Jul 8, 2018

A sense of Place

A sense of Place, 12 x 27 inches, soft pastel on paper

Just another nod to one of my favorite places, somewhere between Copalis beach and Seabrook along the Washington coast. In the photo reference there were actually cars - something I'm still not used to seeing on a beach! - but the vastness of space in these parts spreads people out so thinly that it feels like the beach is your own.

Apr 9, 2018

Where the Answers Always Are

"Where the Answers Always Are," 24 x 38 inches, soft pastel on paper


Last seascape for a little while here, moving into a couple new projects and muses. It's always good to stretch!

Thanks for visiting and stay tuned. :-)

Mar 25, 2018

Storm passing, Green Lake, Summer '05

"Storm passing, Green Lake, Summer '05"
24 x 39 inches, soft pastel on paper

One of my favorite places in northern British Columbia, Canada, is Green Lake - a manmade lake that lights itself up in the most exquisite turquoise color during storms, which frequently pass over and through in dramatic fashion during the summer time.  Apparently the original old growth forest is preserved deep underneath its surface, visible on a clear day if you're lucky enough to be in a small plane overhead, or I suppose if you're brave enough to dive down under.

Last summer the lake was surrounded by forest fires that have gotten worse with each year...making the old photo I have for reference, even more precious to me than before.

Mar 21, 2018

Mar 4, 2018

Mar 3, 2018

Feb 16, 2018

The Calling

The Calling, 25 x 37.5 inches, soft pastel on paper


Photo reference by the madly talented Elizabeth Gadd (used with permission)

Feb 12, 2018

I carry you in my heart

"I carry you in my heart". 24.5 x 35 inches, soft pastel on paper


My husband's cousin took the photo that I used for this reference, a couple years back.  This beach in particular, Maluaka Beach on Maui, holds very special meaning for me, but there are many more beaches on the island that have shared achingly precious memories, heartache, fear, inspiration, healing, and a peace and sense of connection to nature and self that is inexplicable.  It is a very special place.  This moment that Joel captured holds that heavy but cleansing moisture and soft light at the end of the day, an acceptance if you will.  It took a long time before I felt ready to paint it.  I hope you enjoy. xo

Jan 28, 2018

Jan 13, 2018

"Let It Be" - in progress photos

Let It Be, 25.5 x 38 inches, soft pastel on paper
I love to see the creative process of paintings and I can spend an inordinate amount of time studying the in-progress shots from other painters.  I thought it would be fun to show the progress of this painting, even though I'm still very much experimenting with my own process. This painting was done with Unison Colour soft pastels which I have so far been thrilled with, and on Lenox 100 by Legion paper.  It takes a surprising amount of layers despite its smooth surface. 
Hope you enjoy! Thanks for visiting!

Feeling things out...

Underlayer of main wave


Careful blending for movement...no going back!


Photo reference - I prefer to print things out but I started this one in a hurry :-)



Testing things out...

Resolving the water/foam edge with some blurring and an additional
barely-applied layer to suggest stones still under water

Jan 12, 2018

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Dec 16, 2017