Sunday, June 13, 2010

Brown Betty Meets Pastel ...

I inherited a beautiful Brown Betty Teapot from my mother. It belonged to her mother. This teapot was one of my favorite household items when I was a child and is easily one of my favorite possesions; beautiful shiny dark chocolate brown with a gorgeous round design. I often pair it with Fiesta Ware pink/peach teacups and plates. A green napkin completes the setting.

This past Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in a last minute panic that comes from procastination, I grabbed Betty et al and hastily arranged the picture below. I needed to have a plan for my 7:00 p.m. art class and Betty seemed perfect. My plan was to do a quick sketch and paint it in acrylic.

My art teacher had other plans and suggested I complete a quick study using pastels. I had one hour and did not finish it but here is the result. Pastels are a brand new medium for me and I love the results.

This weekend I tried the pastels again with Brown Betty as the main subject.

If you have worked in pastels and have tips to share, I'd love to hear them.
Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

My Commute...

Like many people I work long hours and I have a long commute. The way I manage to stay awake while driving is to change my route frequently. I also love to watch the seasons change; the way the light plays in the trees and on the road. The views are beautiful no matter which route I take and I feel so very fortunate to be witness to such interesting scenery. This is one in a series of acrylic paintings on wood of my commute. This is Route 2 West in Ayer, Ma.