Thursday, April 21, 2011

Another 6" pastel- Paris Street Scenes

I also have this posted on my other blog, Desiree's Designs, but wanted to also share here. I took so many great photos in Paris and want to paint them all, this is one and I did it in pastels and only 6"!
Tomorrow I meet with the people for the commission piece, keep your fingers crossed!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A series for the next 6" show

Randy Higbee's Gallery had their 6" show, it was amazing. I missed the deadline by a day and was just sick over it. This time I will be ready. They are supposed to have another around fall sometime. I am working on a series of small paintings that will also be available for sale on my other blog, desiree's designs , so keep you eyes open as I will be offering new pieces all the time. Here is my latest series called Vineyard Gold. Pastel 6"x6". The photo is a bit blurry, my phones photo quality seems to be slipping!!

Monday, April 18, 2011

From postcard to notecards!

As some of you know, I am doing a postcard exchange with some very talented artists all over the world! I found it nerve racking when I started painting my postcards though, I didn't know if the rest would send their actual postcards or do more of a completed painting. It has turned out to be a mixed bag, some staying relaxed and confident enough to send great sketched cards, while others are taking more time and producing a more finished piece. I was just confused as to what to paint, the first card I did was painted at the rehab hospital where Jennifer has therapy. Its a beautiful, Mediterranean building with beautiful grounds. I painted it and sent it to Katherine in London. I guess the hospital has a Google alert set up and when Katherine put it on the "Postcard Blog" Casa Colina was notified and I got an email asking me if they could use the painting for note cards for the hospital!! I was happy to be able to give back to a place that has given us so much, so here are the finished note cards which have my contact info on the back.
The funny thing about this story is that I am there twice a week, for the past ten years and I have painted and sketched the area many times. It took one postcard traveling to London to get them to see my blog! If you haven't checked out the blog on our postcard exchange scroll down a little ways and on the right side you will see the cute walking postcard graphic that will take you to the blog!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

High Tea

High Tea by ddhabicht
High Tea, a photo by ddhabicht on Flickr.

Dawn, Marta and I had High Tea Friday at the Mission Inn. Although the event was disappointing the visiting with friends was worth every cent. We had a great time after getting our spa treatments and sitting in the spa. Perfect weather, perfect company, perfect day!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Chicken Feathers

Don't you just seem to have days like this!? I know I have gotten up and this has been my reflection in the mirror! This was the daily painting challenge and it is a 8"x10" pastel on suede mat board.
Bid on this now! I have restarted my other blog to post paintings only. I hope you will visit and sign up to follow!! I hope to post paintings almost daily that are available for sale.

Desiree's Designs Daily Painting Blog

Saturday, April 09, 2011

My sketchbook journaling class

Today was the first in a series of ongoing sketching classes. Today we discussed the different kinds of journals, styles, text, and layout. Everyone got their brushes wet as we tackled strawberries! We ate our props at the end, well some of us couldn't wait!
I finished my painting and cropped it

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Some of my new patterns for Spring market

Working on some small quiltlets for the spring market in Salt Lake. I wont have a new fabric line at this show and I need to introduce some new quilts so I will be busy with that until May12th. I seem to start off behind! LOL These are 12"X12" and designed to hang on a decorative wire hanger or as a wall hanging. This is my Seasonal Scarecrow Series. More to come

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Pastel Show 2011

Our Pastel society, the Pastel Society of Southern California, held their annual members show. It was a juried show and Sally Strands was the juror.  I was thrilled to have both of my pieces accepted into the show! On March 26th we had the opening reception which had a wonderful turn out. Members and guest were able to vote on their favorite paintings and I heard that there were over 400 votes. Lots of great food, conversation and then prizes. I was honored to have won in the still life catagory for my painting of Patti's kitchen counter called " Hotel Herdell". Here are some of the pictures from that night. I am looking forward to painting some of the people examining the artwork!

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