Crab boat, Knapp Narrows

The more I research the bay the more I fall in love with it. I’ve been returning to Tilghman Island a few times a year to explore Poplar Island. One afternoon I was eating lunch in a restaurant in Knapp Narrows and this was the scene I was seeing throughout my lunch.
I’m learning to paint the bay and all the lovely boats and birds that inhabit it. It’s a slow process. As my instructor said during the last class “ it takes a long time to learn the skills to do what you want”. Indeed it does.

Uart 400 and a myriad of soft pastels.


I’m running a little behind trying to get my head around landscapes. I’m pretty pleased with this one but there are things I may change. Here it is for now.

White Pumpkin

I hadn’t planned on doing a painting today since I had fulfilled my first class lessons. Well, I didn’t do the cubes. Yuk! But I guess I’m getting in the groove and decided I needed to paint this. Richardson Premium, white, paper mounted on gator board, 5×7. Blue Earth soft pastels and Diane Townsend terrages.

Blue Glass Bowl

My last day of lesson one. Yay! Can’t wait to see what’s next. This piece was done on Pastelmat 6×8 using Blue Earth pastels.

White Pitcher

Still my first lesson. White pitcher on Richardson Premium paper with Blue Earth and Diane Townsend terrages pastels


I used Velour Card from the Dakota Pastel sample pack. Very odd surface. It really took the pigment. When layering color I had to be very soft-handed or the layer would completely cover what was there before. The pro was that it really accepted the color beautifully. Velour Board from Dakota Pastel’s sample pack. Blue Earth pastels, Nomad Set.

Daily Habit

I want to improve my work, learn to draw better, and create a stronger creative life. I’ve joined an online class to learn pastels that starts at the very beginning learning materials and processes. I have made a commitment to myself to paint something every day. May not be art or anything I’d frame but a painting a day as I work through this course material. I listened to a free tutorial this morning where the host said when she started a daily practice she posted it on her blog for accountability. That is very scary. First because my initial paintings will not be anything I’m particularly proud of and second, if I don’t paint one day everyone will know. But, I guess that is accountability so here goes. Painting one, an apple.