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.


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Song of Summer


“Song of Summer”           Oil            9” x 12”        $130         © Sharon Lewis
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To me the song of summer is not just the sounds of the birds singing outside my window, (though I love that sound) it is the sounds I don’t hear…like alarms going off to wake me up, the angry horns on traffic-congested roads, or anxious voices looking for solace or reassurance. I’m so looking forward to the time to savor the simplicity of a beautiful sky, majestic mountains, and cold, clear blue water.
Hoping you hear the song of summer soon.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

New England Refuge

“New England Refuge”        Pastel          10” x 10”          $125           © Sharon Lewis
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            It’s been raining here almost nonstop for days and so it was a relief to focus on a painting of a perfect sunny, summer day spent up north. We had gotten a little warm while we were hiking when we luckily discovered this perfect stream hidden in the woods. We soon were wading in and cooling off in an idyllic, restful spot. The only sounds heard were that of the birds in the trees up above and the water running over the rocks, in my mind, the perfect refuge.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

A Bit of Fun

“A Bit of Fun”           Oil               6” x 6”             $75               ©Sharon Lewis
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            For some reason, I got it into my head that I wanted to paint Gumby and Pokey, something from my childhood, long, long ago. It’s been fun and funny to paint a subject like this that symbolizes the imagination and innocence of children; a time when anything was possible and the good creatures always won. I’ve found myself laughing as I painted these two figures and am already planning future paintings as I am now the proud owner of a whole clan of Gumbys! Stay tuned for more in the Gumby, Pokey series.
            Hope you find an opportunity for imagination and laughter this weekend!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Beach Study #2


"Beach Study #2"    Pastel      2.5” x 3.5”    $20  © Sharon Lewis
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I’m on my way to see my “baby” daughter graduate from Northwestern University Law School and I’m so proud of her! I’m also so excited because I will see both of my children on Mother’s Day for the first time in years!
I’m wishing all the mothers that I know, a restful, relaxing weekend and a very Happy Mother’s Day!