Thursday, July 20, 2017

Mist Over the Hills


“Mist Over the Hills”            Pastel             5” x 7”       $50       © Sharon Lewis
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            We’re going to be traveling to Scotland soon so I’ve been practicing painting scenes from this beautiful country to make sure that I’m bringing the right pastel colors with me. I’ve been reminded that it seems there’s every shade of green in the landscape as well as many, many greys with the frequent mists and rain. Although I won’t have that much time to paint, I’m really looking forward to painting on location for even a small painting brings back so many more memories than photographs do.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

A Perfect Summer Day

“A Perfect Summer Day”              Pastel               12" x 16"              $200           ©Sharon Lewis
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            It really was a perfect summer day. The sun was shining, there were cool breezes, and we had this magnificent view. Who could ask for anything more?
             Happy Almost Weekend!

Friday, July 7, 2017

After the Hurricane

"After the Hurricane"                         Pastel                          11" x 11"                            $135                    ©Sharon Lewis
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             We set off for an island hoping the hurricane would miss us as predicted. It certainly wasn’t the smartest move we’ve ever made but it worked out fine. We had beautiful weather, a wonderful time, and spectacular waves to watch for a day or two.
            Happy Weekend!



Friday, June 30, 2017

Sun-lit

"Sun-lit"                  Pastel                                                                              5" x 7"         $50       © Sharon Lewis
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Every once and a while when you’re painting outside, you get really lucky and for a very brief moment, the sun lights up the clouds and they just glow with beautiful colors. I painted this as quickly as I could during one of those lucky moments.
Hope you see some beautiful colors this holiday weekend!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Waves


"Waves"                     Pastel                 5" x 7"                   $50                       © Sharon Lewis
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    I've been trying to capture waves painting plein air which isn't easy. I have a new appreciation for the different forms that waves take. Today's attempt was painted from the edge of a cliff trying to keep my easel (weighted down by rocks) from blowing over in the strong wind. I love painting the ocean!
         









Thursday, June 15, 2017

Translucence


“Translucence”            Pastel                9” x 12”              $100             © Sharon Lewis
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            I’m back from an amazing international art conference in Albuquerque (IAPS). For 5 wonderful days, I was surrounded by hundreds of very talented, generous, and fun artists. I was in heaven! I took classes with artists, Doug Dawson, Alan Flattman, Nancie King Mertz, and Kathleen Newman. I learned something new from each one. I was also fortunate to be able to take a workshop from the very talented artist and excellent teacher, Jeanne Rosier Smith. Jeanne imbues her paintings of waves with drama, light, and color. They’re absolutely beautiful! Her workshop was full of useful tips and I’m impressed with how kind and patient she was with everyone in our workshop. The painting above is the one I painted in her workshop.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Restless as a Young Heart


“Reckless as a Young Heart”      Pastel      5” x 7”     $50     © Sharon Lewis
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            I’ve been painting waves in anticipation of my upcoming workshop and it’s been so interesting to study all the variations in light and color that you can see in water as it rises in waves. I’ve also re-discovered some amazing poetry about the sea which is where I turn when I can’t think of an interesting title. This particular title comes from a wonderful poem by Carl Sandburg.  He wrote: “The sea is never still. It pounds on the shore, restless as a young heart, hunting.” See “Young Sea” for the full version of the poem.