This is where I lose myself and believe I can do anything.
I have never had any formal training other than a short course in drawing and the required art classes in Junior High School. Oh, yes – let’s not forget the stained glass course! Thank goodness I had the good sense to ask a nurse friend to go with me. I still remember the teacher’s words:
“First you score the glass like this. Now – put a little pressure on either side of the score and break like this.” Then I heard, “It wasn’t supposed to do that!” There I stood with pieces of shattered glass everywhere. His next words were, “She’s going to need some band-aids.” I managed to finish the course and I am very proud of my one piece of stained glass art.
That’s when I decided to try pastels. They are messy but certainly not as dangerous!
For me painting just happens, is part of who I am. I see something and my brain starts putting it on paper long before my hands get to work. It’s like eating or breathing, it’s something I have to do to be happy. Pastels fascinate me. You can’t mix colors like you do with paints. You have to blend and layer to get what you want. I love the challenge of making pastels work on all kinds of surfaces. They are simply breath taking when done on black paper.
My favorite art work is “The Lone Tree” landscape. It stemmed from a trip I took 20 years ago to California. I challenged myself to only use the 25 colors in the graphite pencil set. That picture made me realize that I really do have a talent.
When I’m not painting you will find me snuggled up in my chair by the pool reading a book. I love traveling, eating crab cakes and I can’t survive without my daily dose of Coca Cola. For laughs I can always count on my grand daughter, my best friend Lynda and animals being themselves.
I hope you find something that you like. Thanks for stopping by and allowing me to share a little of my world with you.