Thursday, March 16, 2017

By the Stream

“By the Stream”      Pastel        11” x 14”        $150     ©Sharon Lewis
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            I’ve borrowed the title for this painting from the poem, “By the Stream” by Paul Lawrence Dunbar, one of the first African-American poets to gain national recognition. The first few lines are: “By the stream I dream in calm delight, and watch as in a glass, How the clouds like crowds of snowy-hued and white-robed maidens pass, And the water into ripples breaks and sparkles as it spreads…” (Click here for the rest of the poem.). This seems to be such a wonderful way of describing this beautiful scene I saw one summer though maybe the clouds are more “golden-hued” and “lavender” robed maidens.
            Hoping a little beauty comes your way.  Happy Weekend!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Beach Study

Beach Study #3          Oil              5” x 7”            $50  © Sharon Lewis

            I was lucky enough to visit the beach last weekend and took advantage of the opportunity to paint the ocean and sky from life. It was a windy day when I tried to paint an impression of sweeping clouds and choppy waves. Waves of course are hard to paint exactly from life but I find if I keep studying them, I can notice enough to convey at least an impression of them.
            Happy Weekend!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Left Out

“Left Out”                  Oil                12” x 12”                   $175         © Sharon Lewis 
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I’ve been continuing to have fun painting with oils and have a wonderful teacher: the very talented artist, Karen Appleton. I’ve been attracted to oils for some time though still love working with the pastel medium. I signed up for a beginning oils class with Karen and we have had so much fun! It was a bit frustrating at the beginning because I’m used to working with sticks of pigment rather than brushes and just selecting the color I want from my hundreds of pastels rather than mixing colors. Progress has been slow but I love it! I’m not only lucky to have found a gifted, generous teacher but also a group of people who love art, can laugh a lot, and are supportive of one another.
            Happy Weekend!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

I Remember Color

“I Remember Color”           Oil             5” x 7”             $60           © Sharon Lewis
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            From my studio window, I look upon a sky full of skeletal gray and brown tree limbs. Although there are signs of spring unfolding other places in my neighborhood, from where I work there are none of the blues, oranges, and warm greens that I love so much. So, what does an artist do? We create what we miss! I’ve been playing around with oils lately and so decided to create a colorful painting of Arabia Mountain Park, a favorite park of mine, just east of Atlanta.
            Hope there’s color in your weekend!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Cove at Yaquina

“Cove at Yaquina”     Pastel        9” x 12”        $100     ©Sharon Lewis
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            It was a beautiful day with the sun shining on the lighthouse and rocks. The Yaquina Head Lighthouse area, on the Oregon coast is a particularly interesting place to visit because not only can you enjoy spectacular scenery but you can also enjoy interesting wildlife in the form of seals and a variety of seabirds. I love painting coastal areas like this because there are so many different colors and textures in the rocks, grasses, and ocean.
            Hoping you enjoy beautiful days this weekend!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Let’s Pretend It’s Spring

“Let’s Pretend It’s Spring”      Pastel        14” x 11”        $150     ©Sharon Lewis
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            I know it’s not spring yet but I saw some beautiful tulips at the grocery store and had to bring them home. Tulips are, in my opinion, perfect antidotes to a gloomy winter day which is exactly what it was when I painted these recently. They are one of my favorite flowers because not only do they come in a variety of colors, but the blooms open with the petals seeming to joyously embrace the light and air. As if that wasn’t enough, if you look closely, even the apparently single color tulips have a variety of different colors on their petals, and as they bloom they often reveal additional surprise colors on the inside. You couldn’t ask for a more delightful flower for an artist that loves colors!
            Hoping your weekend is colorful!

Friday, February 3, 2017


“Rochers-de-Naye”              Pastel               8” x 8”        $70           ©Sharon Lewis  
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Several summers ago, we took a leisurely train trip up to Rochers-de-Naye, Switzerland.  This painting is of a view I photographed as we traveled to this absolutely gorgeous place. At the peak, which is 2000 metres (6,562 ft.) high, we looked at the various marmot species they have up there (a kind of small marmot zoo) and hiked in the cool, sunny weather. Although there were other people up there, it was a quiet, peaceful place.
Happy Weekend!