31 Paintings in 31 Days – Day 19

Art, Nature, Pastel


Makes me think of a wildfire. Just a quick sketch. I was working on a commission piece all day. Sorry to be so short with this.

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31 Paintings in 31 Days – Day 16

Art, Painting, Pastel

When I thought of the word angular, I thought of Superman’s jaw. Ha! This is a practice in perspective and a busy traffic scene. So much going on in the picture I took. I don’t like the paper I used for this scene. I’ll try other kinds. Goodnight.

Strathmore 400 series. White. #HTP31in31 #habit #discipline #deadlines #dothework

31 Paintings in 31 Days – Day 15

Art, Painting, Pastel

Today the prompt is weak.

I don’t know why I think of this picture I took of all these chairs when I think of weak. In Steubenville, Ohio there was a charitable resale shop and everyday the gentlemen employed would put out these chairs for resale. Every night they put everything away.

I love patterns in nature, in things, fruits, vegetables. It’s those orderly things Virgos relate to. Or just me.

All these lounge chairs, personal sitting spaces that gathered together outdoors in the sun.

What memories did they hold? What did the people think when they sat there? What energies linger?

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31 Paintings in 31 Days – Day 12

Art, Painting, Pastel

Whale today. I don’t like to take a literal route, but okay, I will whale this time.  It did make me think about the time I was got picked to be kissed by Shamu! Seaworld, San Diego. I was 20 and whose brain works at that age? Shamu is an Orca, a killer whale! That animal could have taken my head off. The trainer was standing next to me and gave me a stern caution to not move. I was a frozen fish with legs. Gulp. I was not smiling. I don’t even like dogs kissing me.

#HTP31in31 Strathmore Paper 400 series. blue tint.


31 Paintings in 31 Days – Day 11

Art, Pastel

It is cruel not to be able to drink as many cups of coffee as one can, like one used to. This was from a photo I took at Greenbriar. An elegant and delicious cup of coffee. The hottest coffee I ever had was made by my mother-in-law. A real treat. We bought a stove top percolator and now we have our own hot and delicious coffee.

Who knew that drawing a simple coffee cup would be so hard. My hands were so messy working with that dark grey and made all the other pastels dirty. I kept using soft paper towels to wipe off the other colors. I’ll have to try this again.


Strathmore 400 series in salmon.


31 Paintings in 31 Days – Day 10

Art, Pastel

Flowing makes me think of water first thing. I love taking rainy pictures at stop lights. This is the corner of Main Street and 5th Street heading towards Madison Heights, VA. This took me an hour. There’s more I can do with it, but it’s late.

I made a promise to do a painting a day, so here it is.

This is not the best paper for this style. Strathmore, 400 series, blue. #HTP31in31