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I will post weekly (or nearly) some of my opinions, insights, ideas, and adventures about art, travel, plein aire, pastel, and whatever's happening. Join me, feel free to add comments, follow along as I paint and write and explore

Santa's New-fangled Christmas 4

December 20, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Blitzen was unhappy with Donner. "He forgot to get his flu shot. And..."

3. DONDER FORGOT HIS FLU SHOT3. DONDER FORGOT HIS FLU SHOT


Santa's New-fangled Christmas 3

December 19, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

 

Rudolf felt un-needed, of course.

Santa hid his GPS in his pocket.

But that Rudolf had his nose out of joint 2. RUDOLF'S JEALOUS _20171210_0001 copy2. RUDOLF'S JEALOUS _20171210_0001 copy was the least of his problems. With Christmas one day away, Blitzen came tattling. 


Santa's new-fangled Christmas 2

December 18, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Santa began to worry. He couldn't remember all the addresses he had to deliver presents to in Cincinnati. 

Santa grumbled. He hemmed and hawed. After a few weeks of brain games he remembered Cincinnati, but had forgotten Little Rock.

Mrs. Claus gave him a new phone with a GPS.

4. SANTA'S BRAIN TRAINING4. SANTA'S BRAIN TRAINING

Rudolf was not happy about that.


Santa's New-fangled Christmas

December 17, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Santa was feeling poorly this summer so he went to his doctor. Dr. North recommended exercise and smaller portions.

Santa took his doctor's advice very seriously. He wore out the reindeer practicing his driving. He wore out the elves wanting more and more toys. Finally Mrs. Claus baked him two dozen chocolate chip cookies, three dozen frosted gingerbread cookies and a suite of fruit cakes.

 

Every thing is back to normal now. SANTA TOOK HIS DOCTOR SERIOUSLYSANTA TOOK HIS DOCTOR SERIOUSLY


MOAB IN NOVEMBER

November 30, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

 

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A promise is a promise, and I promised we'd go on a plein aire trip this year. Finally it came together in middle November. We stayed at the Adventure inn in Moab - my favorite motel in Moab, and painted for three days. The weather was perfect - until the wind came up the last day. Everyone worked hard and created lively and great paintings. We had a ball, ate a lot of good food, and saw the sites.

Arches National Monument is one of my favorites. We spent the day there; in the morning at Double Arches, and in the afternoon at Balanced Rock.

Balanced Rock is one of my favorite land forms to paint. I've done it before and I never tire of its grace and endurance. 

Following  are photos of the painters at work, and some of my balanced rock paintings. TERESSA_6483TERESSA_6483 Teressa Carlton

 

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BALANCED ROCK IN THE SNOWBALANCED ROCK IN THE SNOWBalanced Rock in a snow storm. You never know what the weather will be when painting plein aire Balanced Rock in the Snow

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Balanced Rock- fugue setting

 

BALANCED ROCKBALANCED ROCKPainted in pastel in three values. Light orange, medium blue, and dark navy. Arches National Monument The assignment was to use three pastels  (plus colored paper) to create a composition. Light, middle and dark values. A challenge but I had fun teaching it - and doing it. Atmospheric conditions let us see the La Sals behind the rock.