Tuesday, June 2, 2020


Kassidy  12 x 16 pastel

It's been a long time... Covid seems to have kept me out of the studio but in the garden. I respect any way one deals with this pandemic, short of violence and not wearing a mask.

I did the underpainting and Kassidy was on the easel April 21. She clung on as long as she could but fell off the easel three times waiting for me to pay attention to her. I'm glad I finally did. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Good News

A sweet surprise in my email today.  Pastel Journal has used my image for this year's Call for Entry into the Pastel 100. 

Highland Lassie  20 x 23 pastel  SOLD

Also,  "Highland Lassie" has sold to a new collect in Vermont. I was struggling with a title, and offered the new owner the option of titling it. Then I chose "Highland Lassie" and sent them an email. They had just come up with "Highland Lass" — that's kismet!!

Friday, April 3, 2020

Mom's Shadow

Mom's Shadow  8 x 10 pastel

I reused an old wiped out board today. It was fun to let that mess influence the direction of the painting. 

This is Doris and her daughter Daisy, from The Gateway Farm in Bristol VT.

Here is the only progress shot. I really need to remember to take them.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Slow Day at the Office

Slow Day at the Office  10 x 14

I really enjoyed painting this— not my usual style — in fact I even picked up a brush a few times to push the pastel around. 

Again I forgot the progress shots, but here is how it started:

Sunday, March 29, 2020


Angie  12 x 12 pastel

Angie is Amber's daughter, another beautiful bovine from The Gateway Farm in Bristol Vermont. The farm has been a source of inspiration for quite a few paintings this past year. 

Along with raising stunning British White cattle, they are maple syrup producers, tapping over 12,000 trees. It's the height sugaring season so they are going non-stop.

Feeling like some true Vermont maple syrup? Head on over to their website. They ship daily and have lots of yummy items, not just syrup.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Quarantini Lamb

Quarantini Lamb  8 x 8 pastel

Back to the easel, finally. Here's a quick sketch.  It's lambing time in Vermont and we have friends who invited us to the barn. 

Here's a little video of the cuteness. Oh and we now have something to do— shovel!!  4" in the last 3 hours!! 

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Scottish Highland, for now

Scottish Highland  18 x 24 pastel

First of all— please help me come up with a better title!!

This painting was on my easel longer than most. I soldiered on and got through the ugly stage and a ground fail (read below). 

Here are some progress shots:

The odd patch in the second image in the center of his (her?) forehead was a surface failure! For some reason when I sprayed the 91% alcohol on the underpainting, that one spot dissolved the ground. I find it funny that it happed there, but I reapplied some gesso with pumice and all was good after it dried.