Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
|Misty Memories 4" x 7" Pastel ©Sheila Ashley Liston|
Day 7 of my personal challenge of painting 7 paintings in 7 days. These were my "warm-up" exercises before starting 30 in 30, beginning September 1, along with 1500+ artists. Like any challenge, this demands planning ahead for an interesting growth and learning experience.
On the last day of my challenge, I decided to paint simply an impression of the ocean, wherever the painting decided to lead me. It does remind me of our first trip to Maine years ago, as we walked along Marginal Way in Ogunquit. The weather report promised rain all day, so we purchased ponchos and headed out into the storm. It was a totally exhilarating experience and I would do it again in a heartbeat! With the wind and surf leaving us breathless, our umbrella's only option was to morph into a useful walking stick. The only regret was that I couldn't take art supplies into that environment!
I decided to try a different surface to paint on this time. It is a mixture of pumice and gesso on 300# watercolor paper. I did enjoy experimenting with a new method for me, as it added a significant amount of texture. I began with a watercolor sketch first, and then added layers of pastel. I guess you could say memories of that adventurous day and a new adventurous painting surface brought about this painting. I'll definitely try this surface again in a larger format.
Monday, August 21, 2017
Curtis Island protects the Camden Harbor from the ocean storms. Camden is a lovely town on Penobscot Bay. I'm seeing a harbor painting coming soon from our many photos from our visit there.
There's nothing quite like having a personal tour guide who is my nephew. Michael, who lives in Camden, Maine is an artist also. We were quite spoiled by Michael, as he lead us to the non-tourist sights in the Blue Hill Peninsula area and around Camden.
Friday, August 18, 2017
|Deer Isle 8.5" x 11.5 " Pastel ©Sheila Ashley Liston |
What I used to paint from, is the reference photo below, from our vacation trip last fall. In Maine, it seems that frequently there's another lovely roadside view, just waiting to be painted, everywhere we traveled. This was on Route 15A through Deer Isle, as we drove back from our stay at Stonington. I wanted to jump out of the car with pastels and easel in hand, however this was on private property. I had to be satisfied with a "drive by" photo from my cell phone.
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Geneva Marsh 5¾ x 8½ Pastel ©Sheila Ashley Liston
Day 4 of my self-challenge of 7 paintings in 7 days.
Marsh areas in the Geneva State Park are interesting to me. This one in particular has enough open water area that reflected the sky and the surrounding fall colors. This park is on the shore of Lake Erie and has a lovely Lodge where we stayed.
This painting is on UArt 800 sanded paper. This is the beginning that I was able to accomplish in Geneva. Then I finished the painting in the studio.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Thursday, August 10, 2017
|Myrtle Beach Pier 5 x 7 Acrylic ©Sheila Ashley Liston|
|Myrtle Beach Pier framed|
Sunrises are always awesome, but especially so at the beach!
I love the sights, sounds, and the smell of the salty breeze that one finds at the beach. My mind goes to how I might paint the whole experience. With a fascination for wave forms, I find myself studying most of them. With my cell phone camera and my husband's photography, we can come away with subject matter for a very long time.
Even though I work mostly with pastels, I do enjoy acrylics as another way of expression. Actually if the truth be known, I've never met a medium that I didn't love! However, for the sake of focus, I have narrowed it down to these two for now.
This painting is done on a gessoed board and varnished with a UV protective solution. It is framed in a warm gray moulding that resembles driftwood. There is a white linen liner that separates the painting from the frame to allow a pleasing presentation.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Thursday, August 3, 2017
|Fields of Lavender 5 x 5 Pastel ©Sheila Ashley Liston|
Available $60 framed
Gotta love lavender!
This painting was done from a visit to an Ohio lavender farm called Luvin Lavender in Madison, Ohio near Lake Erie. What a delight to see a lavender field with masses of glorious color! How awesome to know the owners originally planted these to attract enough bees to pollinate other crops on their property. Is has since grown to be a place of beauty in their community. They hold a Luvin Lavender and Art In The Garden Festival every year in July. Its well worth a trip there to learn more. You can find more information on their website: www. luvinlavender.com or their Facebook page: Luvin Lavender Farms LLC.
Saturday, July 29, 2017
Here's some progress shots from the beginning. I've come to believe that paintings have to become a bit ugly and unruly at first.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Sunday, July 16, 2017
Monday, July 3, 2017
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
|The Maine Coast 6 x 13 Pastel ©Sheila Ashley Liston|
The fresh newness of every moment, that forgets the past that has already gone and the future is not yet, leads one to learn to stay in the present moment...
My goal was to study the anatomy of the ocean wave, yet the ocean showed me the concept of "staying in the moment". The concept was not new to me, but being a person who learns visually, I somehow needed to "see" it in a way that only the ocean could teach.
- The wave reached its crescendo, crashes against the rocks and quickly recedes into the greater body of water....a job well done.
- The water in the background gathers from the deep, forming a swell waiting in queue for its moment to be the shining star.
- In the meantime, the wave with all its power and force, moves front and center for its mighty "one and only" performance, lasting but a few seconds in time.
How often have I wasted that fleeting moment of the present, worrying about the past that is gone and waiting for the future that hasn't yet arrived?
Only after spending time there, drinking in the sights, sounds, smells and touches, did I feel worthy to try to paint the ocean. The real beauty of painting for me is in the actual process where I get to relive the whole experience of being there.
Beginning the initial drawing with vine charcoal, then I began to establish the light and dark areas. This painting is done on black Rives printmaking paper with pastels. This scene is from the coast near Kennebunkport during our trip to Maine last fall.
Thursday, June 22, 2017
|After The Rain 9 x 8 Pastel ©Sheila Ashley Liston|
Mighty waters rushing down the canyon through the storm back to its Source...
Do I not desire the same? Running back to my Source during the storms of life...
This painting was done on a recent spring trip to Blackwater Falls in West Virginia. It had rained for several days creating a massive cascade of water forcefully making its way through the Blackwater Canyon. The black water is the result of tannic acid from fallen hemlock trees and red spruce needles. With all the rain this season, the foliage is lush and rich in hues of green that seem even brighter than normal.