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.

10.15.2010

A HOT EVENING

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


Red....

so similar to a fire burning ever so bright.

The illumination was blinding.

It was a hot evening.


10.14.2010

A TRIP OF MEMORIES

PETRIFIED FOREST & THE PAINTED DESERT

By request, I delivered last Saturday a presentation to the Colored 
Pencil Society of San Diego, regarding my 2009 Artist-in-Residence 

Above are two plein air sketches of the Painted Desert with the third
of myself blocking in the right sketch during my residency. 

The request of the presentation was not only a great honor, but a 
wonderful opportunity to revisit the memories of a great event!


10.13.2010

FELL FROM THE HEAVEN

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


 Layer upon layer the pastel colors glistened
as the tangled, diaphanous ribbons fell from the heaven. 

My eyes were mesmerized by it's intricacy.



10.10.2010

PUCKER + PINK FLUFF

POW! PINK BEAUTY
4 1/2" x 4 1/2" pastel
8" square archival white matte, glass + gold leaf frame
SOLD - PRIVATE COLLECTOR


Pssst... I heard from a Birdie to prepare for an 
incoming citrus whammy.

Kelley, The Contessa is flinging frosting once again, 
so .... Duck!

And now I'm sure everyone needs to sweeten their 
puckers, so here's a pink fluff.


10.08.2010

BODY PARTS FLYING ONCE AGAIN... OH MY!

DAY OF DOLLS, JOEL AND FUN!
Yesterday I met up with a a very talented artist and friend, 
Joel Sharp and we played with dolls.

Well... we weren't really playing with them, but rather 
chopping them up.

- Hey, ... I heard that shriek out there - 

Recently I received some beautiful Japanese dolls from 
my friend, Linda and have to admit I was a bit hesitant in 
hacking away. But those scissors were calling me and Joel 
is so fun. His imagination and creativity astounds me. 

At this time my little babies are a work in progress, so
will keep you updated. But for now, remember a person 
really needs to play.

And it's always more fun with two!


PANTING, PLEASURE, PISTACHIO

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


 A petite flower nestled atop the mounds of fluffy frosting.

So delicate, rich and nutty in taste. 

And then the frosting began to fly in a flurry!

Moans of delight with each bite of a pistachio morsel.

Oh no.... in the frenzy I forgot to look.

Where's Kelley?


10.05.2010

WATCH OUT.. THE CONTESSA IS FLINGING!

A PIECE OF MY HEART
4 1/2" x 4 1/2" pastel
8" square archival white matte, glass + gold leaf frame
SOLD - PRIVATE COLLECTOR

Can't really call this a Donut War now can we, when 
we're flinging frosting on cupcakes?

When I was in Albuquerque last week, I discovered 
the best little shop called Cupcakeology which has little 
morsels to die for.

Sigh.... 

So I thought (there I go once again!)... Kelley, 
you better watch out!  And now we're flinging frosting 
back + forth with cupcakes. 

But the Cupcake Contessa is a wonderful adversary 
who really hits below the belt.

Ouch!.... She really delivers such wonderful little cakes.

Check them out at Kelley's blog

10.04.2010

COLORS OF CATALINA RECEPTION

TUNA CLUB
10"h x 8"w pastel
14 1/2" h x 12 1/2"w gold leaf frame + glass
$495
Courtesy of Tirage Gallery*
* Purchase can be made through the gallery

 Four participating galleries of the Pasadena Art Gallery Association
will have respective venue receptions, Saturday, October 9th
from noon to 5pm for the Colors of Catalina Exhibition. 
  A portion of all sales will benefit the Catalina Island Conservancy.

Above, the pastel painting Tuna Club, depicts the building
and deck that overlooks the shores of Avalon.

The Tuna Club, founded in 1898, is considered the first sportsfishing
organization of the United States. The Founders heavily promoted
conservation by strict fishing regulations, which is considered
the Club's greatest legacy.

Well known dignitaries and celebrities, such as Winston Churchill,
Charlie Chaplin and Bing Crosby, were members of the Tuna Club.

Today charter boats can be hired for search of the "big one" in
the deep waters. Incidently, the record catch to date is a 251 pound
blue-fin tuna by Colonel C. P. Morehouse in 1899, one year after
the conception of the organization.

And fellow blogger Julie Hill will be participating as well at the
Segil Fine Art Gallery. Be sure to check her watercolors out too!

PRESENTATION / DEMONSTRATION SATURDAY

SUNRISE SHADOWS AT THE PAINTED DESERT INN 
16"h x 20"w pastel
Collection of the US Government National Parks District

Saturday, October 9th I will be giving a presentation / demonstration 
to the San Diego Chapter of the Colored Pencil Society regarding 
my 2009 Artist-In-Residence at the Petrified Forest National Park.  

I will be covering the many aspects of a residency, as well as 
on-the-spot-simplified perspective.  

The entire experience was extremely incomparable, so am very 
honored to have this opportunity to share. 

10.03.2010

POP THIS CHERRY

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

What better way to restart the Donut War 
than waving a red cherry.

And will Kelley be flinging more 
of her infamous jelly donuts?

10.02.2010

FROSTED LIPS AND STICKY FINGERS RETURNS!


Oh, oh....  the Donut War is returning!

Everyone thought their lives had returned to normalcy and started to 
shake off those extra donut pounds (you know... war is hell). 

And now.... the Jelly Queen, Kelley MacDonald strikes back!

Ouch!  (forgive me, but I had to create a donut fast here...)

Stay tuned to Monday for the frosting will be flying Kelley....