The Wonders of Pastel

Do you know what pastels are? They are basically pigment combined with filler and a binder. The amount of filler used controls the hue (the color and shade of that color). Pastels have been in existence since the 15thcentury and the word “pastel” was first used in...

On Painting a Forever Mural

On Painting a Forever Mural   When my grandson Miles was born three years ago (wow has it been three years already?!) I suggested to my daughter that I paint him a mural for his bedroom. She wholeheartedly agreed and chose the theme of African animals. A dear...

Last Competition for this piece!

Last year I entered my pastel ‘I Have My Eye on You’ into its last competition before ‘retiring’ it from competitions. I forgot all about it and was thrilled to get an email a month ago from the Editor of International Artist Magazine telling...

The Therapy of Painting a Deceased Loved One

I have the luxury of being a painter, and I specialize in portraiture. I have painted portraits for others of their deceased loved ones where there is no emotional attachment for me. What is it like to paint your own deceased loved one? I recently completed an oil...

Savvy Painter Podcast

HI everyone. I am pleased to add this link to the current Savvy Painter Podcast in which I was a participant. I won Second Place in the 2017 Savvy Painter Online Competition and part of my award was to be a part of this great podcast with the two other top award...