Thursday, May 31, 2018

Make A Stroke And Leave It

I read recently one of my favorite pastel artists,Tony Alain, quote the above words and I try to tell myself to do this. Sadly, I cannot.
It is just that I keep working until I feel finished with my work. This little seascape almost or nearly finished but there are a few more
Strokes needed and then I will leave it! Stay tuned for my next post!



Sunday, March 25, 2018

After Inness


Tried a little tonal painting today after the American painter George Inness who studied the works of the Hudson River School Painters . Inness's property in Montclair, New Jersey, was the subject of many of his late works. In this winter scene, he captured the stillness of twilight in layers of thinly applied paint, evoking an atmosphere rather than recording topographical details. The artist’s son wrote of the painting: “There is nothing startling in this great work of art, and yet you are filled with a sense of bigness, grandeur, and the very conviction of truth and nature.”


Sunday, March 11, 2018

Waiting For The Snow To Melt



Plein air painting is about leaving the four walls of your studio behind and experiencing painting and drawing in the landscape. The practice goes back for centuries but was truly made into an art form by the French and I can’t wait!

Friday, January 26, 2018

Getting Away From Easel and On to a Palette

Thought this would be a fun project to try as a gift for a fellow artist. I have already painted this in pastels. So this is done with acrylics on a wooden palette after a painting done on a palette by the great Pissarro!


Saturday, December 23, 2017

Sandi Graham Pastels: Have A Merry Christmas

Sandi Graham Pastels: Have A Merry Christmas: Finished my Christmas painting for this year. I am using for my Christmas Card . I admit that I rushed to get finished! Used Vista Print fo...

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Have A Merry Christmas

Finished my Christmas painting for this year. I am using for my Christmas Card . I admit that I rushed to get finished! Used Vista Print for the cards , created it on line and Vista will send reliably to me shortly.  I’ll be starting a new series on UART paper after the first of the year!                                                    ‘The Back Yard In Snow’   Pastel
Here’s the front of my card ! Have a wonderful Holiday Season! All My Best.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

How Many Times Can An Artist Paint The Same Scene?

Just as many times as you want! That’s my answer at least.
This has been done before as it’s my favorite spot
On old cape cod to paint!


This was done on an 9x12 piece of Uart paper
Using various pastels over a coral underpainting.
The Uart was a 400 grit . This seems to be my go to
Paper and grit . I get many layers with this.
Starting with a hard pastel like nupastel and then 
Layering in some unison,mt. Vision and Terry Ludwigs.
I also use nupastel as a blending pastel by layering 
Ever so slightly over a few layers of soft pastel.
All my grass and weed colors come out of that box 
Too. Hope you like this one. 
The peaches are going back on the Easel for 
Another try.I️ found them way too light.
Right now I’m working on my Christmas card for
This year! Stay tuned!