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May 4, 2017 / Mayou Art

Spring in Connecticut

There are so many flowers here, flowers I haven’t seen in years. Many hang off walls in lots of front yards and entrances.

I believe these are wisteria. They are on a cemetery wall along the road not far from us. Every time we drive by I’m enamored.

Wisteria, 9 x 12, Pastel, May 2017

April 17, 2017 / Mayou Art

It Matters

Tried a new paper today, pastels got muddy quick. Seems I like sanded pastel papers best! I’ll work with it a bit more, maybe I can learn!

Daffodils, 4 x 6, April 2017

April 15, 2017 / Mayou Art

Something Different

Started this months ago, though it was time to finish it! Now I think it needs color and/or shading! That’s the beauty of art, never completed, just rested!

Diamonds, 9 x 12, ink on paper

April 14, 2017 / Mayou Art

Pointe Comfort

This one took me a couple of days! Not sure it’s completely done, but it’s close. 

Pointe Comfort VA, 12 x 16,

April 11, 2017 / Mayou Art

Happiness Is

New pastels!

Diane Townsend landscape pastels

August in Kansas, 4 x 8, pastel, April 2017

April 10, 2017 / Mayou Art

Chesapeake Bay

Chesapeake Bay, 9 x 12, April 2017, soft chalk pastel

April 9, 2017 / Mayou Art

The Albemarle

The Albemarle, Elizabeth City NC, 5.5 x 8.5, April 2017

April 4, 2017 / Mayou Art

An Apple a Day

The power of apples are underestimated everyday. The are good for your body and good for your art. I try to eat one each day and every time I dig one out of the fridge I think I need to paint this. Today I did.

Jonathan, 3.5 x 5.5, Pastel, March 2017

Jonathan, 4 x 6, Watercolor Painting, March 2017

March 24, 2017 / Mayou Art

Shull Run in Purple

I painted this a few weeks ago. I have been working on bold strokes, and trying not to over work the painting – much to learn still – so I chose bold colors to help me quickly see the strokes!

Because it is subject matter that is close to my heart it was pleasing. I taped it to the wall to live with it for awhile. When I do that I see things I need to change, areas that don’t register as I wanted them to and other options I could have tried. Some of the things I think about when looking at paintings on the wall are, would I love it if I walked into a room and saw it, would I purchase it, and would I hang it on a wall in my house. The unfortunate answer for this painting was no. Although I loved the color it just didn’t make my heart sing.

Shull Run in Purple
12 x18
March 2017

With nothing to loose I thought I would try to re-work it, see if it could be saved. I will have to hang it on the wall and think about it for another few weeks to know for sure. At this point I am still not convinced it is a keeper, but I am impressed with how different the image is with a little color adjustment.


Shull Run in Purple
12 x18
March 2017


March 23, 2017 / Mayou Art

An offering to Helios

Not sure this painting is done, but I wanted to thank the powers that be for the sunshine today!


Yellow Primrose
6 x 12
March 2017