12.30.2010

COLORS RAGED AND MY SOUL

CRESCENDO
4 1/2" x 4 1/2" pastel
8" square archival white matte, glass + gold scroll frame
$150 + $15 insured priority shipping

Slowly, the hypnotic beats pulsed.

With eyes closed, I let the sounds carry me away

as the interplay of the instruments embodied my soul.

And the sounds swelled as the colors raged.

 Memories of yesteryears... 

12.27.2010

AN ORANGE CARESS

A JOURNEY OF HOPE
6" square, glass + gold frame
SOLD - PRIVATE COLLECTOR

The darkened clouds cascaded down.

 Determined yet with hesitant steps I traveled the road.

Questions and doubts were quickly erased as 
the orange glow caressed me. 

Hope....

12.26.2010

FEEL THE RUSH?

ANTICIPATION
14" x 10"
SOLD - PRIVATE COLLECTION

The holidays... are... slipping... by... 

and a brand new year is so exciting!

Wishing abundance, joy and happiness for all.


12.24.2010

JOYOUS HOLIDAYS

VANISHING
10"h x 8" w
pastel + gold leaf
PRIVATE COLLECTION OF DEBORAH AMMAR

Regardless of one's religious beliefs, 

may each and everyone be rewarded 

with tolerance, love and happiness.


12.23.2010

TEENY-TINY


Who would believe all those grapevines would come to good use? 

Silly me - just assumed they supported the grapes for wine.

So here's my teeny-tiny grapevine tree for a rocking xmas time.

Happy holidays everyone!

12.21.2010

AN EXTRA PAIR OF HANDS

Now who wouldn't want an extra pair of hands?

Definitely would help wading through the turmoil 
of the frantic holiday rush, huh? 

I received the most fantastic gift from my dear friend 
and doll playmate, Joel ... hand earrings

Lucky me - Love them!!!!!

A SIX INCHER

FRAMED
6" square pastel
archival white matte, glass + gold leaf frame
SOLD - PRIVATE COLLECTOR

Just a tiny reminder that there is just one more day to see 
Randy Higbee Gallery's infamous 6" squared juried exhibit.

Framed is one of the many accepted paintings, 
which was a supreme honor. 

This was THE show to see in 2010!

12.18.2010

FLOWER POWER WITH WHEELS

RACING THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS
8 1/2 X 11 1/2 (fr) pastel
$275 *
* Courtesy of Tirage Gallery
It's a mad dash till the day.

Are you ready?

Ho, ho, ho.....



12.14.2010

OOPS!

ALMOST A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE
8 1/2" x 11 1/2" gold scrolled frame
SOLD - PRIVATE COLLECTOR
* Courtesy of Tirage Gallery

Okey, I can just hear you... What partridge, what pear tree?

Well, what can I say? 

Almost, but not quite....

Twelve days of Christmas, here I come!

12.12.2010

MAD DASH OF LIFE

SKY OF SPLENDOR
6" square pastel

Race, rush and dash through life. 

The pace accelerates greatly as the days whirl by.

Stop... breathe.... and gaze upward. 

Now smile.

12.09.2010

BILLOW AND SOAR

PURPLE HAZE 
6" square pastel, glass + gold leaf frame
$295 (tax and shipping inclusive) 

The morning air was crisp.

 And marveled at the mass of clouds
as I gazed into the distance.

Deep, purple pockets that soared and billowed upward. 

Subtle yet beautiful.

12.07.2010

HIGHLIGHTS OF LIFE

TWO
6" square pastel + gold leaf frame
$295 (shipping + tax inclusive)

Good times..  cherished friends..  and memories.

12.05.2010

MALCOLM APPROVES!

BLUE TRUFFLE
3" x 3" pastel
glass + 3" square gold scrolled frame (no matte)
private collector


Feeling a bit guilty after seeing all of Malcolm's holiday spirit.
(He told me to get with the program ... sigh)

So I created a truffle treat for a sweetie. 
Almost bite-size too, as a petite 3" square.

The best part is all shipping and taxes are 
inclusive - cheers!

MAN, CAN HE PARTY!

PARTYING MALCOLM

Didn't I tell you? 
Well Malcolm definitely got me into the holiday spirit! 

MALCOLM DOES SAN DIEGO!

MALCOLM
I met this little gentleman over Thanksgiving 
and he definitely was a charmer!

First he scoped out my joint, then decided 
he wanted to join me playing with my 
dolls - so very artistic!

And definitely was a party-kind-of-guy (see above).

12.03.2010

RECEPTION SATURDAY

A TOWN AT NIGHTFALL
6" square pastel

A TOWN AT NIGHTFALL is my second pastel juried 
into the 6" Squared Show at the Randy Higbee Gallery, 
102 Kalmus, Costa Mesa, CA. 

The first Artist's Reception is tomorrow evening, Saturday, 
December 4th from 4 - 9 pm, with the second on
Sunday, December 5th from 12 to 5 pm. 

Additional information can be viewed at here

12.01.2010

BARELY TOUCHING

EVENING'S SWIFT MOVEMENT
4 1/2" x 4 1/2" pastel
8" square archival white matte, glass + gold leaf frame

The motion was circular as the clouds raced.

Barely touching the mountaintop 
and the tips of the trees. 

Mesmerized, I watched the movement swell then drop.

6" SQUARED SHOW

FRAMED
6" x 6" pastel
Framed is one of my pastels juried into the 6" Squared Show
at the Randy Higbee Gallery, 102 Kalmus, Costa Mesa, CA. 

Please join us for the Artist's Reception Saturday, December 4th 
from 4 - 9 pm and Sunday, December 5th from 12 to 5 pm. 

Additional information can be viewed at here

11.29.2010

BACK AT YOU CONTESSA

PASSIONATE PINK
4 1/2" x 4 1/2" pastel
8" square archival white matte, glass + gold leaf frame
$150 + $15 insured priority shipping


 Miss Contessa of Cupcakes had a trifecta 
with her cupcakes and sold all three - way to go!

There's frosting all over my studio now, Kelley.  

And she's so right, I retaliated with a bit of pink passion. 

11.28.2010

SOME GOOD FROM A WAR

ART WALK FOR ANNIE
DRIP + DRIBBLE (left) and WHIPPED + STICKY 
PEANUT BUTTER (right)
4 1/2 x 4 1/2 pastels
8" square archival white mattes, glass + scrolled gold leaf frames

Annie Salness is a wonderful artist and blogger that 
resides in Portland, Oregon. After experiencing a 
stroke several weeks ago, friends coordinated to aid 
with the medical expenses a silent auction - 
Art Walk for Annie - to be held on December 7th.

I have so much fun flinging frosting with the Cupcake 
Contessa Kelley MacDonald, as well as shooting 
Donut War paintings across the Nation, that felt it was 
fitting to donate some tasty morsels for Annie's cause. 

To learn more how to rsvp for the Art Walk, or purchase 
and donate art to help Annie click here

11.27.2010

WAS A JOYOUS TIME!

REECE
4 3/4" x 4 3/4" pastel
SOLD- PRIVATE COLLECTOR

Such a gala, with celebrating Thanksgiving!  

Family, friends and food... who could ask for anything more?

Now back to the grind. 

11.23.2010

SOFT GLOW

ROAD OF HOPE
6" x 6" pastel
12" archival white matte, glass + gold leaf frame
$300 + $25 insured priority shipping 



Ahead I see a well-worn journeyed road.

 Days as well as nights of each season, 
many have traveled.

The light glows ever so softly, yet all 
seem acclimated to the twists and turns. 

Hope... washes away times of trouble.

11.21.2010

SLASHING AND CHILL

EVENING GLOW
4 1/2" x 4 1/2" pastel
8" square archival white matte, glass + gold leaf frame
$150 + $15 insured priority shipping


Rain slashed periodically throughout the sky, 
leaving the air damp and frigid. 

And the chill was cutting.

 Much later I gazed upward and embraced the warmth 
that radiated by the drop of the setting sun

A beautiful evening!

11.18.2010

GOLD BALLS + CHEER

GOLD BALLS + A WHITE CHRISTMAS
11" X 14" pastel + scrolled gold leaf frame
$650



The Holiday Salon officially opens Saturday, November 20th
with a reception from 5 to 9 P.M. Lets celebrate!

The gallery is located at
One West California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105 

11.14.2010

A HEART FOR THE HOLIDAYS

THE ULTIMATE GIFT
8"h x 5" w
Courtesy of Tirage Gallery

What is more precious to give for the holidays than one's love?

This is one of my pastels on exhibit at Tirage Gallery's 
Holiday Salon, with the opening reception Saturday the 
20th, from 5 to 9pm. 

 The gallery is located at One West California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 
and will be on view till January 6, 2011.

11.11.2010

MARVELOUS! A NON-GUILT TRIP

HOLIDAY SWEETS
4 1/2" x 4 1/2" pastel
8" square archival white matte, glass + scrolled gold leaf frame
$150 + $15 insured priority shipping


So many artists are painting and preparing for the 
holidays, so one can't help but get into the spirit of it all! 

But after the Donut War and Flinging Frosting 
with my favorite artist, Kelley MacDonald, I have 
had to watch the pounds for they are creeping up quickly. 

So I'm jump-starting the holidays with sweet ornament 
and served on a plate - enjoy! 



11.09.2010

A STICKY TIME OF FUN!

WHIPPED + STICKY PEANUT BUTTER
4 1/2" x 4 1/2" pastel
8" square archival white matte, glass + gold leaf frame
SOLD - PRIVATE COLLECTOR

Even though the Contessa (she has her head in the 
skies for now) and myself are back in a Cold War, I had 
to get back into flinging of frosting for very good reason. 
No, not to eat.... but to celebrate tomorrow's event.

I'm the entertainment at a Wine, Potluck + Art Party 
hosted by my friend, Cathy. We coordinated a successful 
one last year and was asked to return. So tomorrow I'm 
bringing the dessert and you guessed it - cupcakes! 
But we're going to paint them first. Such fun!
  
Oh, this cupcake was from Cupcakeology in 
Albuquerque - peanut butter! Isn't the tiny slice 
of pie on top the cupcake amazing?


11.06.2010

CARUMBA - THAT CONTESSA!

CARUMBA! A CARROT
4 1/2" x 4 1/2" pastel 
8" square archival white matte, glass + gold leaf frame
SOLD - PRIVATE COLLECTOR

The Contessa struck once again and - S P L A T!
I got struck smack in the face with jelly. 

That Kelley is so darn good with jelly donuts that 
it leaves me quivering.

So now I'm sitting and thinking how-to-counterattack. 

Well inspiration struck, for a dear friend, Valorie dropped 
off a gem of a cupcake. And so healthy with a carrot. 
Nothing like taking the guilt away.

Take that Contessa!


MY AMERICAN ART COLLECTOR ARRIVED!

THE WALL
4 1/2" x 4 1/2" pastel
8" square archival white matte, glass + gold leaf frame
$150 + $15 insured priority shipping


I just received my November issue of American Art Collector
which features an article on Small Works & Miniatures
Daily Painters Originals - and am proud to say I'm one of 
its 30 members from the United States, Canada and the 
Philippines - is profiled within this article on page 83.  

A group ad is on page 87 featuring 20 members images 
of their paintings. My painting The Wall - pictured 
above - is included. 

Incidentally, my painting is just 4 1/2 inches by 4 1/2 inches!
Tiny, huh?


11.03.2010

JUST TILL SATURDAY

YELLOW PATH ALONG MIDDLE RANCH

COLORS OF CATALINA 
TIRAGE FINE ART GALLERY
OCTOBER 9 - NOVEMBER 6
ONE WEST CALIFORNIA BLVD, PASADENA, CA 91105
626-405-1020

 Saturday, the 6th, is the last day to view artworks of Catalina Island 
by 50 renowned artists from four Pasadena Art Association galleries.

A 10% donation of sales benefits the Catalina Island Conservancy 
towards their conservation, education and recreation programs.    

11.02.2010

CANDY GONE?

DRIP + DRIBBLE
4 1/2" x 4 1/2" pastel
8" square archival white matte, glass + gold leaf frame
SOLD - PRIVATE COLLECTOR

Thought you were so tired of chanting Trick or Treat!  
even though the stash of candy was incredible?

And now look... it's all gone 
and all you have to show for it is a chocolate mustache.

What's one to do? 

The Donut War strikes once again!


10.30.2010

SPIRITS FLOWED... BOO!

SPIRITS OF THE CLOUDS
 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" pastel
8" square archival white matte, glass + gold leaf frame
$150 + $15 insured priority shipping


The flowing currents moved.

Up, down, swirled and around the patterns crisscrossed.

Alive spirits akin to ghosts ... boo!


10.27.2010

FLASH, LAYERS + COLORS

COLORFUL JOURNEY
4 1/2" x 4 1/2" pastel

Rippling and falling, the colors cascaded downward.

 And a periodic bright flash amongst the subdued 
palette illuminated the evening sky.

So many colors, so many layers... one could easily get lost within.



10.24.2010

DE-LISH!

MEXICAN DELIGHT
4 1/2" x 4 1/2" pastel
8" square archival white matte, glass + gold leaf frame
$150 + $15 insured priority shipping


It is hard to believe, but I'm really not into the 
sweet icing - even though I have had great fun eating my props lately.

And of course, there's the flinging of frosting across the nation 
at the Contessa! 

Honestly, I must say that my downfall are huge 
donuts, but decided the need to put this Mexican sweet 
next on my list. This luscious pastry was from the 
Golden Crown Panaderia, famed for their turkey bread sculpture.
Something to consider for Thanksgiving!
 

NEW MEXICAN GOODIES


When in Albuquerque last month I discovered the quaintest 
panaderia with so much charm! Golden Crown borders along 
Old Town and is known for their turkey bread sculpture - no lie!
They make a loaf of bread shaped as a turkey.

Plus they make wonderful pastries, such as the ones pictured above. 
Check out my rendition in the following post (had to 
take a break to eat one of these before painting!). 

10.20.2010

RAIN, RAIN GO AWAY

ORANGE OPULENCE
4 1/2" x 4 1/2" pastel
8" square archival white matte, glass + gold leaf frame
SOLD - PRIVATE COLLECTOR

Love rainy days which is such a rarity in San Diego.

But this has gone on for several days and have 
had my fill of soups.

Is the Contessa and myself still in the Cold War?  

Really don't know, but what better way to lift one's 
spirits than to eat a sweet treat! 

This little cupcake was filled with chocolate
- at least that is what my husband said -

10.17.2010

MISTY SKY, DARK CLOUDS

TUMBLE INTO THE NIGHT
4 1/2" x 4 1/2" pastel
8" square archival white matte, glass + gold leaf frame
As I walked, the mist of rain fell onto my face.

A fresh, clean scent lingered in the air.

By nightfall a heavy mass of clouds filled the sky. 

With an altered dark mood.