre Library in the Fall and will present this painting to his son after the show.

Friday, July 25, 2014

A perfect day at the zoo

I did this pastel portrait of this little girl  enjoying the animals in the zoo the same day that I took the reference picture for my "China Doll" (back in March).... She was in a stroller next to her... so maybe they were sisters?.  I loved her face and her pretty pink angora sweater.  I enjoy  watching children enjoying the day!!    Their faces are always full of amazement.  Priceless in my eyes!!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Somebody's grandchild

The reference photo was of my granddaughter.
However, when I finished this pastel portrait I realized how much it doesn't look like her !  But since I like the portrait, I will show you before I throw it out.  I usually know what I did wrong.. this time I can't figure it out!!  I guess I'm a little frustrated.   Maybe I'll pull it apart and fix it OR start over...hmmmm

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Tucson, Arizona

A few years back, we visited Sabino Canyon in
beautiful Arizona.  We decided to hike but it was pretty hot that day.  We were enjoying all the pretty wildflowers....I believe it was 104 degrees.
(but it was a dry heat !!!! NOT....lol !)
We might have gone in about 1/2 mile or so when we decided to turn back...much too hot.  When we arrived back to the start of the hike there was police cars and a news truck... why?
Someone had spotted a mountain lion and they were going to tell everyone to come back.. My hair stood up and needless to say we went back to the car....jogging this time !!!!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Christina

I painted this pastel portrait from a photo.  Christina is my cousins daughter and a beautiful girl perfect for this portrait.  I painted her awhile ago with her husband on her wedding day.  The lighting hitting her face and her hair is what I love and always look for from a reference picture.

Monday, June 2, 2014

"Family"

When Maggie's owner saw Maggie and Pippin's portrait, she commissioned me to paint a pastel portrait of Maggie's family.  The first dog is Maggie's Dad and the little one is Maggie's Mom.  The rest of them are family as well except for the older one in the middle who was found abused so the breeder took him in and took care of him until he died.  The reference picture was taken by the breeder as they all looked through the back window of the car.  I know I've been painting animals lately but I "really" needed to paint this one.  Don't you just want to smile when you look at this happy family?  

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Portrait of a cat

I never knew painting animals could be so much fun.  I found the reference picture for this pastel portrait from a photo I took many years ago but was always afraid to paint it....  I'm a dog person and never owned a cat but I think they are beautiful animals.....some with amazing markings and colors.  I hope you like this little guy as much as I enjoyed painting him!!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Joshemari Sketching

I saw Josh's picture on his blog and got his permission to paint this portrait.  Josh does plein aire painting mostly in beautiful Barcelona... his
passion for watercolors is so evident in his work.  He paints a lot of landscapes,  Cityscapes but I have to admit his Seascapes are fantastic
and I enjoy seeing them SO much!  In this pastel portrait, Josh was sketching and I loved the expression on this wonderful man doing what he loves so much!!  If you get a chance, drop by his blog... you'll love his work!!
http://jmlarranagaacuarelas.blogspot.com

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Rembrandt Study

I think copying the work of the Masters is a learning experience.  I enjoyed painting this portrait of Rembrandt.  He studied himself very closely in the mirror for most of his life...painting about 100 self-portraits, which explains how there's so many facial changes with his portraits.  I imagine it had to be very challenging.  Some people say that he did it because he always had a model on hand!!  He always painted with dark shadows that I always liked.  I would have painted this in oils, like he did, but I still don't have the nerve... so I stuck to the comfort of my pastels!!!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Montana Beauty

Driving through Montana is always so beautiful.  I never get tired of all those greens you see in this amazing land of ours.  I love horses and I really enjoyed painting this horse since he was so close and I was able to "see" those details that you need in a painting.  I think he knew I was taking a photo...he stood perfectly still for me..LOL

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Spare Moment

One of many reference pictures that I have..this one is of a man enjoying Gramercy Park, NYC on a sunny and brisk afternoon... maybe on his break?  but his expression caught my eye and thought it would make a nice pastel portrait...

Thursday, March 20, 2014

China Doll

Some little girls needs to be photographed.  This little girl was in the Bronx Zoo a few years ago looking at all the animals.  She didn't take her eyes off of them for one moment.. you wonder what they're thinking about!.  At that moment, I photographed her for a future pastel painting!!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Yosemite - once again

I painted this awhile ago but I wanted to paint it again.. not only because it was a beautiful place that I visited many times, but last time I used canson paper... this time I used sanded paper... putting all my values down first with pastels and then I applied an alcohol wash.. it came out looking like an oil painting.  After it dried, I used my pastels finishing my painting as I always do.  I enjoyed using the sand paper however, it eats up all my pastels.. lol

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Forever Friends

This is a commission that I did for a friend.  Maggie, the golden retriever and Pippin, the Chihuahua mix lived only blocks away from each other...they would play with each other every day, play wrestling in the backyard until one day Pippin moved away.  Pippin misses Maggie so much.  Her owner has a video where Pippin actually watches her friend in front of the TV...!!!   I have to admit, my dog doesn't do that...lol 

Monday, February 17, 2014

At the market...

This pastel painting is of a woman doing some shopping at a local produce market in India.  Sue Clinker, a blogging buddy,  just got back from a trip to India and she was nice enough to give me permission to use the beautiful photo reference.  The market was mainly fruits and their local flowers.  I love how elegant she looks with her colorful and neatly pleated sari.  I think the traditional costumes are so beautiful.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Skye in a Hoodie

My granddaughter posed for me with her "hoodie" on... I asked her to look down so I can get those perfect shadows on her face... I took the perfect  shot that I was looking for... Unfortunately I wasn't able to photograph the portrait very well...it's a bit lighter in person.  It's so wonderful having the model always available... well, for now anyway!!!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Lower Falls in Yellowstone

The Lower Falls in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.. In my eyes one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the USA.  The Yellowstone River tumbles 308ft to the Canyon floor creating this amazing foam..  It was very difficult capturing the true beauty of this place in pastels, but I enjoyed trying with every color I had..lol..

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Hiding

Recently while in my Tuesday workshop, we were asked if anyone wanted to paint this little girl.    Rich  had taken this picture of this pretty girl when he visited Guatemala.  Of course, I loved the picture and had to paint it.    She looked like she was trying to hide in back of this branch.