Journey into the unknown ...

Today begins my journey into the unknown world of showing, selling and being an active member of an art gallery. It is very exciting because I feel it is the next step for my painting career. I have been accepted into the Loft Gallery in Occoquan, Virginia and will be showing/selling my pastel landscape paintings. I have never been a part of an art gallery before so I will be blogging my experiences as I go. Here is a little peek of one of several of my new paintings created especially for my gallery debut

Day 14 - 31 of the 30x30

Sun Lit Garden Bench - Pastel - 11x14

Well I found that it became very difficult to paint every day but I gave it a good try. The last 2 weeks of January I completed one more painting  - a larger painting then my small daily paintings. I also started another one (11x14) but it is not complete. I learned a lot on how to better organize my time and get prepared for this 30x30 day challenge. I just have to have a reserved time slot for painting and I am making a monthly schedule to fit it in. 

DAY 12 AND 13 OF THE 30X30


Yikes! I am behind. I have got to catch up on my blogs for this 30x30 painting challenge. I had a few things that side tracked me writing and posting my daily blog. Things like a vacation and a huge snow storm after that. This is a picture of the final Birdfeeder picture. I took 2 days to add the last touches and details. Y


DAY 11 of the 30 day painting challenge and I have caught up. I have just finished adding some more pastel layers to the trees, added some sky holes peeking through the leaves, started refining the bird house and began adding the flowers in the front. I have more to work on so stay tuned.


There is a beautiful park in Hailey, Idaho (near Sun Valley area) I got to check out with my older sister this past July. It was filled with all sorts of beauti...ful flowers, bushes and trees. I took lots of pictures in the plans of doing paintings of them.
For the next few days I am not going to paint small pastel paintings for the 30x30 Painting challenge. I am going to work on one larger painting (16x20). This is the beginning of my larger painting of the park in Hailey. I spent a couple hours each day (Day 9 and Day 10 of the 30 day challenge) and this is what I have so far. Check it our each day as it progresses!


    “The old school of thought would have you believe that you'd be a fool to take on nature without arming yourself with every conceivable measure of safety and comfort under the sun. But that isn't what being in nature is all about. Rather, it's about feeling free, unbounded, shedding the distractions and barriers of our civilization—not bringing them with us.”
    Ryel Kestenbaum

    I liked this quote I found because it said exactly what I feel about backpacking and hiking. 

    My Day 8 painting is from a photo of a  backpack trip I took with my older brother and sister in Idaho just a few years ago. It was one of my favorite trips. It was completely relaxing. I brought my small traveling watercolor set with me and painted as I relaxed on the side of the creek.