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Poinsettia in Pastel

Merry Christmas!

Recently, I purchased a few poinsettia plants to decorate for the holidays. They are displayed in the living room and look so festive! I just love Poinsettias.

I also treated myself to a large order of new pastels! I finally got some rich reds that my palette was lacking. This haul of pastels is my Christmas gift to me.

Pastels and supplies

See the lower center small box of pastels with all the tones of red? That box inspired me to paint one of the Poinsettia plants and I had a great time doing so! Here’s the finished piece, “Poinsettia in Pastel”, which will be framed as a 5”x7” and used in the future as part of my Christmas decor…

Poinsettia  Pastel
Poinsettia in Pastel

Here’s a photo of the studio still life setup:

Studio  still life setup

My poinsettia plant is a bit thin in the leaves department because I almost killed both of them! The poinsettias are on the fireplace hearth where they don’t get my constant attention and I forget to check them daily for water. One day, I happened to look at the fireplace and both Poinsettias were wilted! “That’s just great”, I thought!

I rushed the plants into the kitchen and gave them long drinks. One perked up right away, the other was too far gone and lost most of its leaves. The one in the studio is the Poinsettia that survived the best, so I thought I’d better paint it before it’s gone, cause I just might forget to water them again.

All my shopping is done, and gifts have been shipped. I baked some Christmas sugar cookies using a new recipe off the back of the flour bag. Let’s just say that it was a wasted day, sadly. The recipe was awful and the cookies reflected that! We stomached a handful of them and threw the rest in the trash. Even icing didn’t help. The recipe called for sour cream and it just didn’t work. Yuck!

Well, that’s my excitement for the week! After the holidays I’ll be sharing the bird series in pastel that I’ve been working on. Here’s a sneak peak:

Red Cardinal Pastel
“Red Cardinal in the Snow”

(The Tamarack Mountain Studio watermark is not on the original paintings.)

I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I’ll see you next year! Much Love ~Rhonda

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2020 Year in Review and Video

At the end of every year I take a look back and reminisce on the art I created, the adventures I had and what I’d like to accomplish in the coming year. I enjoy creating a little montage of the highlights of the year in a video, and sharing it with you. Below is my video, 2020 Year in Review; it’s about three minutes long.

I think going forward in 2021, I’m going to set aside oil painting and contribute my time to working in pastel. I will be doing a series using birds as my subject to thoroughly explore this medium in the beginning. I’ve really fallen in love with pastels as they leave me more room to create instead of thinking about mixing colors as in oil painting. I do still love oil painting, but it feels like there’s so much more gear to carry and more technicalities than with pastels.

This year I purchased a pretty awesome plein air set up for pastels, so all I had to carry was a pastel box and a tripod. Since pastels don’t have a unique smell like oil paints do, I didn’t have yellow jackets buzzing me thinking I had food for them. That was great in itself because I’ve been stung by a yellow jacket and it’s worse than a bee!

Because of the year’s many lockdowns and such, I didn’t have as many opportunities to paint plein air, so a lot of the work I did, was using flowers from my garden in the studio. This coming year, after my bird series, I hope to really explore florals using pastels. That will be fun, since I grow a lot of flowers. Last spring I planted two new varieties of Lilies in the flower garden, so I’m looking forward to this spring and using them as my subjects. My goals for 2021 are to put more emphasis on creative time and thereby creating more blog posts to keep my viewers interested.

I hope you enjoy this little video montage, 2020 Year in Review and that you have a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year! May 2021 be a better year for us all.

Much Love ~ Rhonda

Congratulations to Sharon Dubberly who won the yearend Giveaway!

She won an original 5″x7″ oil painting on canvas in a gift basket filled with other goodies. Thank you Sharon for signing up to become a TMS member! Sharon was contacted via email and has until midnight Dec. 11 to claim her prize!

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New items in the Ye Old Christmas Shoppe!

I have been busy creating some new items for the Ye Old Christmas Shoppe. Using my watercolors and digital illustrations there are three new ornaments to decorate your tree AND they are on SALE!!!

Check out the Gift Shop as well as the Ye Old Christmas Shoppe for some cool ideas for your Christmas shopping list! Help an artist and buy artisan gifts this year. These items are made on demand and not produced on an assembly line. There are lovely Garden Journals to give to your favorite gardener as well as a beautiful winter themed puzzle for the brains in your life. There will be more products coming soon, so check back often.

Don’t forget , nearly the entire GALLERY of original oil paintings is on sale this entire month, with more sale prices coming on Thanksgiving weekend. There is only one of each painting, so give a gift that lasts this year to those who appreciate fine art. Remember, art in your space uplifts the soul! And don’t forget to look at your art when you walk by where it’s hanging. Many of us hang it and forget it! Don’t do that. Take some time to really see and stand in front of your art and gaze, allowing your imagination to run free and maybe relieve some stress!

Keep in mind there are shipping delays due to covid restrictions, so shop early and plan ahead.

Thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate you! If you would like to stay in the loop about studio news and upcoming secret sales, join the TMS Members by filling in your info below. Have a wonderful day. Much Love ~ Rhonda

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Worst Year Ever Sale!

Sunset on the Villa

This year, instead of the typical Thanksgiving weekend sale, I thought it would be cool to have a Worst Year Ever sale; Because 2020 has been the Worst Year Ever. Beginning today, Nov. 7, 2020 and ending on Nov. 30, 2020, the Worst Year Ever Sale kicks off! I’m sick of 2020 as I’m sure you are too, so I’ve put nearly the entire gallery on sale! Select paintings are up to 50% off. Shop early, as there is only one of each painting. More paintings and other items will be added throughout the month for the Worst Year Ever sale, so check back often.

Christmas will be here before you know it and you’ll be up at midnight wondering what to get that hard to shop for person. Do they have an original one of a kind painting of a favorite subject? Humm? Maybe this could be the year you buy something unique, instead of a last minute dollar store gift. Shop early because shipping has been delayed and you don’t want to be a grinch with nothing to put under the tree. Right?

Here’s a teaser of some of the paintings in the Gallery on sale this month:

  • Yellow-throated Warbler oil painting
  • Pears oil painting
  • Pink Conch Shell
  • Pink Rose Bud
  • Purple Lilacs oil painting
  • Bearded Iris oil painting
  • Serenity on the River oil painting
  • Solitude oil painting
  • "Fly Fishing"
  • Sunset on the Villa
  • Dandelion Flowers oil painting

Click on the GALLERY tab on the home page of my website and you will be taken to all things painted in oil. Pastel paintings and gift shop items aren’t included in this sale. You can sign up for divided payments and give your person a card with a note saying their gift will be late, which would be appreciated not only by them, but by me, if that’s a financial position you find yourself in. Which of course because 2020 has been the Worst Year Ever, it’s highly likely, divided payments would be a real help at this time and I would love to help out.

Complimentary gift wrap is included with your purchase as well as a signed Certificate of Authenticity by me, the artist. What is a Certificate of Authenticity? It’s a signed certificate by the artist who created the work, stating the work is an original work of art and not a copy. It gives the year the work was created, the title and size of the piece.

Free Shipping is not included in the Worst Year Ever sale. The Tamarack Mountain Studio watermark is not on the paintings, and is done for online purposes only.

Feel Free to share this post with anyone you can think of! And if you’re interested in quarterly news about secret sales and giveaways, sign up below and become a TMS member! Happy Thanksgiving! Much Love ~ Rhonda

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Bearded Iris Pastel

This week I worked on a new pastel using my Bearded Iris from my flower garden as my subject. The flower garden is a small patch surrounded by a fence to keep the deer out. It contains three Rose bushes, Iris, Lillies, Hollyhocks and Clematis plus hanging baskets of Petunias. Every so often I’ll plant sunflowers but that’s doesn’t go well cause the squirrels and chipmunks dig up the seeds before the sunflowers can root. I usually have to end up starting sunflowers indoors and planting them outside as a seedling.

Here’s a pic of this heavenly spot where the Iris grow:

Bearded Iris in the garden

Next week the weather is going to take a drastic change and go from the delightful 70’s to the 50’s with temps at night dipping in to the low 30’s. There’s even snow forecasted! The garden will be over with next week, so I figured this would be a good time to paint a new pastel in memory of this year’s abundant beauty. I used a photo reference for this piece because the Iris are long gone for this year.

On the easel – “Bearded Iris” pastel

I have a new pastel tray thanks to my husband, who built it for me. It will be fun filling it up with pastels. Right now it looks like I don’t have any pastels to speak of, but every color I need is there. The shelving has wheels so I can move the pastels close to my easel.

Here’s a pic of the finished piece. The watermark is not on the pastel and is done for online purposes. “Bearded Iris” Pastel is 7” x 9.5”. I’m super pleased with how it turned out.

“Bearded Iris” Pastel

If you like this new work, hit the “Like” button below. You don’t have to leave a comment, but clicking on the “Like” button let’s me know I have readers out there who enjoy reading my posts. The more readers, the more posts I will create. Otherwise, if I’m talking to myself, then there won’t be any posts.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a super weekend! Go out and enjoy the fall colors! Much Love ~ Rhonda