Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Mountain Highway

“Mountain Highway”         Pastel          5” x 7”             $50           © Sharon Lewis
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            I caught a glimpse of this scene driving through Switzerland one summer. If only highways were as scenic as this mountain path! Velvety green grass with gorgeous trees and no billboards, loud sirens, crazy drivers, etc. Imagine stepping out of your house and just walking on this beautiful slope. Ahhh…..summer is coming.

Thursday, May 19, 2016


“Beacon”        Pastel         9” x 12”           $100         © Sharon Lewis
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            The sun was setting when I saw all the lights come on in this cabin on Loch Awe in Scotland….a welcome, cheery sight on a cold and dreary day.
            Tomorrow, I’m off for a three-day workshop with the well-known pastel artist, Richard McKinley. I’m so excited about this opportunity because I’ve heard so many good things about him from everyone who’s ever taken a workshop from him and I’ve admired his work for years.
            Happy Weekend!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Apple Blossom Time

 “Apple Blossom Time”   Pastel     5” x 7”     $50       © Sharon Lewis
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            One of my favorite signs of spring is when I see my apple tree covered with these beautiful, fragrant flowers. Each year I tell myself I should paint them but this is also when I am the busiest grading papers and final exams. By the time I’m through grading, the blossoms are gone. So this year, I broke off two small branches, placed them in water, and took some quick photos to paint from later. When I needed a break from grading, I had fun painting these small but beautiful flowers.
            Mother’s Day and this week I am reminded of how lucky I am to have two amazing, intelligent, and thoughtful kids. Today, my beautiful daughter, Erinn turns 26 having just finished her second year of law school and then Thursday my handsome son, Sean graduates with a Ph.D in Economics.
            Happy Spring!

Thursday, May 5, 2016


“Transitions”               Pastel                8” x 8”           $70               © Sharon Lewis
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            I’ve been thinking about transitions lately. In a sad transition, this week we lost a beloved former chaplain at the college where I work. He was an incredibly kind, funny, compassionate man with a wide smile who hugged everyone he met. The number of happy or funny memories that are being shared by his friends attest to the impact that he had on so many people.
            So Sammy, this post is in your honor….sending you a hug and a big smile wherever you are now and for the rest of us, a slightly modified excerpt from a poem by Henry Van Dyke:
           “….Then, someone at my side says, 'There, he is gone'
           Gone where?
           Gone from my sight. That is all.
          And, just at the moment when someone says, 'There, he is gone,'
          there are other eyes watching him coming, and other voices
          ready to take up the glad shout, 'Here he comes!'
          And that is dying...”