This painting is based on a walk down a two-track road in the winter time. I like how the road curves out of sight up ahead and the drama in the horizon line. This was a very fun painting to do. I love walking in the Manistee National Forest with my dogs every morning. It inspires my work.
This painting is based on a walk down Aspen Road in the winter time. I like how the road curves out of sight up ahead and how the horizon mimics its curves. This was a very fun painting to do. I love walking in the Manistee National Forest with my dogs every morning. It inspires my work.
Whew! The holidays are done and it’s time to start resolving, right?
This year I want to concentrate on remembering that I have enough of everything I need and to give as much as I can to causes I believe in. I think this has something to do with me turning 59 this year. There has been some research on 9-enders, that is people who are of an age ending in 9, and hey, that’s me. These 9-enders tend to do significant things at these times of their lives, like run their first marathons or start non-profits to help others, so I’m in good company when it comes to making some changes.
One of those things that I feel strongly about and would like to support with my art is the environment. So I’m going to re-start selling my daily paintings on ebay and donating 10% of sales to a local organization called AFFEW (A Few Friends for the Environment of the World). They educate the public, do beach clean ups and sponsor hazardous waste collection days, among other things. I hope you’ll help me support them by purchasing a daily painting or two.
I plan to start the auctions of daily paintings next week Monday, January 14, 2019. Here’s a link to my ebay store. Please bookmark it and check back often to see what’s available.
Towards the Dark
Here I am sitting on the floor in my tiny house, working on the third pastel of the morning. I’ve been trying to do more work per day because I think it’s the only way I’m going to get better. The first two little paintings were fine and I’ll probably post them later but this one is the one that I really liked. Just like the overall ominous quality of it and the way the path just stops dead in front of that line of dark forest.
Here’s the finished piece:
Tall Pines Over the Pere Marquette
Made it all the way back to the first campsite but the second one was occupied so we had to cut our walk short a little bit. No worries. The view was spectacular as always and I’m glad I picked this particular dirt road for our walk today.
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End of Kinney Road
This is a pastel painting about the bright light at the end of Kinney Road, which is a place that I love to walk with my dogs in the mornings.
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I really like how this turned out. I tried to keep it simple. Wasn’t sure about adding the dogs on the first day but then walked in this morning and thought, “Why not?” So that’s what I did. I like all the gestural lines around the dogs. I love the dark tunnel ahead of them and the light filtering down through the tree canopy. Enjoy!
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This is a pastel painting of my dog Daisy, walking along a path through the Manistee National Forest. This road in particular is one of our favorites. It winds along the Pere Marquette River for about a mile and goes past a couple of really awesome camping areas. They’re usually full of campers on the weekends, but now that it’s after Labor Day I’ll probably come here more often.
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Some detail shots here:
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Synchopation – pastel painting of the Manistee National Forest
I went out walking after the rain this weekend. So good to be out in the woods! I love my little cottage in the forest, but you know, it’s awful nice to be able to stretch your legs every day in such beautiful surroundings. I’m trying to soak up as much as I can.
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Smiling dog in the woods pastel coming at you
This is a pastel of my dog, Roger. He’s the one that always comes at you for a pat after he’s finished investigating whatever was in the ferns on the side of the road. Daisy goes around you, but Roger comes right at you. He’s a very good boy.
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