Pastel Portrait of Mary McManus

Painted this pastel portrait of Mary McManus (98 years young) for her long-time friend and care-giver Patsy Henry. They are both very close friends of the McNulty family.( Historical tidbit-Mary had worked in her younger days at the Rumford Baking Powder Plant here in RI and still lives in the home with Patsy in the same house she was born in near the local fire station).

You can tell how much Patsy loves Mary in just the way she talks about her and how she interacts with her. Patsy does so much to make Mary comfortable and happy, and to watch them together is just so inspiring. When I gave this to Patsy and had her open it up…it was the best feeling ever. She just put her hands to her chest and her eyes welled up and she gave me a hug. That’s all I needed. Then she brought over the picture to Mary, who was sitting by the window watching the traffic go by. She asked her who the painting was of. You could see her looking closely up and down and then she smiled and said “Me?” Patsy said, “Yes, it is”, and Mary said , “That’s beautiful”, and kept looking at it smiling. Too cute!

My daughter, Kelsey was with me and we stayed and talked awhile and then I noticed the firetruck go by and the fireman all look at the house as they went by. They look for Mary because if they see her outside sitting on the deck, they honk their horns at her and she’ll wave. It was a wonderful visit and I even had roses to take home with me. Perfect.DSC08216

Pastel Painting of my Grand Niece as an Angel

Here I looked at a picture I took of my grand niece and saw an angel picture in the making. This is what I envisioned when I saw her arms crossed. It’s funny how it all comes together, isn’t it! Sometimes I surprise myself!

Trying Something A Little Different

Here is a pastel painting that is not like anything in my portfolio.  I need more summer and nature pictures for the portfolio and this is what I have down so far.  I am pretty happy with the results so far…I just need to add a couple of birds to the post with wildflowers to the background and foreground and I should be all set.  I can’t wait to see it completed.

I have included the reference photo I took in my backyard.  I just made the colors more vibrant in the quilt for intensity.  I will post the completed picture as soon as I am done.

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Another Amish Pastel In The Works

This is the picture that was inspired from a photo of my daughter, Caitlin, when she was small. She will be transformed into an amish girl smelling a flower in the garden with a butterfly or two.  I seem to be stuck in the garden of flowers as I am not sure what colors I want to use…so I sit and stare…and try to picture it in my mind.  I will try and finish this by mid-week at most.  Then, I will share it with you, I promise!  Any ideas…please share!

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Blackboard Snowman In Pastel

I just did a re-do of an old design for Christmas.  It’s a snowman done in pastels on black pastel paper. The results look like a drawing done in chalk on a blackboard, which is a popular look today in art design.

I really like the look.  I think I will try other designs just like this with other seasonal images.  Back to the drawing board!

 

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