Monday, August 26, 2013

Pair of Pinks (in pastel)

I recently decided to offer fine art prints of my work. I have a very nice Epson printer that is capable of producing those quality prints. I've had it for years. On Friday I was printing a reference photo for a new painting when I heard the printer, which normally sounds exactly like a saw cutting wood, start going squeak, squeak, squeak, squeak, squeak. I thought, "Oh no!" When I looked at the photo coming out it was covered in what looked like pollen dust. Then I saw a piece of what turned out to be a wing! Then came a few legs! A moth had managed to crawl into the printer. 

When I decided to focus on painting I thought that would give me some relief from dealing with computer/technology problems. Think again! I called the nearest printer repair shop in the Springs. After finding out it would cost me $90 just to have them look at it, I decided to run a few more photos through and hope the moth parts cleared out. It helped but was not back to normal. Then I remembered that I could clean the ink heads using printer utility software only to find out the software no longer worked with Mac System X Lion which is what's on my computer. So I downloaded the latest printer utility software version but for some unknown reason this printer wasn't in my printer list so I couldn't use the software on it. As a last resort I started reading the manual. (Isn't that always the last resort? : ) Thankfully I found a paragraph that told me how to do a "power cleaning" by just pushing a button on the printer. Alleluia! It worked. Time to cover the printer to avoid future moth invasions.

The above 5 x 7 inch painting is a pastel version of the same subject I did in oil a few weeks ago. You can purchase this framed painting for $100 in my Etsy shop. Click here to purchase. This painting is also available as a giclée print in my Etsy shop. Click here to purchase the print.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

A Beauty - SOLD

I think this is the nicest rose I've ever painted and certainly one of the better pastel paintings I've done. It's 5" x 7" on pastel board. You can purchase this painting through my Etsy shop.  Click here to purchase. I am offering this painting as a giclée print on fine art paper priced at $16. The print is 8" x 10" with the 5" x 7" painting centered on it so that you can easily add a matt and frame. Click here to purchase the print. 

Friday, August 9, 2013

Colorful Pears - SOLD

I couldn't resist the color combination in these pears. I learned something. I'm getting back into oils after working in pastel for years. The light just wasn't there in this painting until I added the stroke of orange on the left side of the red pear. It was like magic. The whole painting woke up! 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Shell in Pink

We've vacationed in coastal Maine twice. On one of the trips I bought a bunch of seashells. This is a 6" x 6" pastel painting of one of them. I did this a while ago. It's been sitting around because I wasn't sure I liked the pink. Then a friend of mine saw it and "You gotta keep that one, girl!" I forgot that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. This painting is framed and available at the John Deaux Gallery in Pueblo, CO. It's priced at $150. Call (719) 545-8407 to purchase.

Friday, August 2, 2013

One Rose - SOLD

Still working on roses but this time in pastel. This is a 5 x 7 pastel painting that's headed for the Hunter-Wolff Gallery in Colorado Springs. It's priced at $170. Call (719) 520-9494 to purchase.

This painting is available as a fine art giclée print through my Etsy shop. Click here to get more information.