Thursday, June 21, 2018

All the Colors of the Rainbow

All the Colors of the Rainbow      Pastel         5” x 7”       $50     © Sharon Lewis
            When packing for our trip to Maine, I decided to bring the smallest box of pastels possible that would still allow me to capture the colors here accurately. So before leaving, I painted from some reference photos I had of Maine and this is one of them. The sea seems to change colors so drastically depending on the sky, wind, and temperature. At the moment, it is a gray-blue color on this cloudy day, not at all as colorful as on the sunny day my painting shows.
           Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Acadia


“Acadia”          Pastel          5” x 7”       $50       © Sharon Lewis
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            Last year we visited Bar Harbor, Maine and stayed at the beautiful Coach Stop Inn, run by the inimitable Jim and Anna Brown. If you like staying in beautiful rooms, eating delicious food, and being treated like royalty, this is the place to stay.
Of course, like any visitor to the Bar Harbor area who loves nature, we visited Acadia National Park. According to the Park Service, which refers to Acadia as the “Crown Jewel of the Atlantic,” this park has the highest rocky headlands along the Atlantic coast, with 158 miles of hiking trails, and 45 miles of carriage roads with 16 stone bridges. I’ve visited this park many times over the years and I’m always discovering a new hike or view.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Down to the Sea


“Down to the Sea”          Pastel         12” x 9”       $100     © Sharon Lewis
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In a recent trip to San Francisco for a conference, we took a break one afternoon and wanting to get away from the city and hike, we discovered a gem of an island. Angel Island, in the middle of San Francisco Bay, is a state park and former army fort (Fort McDowell).  It’s beautiful there! You can walk up a hill and then hike around the island with gorgeous views of the sea, the scent of eucalyptus trees, and cool breezes from the water. I really didn’t want to leave!

Friday, June 1, 2018

Standing Together


“Standing Together”       Pastel         5” x 7”       $50     © Sharon Lewis
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            I saw what I thought was a lone tree thriving in the middle of this marsh but then I looked more closely and saw it had a companion. It was a nice surprise reminding me that no matter how strong we are, we truly flourish only when we stand with others.
            Happy Weekend!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Imagining Blue Skies


Imagining Blue Skies        Pastel         5” x 7”       $50     © Sharon Lewis
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It’s been gray and rainy every day here for more than a week. Apparently, the only way I’m going to see a sunny, blue sky is if I paint one and so I did. This is based on my photos of marsh land on a beautiful day in South Carolina.
Hope you enjoy sunny skies and a happy weekend.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Days of Innocence

“Days of Innocence”      Pastel        2.5” x 3.5”       $20      © Sharon Lewis
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            This started out as a plein air sketch that I painted while on vacation one summer but it wasn't speaking to me so I added a child flying on a kite on a sunny, windy day, standing barefoot in the warm grass…the picture of happy innocence.

            Happy Weekend!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Her Favorite Color


“Her Favorite Color”            Pastel            12” x 9”         $100         © Sharon Lewis
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            For some reason that no one understands, both my sister and I had a fascination with the color pink, specifically hot pink. I can remember even when we were little kids we fought over the hot pink crayon when we were coloring together.
            As we celebrated my sister’s life this past weekend, and we saw the many pictures of Meg over the years, she could be picked out easily in each photo since she was always wearing this particularly vivid color. Whenever I see hot pink, it reminds me of her and how talented she was. Meg was uniquely creative, quietly magnificent, and is missed tremendously by all who knew her.