Thursday, February 4, 2016


Here's a quickie from the delinquent blogger.  A coloring page for you from Teaching Nelson Telson curriculum.  I'll be back soon with  fresh batch of blogging.

If you click on the pic, it should get big.   Enjoy!

Saturday, October 31, 2015


Sweet! In honor of Halloween, I'm showcasing the artwork my students did over the last few weeks.  Enjoy!

Bones Jones Makes an appearance every year and poses for us.  He's a great model.

Jack's bat from a few years ago - one of my all time favs

And this week we had the Great Halloween Candy Challenge.  Candy is a great motivator.  It's also a really good way to get the kids to see that negative space is just as important as the objects in a painting.

31 of 31 - Pathology

This underpainting was yesterday, day 30.  I used these really cool watercolors that I had in my travel bag.  This scene is the same place, the same path of Pathology #1, but a few days later there weren't many leaves left on the trees.

Just in case you were wondering what brand these are, they're Koh-i-noor.  They are nice and rich and all stack together in a little disk.  Very handy for the plein air kit.

"Pathology #2" 9x9 pastel on Uart500

I may do a few more in this pathology series since they are fun!

31 Days - 28 & 29 - Freebies!

Sometimes work gets in the way.  But when the work is artwork, it still works for some of the 31 in 31.
Since many of the college students working on the curriculum and kids the curriculum is being tested on are from landlocked North Dakota, they really didn't know much at all about boats.  So I made a page the kids can use after they read chapter 2 of Nelson Telson.  So, if you are reading my book with your kids, you can do these activities too.

 Here are a couple of coloring pages.

And this one took me many hours to make, first pen and ink, scan, and then lots of photoshop.

And since  you are kind enough to read my blog, here are a couple more coloring activity pages.
Can you tell which way the wind is blowing, and in which direction the boat is going?

Fill in the compass directions and color your own compass rose.

I'd love it if people would share their coloring pages with me. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

31 Days - Day 26 - Pathology

"Pathology #1" 8.5x8.5 pastel on prepared matte board

If you look at a lot of art, you'll notice that many artists, especially landscape painters, are drawn to certain scenes over others.  Some really dig trees, others mountains, big dramatic skies, ocean waves, etc., and they paint them over and over again. I happen to be a stream and path person.  They draw me in, and make me want to travel them. Paths are inherently enigmatic; they draw the eye to a place beyond the painting, a place where imagination happens. I've painted this path many times.  Here's one I did while teaching a class. Everything was so green I asked my students to choose other colors than the ones they saw.
"Fauve Path" 9x9 paste (sold)
And since we're talking paths, this is one of my all time fav paintings. 

"Path of Least Resistance" 9x12 pastel (sold)
Yikes, I started looking around for path paintings and I have done so many!  Here are a few more.
"Wolf Moon" 11x11 pastel on suede matte board

"Path Overcast" 9x12 pastel on prepared matte board

"October Lane" 12x18 pastel on Kitty Wallis (sold)

There is no end (ha ha) to the possibilities when it comes to painting paths.