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Merethe T
04-03-2007, 08:54 AM
Hi all!

I've been visiting other forums, and noticed some have a thread for posting photos and let the other members know who we are - so nice to read!
I miss a thread like that in the pastels forum - so lets get to know eachother better! Lately a lot of new members have joined, wouldn't it be nice both for newbies and oldies to learn a little more of who we are? :)

I'll go first - I'm 38 years old, from Norway. I have an 18 year old son, and live together with the most wonderful man and his 12 years old daughter. We have two beautiful cats living with us (don't know who's the head of the household, might be Lucas, famous from several pet-portraits her at WC...lol).
I'm a social worker in RL, work with the rough and toughers - and I'm a musician- singer and guitarist in my blues/roots-band. Got no problem filling my time... ;)

Here's me - on stage, think that's the newest photo I've got...

Now lets see who you are... :)


Pat Isaac
04-03-2007, 10:20 AM
Great start to this thread, Merethe. That is a great photo, and I love that hair...:cool: How many in your band? Family here for the week so I will get back to this later.


CM Neidhofer
04-03-2007, 11:14 AM
Great thread idea!

I am a 48 year young mom of two grown boys, Karl and Nick. I live with a wonderful man, Bruce, who has brought me a second chance at lots of love, laughter and fun, and lots of support for my art work. We have a cat named....Kat...Bruce's doing, not mine! lol She's made it here to the forum as a model as well. I work full time as a cashier at the Isle of Capri Casino in Black Hawk, Colorado and squeeze as much art time in as that allows. I grew up in Michigan, lived for almost 20 years in Florida and started yet another new life here in colorful, beautiful Colorado about four and a half years ago.


04-03-2007, 12:29 PM
I'm 45 and have triplets (4 years old). Happily Married for 8 years. Just started useing pastels and love them. I've been drawing and painting (watercolor) on and off all my life and have just started putting together
a gallery of items possibly to show and or sell at local art fairs. I live in Granger, Indiana for the past 9 years, But pretty much grew up in the north east (NY, CT). I'm on my forth Pastel Painting and haven't taken any pictures of them yet (sorry, try to do better). I'm really excited about
having a group of patrons that I can share and learn from. This is great!
realist, sorry about the photo it's the only one in my computer (i was camping and singing to one of my kids).:p

Piper Ballou
04-03-2007, 01:55 PM
What a great idea Merethe, it will be good to get to know everyone.

I was born and raised in Long Beach, California, but have callled Arizona home for the last 35 years. I have five grown children and two grandchildren. My middle daughter is living with us with one grandchild while her husband is serving with the Air Force in Korea, loads of fun for us.
I teach a middle school alternative program, the real rough and toughers.
I have been painting with pastels almost three years, love them, highly addicted to them.
This is a photo at my daugthers wedding two summers ago.

04-03-2007, 03:14 PM
this could be a real fun thread, good idea!

letsee, i'm almost 40 (eek!) been married for almost 14 years. born/raised in iowa, lived there til hubby went with family to see more family here in s.dakota, and found a ranch to work on. our first child was 2 weeks old. so we now have lived here for close to 11 years.

i have 2 girls, 11 and 10, 7 horses, 4 dogs, some cats. i work at a dairy 4 morning a week, getting up by 4, but home by 9! i spend my days, after a nap of course!, in the studio in my basement or doing something outside with either dogs horses or both. i like to spend weekends in the summer with a plein air group, or again, riding with the kids. i also like to take a sketchpad and go riding/sketching. i do NOT like anything to do with domestic duties! i also volunteer at the younger child's school to teach art, since there is none whatsoever in the schools. and here's the only photo i have of me, as i'm always the one with the camera! its with my best mare, sugarfoot (4 white socks)


04-03-2007, 10:46 PM
I live in the bush in Australia in the state of victoria. I have moved a lot and done a lot of things in my life, research science, Primary Teaching, Taught computers, worked in digital publishing, army reserve, hiking (been to every national park in the east of Australia and much of western australia) been to Bali, before the bombings, have 18 neices and nephews, but none of my own, just two cats and a dog and a wonderful partner who is also an artist - in wood. I will do almost any craft, but art and lacemaking are the central ones although I have just started patchwork and am trying to start a craft business. I believe that people can be whatever they want to be and that when there are difficulties in our way, they are there to make us grow. I often tell my students that you cannot learn if you don't make mistakes. It is how you deal with life's problems that makes you who you are.
Sorry, no picture of me - I hate them and I suppose that says a lot about who I am. It's what's inside that counts.

04-04-2007, 05:51 AM
This is a great idea.

I was born in Portsmouth in England and lived in Leigh Park until I was 4 when we moved to Fareham, Hampshire, when I was 8 years old my parents took us to South Australia where we settled in Para Hills I did all of my schooling and General and Advanced Nursing Certificates there, then in 1979 I went to Edinburgh in Scotland and did my Midwifery where I stayed for a further 3 years. Whilst travelling I met my Husband, Monty in Corfu in Greece, we have been together now since May 1981, I returned to South Australia December 1981 and Monty followed over (he's Irish from Dublin) in January1982. We both lived and worked in South Australai until early 1984 when we moved over here to Western Australia, we initially lived and worked in the Pilbara in the North West and we have now been settled in Perth for near on 20 years and love it. I work in Neonatal Intensive Care and love absolutely every minute of it and Monty is a Senior Paramedic.
We don't have children, I do have one Nephew, nearly 10 but he lives in Cairns in North East Queensland. We do have 2 dogs, Trixie, she is a Staffy Cross and is 8.5 years old and Tanzie, she is a Kelpie Cross Border Collie and is 8 months old.


I have only been painting for about 4 years, mostly in watercolours initially and started using Soft Pastels about 18 months ago, I have to say I do prefer the pastels.

CJ :heart:

Merethe T
04-04-2007, 06:39 AM
Ah, this is fun! So nice to get to know who you are!

Pat - we are a blues/roots band, three guys and me - great fun!
Christine - nice to learn a little more about you...
Pete - nice to meet you! Your nickname kinda gave away that you're a male ;)...even though there are some girls flyfishing (myself included) - it's still a mans world, isn't it...?
Piper - I already know you quite well, glad to see you here! Nice photo!
Chewie - no way you're 40?! You don't look 40 at all! Sound like you've got some busy days taking care of children and animals, getting up at 4(?!!) :eek: But it sure sounds nice, I'd love to live like that...
Vicki - glad to see you too, photo or no photo! :)
CJ - nice photo! Ah, so nice to see a summery photo, we have snow here still, and as we speak it's snowing even more...I'm so ready for summer now!

Artist seem to be animal-lovers aswell, I think we all have cats or/and dogs....?


K Taylor-Green
04-04-2007, 10:14 AM
I live in Southern Ohio, where I was born and raised. While I have moved around all my life, it has been in this 100 mile radius!
I have two daughters, a stepdaughter and a stepson. Between hubby and me we have 9 grandchildren! We live on a farm, own 6 horses, and 6 dogs. We own a breeding kennel and sell hunting Labs. Jess trains them. We recently bought a new pup to train and eventually use for breeding. We drove all the way to Kansas City Mo. to buy her, proving that we are not too old to enjoy spontanaiety!
But my closest canine companion is a 7 yr old wolfdog, named Raven. He is helping me teach Soliel, the pup, her manners! Wolves love puppies and are great with disipline.
I have been drawing and painting since I was a kid. Unfortunately, I didn't discover ambition until my youngest was leaving for college. I combined my love of horses and other animals with my ability to render them and am primarily an animal artist. I paint mostly horses. Of course, with all the grandchildren to practice on, I have added kids portraits to my portfolio! I tried pastels for the first time about 4 to 4.5 yrs ago and now it is my medium of choice. I just love them!!
This photo was taken at my 50th birthday party, four years ago. I, too, am usually the on the other end of the camera!http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Apr-2007/41107-Birthday_photo.jpg
My daughters are in it with me. My oldest, Micki, is on the left and Megan on the right.

04-04-2007, 10:19 AM
Oh Yes, I forgot to add, that like Chewie, I also have a BIG Bday coming up this year, I will be 50 in June so am very much looking forward to celebrating that.


04-04-2007, 10:59 AM
It's great to see everyone!

I'm 30 years old and live with 2 cats. I'm originally from Ohio but now live in Southern CA. At my day job, I teach autistic kids, but have had a slew of jobs and careers ranging from archaeology to web design. I first picked up pastels almost exactly a year ago, and now they are my favorite medium, especially for animals.

I also don't have very many photos, so here's one from Dianna's workshop. :)


-- Linda

04-04-2007, 01:42 PM
Nice to see the faces!

I'm Emma-Jane, I'm 36 and I live in Ely (Cambridgeshire), in the east of England. I'm married and have a gorgeous daughter of 7 months. Before becoming a mother I was working freelance - proofreading, translating and painting dog portraits in pastel. I joined WetCanvas back in 2002, but didn't discover the Pastel forum until 2003. I was instantly hooked! I'm now finding the time and energy to get back into artmaking.

This is me:


04-04-2007, 02:13 PM
Oh what fun! Thank you Merethe.

I grew up in North Dakota (40 miles from the Canadian border) and Wyoming. A sorority sister (Alpha Chi Omega) introduced me to my husband of 40 years. While he was in the Air Force we lived in Dayton Ohio (11 years), Lubbock Texas, and Alexandria Louisana (both for pilot training and advanced training), and lastly Issaquah Washington where we chose to settle after he retired.

While in Dayton, I joined the Officers' Wives Club group called Brush and Palette because I'd always loved to draw (I can even remember the first time I discovered if you press really hard on a crayon the colors get very bright. It was a picture of a red barn and yellow sun, and I was 4 years old). Brush and Palette ran a program similar to a fine art academy, and at one time the Dayton Daily newspaper referred to it as a mini art institute. I was introduced to oils, acrylics, charcoal drawing and calligraphy. We worked only from life - whether it be still like, portraiture, nude models or plein air. One instructor specialized in color theory, and I really enjoyed that so eventually I painted mostly abstract acrylics and then calligraphy. It was also as a member of Brush and Palette that I learned how to be the leader of artists. I was elected president twice, and also held all other offices. My first time as president there were 90 female artists from raw beginner through degrees in fine art from some of the best schools in the world, and wives of 2nd LT through General! Now there was a lesson in learning diplomacy!

After moving to Washington state, I worked at a gallery for 14 years, and on the side taught calligraphy to both adults and children, childrens drawing, and adult pastels. Later I added childrens' beading and oil pastel classes. I also did calligraphy on commission until my fingers began to resist the pressure of hard pen point to hard table top. My sister introduced me to pastels in 1984, and they have been my medium of preferance every since. After a break of about 6 years, I began teaching adult pastel classes again last fall, and I'm enjoying that a lot. I've taught children's afterschool art for two different PTSA organizations for about 7 years, and that's been great fun too. Sometimes it is beading and sometimes oil pastel.

I am a signature member of the Pastel Society of Oregon, and was a charter & signature member of the Northwest Pastel Society (president for 5 years). In 1997 I was asked to be the exhibitions chairperson for the International Association of Pastel Societies and held that position until 2005. In 1999 I was awarded the IAPS Golden Mentor award, and in 2001 I was elected to the board of directors. This year I will be honored with the IAPS Master Circle Gold Medallion at the convention in Albuquerque.

I have 3 children; a son and twin son and daughter, and 3 grandchildren from ages 1 to 4 years. Also two golden retrievers, and two Ragdoll cats. My husband keeps threatening to retire, and I tell him to keep working until it isn't any more fun because he has no hobbies! He says he'll just follow me around :eek: - I think he's teasing!! :lol: Since he's still working he must have more days are fun than not.

This is a larger version of the one I'm currently using as my avitar. Thanks to Donna Aldridge's gift of working with Photoshop, the painting in the background is Tuscan Gold, the painting that earned me my fifth point towards the IAPS Master Circle honorarium. Donna was able to insert the painting in place of a dark window and wall!


04-04-2007, 03:36 PM
I'm originally from northeastern Connecticut....I'm 44 years young, with a great, loving, close family, both my family and my husband's family, we are so fortunate. During the 7 years after high school, out in the workforce world of retail clothing, my creative side slowly emerged and I finally made the decision to leave my hometown and I migrated to Boston to spend 4 years at Mass. College of Art, majoring in Illustration, where I made some great friendships that are strong to this day....and surprisingly, I also found myself in the company of a few "older" students in my classes. Never too old to attend to one's education, I learned. It was a great experience and I'd do it all over again.

I met my husband through one of my college friends and now we live in So. New Hampshire with one sweet beautiful daughter, the sunshine in and of our lives, and 2 cats, one gently-old boy and one raucously young ball of fire who, at times, runs across the upstairs floor, sounding like 20 large animals stampeding. Life is good.

Pastels became a favorite in college when I saw how this medium "lives" on paper, never cracking, never dulling, always fresh and rich and brilliant and so texturally alive. After graduating from college, while looking for work, I opened the computer design/illustration door and became an artist for the computer gaming world and a graphic user interface designer for software companies to pay the bills. 3 years ago, the itch to bring pastels back into my life, to feel the "hands-on" arting I used to do, came back to me and I am so thankful! Even though there is not enough time, not enough hours in the day, days in the year, years in the life, to empty my head of everything to do with art, fine art, creativity, I am so thankful that I have this desire and inquisitiveness that will last me til my final days. I hope to pass this positivity on for my daughter to find the world a precious and awesome place to explore and give some kindness back to.

Great to see everyone's photos, it really makes a difference in "seeing" who we all are.
Take care, all!


Pat Isaac
04-04-2007, 04:52 PM
This is such fun. Thanks, Merethe. I'll post next week when the family leaves. I'll be the old lady of the bunch....:lol:


Kathryn Day
04-04-2007, 07:39 PM
It is really nice to put faces to names and to know a little bit about each of you.

I am 56 years old, am married with a grown son and daughter(who live way to far away, in Montana) and have 11 grandchildren. I live in Gallup, New Mexico, which is about two hours west of Albuquerque. I currently do bookkeeping at home for a business, but have formerly been a nurse, retired from it a few years ago. I have always loved to draw and did some painting in my early years. I started back a few years ago with colored pencil, but found it to take too long. I debated what to try next when I found pastels. I have taken a couple of workshops and otherwise just try to paint whenever I can. I love to read and spend time with family and on wetcanvas.:)


04-06-2007, 09:35 AM
Oh Merethe, what fun that you started this thread! And what a great picture of you! How talented you are. It's such fun reading about everyone here and seeing pix.

I just had a birthday on March 30 and hit the old "double nickel" (55). I was born and raised in New Jersey, and live here still, although I have had brief forays elsewhere on company business - 3 months in San Jose, California, 6 months in Washington, DC, a year in Raleigh, NC - but I keep boomeranging back here. But I visit family in North Carolina every year, and have spent my summer vacations in New Brunswick, Canada for over 30 years.

As a kid I just drew all the time - mostly horses, and while cleaning up around the house recently I found some stufff I had done when I was about 11. I'll have to post it here on WC, :lol:. I loved to draw and always wanted to learn how to draw well. When I was 12 I won an art scholarship for a year of free art lessons at the Montclair Art Museum, and I was so excited. But the lessons were *so* discouraging. The teacher made no attempt whatever to teach us to draw, it was all just about "expressing ourselves" and it rather turned me against art lessons for many years! Back in my school days learning to draw seemed a very neglected art, and the kids who did take art lessons in school said there was no classical sort of drawing taught anyway really, so I don't think I missed anything by not taking high school art classes.

And then life and work and motherhood intervened. I ended up majoring in Business Administration/Finance in college, and getting into the computer field. But when I hit the big *50* I decided it was time to take stock and think about what I wanted to do with my life. I had read a quote from Oliver Wendell Holmes. He had taken up the study of Greek at the age of 95 and when someone asked him why he was doing it at that stage of his life he replied, "If not now, when?" What a great answer. So I began thinking of all the things I had yearned to do when I was younger that I had never done. Some were clearly beyond accomplishing at this point in my life, :lol: (being an astronaut, being a jockey). But a couple that I had yearned for still seemed possible - learning to draw and learning to sing.

So about three years ago I began taking voice lessons (and still take them, wonderful fun) and two years ago I took a class in basic drawing. We were introduced to pastels in that class and I fell in love! In summer of 2005 I started with lessons back at the old Montclair Art Museum, and I love them. It's all drawing from life which is always a struggle, but I feel so important for my growth as an artist.

As for me, I'm a single lady and live alone with three cats, and currently only a single dog. I'm a voracious reader and my house is groaning from the weight of all my books! I also have a yard filled with bird feeders, and feed the birds - whcih I also count for Cornell University's Project Feeder Watch. My son is now 28 and graduated from law school last year. He and his wife lived in the city (New York of course!) when he was in law school, but now they live in NJ just 10 minutes from me. I keep hoping, but no grandkids yet. :D

Anyway, here is a picture of me with my son and daughter-in-law at his law school graduation in June 2006. And just to show the passage of years, I'll follow it with a picture of me and my son at my *own* college graduation! :D



irish leprechaun
04-06-2007, 10:43 AM
Hi everyone, what a great thread. My name is Catherine, I am 42, I was born in Dublin, Ireland.I grew in up in the oldest part of Dublin which is called the liberties. I have always loved to draw for as long as I can remember. I married John when I was twenty and we had our first son four years later, two years after that I had another son. M y eldest son will be 18 this year and my youngest will be 16. I have been married for 22 years. We still live in Dublin but I would like to live somewhere warmer. I left school at a very early age but at around the age of 28 I started going to drawing classes, after two years of classes my tutor said that I should go to college. I had never thought of going to college before especially since I had left school so young I didnt think that I would get in anywhere. Anywhy I thought I would give it a go and I was accepted into a foundation course for art, design and mixed media on my portfolio. This was only a one year course.To cut a long story short I ended up going to third level education and now have a degree in fine art. I found college great but I thought that they had more interest in the new art of today as in digital and installation and I knew that all I wanted to do was paint. As I was attending college at night and working during the day
I dont think that there was enough time given to painting tutorials. Anyway thats really it in a nutshell. Glad to be here, lovely to meet you all, by the way this is a picture of my husband and I, talk soon.

04-06-2007, 10:52 AM
Great idea Merethe!!

My name is Dorte Krogh Nielsen I'm 24 (well It'll be 25 this April 24) and I live in a costal town named Grenaa. I've been living here for about 6 - 7 years. When I was younger we lived in the inland part of Jylland in a city called Silkeborg.
I've always painted, ever sins I was a small child. About 2 years ago (this autumm) I learned of the medium of Pastels and the wonderfull velour paper, I have used pastels ever sins! :) I was hooked right away.
I'm a designer in profession making marketing material and websites. Right now I'm out of a job, but have got a great 4 week period of inturnship at a lokal embroideri buisness. I get to set up complex embroderies for clients and see them come out on the mashine. It's so much fun.
I've also got a book keeper exsam and a graduate one called HTX which stands for something like: Higher tecknical exsam. It has math and science and such as main subjects.

I love to do art in my spare time, but other than that I've got 2 motorcykles I just love to ride in the summer period, and then I've also got my garden. oh...and then Anton the Karelian Bear dog :p

well this is me:
Bad photo but I didn't have any other.

04-06-2007, 12:42 PM
This is great Merethe, bout time we had a new one lol ........
the last one we had was back in 2003 which also proved very popular...... just checked the record, it had just under 17000.00 views and 505 entries... lol guess we werent into painting so much then either ha ha ha
peeps tended to have disguises for their tiny heads........ like Monkies and such like :D ...... but this one is more indepth and personal, we tended to post pics and be silly..... :lol:

Piper Ballou
04-06-2007, 01:52 PM
Merethe, this was a great idea, I am enjoying getting to know everyone better and seeing their mugs shots.....

Dawn, I went and looked at the old thread......gosh, you look really good in red hair...LOL

04-06-2007, 02:12 PM
....the last one we had was back in 2003 which also proved very popular...... just checked the record, it had just under 17000.00 views and 505 entries... but this one is more indepth and personal, we tended to post pics and be silly..... :lol:
Wow, Dawn, that's some thread! You all had such a blast back and forthing with jokes and hellos...such fun. :)
It was great to see some familiar names with faces.

04-06-2007, 02:33 PM
Merethe, this was a great idea, I am enjoying getting to know everyone better and seeing their mugs shots.....

Dawn, I went and looked at the old thread......gosh, you look really good in red hair...LOL

Lolol Piper....... I LOVEEEEEEEEE that wig ha ha..... kept trying to get my hair dresser to change mine to it
lol Cindy...... we did indeed used to have such fun - glad you all enjoyed a blast from the past.... all us newbies are olbies now :D

04-06-2007, 03:07 PM
Wow, Dawn, that's some thread!

It sure was. I just waded through all the zillion pages of it. It was amazing to me that most of the posters were people I'd never heard of! Then a mix of people I recognized, but whom I have not seen post lately, and also some of those who are still actively posting.

I love the bios here, so hope we get a lot more posts and pix to this thread. And I wonder which of us will still be faithful posters four years from now. ;) Though I certainly hope to be.

04-06-2007, 04:36 PM
Hi there everyone, what a lovely idea Merethe to be able to put a face to the name. I am one of your 'newbies', my name is Marie and I am 56 years old. I am happily married with two grown up sons aged 36 and 32 and have a grandson 5 and a grandaughter 3. I was born and bred in St.Helens Merseyside which is half way between Liverpool and Manchester.

I have always loved arts and crafts from being a child, always drawing, sewing, embroidery. Once the lads had grown up I was able to continue with my hobbies, I tried painting on china, which was good but too expensive as a hobby because you had to keep firing your work every time you applied a layer of paint. Then I took up counted cross stitch again, ok, until I needed reading glasses a couple of years ago.

One of my other great passions is ancient history especially egyptology, so after visiting Egypt a few times I decided, (with the help and encouragement from my husband), to find out more by doing three part time courses in 2004 and 2005 at Liverpool uni for hieroglyphs and religion of ancient egypt.

I wanted to learn how to do watercolour, so joined a class last year but unfortunately no matter how many times I tried it I couldn't grasp it. I think that with drawing so much I tend to be too detailed and not loose enough for watercolour. I tried oil paint instead, which I like. I also did an ECDL course that year (the dreaded 'computer' ) I didn't want to be left behind not knowing how to use todays technology. Like they say you are never too old to learn something new.

A few weeks ago I came across this site, had a look through the various channels and decided I'd like to try pastel painting. It was something I hadn't tried before, and I found I liked it a lot because I think it gives me more control over my work than I would have using a brush. I have had so much help and advice from everyone here that I have been able to post a finished painting in the SP studio, and posted a painting in the last two weeks weekly threads.

It seems to be one big happy family here, may I say thank you for the nice welcome I received from all you pastellists.


Photo taken last christmas
Best regards
Marie :)

K Taylor-Green
04-06-2007, 05:36 PM
LOL, Dawn, I'd forgotten I had posted in that old thread. I was a newbie, then! I used the same photo! I need to have a new publicity photo taken and I just hate it!!
But, where ARE some of those folks, anyway. Seeing Sooz was a jolt. *Sigh* I miss her.
Come on, we need more pics!!

04-06-2007, 06:39 PM
Great thread. I did post in the older one but here goes.
Hubby and I both turned 60 this year....so far I am the oldest here I think! WE have 2 grown children. Our son just got married at the end of February and our daughter has an 11 year old son and an almost 3 month old baby! She and her husband and kids live in Maine and now I am here sort of full time and hubby is working on it! WE have kept an apartment in Massachusetts and he goes down to work on Monday mornings and comes back up on Thursday afternoon. The plan is for the time up here to get more and more...he does do some work at the computer when he is up here so hopefully it won't be too too long.
Like most of you, I always enjoyed drawing and painting. Like some of you, I did get away from it when my kids were growing up but fortunately found my way back to art a few years ago...and then I discovered WC and that has been wonderful! I never did a lot with pastels when I was younger (although I did do some) this time around they seem to have found me and I love them.
I don't usually post "formal" pictures since I am by nature pretty casual, but this one taken of hubby and myself at our son's wedding is the most recent and not too formal!


It's always fun to put faces to the names in these forums!


Pat Isaac
04-06-2007, 07:50 PM
Doing another drive by here. I did scan the other thread and knew some people, but many aren't around now. I wasn't a member then.
Sandy you arne't the oldest by a long shot...

I love learning about all of you.


04-06-2007, 09:00 PM
Hi, I'm a newbie as well. After doing the math, I realize that I'm 48 years young. Was born and raised in Northern New Jersey. Married, had a baby and divorced in my late 20's. Met my second husband over the internet by fluke. When we first met in person, one of the excursions we planned to go on was a trip to WTC. Had originally planned to go on 11 Sept., but then restructured the week and decided to go on the 12th instead. Have been happily married almost 5 years now and love living in Australia.

Worked many years in the printing industry and 12 years in the corporate office of a retail chain. Still looking for work here, but difficult to find when you're over 45.

I have always loved art and being creative. For me, it's therapeutic in many ways. Sewing, crocheting (my friend Simon is always amazed at what a person can make out of a piece of string as he calls it), photography, counted X-stitch. Loved going to my art class in high school. We had some seriously talented people in high school but I never considered myself to be near that caliber. Still after arriving here I have been compelled to somehow capture the beauty in life all around us. Looked into both Acrylics and Oils, but found that Pastels seem to be the best for me and where I am in art.

I am so happy to have found this forum, because I feel that I'm learning something. There aren't any workshops near me, nor do I know any other artists around here to glean information. Being self taught, I'll take all the help I can get. After looking through my photos, it appears that I too am always on the other side of the camera. Sorry.

David Patterson
04-08-2007, 04:02 PM
This might read a little sterile, since much of it was copied from the biography/artist statement I needed to write for the upcoming exhibit I'm in. I wrote it in the 1st person, since I didn't really have any art "accomplishments" to list. I modified it even more to tell you a little bit more about me. Thanks for starting this thread Merethe, it's been nice seeing photos and bios of all the great WC artists in here!:)

I was born in Seattle, Washington in 1952. My family moved to Pullman, Washington in 1953, where I lived through my young adult years. Pullman is a small Eastern Washington town...the perfect place to raise a family. In 1976 I obtained a BA in Fine Arts from Washington State University. My specialization was Graphic Design. I married my "Junior" High sweetheart in 1974 while still going to college - we've been married for almost 33 years now. My first art related job was for the local printer, which really wasn't going anywhere after a year, so I quit. It was probably for the best, because he went out of business a few years later. There were not any other job oportunities in a small college town for me, so off to the the west side of the State (Seattle/Tacoma) we went. I had a really tough time finding a graphics job, so to take some stress off of our marriage, I ended up working for a sporting goods store. I started in the warehouse, then to sales, and ended up managing a branch store within 6 years. The chain of stores were not doing well, and they were starting to close the branch stores, so I took the opportunity to go to work for Boeing, where I have been working the past 20 years as a methods analyst. You know, it's all about networking in this world. I met many businessmen/women while working sales, and it definitely helped me land my job with Boeing. Since I'm getting closer to retirement, I have slowly been transitioning back to what my heart desires – my art and photography. I am a current member of the Northwest Pastel Society.

The following is the artist statement I wrote for the show...I didn't change it much.

My inspirations do not just come from many of the great masters, but from the artists I have studied under during my education. I have also been fortunate to have a mother who also has a BFA from WSU. She was the catalyst for me to pursue my art degree, and is still painting at age 87. Besides my mother, the person who was an early mentor to me was artist/sculptor Victor "Vic" Moore. He was my art instructor for six years in the Pullman School District – when art was still considered curriculum.

Most of my work leans towards Realism, and usually conveys an image of calmness or wonder. Though each painting, or photograph, has a special meaning to me, I want the viewer to walk away with their own emotions from the work - in this way they also become part of the creative process. Many artists are known for one certain style or subject matter. The search to create something different sometimes takes me across a wide variety of styles, medium, and subject matter. My latest art is primarily done using soft pastels, with my paintings being impressionistic landscapes.

Painting and photography has brought about a much needed spiritual awakening to this artist's soul. My only wish is for my art to be viewed, absorbed, pondered and remembered.

Well...that's about it on me!:D

Here is a larger photo of me taken in my studio almost a year ago. I haven't changed too much, except for a few extra grey hairs!:D

I can't wait to see many of you in Albuquerque!



Dot Hoffman
04-09-2007, 11:51 AM
This is a great thread and I'm really enjoying it.

It looks like I may be the "senior" in this group of citizens of the art world, at age 70. I certainly have enough senior moments:lol: !!! I was born and raised in Wisconsin and Minneapolis. Love that part of the country, but can't handle the cold winters.

I retired almost 7 years ago after 25 years in Human Resources management, and don't miss it a bit:evil: Just before I retired, I started taking art classes, starting with watercolor, and although I was frustrated at my inabilities, I was also hooked. From there, I went on to take classes with a local artist/teacher in acrylics and oils, and about a year ago I tried pastels and I'm hooked on them now! I still paint in acrylics as well as pastels, but love the immediacy of pastels best. And the colors. YUM!!!

I started art classes because I am not the type to just sit around and grow old, and shopping and bingo and TV are not my things at all. I wanted a challenge, one that would never wear thin, and I certainly found it. I don't have a lot of ambition, however, and marketing my art is my weakest point.

I'm married to a wonderful man for the past 33 years, and have 3 children from my first marriage, and 4 grandchildren, and now a new great-grandchild, Julia Emily. We visited her over the Easter weekend, and (of course) she is beautiful! At two months old, she smiles and coos, and is such a good baby.

I don't photograph well, but for what it's worth, here it is:


Like David, I'm looking forward to seeing you all in Albuquerque!

Pat Isaac
04-09-2007, 12:22 PM
I have you beat, Dot as the senior member. I'll be 74 next month so perhaps I take the prize.:lol:
I was born and raised in Boston, MA and graduated from Mass College of Art with a degree in fine arts. I was idealistic and just wanted to paint. I was married a week after graduation and then went with my husband to CT while he obtained a master's degree and became an episcopal priest. We had one daughter and another baby on the way when he graduated and was assigned his first church. We ultimately settled in Rockland, MA and he was priest in charge there for 16 years and then went into counselling. We have 3 daughters and 7 grandchildren. When our youngest entered kindergarten a friend of ours who was director of art in a neighboring school system asked me if I would like to substitute in art. I was unsure as teaching was the last thing I wanted to do, but I did it for a year in 3 different systems. That started my teaching career, first as an elementary art teacher in the Rockland system for 11 years, then in the junior high for 3 years and finally the high school for 15 years as teacher and department head. For something that I thought I never wanted to do, I found that I loved teaching and am still in contact with many of my students. I also taught night classes to adults for 10 years. During this time I always found time to paint and take classes. Oils were my medium of choice and I dabbled in watercolor. I found oil pastels by chance and fell in love with them. They are the best of both worlds for me, drawing and painting.
I retired 10 years ago and obtained a studio of my own in an old shoe factory in town which now houses 100 artists. It is a great place, full of creativity and energy. I give a lot of OP demos around and participate in many shows. I am thinking of giving a class in OPs in the fall.
I am a voracious reader.....running out of bookshelves....
We also have a large vegetable garden, 500 square feet, which my husband tends to, tilling, planting...and I help out with the weeding and harvesting and canning. I also have many flower beds, perenials and annuals.
In high school I played the flute and gave it up when I went to college as there was no place to play it. However, some 30+ years ago I started playing again in a summer band and am now a member of a philharmonic orchestra that puts on about 6 concerts a year. We rehearse every week and there are about 70 members in the group.
I guess I've rambled on enough. Here I am with the love of my life, married 52 years, taken last year. I am usually behind the lens so don't have many of me.


David Patterson
04-10-2007, 09:19 AM
Pat, you are an inspiration to me...just as my mom is, who's still painting at the age of 87. It's nice to know that we all have so many more creative days ahead of us!

This is such a great thread.

Paula?:rolleyes: :D

'til the dust settles...


Pat Isaac
04-10-2007, 10:01 AM
Thanks, Dave and good for your Mom. As Helen Hayes always said " You rest, you rust". :lol:


04-12-2007, 12:55 AM
I would like to introduce my self too. My name is Usha, I live in Auburn, Alabama. Originally I am from India. I Came to USA in 1999 with my husband who works for Auburn University. I am a self taught painter. I have attended a few workshops for Porcelain paintings, but new to pastels. I love to do portraits. I worked for Michaels store as a framing department manager for 6 years and now I am working for Hobby Lobby store.


maggie latham
04-12-2007, 08:18 AM
Good Morning!
I am a new member. My name is Maggie Latham and I live in Key west, Florida. I paint full time in the mediums soft pastel and watercolor, and live with my sculptor husband and three cats. I am English by birth, am 47 and have lived in America for 20 years. I have been blessed in recent years to be able to create art full time, and the more I paint, the more wonderful the act of painting becomes. I bounce between watercolor and soft pastel, but my work is becoming very similar in both mediums.
It is a great idea to get to know everyone like this, and I appreciate the sharing of expertise and knowledge by all of you.


K Taylor-Green
04-12-2007, 01:19 PM
Great! New faces! Welcome Usha and Maggie!

maggie latham
04-13-2007, 08:30 PM
Thanks, Katherine.
I have been a silent reader for a while and decided it was time to join in!

Di Court
04-14-2007, 11:40 AM
G'day. I'm a newbie to WetCanvas. I started art almost three years ago, when my boss retired and I was finally able to do something I wanted to do. (I still work part time - but my Practice Manager knows Tuesdays Are Sacrosanct!) Always thought my two younger sisters were the 'arty' ones and was horrified when, at my first ever class I had to draw and paint (watercolour) three geese. Horrible painting. I attempted it again 18 months later and was very relieved to see an improvement. Resisted using pastels because they were messy, but gave in, and they are definitely the way to go. I think I've been messing with pastels for almost 2 years now.

I'm an Aussie, turned 50 late last year and decided that, as age, gravity, body mass and mental acuity are now all against me, I may as well just be eccentric!!! Who looks at a plump 50 year old anyway? We were an Air Force family for a long time (me, and my husband for a lot longer than me). Settled in Perth back in 1994. Have three sons - a singleton and fraternal twins (Peter - I thought of you with triplets :eek:. I found with twins plus one there was life after they were 5 y.o.- so be encouraged!). They are all in their 20s now, and its nice to have family dinner and hang out with them.

CJ (above) was in my art group and she told me about WetCanvas. Although it took me a while, I'm very grateful, because creative things have been in the doldrums for a while now, and reading a couple of new books and investigating this site have got me inspired again. I am also reacquainting myself with my SLR camera (and saving for a digital one!). I think photography and painting are the same thing, just different mediums, and I am so grateful that art has taught me how to see light. And colour. And shapes.........

I don't have a photo to offer, as I am usually chief-taker-of-snapshots. My avatar may look kooky, but it was a friend's 50th birthday party last year - it was a girlie hat-and-pearls party. We had a great time, and its a happy picture.

Cheers - I look forward to getting to recognise you all more.

Pat Isaac
04-14-2007, 02:09 PM
Welcome to the pastel forum, Diane. Great place to hang out.


04-14-2007, 03:37 PM
Hi, I've been working with pastels since December when my mother in law bought me a set of Schmincke's. The first time I tried them I was ready to quit pastel right then and there. I had been working in watercolours for about 10 years and more recently coloured pencil and acrylic. To me those pastels felt like I was trying to do a picture with big sticks of chalk. Then my husband bought me some nupastels and the fun began. Now I love pastels!!
I've been married to my husband for 21 years. He is a firefighter and encouraged me to stay home with the kids while they were growing up. Now our youngest of two just moved out and I have lots of time to pursue art. His hobby is building hot rods and in the summer we take our 39 Chev. and travel around to different rod runs. It's great to get to know everyone here!

04-15-2007, 07:52 AM
LOL....I could have painted a painting in the time reading all this AND the old thread....good fun this is though! Thanks for digging that one up, Dawn. I remember it well...including your lovely red hair...;-)....Seems ages ago....since then I got my doctorate, got married, had two children......crikey, doesn't time fly!

For those that don't know me....
I am 33 years young, born and bred in the Netherlands but swayed off my feet by my English (now) husband and have lived here in the UK for about 6 years. I've spent most of my life in university, studying architectural history, and got my masters and a PhD. I have two little boys, one is 2 years old and the latest addition to the family is nearly 4 months old. And lets not forget our 3 year old Springer Spaniel dog, Lucca (who is a bit poorly at the moment). As most of you I've been painting all my life but seriously picked it up a few years ago. Pastels have always been my favourite ever since my teenage years.
Suppose that was it. Nice to meet you all!!
(now do I really have to dig up a photo?....er....)

Lisa M
04-15-2007, 02:21 PM
Hi everyone,

I love reading all about fellow WC friends. I only wish I had as rich of an art background as so many of you!!
I just found the WC a couple months ago, and have taken pastels more seriously since then with the inspiration I've found. I've always loved to draw, and started sketching horses as a little kid, which may be why my dad surprised me with a surly old Welsh pony when I was 6 years old. So much of my focus was on riding and working on our dairy and beef farm in rural SD, along with playing piano and clarinet all through school. I was in the South Dakota Army National Guard band for 7 years as a clarinetist, which paid in part for my college education in English. I found my way into teaching as a grad student, and am still doing that today. I also returned to art last year when my boyfriend gave me some softies and oils for Christmas.

At the age of 35 I live with my boyfriend of about 10 years (we were married for 7, separate but good friends for 2, and now back together for nearly 2 years going on forever this time:) ). We are close to both his and my family, with nephews to spoil, but no kids of our own. Our "kids" are the 4 horses and 2 cats.

I teach various English courses at SDSU (that's South Dakota, not San Diego!) and spend my free time painting sometimes, reading (subversive lit, Science Fiction, philosophy, language studies, anything horse related), gardening, traveling mostly to Mexico and Central America, and doing other outdoor things like camping, fishing and of course riding and hanging out with the horses. We have one new foal--Tigger, in the photo with me, and another arriving any day now.


The dorky one in the photo is me--as always, squinting in the sun or something. :cool: :wave:
Take care all--

04-16-2007, 01:21 PM
Hi Everyone,

I have been looking in on the site for about a month now, i enjoy it alot.

I just turned 42 in March....ughhh

My parents would only put me through school for something that was worth anything....I have a degree in Liberal Arts, Accounting major. I used what I saved in high school for my 1st year of art school and went to The Art Institute of Boston, MA, I got a solid base from that crazy year. The early 80's in Boston was quite an education.:eek:

I then had to transfer to UMAS art department....(money).

I'm 42 and i still have 1 year left to finish. I got great grades in my art classes...but found that i continually got sick and never finished.

Met my husband Russ right after he finished his tour with the Marine Corps, and i was home from college a few weeks. We grew up together in same town, church, grade....but never spoke until....that night at the BAR! We were married 6 mos later and had a child several days after our 1st anniversary....no drinks that night....just pain. We have 3 children now, 17 (boy), 16 & 12 (girls).

(Yeah that business degree worked for about 3 years...then i was bored to death! As more kids came i stayed home and goofed around with them:D )

I had a definitive diagnosis of MS in beginning of 2004. i was hit hard in oct 2003. I can walk in short spurts the early part of the day, the rest is spent in a wheel chair. The doctors had told my parents when i was 16 that i thought it might be that, but over the years and different physicians and different sypmtoms....no one ever mentioned it again. I tell you this so that if you have questions I'm pretty knowledgeable now...:D It strikes more often women in their 40's, and many start with tingling in their legs.

The kids grew up we camped, biked, hiked, and spent lots of time being mommy:smug: I sewed clothes, quilted, stained glass. i have started again in the fine arts part of my life just these last 2 months. My husband bought this huge armoire and put it in the livingroom for my art supplies. My mom got me a set of rembrandt sp for my birthday and im looking forward to additional sets to fill in the holes.

I'm addicted I think i will always want more colors and types......$$$$


04-17-2007, 03:22 PM

I haven't been around much in quite a while--something about time, energy and toddlers! It's been great to learn more about all of you, and to see lurkers coming out of the woodwork!

I am 53, I think--I feel between 30-something and 75 or so, depending on the time of day and volume of tantrums. I grew up in Iowa, Kansas, upstate New York, and Erie PA, did college at Carnegie-Mellon in Pittsburgh, Indiana U., and University of Minnesota, put my (long-ex-) husband thru med school in Texas, spent 25 years in Minnesota, and have spent the last 4 years in the East Bay area of San Francisco, where my partner of 10 years is finishing her MDiv degree next month.

I started out trying to be a classical musician, on viola--until I got divorced and had a 2-year-old to support, and wasn't good enough to get a decent music job. Vocational testing while I was trying to figure out what else I could do indicated that my digital dexterity is about 20th percentile--finally an explanation why all those thousands of hours of practicing weren't getting me anywhere! I went into environmental science, did a lot of asbestos surveys and pre-purchase assessments for hazardous materials, then came down with Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome and had to quit work. While trying to re-train into computer animation a few years later (couldn't do it, just proved I was too sick to work!) I took a painting course, and loved it--and the prof told me to keep it up! During periods when I had to sleep 16 hours a day, and use an electric scooter if I left the house, I could stay up half the night with a paintbrush in my hand and barely feel it the next day.

My art career consists of drawing here and there since childhood but never thinking I was any good at it--my mother and older sister were the "artists" of the family. When we moved out here for my partner to attend seminary, I bought some pastels on a whim--they'd never done a thing for me before. But the pastels were even more "right" than acrylics, and I was painting regularly and finally feeling like I was producing some work I liked after a year or so.

That was 2 years ago--then, Melissa and I joined the lines to get married in San Francisco, subsequently decided we were in a good place to create a family (my son had grown up, and is now 27!), and started the process to become fost-adopt parents. Olivia joined us at 4 days of age 2 years ago Christmas, and her adoption was finalized last summer, 3 days after Sam came on board at 6 1/2 months of age. We should be finalizing his adoption this summer sometime, whenever the county can get the paperwork done...

The kids are great, but are both pretty intense personalities--and they ARE 15 and 27 months old--so life is hectic and exhausting for me as the stay-at-home mom. Plus, Sammie was pretty traumatized due to his early experiences, and while he is recovering beautifully, right now he can't be left for longer than 5 minutes with anyone but me or occasionally Melissa without getting hysterical--PTSD in a one-year-old is a heartbreaking and infuriating sight...

So, for the time being I am lurking here now and then, consider doing a WDE most weekends but rarely do, and get to paint maybe once a month when I find time and energy. We hope that with graduation, my partner will have a bit of a break before her post-grad position opens up, and I will get some breaks to paint. In any case, babies DO grow up, and tantrums and drama become, I hope, at least manageable if not extinct, and I plan to be getting more active here in the somewhat foreseeable future!

This photo is from Olivia's adoption, so it's almost a year old, but it is one of the few of myself that I like--although I have lost about 25 pounds since then (that's a cubbier, littler version of Olivia in the corner)!!!


Clare in Texas
04-21-2007, 05:09 PM
Dear All
Attached is a recent photo of me and my partner Pat at our 25th anniversary bash. I am the blond. We are both 60.

I am cheerfully retired.
I live in Beeville, TX (between San Antonio and Corpus Christi), and paint with pastels when I can. I am lucky enough to have a 'studio' (a granny house on the property).
I thought I would have more time to paint when I retired, but somehow my 'to-do list' grows longer each day.
I took a couple of drawing courses at the Smithsonian (DC) in 1995, and was hooked!


Jo Castillo
04-23-2007, 01:58 AM
Dear All,

(I liked this, Clare from Beeville used this salutation)

I grew up in a small town and on a ranch in New Mexico and have lived in various parts of North and South America. We have traveled around the United States and Canada. I work in most media, but have discovered a real joy in pastels. I like that they are tactile, immediate and long lasting.

I enjoy painting from life and use my own reference photos just as a reminder of shape or lighting. Plein air is a favorite as you need to work quickly to capture the light and the moment.

I have taken workshops and practiced on my own. No formal art education. I started painting seriously in about 1990 and discovered pastels in 1999 at the International Association of Pastel Societies Convention in Albuquerque. I was dragged there kicking and screaming by my friend, Sue, as she didn't want to go alone. I was immediately addicted and came home with a bundle of supplies. You know the rest of the story, ha.

Oh, and I fall in the senior category, I just got my invitation to Medicare. For those of you out of the USA it means I'm soon to be 65.



04-23-2007, 02:38 AM
Jo, I noticed your outdoor Fire pot ( we refer to them as Chiminea's here in Australia, I believe they are Mexican) we too have one and they are great on cool days when you have guests outside and particularly for cool evening gatherings, makes things so homely. Ours is a terracotta one. Couldn't help but notice your cat looking rather at home there on the sofa.

CJ :heart:

04-23-2007, 08:41 AM
Hey, this is a great idea!

I'm 36, and I live in East Cleveland, Ohio on the 14th floor of a high rise with a view of Lake Erie and downtown (I can see the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame from my bedroom window). I have a 55 gallon aquarium tank which has 20 seemingly happy fish (I don't know? How can you tell?).

I grew up in Pennsylvania in the mountains. I bounced around there a bit before settling in Akron, Ohio for about 10 years.

I worked for Waldenbooks for about 14 years, when I smelled the fact that the company was going under, I left to manage an art supply store 2 years ago. I haven't looked back. I'm much happier now, it's way less stressful, and I'm not set up to fail. Waldenbooks'/Borders lost $151 million in 2006 :eek: I don't know how you could manage to do that. If I lose $5.00, I pay closer attention to the money that's left. My old store closed this past January.

I had worked in pastels in school, but it fell by the wayside until about 1998 when I picked them up again. I think WC is the reason that I've gotten better over the years. I plan to go back to school in the fall at Cleveand State for studo art--drawing concentration. Though, I do want to take painting courses as well. I'll only take 1 class at a time.

I also quilt, do lino cut prints, and travel. My goal is to have been in every state. I collect postcards, so if you're going anywhere, feel free to PM me for my address. They don't have to be fancy, because I love the ones from a corn palace as much as pictures of Tokyo.


Jo Castillo
04-23-2007, 11:21 PM
Jo, I noticed your outdoor Fire pot ( we refer to them as Chiminea's here in Australia, I believe they are Mexican) we too have one and they are great on cool days when you have guests outside and particularly for cool evening gatherings, makes things so homely. Ours is a terracotta one. Couldn't help but notice your cat looking rather at home there on the sofa.

CJ :heart:

Ah, CJ. I failed to note the photo was at my friend's, Regina's, therefore it is her cat .... and chiminea. They are pretty cool. We live sans animals because we travel all the time. Our daughter has two little dogs, our grand dogs when we feel the need. We do baby sit, uh, dog sit once in a while. Regina has 3 dogs and the cat and feeds the deer in her back yard. :) She is a pastelist as well and we have fun together. Had a show together in June of 2005, called the Pastel Pair. So fun. Our yard has about 400 loblolly pines and oaks. Some almost 100 ft high. So we have sand and leaves and needles to deal with. No grass to water or mow. Heh, heh. We just lock the door and go. Gene, spouse, and I golf and he bicycles, so when he rides, I go to the other end of a trail and paint. Good traveling companions. Haven't made it to Australia. Maybe next year. Staying in NM again this year, his mom is 90.

Thanks for the nice cat remark, I will tell Regina.


04-24-2007, 11:17 AM
I have really enjoyed this thread. Its so fun getting to know all of you.
Now, I'd like to introduce myself.

I've been involved in the arts since I was a teenager. I studied dance and considered a career until I actually tried to earn a living in my 20's. Reluctantly, I had to change directions and returned to school to study fashion design.( I come from a long line of needle women in my family and grew up around needle arts and sewing.) I worked in the field until our 2 children were born. Since those 12 hour days in fashion were really not what I wanted for family life, I started to teach sewing at a local sewing store. After about 10 years of teaching, I decided to return to school and earn a 4 year degree in fine arts. Now I'm teaching Fashion Design in a local college and loving it. I do fine art to please myself (again I abandoned trying to earn a living selling my art after a stint at selling my fabric sculptures). The selling part really ^%##s as far as I'm concerned. I remain clueless but perhaps this might change in another 10 years.

I'm definitely a restless sort of person with my creativity. I'm not happy unless I've got several things going on. I always have a quilt project going and I've recently completed my 4th. They each take 2 years to finish and my next one is a quilt for my daughter to take to school in about a year:eek: ( I better get moving!) I still sew quite a bit of clothing for myself as it is a great mental vacation.

I love to hike, walk, bike and spend time out doors. My recently launched Waterways Project combines my love of out doors, research, and art into one nice package.http://straightlinesout.blogspot.com/search/label/Waterways%20Project ( Here is the link if you are interested.) I'm very excited about this project and looking forward to improving and developing my landscape skills.

Next month, I turn Fifty-One-derful and except for the wrinkles and gray hair part, I'm really enjoying life after the great continental divide (how did I get this old so fast?)

My daughter is still at home finishing up high school and is extremely creative in loads of different ways. She's an amazing artist, plays 3 instruments and has a scientist's inclinations. It will be fun to see how things turn out. Our son is in college studying Physics (his love from about age 3) and involved in 4 or 5 musical groups on campus. He plays double bass. My husband is also a musician and plays in a blues band. Yup, I'm the only non-musician in the family so I'm the audience. There were times I had to flee our house when all three of them practiced their music! eeekkkkk. It sounded like chaos!

Here is a pix Kelsey snapped of Craig and I when we all went to the garden show.

Pat Isaac
04-24-2007, 12:03 PM
Ah, Lindsay, that would account for all your wonderful dance paintings. A blues band...:cool:


04-25-2007, 10:55 AM
Hey Pat I think you might be thinking of Ann and her dancing husband!! I have not attempted anythign as involved as dancing humans :lol: But maybe soon!

04-25-2007, 12:11 PM
I love this thread - I am new and this helps me meet all of you. I will be 43 next month and will be married 25 years in September. I have no idea where all that time went! We have three teenagers: my daughter is graduating from high school and going to college, my boys are 16 and 14.

I come from an artistic family - my grandmother painted in oils and created many beautiful pictures of landscapes and flowers. My grandfather got her started by buying her paints and brushes to keep her occupied and her mind off her three sons going to serve in the war. My mom also paints in oils. My brother and sister are both very talented artists, although they have not done any work for a long time as life has kept them so busy. Which is also my "excuse" - I had not painted since 1992.

In March I took an art class with my Mom. It was a six-week class and it really sparked both my desire and my mom's to get back to painting! On the second class I decided to try pastels and was immediately hooked! I love that I have control with it (something I struggled with with oils) and can still cover large areas easily (something very time consuming with colored pencils). I am equally thrilled that my mom has set up her easel again and is making the time to paint!

My biggest struggle is carving out the time to paint - with work (self-employed bookkeeper), the kids (I homeschool them), and of course the house. But I have something on the easel in the living room that I see many times each day, and that makes me "itch" to work on it.

So, that is my story. Sorry, I have no pics of me, as many of you, I am the one behind the lens.


Pat Isaac
04-25-2007, 04:50 PM
Yeah, Lindsay, you are right....brain cramp....same state though..:lol:
Welcome, Diana, nice to see you here. :wave:


04-25-2007, 08:32 PM
:lol: :wink2: Yup! Same state!

04-27-2007, 07:16 PM
I keep checking this thread and am disappointed by the lack of responses the last couple of days. Then it occurred to me that I, myself, could share. Humbling, to be sure.

Anyway, I am 44 years old, have worked in a coffeeshop the last 12 years and am wondering if, with some self-cofidence, I could make art a career. Before the start of 2003, I had not done any fine art since college. I went on to birth, love and homeschool, for a few years, my two children. Then my all-artistic family had a huge "family art show" at a local gallery. I had nothing to contribute. I was frustrated and began to oil paint. At the beginning of 2006, I checked out a Degas pastel book, pulled down my set of 300 Grumbacher soft pastels my Uncle had given me when I graduated from high school and promptly fell in love (I always wondered WHY he had given me those dusty things). I had my first show this past December and sold 5 paintings, bought a Mac and went into an extremely dry spell. I just finished my first painting this year, MUCH to my frustration, and am ready to advance, I THINK!

Anyway, that's me. I've enjoyed all of your stories and being able to connect the face to the name. I lurk a lot. Okay, let this thread continue...


Dot Hoffman
04-27-2007, 07:55 PM
Christine, welcome!!!!
It sounds like you are on your way to a successful (pastel) art career. Way to go :)

04-27-2007, 07:56 PM
Great to meet you and congrats on finding your way back to art. I hope your dry spell ends soon! Do you have a blog or web site???

Pat Isaac
04-28-2007, 08:53 AM
Welcome, Christine, and welcome back to art. Did you post your painting?


04-28-2007, 06:22 PM
Yes, Pat, I posted it in the pastels forum and the portrait forum under "Finally, a new drawing!" Thank you for asking.


04-30-2007, 05:55 AM
Hi All, this is a great thread, but I am a dedicated lurker and have failed to post up to now. I am 54 years old, an ex-firefighter, medically retired, and now work part time as a cctv operator in a retail store. I am married to Gill, my wife of 30 years, and have a daughter and granddaughter who I adore. I lost my son to cancer when he was 25, still hurts.
I have been "fiddling" with pastels for about 18 months, I think, and just love them, but have difficulty in choosing subjects to paint. The pic is from last thursday, playing with my granddaughter.

05-01-2007, 01:02 AM
I feel very lazy not to have posted yet because it is very interesting to hear about all the people on wet canvas. Anyhow--- I am 49 years of age (fifty in October-but who is counting?) and have never studied or done any art as my whole life seems to have been one long(and enjoyable) journey studying the sciences. My career is in the medical field and I still work full time. I have 3 daughters(21http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-May-2007/101946-andrew.jpg ,19 and 11 years of age) and one wife(married for nearly 25 years). I didn't think another wife was a good idea as I have spent sooooo long trying to train her(as she would say the same of me). I have artists in my extended family and hence my late wish to see if the right side of my brain has anything in it before it decays with time. My early efforts are less than impressive but with the kind words from the members of this site I have been making progress and recently did the first pastel which I feel shows some promise - I guess it will be a long road but I am happy to take it !
I forgot to say that my name is Andrew but I have been known as 'Freeo' for so long that this is how I have been posting on this forum. I live in Sydney,Australia and have done all my life but have been lucky to have travelled extensively with work and family.I am never happy with a photo of myself but below is one taken at the Trevi fountain in Rome.

05-01-2007, 03:01 AM
Hi! My name is Kelly and I'll keep it kinda short. I love seeing everyone's faces here!

I'm 36 and grew up in California my whole life. Studied classical music and Opera from ages 11-21. I can still sing Butterfly and Mimi but I don't do it professionally. Danced ballet en pointe and even bellydanced professionally for a while until I became interested in yoga. I did intense yoga practices for nearly 12 years and almost became a Hindu ascetic in 2000 but decided against it because I could not give up my dog, Katie. Now I'm crazy about the love of my life and so happy I didn't renounce. I'm truely a mystic and studied all forms of mysticism (yoga, zen, shamanism, tibetan buddhism, raja yoga, hatha yoga, bhakti yoga, gnostisim-initiate, mystic christianity, Kabbalah....my favorite right now is zen meditation, simplicity)

I've worked in telecommunications for 16 years in project management positions and engineering/technical fields. Recently laid off so I'm seriously thinking of going to school to be an RN to work in L&D.

I live at the beach and it's lovely most of the time, but I'd rather be near tall pines, nestled away hermiting occasionally.

I have a very diverse personality and enjoy all art forms, have a pretty balanced right/left brain.

I am not married, but have a LOVE who is the sweetest man I've ever met who is 17 years older than me from Iran, the most beautiful man, my family adores him - finally one my family likes! I ride horses, english style but love country life more than city life.

My studies besides art is herbalism/ayurveda/transformative breathing/cooking and basically anything holistic.

Here's my pic and my dog, Katie..

05-04-2007, 03:32 PM
Hi everyone,:wave: I think this is my first post here, i jump from watercolors to the zoo (animal and wildlife ) but since i decided to try pastels i think ill be around some time. Just did my first pastel a couple of weeks ago and hope to learn mucho from this thread.
Born and raised in Panama ( father from Georgia and mother panamenian) I went to college in North Carolina thinking I would be able to learn art ( I had been painting since 15, mostly coopying ) now i will be 57 in june !!. Anyhow, i was quite disappointed when i got to college because it was my first real art class and they inmediatly wanted to teach us abstract which i have to confess i dont like very much. So, after 3 years of fooling around and not learning nothing but having a good time, i droped out and left for europe, lived in Rome two years and fell inlove with the art there. Went to Madrid where I studied interior architecture ( a 5 year career here ) and married my first husband. My only son is fruit of this love. Divorced and married again to my current husband who showed me the way back to my love for art. So, like Debbie said, if this is not the time to learn, when is it?. At the age of 30, i took up clay modeling, this is the only time someone has taught me since I feel i'm selftaught, during one year i went to private classes and then during 25 years have been modeling heads in clay and sometimes painting oils and watercolors.Always learning from books and currently from internet . Just in October, after losing 140 lbs. i took up art again ( had been away from painting or sculpture for 4 years) and decided to paint animals which ive been doing since. I wanted to start on pastels so here i am, trying to learn a new media which i just love, BTW, a bit too dirty but the colors compensate. Someone wrote a book called "The media is the massage ", cant remember who, has nothing to do with art but the words are perfect.
I currently live in the middle of the island of Mallorca,Sapin, in the wine country (good place to live !! )with my husband, 4 dogs, and lots of other small things beautiful things which make my live.
And last but not least, I love Jazz music, have a son who is a musician,I played the guitar myself up untill i had him, love animals, reading and cooking.
Here are my pictures: Before, After and my musician 3 month old grandson.
Love to all

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Jo Castillo
05-05-2007, 01:28 AM
Ceci, Hi, congratulations on your life and getting back in touch with your art. You look great. You have already noticed, I guess, that pastels are addictive. Look forward to seeing your work.

Hi to all the other "new" faces. Nice to know you.


05-06-2007, 01:45 AM
Hi everyone,

My name's Simon, and I'm (somewhat) new around here; I pop in every once in a while and post something. I'd like to be able to devote more time to my pastelling, but I find it gets bumped in priority more than I'd like. I expect that I'll devote more time to it in the future as my children get older and so do I... Every new work is a step in the right direction.

I'm almost 34, and I'm married to a lovely lady named Tammy who I met 15 years ago at the University of Victoria (Canada). We have a three year old daughter Miranda (pictured) and another baby on the way this summer. I love the support my women show me in all of my offbeat endeavors (Lovely picture, Daddy!). I wouldn't have the nerve to try without them.

By day I'm a consultant with a Geographic Information Systems company, writing computer code and all the associated bits that go with it. I've played the guitar for 16 years but I'm still not any good at it. I've studied the Russian language on and off for 15 years, and I speak worse than a five year old. I've played hockey for 11 and it's the same story. Doesn't mean I'm giving them up, though! :lol:

Even though I don't post much, I learn so much by stopping by WC and seeing what everyone is trying. Thanks to all for posting as much of your work as you do.


Susan Borgas
05-06-2007, 02:08 AM
I have been following this thread with great interest and thought it was time that I added my own profile.

As a child I lived in the Pastoral Regions of the Gawler Ranges of South Australia. As station life meant creating my own entertainment, I spent much of my time doing what I loved most - drawing.

At the beginning of my high school years I moved to Quorn in the Flinders Ranges of South Australia to live with my grandparents. Even though I had visited my grandparents in the past, this was the beginning of a new era, where I would remain living in the Flinders Ranges.

I spent one year with my grandparents before moving with my family to Black Rock and eventually Orroroo. I stayed at Orroroo until I married in 1976, moving onto my husband's family farming property near Booleroo Centre. We still live there to this day. We have three children who are in the workforce.

Life was pretty busy on the farm, bringing up a family and the ensuing commitments. It wasn't until 1992 that I seriously considered taking up painting. Watercolour was the first medium that I ever used followed closely by oils. How times change as I am now primary a Pastelist. Even though pastel is my main medium that I now use, other types of paint and drawing materials and technique do embrace a large part of who I am as an artist. For example at the moment I am studying the Grisaille technique in oils, which is mentally quite taxing but oh am I learning such a lot! I have recently purchased coloured pencils and like other mediums that I have used, I won’t be satisfied until I know how to use them to the best of my ability.

My life does not just revolved around my art. Working on the farm; office duties often are calling me plus play a support role to my husband when the farm is very busy. One of my children is married with another wedding in a few months time. I like to share what I do when it comes to my creative side of my life as I do get so much in return. This is why I like to be involved with WetCanvas as much as I can. Putting all my work in one place and talking about it on my Arts & Stuff blog also enables me to interact with other artist.

Today I tidied up my face and hair ready for church and I thought here was a good opportunity to show you a ‘not so scruffy’ artist in her studio. ;) I am still in my daggy clothes that I wear at home and apologise for the uneven light with glare spots. The painting is the Grisaille that I am working on and is taking forever to do but like I said, I am learning a lot.


05-06-2007, 04:27 PM
Hi Susan , I think I have seen your web site before. real GOOD one of my best friends is autralian. I so much wish to visit your country, but I dont think i will ever be able to. This is a fantastic forum. !!
Jo , I think we have something in common.( Spanish ? ) I will post my work in patels as soon as I have time. So far I have to lean more, but since i'm confident with art, i think it will be soon.
Love this forum.:clap:
Hope to keep intouch with all

Susan Borgas
05-07-2007, 07:59 PM
Hi there Ceci, I think that is what I am about as well, trying to entice visitors to Australia. :D

Seriously though I do love the Australian landscape and do enjoy sharing it with everyone here at WetCanvas.

Jo Castillo
05-07-2007, 08:08 PM
Jo , I think we have something in common.( Spanish ? ) I will post my work in patels as soon as I have time. So far I have to lean more, but since i'm confident with art, i think it will be soon.

Mucho gusto. (Nice to meet you) My great grandmother was Mexican and my husband has Spanish and Mexican ancestors. He speaks great Spanish learned at home and in South America. Mine is "menos, menos en ves de mas o menos". I have a huge vocabulary from listening all my life, but didn't speak until about 20 years ago and don't use it enough to think in Spanish. But, I can get by and loved being in South America for about 15 years altogether. Our kids all speak Spanish fluently. Has helped them a lot.

Looking forward to seeing your work. If you can post on wc you are ready! Hasta pronto. (See you soon)

lacey sprocket
05-08-2007, 08:58 PM
Newbie here! Actually just found this site today. So here's a bit about me...

My name is Lacey Bryant, I'm 25 and I live in San Jose, California with my boyfriend Josh. We'll have been together for 7 years on May 25th, and we're crazy about each other. I also have a super awesome best friend named Lara, who is graduating from Humboldt State on Saturday with her Art Eduacation Degree. She and I have been colaborating with oil pastels (no softies, they give us both the hebbie-jebbies) for around 4 years.
I have been drawing, sculpting and painting since I could hold a crayon, play-doh, or finger paints. I have an AA in fine arts, and someday when I have more money and time, I hope to get my BA.
I work as a graphic designer for a small screenprinting shop, and I work as a freelance painter. I paint sets for theatre, kid's rooms, etc. I also sculpt some big stuff from styrofoam for theatre and production companies from time to time.
I'm really interested in collaborating with other artists, especially ones nearby. I'd like to break into the professional art work, so far I've been working up my courage by having art shows at local coffeeshops. Lara and I have had several joint shows.
I am currently eating a large bowl of beets. mmmm...red. The picture is of me and Lara, I'm the one in orange, with blue hair.

05-08-2007, 10:49 PM
Hi im new to WC and the art world. But already i feel at home!!!

Hi :wave: My name is Nicky, im 46 married with 3 wonderful children. Jessica 24, Carly 20 and Tom 16.

I come from a family of artists on my mothers side. My grandfather, now deceased, being an architect and artist. I grew up in England watching my grandfather draw humourous drawings of his house, with all the family around, they were waving from windows lol, on the roof and where ever, they had larger heads..cartoon like. But he was an amazing artist i have a few painting of his in pastels. My aunty has her own studio and art is her living. My mother now deceased took up art around 34 and was very talented, she did so many different mediums, even doing china painting. I guess i have always known one day i would paint, better late than never i guess. I have a passion for nature, i see beauty in the ugliest things like a burnt out tree..We are in autumn at the moment, i am going to do a painting one day, gosh everything i see i see a painting lol. I adore the colours of autumn, all the leaves on the ground, beauty everywhere..why didnt i start this sooner i ask myself. I guess the answer to that is, at the moment i have a need, a need of self expression, going through a difficult time in my life, i need an outlet. Ive found it, IM ADDICTED!!!
I am going to be a grandmother in October, my eldest is 18 wks pregnant, what an exciting time of my life..I cant wait.:heart:

Pat Isaac
05-09-2007, 09:10 AM
Welcome, Lacey and Nicky, Glad to have you joining in.


lacey sprocket
05-09-2007, 01:33 PM
Hmmm.. my picture didn't show up...
I'm going to try again, since it's one of my favorites.

ps I compleately forgot to mention I have a 22 year old little brother named Jeff who is working as and actor, and who writes songs and plays. He's awesome!

Pat Isaac
05-09-2007, 01:41 PM
Thanks for the pic, Lacey. I wondered if there was supposed to be one. I love you positive attitude.


Merethe T
05-09-2007, 05:42 PM
This thread is so great, it's so much fun to read the posts and see all the photos! So nice to have a face to put to the name in the posts!

Nice to meet the newbies too, welcome onboard! :)


05-10-2007, 08:04 AM
Well I'm slow in coming to this thread, but better late than never!

My name is Rosie and I'm 25. I'm a biomedical engineer and I work at the local university on some of their R&D projects relating to prosthetic limbs. I've been drawing all my life, but I only started seriously with soft pastels less than a year ago. I've just started to enjoy watercolour painting now as well.

Outside of my job and painting, I enjoy rock climbing, hiking, riding horses (dressage), and running. I do all of those things on a regular basis, so I'm a busy person! That's how I like to be though. Here's a picture of me from a month ago or so. Nice to 'meet' everyone!

05-22-2007, 09:42 PM

I love reading all your posts. It is exciting getting to know folks from around the world.

I am 61 and JUST retired after a career as a teacher and coach in my early life and a training specialist, curriculum developer the last 25 years. I'm excited to now have the time for art! Besides pastels, I also love woodcarving and driftwood sculpturing.

I haven't been able to walk or stand for any length of time since about 2000. I now use a mobility scooter to get out on the trails to enjoy one of my life-long favorite activities -- being out in nature.


I live with my partner of 20 years on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State with our two cats and miniature australian shepard named Daks.

Although we live in the rain shadow of the Olympic mountains, it is a short drive to the rain forest so I'm hoping to do more green landscapes of the enchanting old growth forest in Olympic National Park.

Here's a link to other photos of my carving and family.

Here's a link to my website on accessible trails in Washington State.


05-24-2007, 08:45 AM
Hey Davey, Your website won't let us in?? Love your puppy, she/he is jsut baeutiful, love the two cats too, they look very much like people type cats.

CJ :heart:

05-24-2007, 08:59 AM
Hi again:wave: , just thought i would say how much i am loving it here at WC, how encouraged i am by so many special people. So much talent out there. wow. I must admit, if it wasnt for WC, i would of thrown my pastels out and given up, but being here, just gives me that drive i need to keep persevering, to keep perfecting my artwork, i thought i would put a piccy of me on here too..:angel:

05-25-2007, 11:27 AM
My website wasn't displaying for you? Maybe the server was down. Here's the link again.

My dog Daks goes on all the trails with me and hitches a ride on the scooter at times. The cats are indeed people-type cats and they get into everything, including my pastel WIP. I have to slide my painting up high on the easel when I am done painting or I'll find pastel on their faces or little pastel paw prints.

06-01-2007, 11:43 AM
OK all - this is Pabs (real name Paul, but it's what my slightly younger sister has called me for years).
I'm 49 in June, and an ex Fireman of almost 20 years retired from the service on ill-health. Married to Sue, I have one son from a previous marriage and she also has one son from a previous, but we have two of the most wonderful grandkids you could ever imagine (but aren't they all?).
Apart from family life I love history, football (Sheffield wednesday), rugby league (Hull FC) and birdwatching/wildlife.

This is me in Gran Canaria this February - the hat helps keep the sun off my shaved head!!!!


06-01-2007, 01:05 PM
Hy Pabs,nice to meet you. So birdwatching hum ? I'm a great bird lover and used to have a birdwatchng travel agency in Panama. We had our own guides but I learned a lot from them.
Wellcome to WC.

06-01-2007, 03:04 PM
Hi Ceci - nice to meet you too! I'm hoping for a few decent days birdwatching on holiday, plus lots of sightseeing - ruins etc, I love that sort of thing. Sue does too, but she prefers to turn herself into a sunbronzed girl, so I often wander about with my local bird book and bins; and now my pad and pencils! Can life get any better??????

06-01-2007, 03:26 PM
NO, it cant get any better. I spend my mornings in my special little corner of this world making life better for the birds that come to eat from our fruit trees and my afternoons painting ( birds, dogs, anything) I'm knew to pastels but i think i can improve the more i do it. :rolleyes:
By the way, sorry for my ignorance, where the hell are those islands you live in ? mine are in the mediterranean ( Balearic islands ) beutiful but too dry.

Pat Isaac
06-01-2007, 03:37 PM
Life for all you island dwellers sounds great. We feed the birds too, all year long, and we really enjoy watching them. They are great for our gardens too as they eat a lot of bugs....


06-01-2007, 04:03 PM
hi Pat, I love your art. My problem with birds is that they S H I T in my terrace and i just decided to only clean it every 15 days. I have a mulbury tree which they love....cant imagine what my terrace looks like ? but i think its worthwhile hearing theme sing, or just make noice.

06-01-2007, 04:35 PM
Okay, that's me. My husband only takes pictures of me when I am looking my worst. The only other picture of me on this computer is one in which I am lying on the couch sick with my cats laying on me. My husband thinks that one really captures me. Not the sick part, but the being layed on by cats. He tells me they even get me to pet them when I am sleeping. Anyway, moving on to the more pertinent information about myself. Been married almost 10 years to a great guy with a tremendous amount of love for me. We live in the Ouachita Mountains with a whole bunch of animals. I am an equestrian, an artist, a gymrat, an avid reader, and I have a great sense of humor. People are always telling me that I have made their day brighter. I try.

06-03-2007, 02:06 PM
Ceci - our home is an inland island, truly.
Halfway up the east coast of England is the Humber Estuary, and Hull. The south running river from this estuary is the River Trent, which forms the eastern boundary of the Isle. Biggest town is Epworth, where we live, famous for John Wesley. Try some google searches etc and see what you come up with. We are surrounded by rivers as the area was once very swampy, but was drained in the Seventeenth Century under much civil disturbance and litigation. Even now, the Isleonians are renowned for their stubborn attitudes.
If you need any more info let me know and I'll try and oblige when we get back.
BTW, went to Majorca last September, staying on the edge of Palma Nova(?). Went with the grandkids on their first official trip abroad and really enjoyed it. They are two and five.
Anyway, evening meal calls, so

06-06-2007, 12:59 AM

It's been a lot of fun reading about each of you! So, I guess it is my turn.....

I am 38 years old and live in Upstate New York, in the proverbial small town of Owego. I am a graduate of St. Bonaventure University and Marywood University. In 2003 I earned a Master of Social Work. My career is focused upon helping others; I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker here in New York. For the past 11 years I have worked in a high school as a counselor. In addition, I am a therapist in a sexual abuse program where I work with victims and boys with sexual behavior problems. In August, I will begin my doctorate. :cool:

I share my life with my partner, Shawn, and our dog, Jessie. Shawn is a physician and Jessie -- well, she's a border collie/black lab mix, so she herds the entire neighborhood. :cat:

Some fun facts about myself: I still read comic books and watch cartoons. My favorite superhero is Green Lantern. :clap: I eat the green M&M's last, and never take the first box of cereal on the grocery store shelf. My favorite number is 5 (no clue why), and I love to chill out in coffee shops and read an art magazine. I wear flip-flops every chance I get, :cool: and I have over 5000 digital images in my personal reference library. :eek:

I began working in pastels again just 4 years ago. After a failed attempt in college, I didn't touch them for over 10 years. After a few weeks of a community education class, I was in love with those little sticks! Most of my work has been self-exploration of the medium. I have had the great fortune to take two professional workshops in the past 2 years. I have over 2000 pastels, with the most recent addition of Great American's Full Monty. Now, I am collecting work to apply for membership in the Pastel Society of America. And I plan to make my first submission to the Pastel 100 this September. :thumbsup:


Kathryn Wilson
06-06-2007, 01:48 AM
Oh, man, I just looked through 33 pages of the older thread. Have I actually been on here that long? So many faces we no longer see, but we appreciate even more those that are still here!

06-06-2007, 02:15 AM
Hi - Im Brenda, aka greygoose, after my mare who died a few years ago. I am almost 52, have an almost 17 yr old daughter, live in Kansas, and have been drawing since a child, and pastel painting for about 4 years. Divorced and loving it, I am an admin assistant, presently attending college for my graphic design degree! Life is too short to spend so much time doing anything you are not passionate about. Great to meet everyone, picture forthcoming. Not sure I am as talented as some of you seem to be from the examples posted, but Im here to learn so I look forward to talking to you all. Its just so great talking to other artists, since my family is not really into art, and being here feels like drinking a cold glass of water after being lost in the desert for a long time. :wave:

06-08-2007, 09:54 AM
What a great thread!
I'm the "great grandma" of the group..... I'm a young 77 year old and was encouraged to paint most of my life having come from a family that all paint in various ways. Painting is something I still enjoy doing with my siblings, two of whom live in this area. I grew up in Minnesota... lived my married life in Illinois and now live in the retirement community of Sun City, Arizona. My husband, who was totally disabled with MS, died in March of this year and my life is becoming my own again after having raised four children and caring for him for many-many years. I've used watercolor, oils and have finally discovered the joy of pastels after having bought some at a yard sale from a retiring teacher a year ago. They are such fun! I attend adult art classes in Sun City...and participate in the Art Club here.... and also in our many art shows.....Painting and gardening have been my release from stress for most of my life.

It's great to get to know everyone! Donna Roth

06-08-2007, 11:26 AM
Hi all. This has been great reading about everyone and placing a face with the names and art work. So I guess I'll jump in as well.

I'm Ronda Harris. Live in North Carolina. Was a city girl until just recently (like 3 weeks ago) when at 40 years old married for the first time. Now I live in the county and it's beautiful here! My husband and I met 10 years ago, dated briefly, and were friends for many years. Then last year all of a sudden, things clicked and now we are happily wed.

I've been in the graphics industry in one capacity or another for 20 years. I currently do design and layout for a business publication and enjoy what I do.

Not quite 2 years ago I cleaned out my storage unit and found a bunch of old art supplies that hadn't been used in probably 10-15 years. (I could smack myself for letting go of something I love so much for so long!) Among them were a cheap old set of pastels that I had never touched before. But it was enough to get me hooked and now I LOVE pastels. Until this I had primarily worked with graphite and never really done much painting but created all kinds of things from baked clay to quilting. If I could turn it into something, I tried. Now I favor pastels to just about anything else I do.

Love to read, enjoy cooking, photography, camping, the river, the outerbanks, learning about gardening (veggies and flowers), and of course...PASTELS!

Here is a photo of Buck and I on our honeymoon.


06-08-2007, 12:38 PM
:wave: Hi Everyone!! I have enjoyed reading this particular thread and getting to know everyone and what they look like.

My name is Venus, 31 years old and I live in Michigan. I am married to a wonderful man of 9 years and we have 4 annoyingly beautiful children. Three girls 9, 8, 2 and 1 son who is 6. I am a stay at home mother, while my husband ( bless him, works prototyping and testing machinery work). We have been together for almost 11 years. He is much older than I am by 16 years and has two older children, a son 21 and a daughter 27. I have 3 step-grandchildren, and don't mind being called Na-Na. (LOL..as long as it isn't grandma!!)

I pretty much just picked up my first pastel pencil in the last week. I really enjoyed it and want to learn and do more with them. I have introduced myself here at WC in the Colored Pencil thread where I don't really chat a lot here in the forums. Between Drawspace.com where I am a moderator and my everyday life of children and trying to accomplish artwork, there is never enough time!! I have been into art since I was about 7 years old and have always been addicted to paper!! LOL...weird I know but I think its my artist callings. I am interested in many things right now in my life and have done specatacular except give birth to my beautiful children and marry a great man.

Recently, I have been looking into graphic designing and have always been interested in Illustrating for childrens books. I have no idea if I will ever get anywhere with any of my art, but the practicing and creating new pictures make it worth trying. Besides high school and an online Artist course through Penn Foster Career School, I haven't had any real type of art courses or degrees or schooling. ( I am not even sure that the online course is very significant. But I refuse to give it up, because I enjoy the learning aspect.)

Other than that, that pretty much wraps me up in a nuttshell..This is the most recent picture I have of myself..taken a few months ago when i was practicing doing my portraits..LOL.

06-09-2007, 12:49 PM
Hi i have been popping in and out and saw your post. So sorry about the loss of your husband, ms can really mess up your life, all around. Really hard on the caregivers too, lots of conflicting emotions at work. ms'er myself.

Its good that you have kept up your interests! Keeps you young at heart!


07-21-2007, 01:18 AM
What a great idea this is, it is good to see all the faces behind the paintings.
I am 36, I was born in Perth Western Australia but I don't remember living there. I was about two when we moved to a cattle station in the Northern Territory, from there we moved quite a lot to different stations. We left the territory once to go to Queensland where my father worked on the railway. We were only there for about three months and Mum says my sister and I kept asking when we were going back to the Territory where it was warm. Lucky for us we did go back to the cattle stations again.

I got interested in art about the age of 12 when I used to draw instead of doing my school work. We moved to the Daly River and a lady there started an art class, we learned oil painting, which I enjoyed but what I really liked was drawing. What I wanted was something with the colour of oils but the easy, no drying, no cleaning up of lead pencil. Yay! pastels.:clap:

Nowadays I live with my Husband Wes, two kids Alexandra and Jonah, four dogs, two cats and my horse on a 20 acre block about 50km south of Darwin. I have my own bussiness growing and wholesaleing Helliconia flowers to southern markets. Before that I washed dishes, waitressed, cleaned, plaited stockwhips and worked on a mango farm (amongest other things).
This is a picture I took for an attempt at a self portrait that I haven't got around to yet,

07-22-2007, 12:25 PM
Hi there everyone,

Well I am definitely a newbie here. I have just finished my fourth painting, a landscape, which I have yet to post here. I haven’t posted in some time, and after reading this thread, I thought I should put my two cents in.

I will be 42 this September and after living in Alberta for most of my life, three-years ago, me and my partner of 22 years had decided to move to Quebec. That is where I took the plunge into pastels. Being a mostly French-speaking province, my first pastel course was from an instructor who spoke only French. This by the way, was not the easiest thing to do when you are new to a second language, but fortunately I had taken a French course here and my capacity to understand is way better than my capacity to speak French… it can be a little frustrating when you know that toddlers and dogs can understand the Imperative voice better than you can… but there is still hope.:rolleyes:

After years of working for other people, this year I started up my own home business as a graphic designer, which I totally love and recommend to everyone. I should have done this years ago. I am currently in the process of building my own website for my company, which has been slow going, but it is coming along. I guess it is kind of like the old adage of the mechanic who has the worst car on the block, but everyone else’s is running fine.

Well that is about it for me… oh, did I say I absolutely love pastels?

Take care, and see you on the boards.


p.s. This photo was taken last year with my new iMac – I would have taken a new one, but I didn't think you would appreciate that Sunday-morning-yet-to-have-my-coffee-still-in-my-pyjamas-desheveled look.:)

07-29-2007, 11:33 PM
Ok, this should be fun. I was born in London and grew up in a new town just north of there. In 1985 I moved to South Yorkshire and pursued my career as a full time musician and entertainer. That path took me into many interesting and unexpected areas including teaching and band management. In 1999 I went to Spain for a month and stayed for 4 years then returned to the UK to Scotland for a while. Now back in England again I have retired from music again and have taken up painting to exercise the mind and indulge my creative side. I have been married 3 times so far but have no children, just the dog. I presently balance working for a telecoms company with covering myself with pastel dust.
This photo is a fave of mine. I was scanning the net for cheap flights and Lewis ( thats his name) decided to help lol

Piper Ballou
07-30-2007, 12:43 AM
I can see why this is a favorite of yours....way too cute

Pat Isaac
07-30-2007, 07:42 AM
Love that dog, that expression is priceless.


07-30-2007, 11:12 AM
he he, I thought someone might like the picture.

08-09-2007, 11:33 PM
Hi everybody,
My full name is Pallavi but I write as Pal. I am an Indian. I am 30 years old. I found that I could paint just last year.From that time I have become really excited about my life.
I am the mother of two boys,9 years and 5 years old.all else is same as any Indian family.I trying to get myself enrolled in a painting certificate course
i hope I succeed.

08-15-2007, 11:08 AM
hello everyone,
i'm nadia im 37 j old and live in belgium i have two kids from 19 and 12years old was married for 16years but now 4j divorsed.
a while ago i have painted in oils but now i wanna try in pastel .i hope after a while i get so good i can sell my work but thats maybe wishfull dreaming , anyway i learn alot here there are so many fantastic painters on this forum.:rolleyes:

08-15-2007, 04:03 PM
Welcome Nadia!!!!
I'm sure you will have loads of fun and learn so much from a great group of like-minded people. Remember - all you have to do is ask!!!


08-22-2007, 05:05 PM
I have really enjoyed reading this thread and meeting everyone! It is so nice to put a face with the names:)
My name is Reisa and I am 35 years old. I have been married for almost 12 years to wonderful man, Chris, who is in the Army. He is a helicopter pilot and we are currently stationed at Ft Campbell, Kentucky. We have lived all over the United States and in South Korea, never near our famillies or in major cities with decent art centers and other artists, so I was delighted to find WC! I feel I am finding the inspiration I need here to help keep me motivated!
I have been pursuing art fulltime for the past 5 years and soft pastel has been my medium of choice.
It has been so nice to meet you all:)

08-31-2007, 02:54 PM
Hi everyone,

I'm new to Wet Canvas, and new to drawing and painting (so far the drawing is going better than the painting...). I've been trying out different types of paints, pencils etc. It hasn't taken long to find that I love using pastels.

I live in London, England, with my husband of 15 years and my 5 year old daughter. I work in marketing - I gave it up for a couple of years to stay home with my daughter, and now do it freelance/ contract, alternating a few months of fairly intensive working and long commutes with breaks of a few months or more. I'm planning a long break starting in November and will take some art classes then to help me along.

This forum has been great for providing a beginner with advice and inspiration. I've already really been enjoying and benefiting from reading it.

Hopefully a picture of me and my daughter will be attached to this message.


09-01-2007, 09:03 AM
Hi everyone! I`m new to WetCanvas too. I just spent a while reading this thread and meeting some great artists! :) That was a lot of fun! My name is Jane and I`m 31. I live in Pori, Finland, I have two kids, my daughter is 11 (almost 12, she prefers... :) ) and my son is soon 10. Pori is a little city in the province of Western Finland, just by the sea.

I paint with pastels, done that more actively since last fall. And I love it! This is my very first message to this forum and I`m just finding out what this forum is about. Maybe I`ll learn how to attach the pictures too :) But to give you some hint about my style, I`ll give you my address, which is: http://www.nettisivu.org/JaneKivisto

09-01-2007, 02:49 PM
Hi here is a pciture of me when we went to London to stay with our friends and went on the London Eye. This is my hubby John of 29 years.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Sep-2007/78136-Clacton-on-Sea__London_037.jpg :clap:

Pat Isaac
09-04-2007, 03:37 PM
Welcome, welcome to all our newbies...:wave: :wave: This is a great place to learn and share, hoping to see you around the forums soon.


09-05-2007, 04:26 PM
Wow, what a great thread. My name is Kym Nippes and I've been lurking here for a few weeks. Just got brave enough to do my first post yesterday.:wave: I'm in my early 40's (don't particularly like to remember the exact number, although my sister sure likes to remind me). I am a photographer who is transitioning to pastel. I also do colored pencil, but am frustrated with how long each painting takes in CP. I used to like very realistic work, both in others and myself - must be the photographer in me - but am really starting to appreciate a more impressionistic approach. Although I fully admit that I'm having problems incorporating it into my own art. I live in Colorado (Denver area) with my hubby of 8 years, 2 cats, a beagle and my two service dogs, who are both catahoulas. The older service dog is supposed to be retired, but unfortunately I can't seem to convince her of that. I painted with colored pencil for around 5 years on and off and been photographing about the same time. I've been using pastel now around a month and have to admit that I LOVE IT! Maybe after all this time, I've finally found my perfect medium.:thumbsup: I haven't had any artistic schooling - I was actually a Russian language major. I can no longer work, so I keep up with the art work to stay out of trouble all day. My hubby and I do art shows once or twice a month to show my photography. September 21-23 will be my first show where I'll have the pastels hanging as well.
It was very nice "meeting" you all thru this thread. Thanks for a great forum.
PS - the photo is my supposedly retired service dog Katya and myself in front of a portrait of a friend's catahoula dog which was entered in a local art exhibition.

09-05-2007, 04:46 PM
Hi Kym, wellcome to WC. I love dogs but I dont know what you mean by a catahoula dog. Please send me some pictures.

09-07-2007, 11:54 AM
Great way to learn more about fellow artists...I am 47..YIKES!!! I have a son at home Seth 15, one gone Jesse, 23, Two daughters, Amber 26, and Alex 24 who just had babies each, Ayden to the oldest and Candace to the other..a wonderful patient husband who has waited on dinner cause I'm painting or dog sat while I am away painting,lol...oh yea, I have three pups..Mini Schnauzer, Skye Terrier, and Yorky...
I have been drawing and painting as long as I can remember. I studied with quite a few artists growing up in Asheville, NC, and continued to paint all thru the years. Did not take up as a career until 2000 when I started teaching at the local college, and the rest is history.. I still teach continuing ed Watercolor and Pastel. I used to teach Art History and drawing, but now I concentrate just on the two mediums..I've had the opportunity to paint with Albert Handel, Richard Mcdaniel,And am going to France this spring to paint with Coleene Howe..I paint some with my local artist friend David LAwton, and the MD Pastel Society plein air group..I have also been lucky to have attended workshop in Scotland with Tom Fong and Chris Van Winkle, the president of the Ntl Watercolor Society.
Anyhow, painting is something I have to do, even if I take breaks sometimes.
Here I am the most recent pic I have of me taken in July at my cousins in Winston Salem , NC for my aunt's 90th birthday...Tres

09-08-2007, 04:53 PM
Well after reading everyone else's post's i guess i my turn, (Great idea by the way) I have posted a few times on wc but i always seem to feel a bit embarressed, so over the last few months i have just lurked in the background, looking at everyone's fab art work, joining in but not actually posting anything, so here goes a bit about myself.
My name is Christine Algie, I am 36 and i live in beautiful Belfast, Northern Ireland with my wonderful husband Sammy and my 3 great kids, Raymond (17) Samantha (15) and Nicholas (7),
i have worked for alot of companies over the years, (stationary companies, a few call centres, and a bank) i now work for a well known diy store and i love it, i get to meet alot of lovely people and have good craic. I have been drawing for as long as i can remember, but i have no formal qualification's. I got into watercolour by watching a tv programme in the afternoon, (watercolour challenge) so i decided to give it a go but could never quite grasp the concept, so i moved on to oil painting, but the paint took to long to dry, and only frustrated me, so i gave up and just continued to draw, it was only when i was working for a stationary company a few years back that i came across soft pastels and that was me hooked, i like to work in detail, drawing cats, and dogs, and all different types of animal's (I would love to do portraits, but i just can't) i have sold a few of my pastels on ebay, one even went to Texas in the good old US of A that was fantastic for me and a great confidence boost. The photo that i have added is so not flattering but it is the only one that i have of me on the computer, as i am the one that is always behind the lens, so please forgive the double chin. I have now rambled on for a while so i will go and give someone else a chance, and i promise to join in more often as it truley is a great site with so many talented members. Speak soon and every one happy pasteling.
Chrissie:wave: :wave: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Sep-2007/92313-majorcca_179.JPG

09-09-2007, 02:24 PM
I just spent the greater part of this morning reading over this thread and getting to know everyone better! What fun!

So I should introduce myself, too. I'm the one who comes to WC during the fall & winter months, then hardly shows up in the late spring or summer 'cuz my life is so hectic then!

I live in the beautiful moutains of northern Colorado, just 4 miles south of the Wyoming state line, with my husband David, 2 Australian Shepherds, and various cats who really rule the house. We raise Quarterhorses (which is why my summer is so hectic), and I TRY to have an art business on the side. We moved up here 4 years ago from the Ft. Collins area, where my husband was in law enforcement and I worked for city administration. We spend much of our time out of doors, riding, fishing, hiking, and just enjoying this beautiful area of the world. We often get snowed in for weeks at a time in the winter, and our home is totally self-contained; in other words, we generate our own electricity, and there are no power, telephone, or other service lines to our property within about 15 miles. I love it here!

I'm 53! :eek:

Here's some pics; the first one is bad of me, but good of the horse! :D
The second one was taken by my Sis when goofing around in Branson, MO last summer.



Pat Isaac
09-09-2007, 02:53 PM
Welcome Chrissie and Kym. Nice to have you join us. Thanks for the update Tressa. How wonderful that you have all these painting opportunities.
Gorgeous contry you live in Westerngirl. We travelled through there several years ago.


09-09-2007, 02:58 PM
I thought these mountains and this beauty was only in movies. I cant believe there are still places like that in the world. I guess where i live is also unique in its way. love your life.

09-10-2007, 11:19 AM
Ceci, my sister is traveling to Spain later this month. I'm so jealous!

09-10-2007, 11:41 AM
tell her to email me where she is going and i may give hersome tips.

09-12-2007, 10:08 AM
Oh thanks, Ceci. I think she may have her schedule pretty well planned out for her, as she and her husband are staying with his brother, who has been living there for quite some time.

I'm hoping that she brings back some great photo's for me to paint from!

Paula Ford
09-16-2007, 08:48 PM
Hi Everybody!

I had the pleasure of meeting Jennifer Redstreake Geary today and seeing her new gallery. She lives about 40 miles from me in beautiful Tennessee. Here we are (she is on your left/me on your right)

Look at her GORGEOUS paintings in the background!!

Hi Jen!! It was fantastic meeting you today in your gallery!! :wave:



Cheena K
10-01-2007, 10:45 AM
Hi All!

I have been a member of WC since a couple of years, but not a very active pastelist. Just been thinking about painting a bit more. I am turning 33 this month! I hope to do be able to paint more often, haven't painted much since my son (now almost 18 months old) was born. My hub and I are partners in a software dev. firm but we are both artists at heart :)

That's me with my li'l angel :)

10-07-2007, 12:44 AM
Welp, guess I should introduce myself. I'm some kind of Dave and will very shortly (about two weeks) enter my twenty-fifth year of life. I picked up pastels last Christmas and have been tinkering with them ever since. Some results have been good, others...not so much.

I don't have any children to speak of, no wife, and no girlfriend in my life. Not much of a family to report on.

I dabble in acrylics and various forms of computer art (mostly fractal and pixel), play numerous instruments, am learning to program, design games for fun and carnage, and also write as time permits. Currently, I work retail because my rent needs paid somehow. None of my projects have yet to bring me lots of cash (like they ever will :lol:)

I may have Asperger's Syndrome but the jury is still out on that one, as that kind of medical stuff is very expensive.

Lastly, I live in a small town in Pennsylvania that is full of trees. There is plenty of natural beauty here that I find intoxicating.

My apologies if this is dry, but my introdutions are typically needlessly formal. I'll lighten up later, I swear.

Paula Ford
10-07-2007, 09:27 AM
Hello Dave! It's nice to meet you.

Do you have any paintings to show us? If so, please post them in Pastel Studio. I'm looking forward to seeing some of your work.

You know, pastel painting is like baseball; sometimes you get some base hits, sometimes you hit some fowl balls, and every once in a while you hit a home run! Not every painting is going to be a home run.


Pat Isaac
10-07-2007, 11:14 AM
Thanks for the nice gallery pics, Paula. Great paintings. Welcome Cheena and Dave.


10-13-2007, 04:28 AM
I'm brand new here myself. My name is Suzy, and I currently work in the medical field. I've got six kids and seven grandkids, so sure don't lack for people to paint, which is my favorite thing to do.

In November my mom and I will be in Dallas to take a Richard McKinley class on landscapes, Mom loves to paint also, and she is far superior to me! She is much more patient to get the results that she wants, while I am in, out and done too fast.

I'm at work right now (sometimes I work far from home), once I get back to my home and a chance to up load a painting, I will do so.

I'm located in Texas for now, but soon to move to Iowa, to live closer to the majority of our kids.

I have thoroughly enjoyed this site, and am very enthusiastic again for painting. You all inspire me to try harder and go further.


10-13-2007, 11:02 AM
I'm from the land of bugs and heat otherwise known as southeast Georgia, USA....I have two girls Chloe 11 and Josie 6 and we have numerous furbabies - 3 cats, one dog, one gerbil and a fish. I work at my father's used car business, he has been selling cars in our small town for 30 years and I have been with him 8 or so. I started painting and drawing 6 years ago at age 36 when my marriage started falling apart...I really feel it was a God given gift that was meant to help me thru a trying time.

David Patterson
10-13-2007, 12:47 PM
Welcome Suzy and Angie...we'd love to see your work!


10-22-2007, 04:12 PM
Hi all!

I had the helpful WC admins change my name from LATurner to LoreneT because I found that having the first name in my username feels friendlier to me. Hopefully anyone confused by the change will find this post. :)

I'm a systems administrator living in Saskatoon, Canada. I've dabbled in most arts and crafts, but right now soft pastels have absolutely whisked me off my feet. I also have a soft spot for scratchboard, and for sculpture using polymer clay.

Great to be here, thanks again all for the warm welcome I got when I first arrived! :)

12-15-2007, 02:00 PM
Hello My name is Gretchen
I am 58 Years old and live in the west coast of Canada, Vanccouver Island about 45 min from Victoria. My two children have grown and flown the coupe Erika is 23, and Graeme is 21 they are both in School, they live the life of poor students. My husband Robert works with helicopters and is gone a lot, so I have lots of time to spend on myself these days. I have a sweet and very smart dog called Gemini, he takes me for walks every day, luckly we live right next to the river and ther is a great park right along the river.
I work as an interior decorator in a furniture store that sell italian leather and hand made furniture. I love my job, all though some days my back doesn't. I have had many jobs in the past, I started out as a hairdresser, then Florist, then owned a store selling gift baskets coffe and choc., then craft store doing the classes in painting and quilting, and finally decorating consultant and I am starting a couse in computer animation. I hope to learn how to create card for on line card companies. I like to paint water and refections and pets, just a couple of months ago I tried oil pastes and really like them the colors are bright and you can get more depth in the project the you are doing I have read most of the stories and love the fact that we are all interested in the same medium and I look forward to seeing everones work and learning from all of of you and shareing the the love that we all have for creating. This picture was taken at Naran Fall near Whistler this summer, it was raning, this is my husband Rob and Gemini.:wave: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Dec-2007/123148-F1000008.JPG

Paula Ford
12-15-2007, 02:04 PM
Hi Gretchen! It's nice to meet you.


Pat Isaac
12-15-2007, 02:07 PM
Hi Gretchen, welcome..:wave: I am enjoying your oilies...


12-16-2007, 10:08 PM
:wave: Hi there,
I am 68 years old. Three years ago, I retired after 43 years teaching elementary school in various grades over the years, Pre-Kindergarten to 7th grade, most recently, first and second grades.
I was born in Erie, PA and moved to Zanesville, Ohio when I was 7 years old. After graduating from Ohio Wesleyan Univ, where I met my husband, Bob, I started teaching in 1962 in Madison, Wis. where my husband was a grad student. Bob is a math professor at Univ. of Wis. in Madison, WI. Over the years we lived in Lexington VA where I taught up in the mountains in a very small school, in San Jose, CA, and then 20 years ago, we returned to the Madison, Wisconsin area and live out in the country
in an area called Fitchburg.
My mother was an artist, mainly working in oils and some watercolor. So I grew up sitting with my art materials at the dining room table as she painted. Yes, her studio was the dining room, so EVERYTHING had to be put away everyday so we could have dinner there! :lol:
I took art classes in school through high school and some in college.
As a very busy mother, teacher, wife, etc. I did not have much chance to do any painting over the years, but I did lots of drawing. Back to Mama's quick clean-up! :D
We have two adult daughters, one granddaughter, age 16, who is a junior in high school and a 2 month old grandson. Also, we have a cat, Uriel, for whom we funtion as staff and servants.
As they grew up, our daughters both did a lot of art. Julia, our younger daughter minored in art in college. She now paints mainly in acrylics and does some pastels as well as being a math professor like her father and a new mother of Ben, age 2 months!
It was Julia's interest in pastels that lead me to try them. I started out with oil pastels and now do mostly soft pastels.
When I retired from teaching, I set as one of my goals to grow in watercolor painting and pastel painting.
I belong to a local watercolor group, which is great as we paint together once a week through the year, and take off a couple months through the holidays.
It was rough at first to switch back and forth between pastels and watercolors as you sort of have to think in opposites! But, now it seems natural.
Besides art activities, I quilt, do genealogy research, do copperplate pointed pen calligrapthy, and play the violin and piano. I know...spread a little thin, but it keeps me out of trouble!:lol: :lol: :lol:
Which do I like best: pastels or watercolor? They are so different that I love them both! Watercolor for the lovely, vivid colors and transparancy....Pastels for the lovely direct extension of my hand, the texture and the yummy way they build up and mix right on the paper.

12-17-2007, 02:53 AM
Peg from Augusta, GA.

I am the proud mother of one daughter, two grandkids, one jack russell dog named Cadillac, one long haired chihuahua, named Tiger, and one himalayan siamese cat, named harry. Amazing that I can any type of painting done with a graduate school schedule.

Photos are of me, and one with Anita West and Albert Handell.

01-02-2008, 06:41 PM
I am a born and raised Albertan from Calgary. I would rather be living in Ireland or Cuba but not having the cash to do that, I am living here. I live with my two cats Thor and Athena. Athena who is very ill with pancreatitus two days after Christmas is getting better.

I like doing animals,people, and scenery, probably some great castles I will be working on from the lovely Emerald Isle. Or scenery from Cuba, Jamaica, or other wonderful places.

I started drawing when I was very young and then working in oil pastels in high school, which was about 40 years ago...gasp! My first picture in oil pastel was of the blue nose school and was about 4 ft long. It was an entry into the Calgary Stampede when I was 16 and they totally mulched it.

In the last few years I have tried to balance my boring mundane job with the city with my writing (published short stories and poems), and my art. I could never afford art school and still can't. I did an art study course at ACAD in the spring last year and pine to be in that environment, that is why I am glad I have found this place.

I have tried watercolour and hated it, I will be trying acrylics this year, but my first love is always my pastels and I love my oil Holbein pastels but also use Faber Castel soft pastels and now trying the new Pan Pastels.

My nick is the name of a fabled Norwegian female pirate, which suits my nature and Scandinavian heritage.

I am looking forward to this forum.


Bill Foehringer
01-03-2008, 04:14 PM
Artists. I have come far enough down this road to include myself. How good an artist I am is another thing, and no, I'm not fishing for complements. Ha, look at the spelling of compliments in the last sentence, now I'm thinking like an artist, LOL. BillF
PS Deborah, honest, I just read your post about complements and compliments. Such a funny coincidence! :o

01-11-2008, 11:38 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Jan-2008/118892-IMG_0853.JPG HI! Great Idea. I'm Alicia, I've been painting for 8 years married to a wonderful adorable man for almost 14 years, (he's the one on the right).Born and raised in California!

David Patterson
01-11-2008, 03:46 PM
There's that wonderful portrait artist!! I wondered when you would notice this thread. All of us here in WC sure enjoy your work Alicia!

Maybe some of us will show up at your party next year!:D


Zara 26
01-11-2008, 04:38 PM

My real name is Zahraa, but my english teachers always call me Zara. I am 16 years old and i will be 17 on the 26th of june 2008.

I have no brothers or sisters so i try to fill in the empty space in my life with arts and animals. Now i have an african grey parrot and one cat ( they used to be 19 cats :crying: ). Also i have got some other birds like love birds and cocktails.

I started to show my interest in arts at the age of 8 so my mother took me to a woman who taught me how to draw on glass. Then i started to draw with pencils and my father was helping me by giving me some tips because he is an artist and he buys me books. after that i tried other mediums like oils and last year i was introduced to pastels by a freind :clap: .


K Taylor-Green
01-11-2008, 06:42 PM
Welcome to all the new faces here! I don't check this thread near as often as I should!
Hope to see postings from all you newbies soon!

01-12-2008, 11:15 AM
Hi Zahraa, nice name. Do you like pastels better than oils.?


Zara 26
01-13-2008, 03:00 PM
thanks Rusla :)

i am an arabic girl and so is my name

of course pastels are more fun than oils and they are not very well none in bahrain so i enjoy being one of the few who knows about them and uses them. :D

I had posted some of my drawings in this forum see them and tell me what do you think.

thanks Rusla

01-13-2008, 03:48 PM
Zahraa, salam alicum ( dont know how to spell it ). Im glad to see you here. Pastels are the best thing in the world, Im using them after haven used oils, acrylics, watercolor and 25 years of clay ( terracotta, is what we call it here in europe). Dont lose contact with Wet Canvas, its the best place in the whole world to learn and make friends.

01-14-2008, 12:58 AM
So nice to put some faces to the names we see in the forums. I have been drawing and painting ever since the age of three when I drew on my aunt and uncle's marriage license. My husband has been a pastor for many years and we are supposed to be retired, but ministry to others should never really stop, so we are part-time pastors of a little mountain church in Idaho. As a musician (all keyboard instruments), I am the worship leader and sometimes, still teach piano lessons.

Coeur d'Alene has a wonderful art association that motivates, provides opportunities and promotes local artists, of which I am an active member. North Idaho is a most beautiful place for an artist. Although I spent many years painting in oil and I am trying to improve my acrylics, my real passion is with pastels. Here is a snapshot of me enjoying a plein air day on the Coeur d'Alene River. Later this week I hope to do a self portrait for the challenge and when I do, I'll post it. :)

01-17-2008, 11:44 AM
I guess I better add some biographical information to this forum as well. I live in southern Ventura county in California with my wife and a cat. We both started getting involved in painting last fall. She took to acrylics and I choose pastels. My first desire for years had been to learn watercolor. That was until I saw my first pastel and a local juried show last summer. I became hooked and it has become my second passion ever since, next to cooking. Our end goal with this is we are both in love with the California Central Coast, and would like to move there at some point. The landscapes are all so varied and scenic it inspires one to want to capture it. The biggest challenge I’ve faced so far is finding competent instruction. Most of what I’ve found so far has either been during the day (I work) or geared toward treating the medium as a craft. This site has helped a lot in what I’m able glean from it.

Merethe T
01-17-2008, 04:23 PM
Welcome to all newbies, it's so nice to see who you are! :)


01-23-2008, 07:07 PM
Hi, I live in NJ and Long Island....Been an artist for years...I am a member of the Philadelphia Sketch Club, the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Assoc and the Maryland Pastel Society...I have a hubby I absolutely adore, 4 kids (2 stepdaughters, son and daughter) ranging in ages from 24 to 12.

Love painting in pastels and watercolors....


01-25-2008, 01:17 AM
Well, I just spent way too much time looking at all of these posts...I should have been in bed an hour ago! I searched it out to see "Alicia & Hubby", because of somebody's drawing of them...I'm sorry!, I've been lost in this thread for so long, I forget who's drawing it was! But it was lovely and did look JUST like them.

I went to FIT in NY many, many years ago, for architectural design, I starting drawing floor plans when I was 12. But, I never got my degree. Then, I mostly lost my creative way for 20 years or more. Married, had three great kids who are now three wonderful adults. I started fiddling with watercolors a few years ago, played with acrylics a little, then discovered pastels. I love them. I just want to keep learning. Full time job gets in the way, but I think I am making progress, slowly but surely. I LOVE WC and the kind people here.

This is me, and Mark, my husband of almost 31 years


01-25-2008, 02:05 AM
Whoa … I know I found this post a long time ago and kept reading peoples’ stories and thinking how I’d share mine … I think that’s what happened … I would read, for the most part the happy bubbly pasts and presents and feel the sharp contrast … I don’t think I could do it …. Although there musta been happy times I gotta say it mostly wasn’t …. so wondered if I could say anything and I guess I couldn’t … I kept reading this post thinking I musta posted something somewhen but found I never did … so … I figure it’s time I bite the bullet … I’ve been a lurker/participant/absentee member a long time now …. So here goes …. I suffer from acute unipolar depression and have had for many years and the last year was particulary difficult … I won’t go into my past except to say that i figure I drew and did art as a young child as an escape mechanism … although I was praised for my abilities it had my reasons for doing it behind it …. The older I got the less I did …. And i never nurtured my abilities outside of school work over the years most likely because of the negativity psychologically associated with it I deduce … but here I am now … since 2005 with a tremendous opportunity and much different and better circumstances .... still struggling with depression but trying to learn to enjoy doing art while realizing this all ….and I have found that it is easier said than done but I’m trying … I’m saying all this because to face it honestly and openly rather than hide it and pretend it isn’t there or isn’t like it is has got to be counter-productive … perhaps others might read it and understand just what I’m trying to do … anyways … I’m here now … still struggling with inspiration and motivation and blocks … and trying to work through a lot *and* do artwork … trying to change associations and find myself struggling less … do I post this? … I will … and let the chips fall where they may for my having done so …. I’ve huge shoulders if nothing else … lol …. And a determination to forge ahead …. I hope for a better year in 2008 and with 2 paintings under my belt so far … which is about half of what I accomplished in all of 2007 … let’s hope it’ll be a better year …. Trouble is … I want to do so much …. Pastels … acrylics … oils …. I’m my own worst enemy that way …. a picture? ... i tend to destroy them of me ... but i *have* signed up for the 2008 self portrait challenge in acrylics !! ... til then .... anybody familiar with *wildflower* by skylark? .... i relate to that tune ... Anyways again …. Apologies for this not being any where near the status quo for posts …..

Pat Isaac
01-25-2008, 09:25 AM
Welcome to all the newbies and hope to see you around the forum.
Violet I admire your courage and wish you the best in 2008!


WC Lee
01-25-2008, 10:19 AM
I have been a member here at WC for almost a year now and figured I should give a little introduction about myself. I know this account saids I joined in Nov of 2007 but my original account name was OldNoobie.

Started drawing at the age of 5 and pretty much stopped by the time I was 17, and during that time, all I used was graphite and pen & ink. Other than occassional doodles, I haven't done anything serious art-related for 20+ years until Aug of 2006 when I stumbled upon conceptart.org and wetcanvas.com while surfing the web. These two sites re-awoken my buried desire to create art and since then have steadily teaching myself various mediums and techniques. Right now, I dabble mainly with soft pastels (which helped me learn a lot about colors and theories, from experiments and the wonderful people here at WC) but also like using oils, charcoal and graphite. Occasionally, I'll even play around with acrylics.

01-26-2008, 08:24 PM
Hi...I am a new participant who has lurked for a while, and am now looking forward to joining in...
I turn the ripe old age of 70 next week...and have only been playing with art for a few years. I started with watercolor, not too successfully, and am now trying pastels, which seem to suit me much better.
I have been married to my husband for 43 years, and am now primary caregiver, as he is disabled to the point of needing assistance in every aspect of daily care. We have 2 beautiful daughters, one of whom has 5 children (a set of twins in the middle), and we live with a hyperactive chichuahua who has a mind of his own. He loves riding on the wheelchair with my husband, and fills our life with joy.
I have no picture at this point, but may have soon...
Am very happy to have found this site...

Merethe T
01-28-2008, 12:58 PM
W.C.Lee and JB, nice to know a little bit more about you, thank you for participating in this thread! :)

Violet - I admire your courage too, and hope things are getting better for you!


01-29-2008, 04:32 PM
How interesting this threaD IS.. So nice to put a face with the name,, I posted in WC a couple years ago. Two paintings of family for Christmas Presents. Started painting again just recently. Wore out a few brushes in oils back in the seventies. Then laid them down for many years...
I am enjoying pastels, and just love this group of kind people.
I suppose I wish there was something exceptionally interesting to tell you about me...However, I have enjoyed life immensely regardless that I am not extrordinary.. I am 57.. have no clue where the time went, but through faith in the Lord, & learning early on that a positive attitude is important, life has been good. I married right out of highschool. We have been married almost 40 yrs..have two children and 2 grands. We have a very large and close loving family here in town & what a blessing that has been!

I remember in highscool taking art, and having a piece I did put in the hall show-cASE for people to view. It was a portrait done in class from life. That was the beginning & the end of that until my children were out of diapers. I then took some art-classes at the local craft shops, and fell in love with making paintings. I taught a few little classes around town very shortly after taking a few.... I didnt know much about painting (still don't really) but as long as I got beginners, I was fine in the teaching role:) Life got very busy then with the kids etc.. and I quit painting for about 30 yrs...Now I am back and once again in love! Oh BTW, My real name is Terry, but everybuddy calls me mamaT or T :))

01-29-2008, 06:51 PM
After reading about so many interesting people, I've come to a grateful realization of what a blessing God has given us in the beauty we see and the privilige to try to put it down on paper, canvas or some three-dimensional piece. We all have had difficulties in life and certainly raising five children (who have now given us 18 grands) and helping my husband with his pastorates over 47 years, I've seen a great deal of suffering. At this point in my life, I am so, so grateful to be doing what I am doing with my art. I think all of our life experience goes into what we do as well. Also, one of the reasons I love love love color. In my previous post I said I would try to do a self portrait this week, but I haven't had a chance to do it, so I'm posting a photo taken last summer.


01-30-2008, 12:49 AM
thank you pat and merethe .... i am about finished (finished if i can quit making changes to it) my self portrait for the 2008 acrylics project ... if you can believe it, i was ill for three days up to actually starting it !! ....

02-01-2008, 01:42 AM


I have been doing pastels for about a year now and they are really nice to work with, hope you do more.

See you on Drawspace!


02-04-2008, 02:07 PM
I was once more ambitious but now mostly paint for fun. Life intervenes when we are making other plans. (I am a four-time cancer survivor – a tough old bird). Besides marketing is hard work which I loath.

Having the retirement perks is the only reason that I have been able to paint without having to earn a living at it. I started painting for the first time, in the early 80s a few years after retirement from the USAF in 1975, - I also learned to play the oboe and played oboe and English horn for 20 years in a local symphony orchestra. (I needed something extra to keep me out of bars. :D ) I started out on a lark with acrylics - self taught - and learned to use the medium fairly well by copying stuff. -- A good way to get into another artist's head. Then in about 83, started looking for an acrylics teacher. Asked around for best local teacher and found that she only used oils and pastels. [She studied with Robert Brackman at the Art Students league and in 1988 founded the Pastel Society of North Florida]. I didn't want to switch to oils so she twisted my arm to try pastels. I reluctantly agreed and attended weekly class for a little more than 2 years. My best works have been in pastels, though I still use acrylic -- mostly mixed media and as under-painting.

Before building my new house/studio in 1997, I painted in my dark kitchen in the little old house I had previously lived in for 20 years, and every time I stepped back, I tripped over something. The new studio is great with 17 windows, 14 of which are on the north wall. I moved in on April 15th 97 and a month later was diagnosed with two unrelated high risk cancers.:eek: It squelched my professional ambitions, but I made the decision to die of something else and am now buying green bananas again.:D

Color is what turns me on... Can't see doing monochromatic...What inspires me you might ask? Well lately I haven't been motivated except when I am able to get away from the domestic chores of just day-to-day maintenance. Though it would help greatly if I had a beautiful young protégé to share my studio.:evil: In the past I was mostly a "studio" painter. Having no art academic background I did mostly figurative subject matter and entered juried shows in an attempt to build a credible resume. I now especially enjoy plein-air* -- but only if I am going someplace where room and board are taken care of and where I don't have a computer to waste time on: for example some of the Elderhostel art programs. My first outing using pastels was the two week period including 9/11 at Snow Farm near Williamsburg MA. More recently I made a two-week painting trip in early September in Colorado Rockies. I’ve been to the same place multiple times and will return next fall for 2 weeks. Chasing the light - i.e., plein-aire - necessitates avoidance of detail, and helps keep me out of my "anal retentive mode."

I’ve been divorced for many years and live alone: with a retired greyhound:heart: .

*plein-aire = a pretentious way to say “paintin’ outside.”:D

02-04-2008, 07:12 PM
Wow! Just finished reading this thread and decided that I could quit lurking and introduce myself. First, let me say, that, like Violet, I was somewhat struck by the happy bios I was reading. In my day job I am a clinical psychologist so I'm not used to happy bios!!!
I've done everything late in life except have children...started that when I was 17 years old. I am originally from Northern Ontario but have now lived in 4 of our 10 provinces. Unlike most of you, I did not pick up a pencil to draw when I was younger. I painted my first picture in kindergarten - it was a teddy bear! When I was about 7, an artist moved in next door to our place and I used to watch him paint. He finally set up a canvas for him and my first painting and only painting until recently was a fall picture of the trees along the riverbank where we lived. Two years ago, I read Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain and picked up a pencil to try drawing. I was somewhat startled by the results and got totally hooked on drawing. Drew everything in site during the winter months and traveled around the countryside taking pictures during the summer months. Still have lots to learn about drawing. A year or so ago, I took a 6-week drawing class in the community and was introduced to acrylics. I didn't particularly like them but I was drawn to color. So bought a cheap set of pastels and tried those. Got hooked and went to the city and stocked up. I am also trying watercolors. So, I have no experience and no classes, yet. Have signed up for a workshop on Campabello Island this summer and am looking forward to it.
I have 5 children, all adults now and none living with me! An accomplishment in these days! I returned to school when I was 44 and got my doctorate in clinical psychology in 2004. It took me 13 years to complete all my degrees and I loved every minute of it. At age 50, I took up the flute and now, at age 60, I have taken up drawing and painting.
While raising children, I did a lot of sewing, was active in amateur drama, did set design, photography etc. I have worked in property management, hotel management, had a sheep farm, etc. I spin and weave and love fiber arts but I think I'm done with that for now.
I have been living with my partner, Chas, for the last five years and our cat, Dirty Harry! Dirty Harry is a disturbed feline whom we have come to love over time. He was acquired to get rid of a squirrel that had moved into our home a few summers ago. I thought he was on loan but apparently not!
I am passionate about psychology, the landscape, and people. I will post some of my paintings in pastel when I get them off the wall to take a pic and figure out how to do this!
Looking forward to learning from you and I do enjoy all the work that I've seen so far.
This was taken in 2004 when I was celebrating my successful defense for my doctorate! Just to let you know that I'm not always serious!!!


02-04-2008, 07:15 PM

By the way the book you mentioned in your post was by Canadian Marshall McLuhan! It's about communication and I think it was a most appropriate reference since art is all about communication and after all, to borrow the old cliche, a picture is worth a thousand words. If I could paint better, I would send pictures and cut down on my words,


Pat Isaac
02-04-2008, 07:38 PM
Welcome, Gail, you certainly have had an interesting life. Do you still play the flute? I do and have since I picked it up after 25 years of not playing. I now play in a community orchestra. Looking forward to seeing your posts


02-05-2008, 07:23 AM
Thanks. I still play but not as often as I would like. Need to find a flute teacher to keep me focused! We don't have a community band here which is too bad and the music department is focused on jazz. So...I get pretty discouraged or should I say disinterested.


02-05-2008, 09:13 AM
Wellcome to this forum Gail, I look it up every time there is someone new. Yes its written by Mcluhan, didnt know he was Canadian, its one of those books that touched me in the late 60's.
I love Jazz, play it all I can, it inspires me while i paint. I have two canaries and when I play barroque oboe music they sing to the tunes, whell , the male does.

02-05-2008, 09:07 PM
Hello to all of you. Jim Few, I remember looking at your website a few months ago. Seems I learn something from every artist I investigate. You are certainly no exception. What wonderful work you do.

Kathryn Wilson
02-05-2008, 10:04 PM
Gosh, it's hard to believe this thread has gotten this long. I remember back when it was started! Wow, welcome to you all and so glad you've joined us.

For those of you who do not know what Moderators do, we are the backbone of the Pastel forum, and keep you all busy with stuff to do :) Now off to discuss with Kate how to revamp the Pastel Library - hi, ho, hi, ho, it's off to work we go. See y'all.

03-07-2008, 01:39 PM
Hello everybody, and nice to SEE you all!!!!
I recently nested myself in the Pastel forum, and I hope to live here for a long time to come!
this is me, it's really winter in Toronto!

03-07-2008, 09:21 PM
Welcome, Adiro! :wave: Have seen some of your work (the pan pastel waterfall) - Nice.

Merethe T
03-08-2008, 06:40 PM
Hi Adiro, nice to meet you "in person"! ;) The snow looks kinda familiar, we've got our fair share up here too....gosh, I wish it was summer! LOL

See you around the forum! :)


03-09-2008, 12:00 AM
Thank you, we're just in the middle of another storm now! The snow record from 1938 was concquered this winter ( over 2 meters of snow for the season so far!)

K Taylor-Green
03-09-2008, 01:06 AM
Welcome Adiro! Right now, OHIO looks like Toronto. We got a blizzard the last couple of days. Been pretty hairy around here!
I am so glad you could bring your talent to our group, along with your pretty smile!

03-10-2008, 01:35 AM
Hi Everyone!

I just became a veteran! I had my 500th post, and decided it was about time I introduced myself.

I loved art as a child, and in high school I thrived with an excellent art teacher, printmaking, oil paints, weekly drawing assignments, batik, etchings, scratchboard. I continued art classes in College, where I met my husband in a sculpture class, bronzes, marble...

Life happened and I fell away from art. I have always needed something to keep myself busy in a crafty sense. I read books unlike anyone I know. I knit, and do needlepoint. I like to have something substantial to show for the time I spend.

I started working in pastels about two years ago at the prodding of my sister. She provided me with bits and pieces from her pastel collection, but I kept them in the garage collecting ....dust. Two years ago this June, my beloved mother-in-law passed away. I had sent my husband and children to Phoenix to be with her while I found someone to sit with our dogs. I was grieving tremendously, staring at my favorite oil painting my M-I-L painted. I wanted some sort of outlet for my grief, so I pulled out the dusties and painted a soul painting, a companion piece to my M-I-L's painting. This painting is my most precious. Tears and pastels don't usually mix, but they make this painting sing to me.

My sister and I meet once a year or so and do a pastel excursion. One Thanksgiving, we had my mom, my brother-in-law, my sister and I all doing the same still life setting in pastels. It was so fun. My mom is so old school (liquid mediums-oil/acrylics), she just doesn't get the pastel medium-she studied at Chicago Art institute. My brother-in-law is an artist and he now likes pastels too!

In June my sister and I are doing a workshop at the base of Mt Shasta with Stefan Baumann. He is an oil painter, but he said pastels are fine for his workshop as he will help us with value, temperature, composition. I am so looking forward to this trip!

I work for the State of Nevada. I help families in need find employment and training opportunities to assist them to self sufficiency. It is very rewarding, sort of like being a teacher and your students return after a few years to thank you. I feel I am doing a service for my community and for my country. There is tons of red tape, and some days I am totally stressed out. I love to have my pastels there for me when I get home to take me away....either that or a good book, or a calgon bath!:lol:

I have two teenagers, and this is why now I am able to find time to devote to my new pasttime-pastels! I have two border collies, and a loving supportive husband. We love to camp during the summer. I live 13 miles outside of Carson City Nevada. I get to see wild horses on my way to work! They are so majestic!

This thread is great, we get a chance to know one another better. Here is a picture taken last summer. I have since cut my hair short. As with everyone else here, I am usually the one behind the camera!


03-10-2008, 02:05 AM
nice to meet you, carol !! ... how wonderful that you live in such a setting as to see wild horses on your way to work !! ... reading your lovely post it did remind me that i said i'd post my self portrait, once done, rather than a picture ...


03-10-2008, 05:34 PM
Nice to "see you" Carol. Artwork is so good for the soul and you just proved it. When I focus on it, I can block out everything else and feel like I am using my hands to recreate beauty that God has already put here for us to enjoy.

03-12-2008, 11:13 AM
Carol, Nice to meet you!!!!
Violet, your self portrait is great!!! And the idea of posting a self portrait is awesome!
I painted myself only once for a painting class I took, and that canvas is in the garbage now ( how good it was) I;ll try again sometime when I am in the mood!

Maybe it would be great to have a thread on self portraits, what do you guys think? It cannot be me who starts it, because I don't have a self-portrait,
hei, Violet, this is a hint for you!:)

03-12-2008, 01:10 PM
thank you, adiro !! ... about a self portrait thread, there already are some !! ... i painted this one recently for the acrylics forum 2008 portrait challenge ... see http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=481788

and eventually i hope to paint another for the soft pastel forum portrait challenge ... see http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=467911

so there you are adiro !! ... arm yourself with your favourite medium and paint us a self portrait !! ... :):)

03-13-2008, 02:37 AM
Thanks for the warm welcoming!

Violet, thanks for doing my portrait....:) Uncanny how we look sort of alike! Aren't you the one who helped Mary Brigid get her pan pastels! That is so kind of you!

Harriet! Art is great for the soul! We are almost neighbors! Kathryn has a self portrait challenge going... http://wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=467911 that I am very very tempted to try.

Jim! WOW...your work is incredible! I love your web site. I also prefer plein air, I love the charge I get painting nature in the raw! It is such a challenge. I am new to it but each time I go I consider it a gift to be able to capture the living essence of things.

Merethe thank you so much for being our guide. Both our mods are up to their eyeballs in the dust over in the library, and I'm sure they appreciate the help! I so enjoy your art, please post more of your art!

Welcome Adi! You should be getting very jittery around now. I think you will be getting married any day now. Make sure you continue to make time for your art....how ever you decide to sign your name:lol:

I would like to take time to say hello to everyone in this thread personally but it would take forever. This is such a great community!


03-13-2008, 02:55 AM
hey carol ... yes indeedy ... i was the one who picked up the pan pastels for mary brigid ... you've got a good memory ... even i almost forgot that !! ... :lol: ... and what are friends for if not to help out? ... :) and we *do* sorta look alike, don't we? ... !!

03-13-2008, 09:48 AM
Thank you Carol! yes I get nervous, it's just the civil thing though ; I am more inclined to think that the religious ceremony is what really unites two people and what really matters; but I know that in the front of the law I'll be married this Sunday, uh, I hope it's in a lucky hour :)
Violet, thank you for the threads, I somehow overlooked them, and I really thought that I knew WC inside out! I had such a great time looking at all the artwork there, so many styles! Yes, I'll try a selfportrait once I get a good picture of me, I am too chicken to try it from life

03-13-2008, 10:48 PM

I'm new to this forum. I began doing art just within the last few months. I've been doing graphite drawings and colored pencil but I got some pastels in a set and tried them out the other night and I think I'm in love. I want to explore and learn but am not sure where to begin. I noticed the link for newbies and am reading that thread. Someone posted what look like demo links, but when I try to click them, I can't get to them as its says I'm not privileged.

Anyway, I live in CA and am 40 something. Divorced and my two daughters are grown and in their own homes now. . . so I have time to pursue creativity! I am so excited by art righ now and have filled a sketchbook and a half in the last few months. Its great to read about all of you and see your photos! I can't post those yet as this is only my second post and it tells me I can't.

03-14-2008, 03:00 AM
Hi all! I'm new to Wet Canvas so thought I'd post a photo of myself as well as a Pastel (over watercolor pencil) painting I recently completed. I've shown it at Scribble Talk so apologize to any who've already seen it there.

I just got back into art a bit over a year ago, after a 35-year hiatus. It's good to be back. I am struggling to learn how to handle pastels but am deterimined. I am happy with some of my colored pencil creations but many of them took WAY too long! I hope that I'll be able to work much more quickly in pastels.


Granville Pool
Redwood Valley, California

Merethe T
03-14-2008, 08:09 AM
Welcome to both of you, it's nice to meet you!

RainySea - take a look at the links in my signature, they'll teach you what you need to know to use all the features of WetCanvas, start with the beginner's guide and you'll be well on your way! Hope we get to see you in the forums soon! This is indeed a inspirational place....

Granville - seem to me you've got a firm handle of the pastels already, your painting is beautiful! Why don't you post in in a thread in the Pastel studio, we'd love to see it.....

Hope you enjoy WC both of you, see you on the boards! :)


03-14-2008, 09:28 AM
Hi my name is Nicky i am 47 years old, i am married to Graham and have 3 gorgeous children, Jessica 25, Carly 21 and Tom 17. I have become a grandmother twice in five months..In October Charlize was Born she is now 5 months old, last sunday the 9/3/08 my grandson was born his name is Christian. I am now over the moon with these two little rays of sunshine, now i know what everyone is talking about when they say its better being a grandmother than a mother..hehe..its sooooooooo true.. We live in Australia inland New South Wales. I started painting in april 07 had a break since Charlize was born and have just started back..:D


03-14-2008, 10:47 PM
Hi Nicky! Lucky you! No wonder you haven't been around too much! Enjoy your time with all of your children!

Welcome Granville, I agree with Merethe, you need to post that wonderful painting over in the pastel studio! Great job!

Hi RainySea, is CA-canada or california???? YEP sounds as if you've been bit by the bug! Lots to learn about that critter here! Welcome!


Little Dragon
03-22-2008, 12:18 AM
My name is Charles Hubbard (Chuck to my friends). Im 57 and not new to art, but fairly new to Pastels. My sister turned me on to it and I love it. I retired from the Navy after 23 years and went to college, got my degree in Graphic Design (although I dont work in the field). I guess you would call me a stay-at-home husband in todays PC world. I have one daughter and one eight year old grandson.


Merethe T
03-25-2008, 10:56 AM
Hi Nicky, nice to "see" you! :D

Hi Charles, welcome to the pastel forum! You know these dusty little fellows are higly addictive...;) I hope we get to see some of your work soon!


04-05-2008, 08:20 PM
I may be a bit late coming into this thread but I just wanted to add my bit :D It's so great to see and learn more about all you other artists.

I will be 33 years old this month on April 24 (looks like I share the same birthday as you Dorte :) ) I live in the lower South East of South Australia with my partner Jamie, we have been together for 15 years (we are not married). We have 3 children, Raine is 7 years old, Levi is 3 and a half years old and Summer is 4 months old. We have two dogs and two cats.

Before I began my family I worked for many years as a Graphic Designer for a horse magazine. I discovered I could paint in the year 2000 when I took up decorative painting. I discovered oil pastels in 2003 and soft pastels in 2004. These days I solely paint with pastels because I love them and they are so much easier with little ones around because I don't have to mix paints etc.

Other than painting I love to bellydance although I am a much better painter than I am a dancer. Here is my family ....


Merethe T
04-22-2008, 03:37 PM
Holley, so nice to see you here! You have a beautiful family, the cutest kids! You're a belly dancer too? I'm impressed! It looks so hard, I gave it a go once and by the laughs from my friends I figured I'd just leave it with the one try....I'll just stick to playing music and leave the dancing to others,lol!


04-23-2008, 03:58 AM
Thank you Merethe! Lets just say I 'TRY' to belly dance but I am a bit out of practice since having my baby girl. I hope to get back into it properly again sometime in the future :)

04-23-2008, 01:52 PM
Hello all... it looks like it was a while since anyone else jumped into this discussion, but thought it would be worth doing anyway. I am new to pastels... the image I have picked for my Avatar was my first pastel painting done during a couple of sessions of art-class. I really liked the experience so have decided to 'give it a go' more intensely. It is VERY different than watercolour which I am more used to.

Look forward to meeting many if not all of you in the future :wave:

Merethe T
04-23-2008, 02:51 PM
Welcome to the dusty side, Patricia - it's nice to meet you! Nice painting! Pastels is a wonderful medium, but be warned - it's highly addictive! :D
If you're new to pastels I recommend our thread for newbies to pastels, here's a link (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=392571) to it. Lots of useful information!

See you around the forum! :)


04-24-2008, 12:04 AM
Hi Patricia!!!

Welcome !!!!:)

There is so much to learn here from everyone. Hopefully we can learn a bit from you too! Please share, and don't be shy!! Post some of your art in the Pastel Studio! I learn from everyone from the beginner to the most advanced.


04-26-2008, 11:40 PM
Hello all, I just joined a few days ago. I had not seriously done any art in about 20 years..until I read an article in the AJC about a daily painter...she is an active member here. She inspired me so much that I contacted her and she said she was going to teach a class. I have been doing pastels for about 3 weeks, and 2 weeks ago I decided to become a Daily painter as I really want to improve.

I love pastels It is so the medium for me. I love being able to finish a project in 30 minutes if I choose. I posted today maybe I should slow down, but that may mean I don't start.

Anyway, I am 42, I lived in South Jersey for 41 of those years until I moved to the Atlanta area last year.

I am married, have 2 boys (7 and 9) and I work at home full time.

Please stop by my blog..it is only 2 weeks old, but I would love some visitors.


04-26-2008, 11:41 PM

Here is my blog! I didn't have 2 posts before...

Merethe T
04-27-2008, 07:58 AM
Hi Abbe, welcome to the Pastels forum! We're glad you joined us.:)
Nice blog, with a paste like that you'll grow hips and bounds as a pastelist!
Don't hesitate posting in the Studio, it's a great way to learn - people are nice and generous in here. :)


Shirl Parker
04-27-2008, 05:24 PM
Hi everybody. I'm Shirl and I have been hanging around here for awhile, but I'm not painting much right now with pastels. I'm kind of fickle when it comes to mediums, doing Oil Pastels, Watercolors and Acrylics. I took a pastel workshop last year, but I sneezed afterwards for two weeks. Then I did a pan pastel recently, and I'm scheduled for a visit with Donna A in June. I live in Brownsville Texas with my best girl Pearl, a Jack Russell Terrier, or as I call her, my person in a fur suit. It's a big joke, here come the girls, Pearl and Shirl. I'm not sure they know which of us is which.

Pat Isaac
04-27-2008, 06:52 PM
Welcome, Shirl. A lot of us OPers posted in the early rounds of this thread as we were all together then. Have a great visit with Donna A.


04-27-2008, 09:15 PM
Hi Everyone
Ive not worked much in pastels until recently,trying out landscapes and still lifes, trying to work in a different way than i am used to. I mainly work with coloured pencils and graphite working at portraits of the human kind lol and animal - well i try my best anyway!..
My name is Tracey i am 34 years young, living in Lancashire, England, married to my childhood sweetheart Steven. We have two great kids called Charlotte (15) & Anthony (13). I work at our local hospital as a Physiotherapy assistant working mainly with chronic pain patients.
I loved drawing as a child but from leaving school at 16 never did any drawing or painting. Abt 3 yrs ago i joined my local amateur art group and have not looked back since.
i look forward to posting my work and hopefully you guys will point me in the right direction with all your wonderful talent and knowledge
best wishes oh and below is my mug shot lol!!!!

Merethe T
04-28-2008, 04:09 PM
Hi Shirl and Rowey! Welcome to the Pastels forum! :wave:
Nice to meet you both, I hope to see you in the Pastel Studio and/or Pastel Talk, we'll get you hooked on pastels in no time... :D
Pastels are highly addictive, and fun! Have you seen our Pastel newbie thread? Lots of useful tips and hints this link (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=392571) will take you right there.

See you in the threads! :)


05-09-2008, 04:58 PM
hello again, all ... as a subscriber to robert genn's twice weekly newsletter which i find very interesting and often thought provoking, i feel compelled to share his most recent piece as i feel it describes, at long last, the type of artist i feel i am and perhaps many others might feel similarly ... i am just so thankful for having it put into words so eloquently and informatively ... here are his words ...

Heuristic (pronounced hyu-RIS-tik) comes from the Greek "heuriskein" meaning "to discover." The heuristic process means achieving some desired result by intelligent guesswork rather than by systematic formula. Generally used in the fields of invention, computer science, psychology and law, examples of its use would be "seat of the pants," and "trial and error." Heuristic thinking generally results in reasonably close solutions. The benefits are speed and expediency.

The daily act of creating art is full of it. Here's an example: To choose the colour and tone value of the light part of the sky, the colour chosen can be seen as correct only when the rest of the colours around it are applied. Thus, when applying a sky early on, an artist must make a heuristic decision to commit to an approximate sky colour. The artist then has the choice of leaving it and remaining true to the first guess, or modifying it, perhaps many times. Heuristics can apply when artists are looking for both realistic and imaginary truth.

Some media, such as oil or watercolour, require a deadly eye and knowledgeable commitment. "Forgiving" media such as acrylic and pastel are modified more readily. Here are a few ideas for squeezing value from heuristics in any media:

Start anywhere.Accept "nearly right" to get going.Forgo early accuracy and precision.Let early strokes determine later ones.Assume a solution and try working backwards.Of two solutions, choose the simplest.Move forward on incomplete information.Think smart rather than laborious.Use intuition and go directly to the outcome.Trust your instincts.

One needs a sense of discovery and a willingness to go with the educated guess, without falling too much into tried-and-true habit. In other fields the conventional wisdom is sometimes referred to as "bias." Heuristic painters rethink their systems to free up natural flow and avoid bias. Artists who find themselves stuck, bogged down or habitually obsessive might consider giving some of these ideas a spin. It's not that perfection is left behind, but rather a new kind of perfection is found.

Best regards, Robert

in all his words, i resemble *by the seat of the pants* and *trial and error* the most and appreciate the heuristic label as to what kind of artist i feel i am ... and so thought this thread the best thread to share his words ...

leah ... aka violet

06-28-2008, 06:24 PM

This is deep. Some great thoughts to ponder.

Thanks for sharing


07-31-2008, 11:46 AM
Hi everyone I'm new here. I just joined last night but I'm one of those jump right in kinda people so I thought I'd introduce myself.

I'm 26. I've been happily married to my wonderful husband Darrell for a year and a half now... but we have been together for over 6 years. We are expecting our first child in November. We both love animals we have 5 cats. Chaos, Doobie, Mokey, Radar, and Storm. We have 4 Whites Tree Frogs Mulder, Doggit, Noel, and Blizzard.
We live in beautiful Prince Edward Island, Canada. I've lived here my whole life, Darrell was born here, moved to Nova Scotia and moved back two years before we got together.

I love anything to do with art. I've been telling people I wanted to be an artist since I was 2 years old. I must admit though I've been ignoring it way too much lately and I vow to get back into it. I must say I've been doing pretty good lately. The doctor put me off work until the baby is born and I made a rule that I had to do at least 2 hours of something that had to do with art a day. I think I've been doing well.
I also love movies and reading.
I've never traveled much but I hope to someday make it to Australia.

I have been working with pastels since 1998.... again not as much as I should have been and I kick myself every day for letting myself stray from art... No more I'm back LOL. I've found this wonderful group... (support group lol) to help me stay inspired. I also really love Acrylic painting, and pencil drawing. I'd love to get into color pencil and maybe even water color painting.

So here is a picture of me I'm on the left in the burgundy top.

Paula Ford
07-31-2008, 01:46 PM
Hi Phyllis, Nice to meet you!

Well, you have definately found the most wonderful spot...WC is the greatest place. Please join us in the Soft Pastel Studio where you can post your paintings and here in Pastel Talk just to chat and talk about pastel art. There is lots going on so please feel free to just jump right in.


Merethe T
08-01-2008, 08:54 AM
Hi Phyllis, nice to meet you! I think you'll love it here....

Seems like many artists also love animals, I know a lot of the members here do...I have two cats, Lucas and Zorro (who in no way have any likeness to the man at all, he's just got black fur...apart from that he's the kind that will sit down and smell a butterfly, mouse or flower with friendly interest - I'm not sure he's even aware he is a cat...;) ), and an American Akita named Memphis. We've had a few disputes in the house, but they're getting along fine now.

See you around the boards!


08-01-2008, 09:24 AM

I'm sorry for my late introduction - I introduced me in a general WC thread and didn't notice that I!'d better do it here.

Okay, I'm Martina from northern Germany.


I was born in 1961, live together with my hubby, 8 cats, 2 dogs and 2 greyparrots in a very small rural village.
I and try to protect nature and the reason for our little zoo is - we often "find" kittens, just some days old whose mother has been killed by a car or so. Also the dogs had some different owners before.

I started two and a half year ago learning to draw (self-tought with a lot books). I wanted to paint but thought it would be better to learn drawing first.
After a while I recovered CPs again. My grandpa was a hobby CP painter and as a little child we often sat together and painted - he used his artist pencils and I with my crayons. After his death I stopped drawing and painting and forgot everything about it. *lol

However - some weeks ago I stumbled over a Colin Bradley video about pastel pencils and was thrilled.
I had a set of 24 cheap Koh-I-Noor pastel pencils and liked that. then it wasn't enough and I bought a small set of soft-pastels, also K-I-N. They are okay, but now - knowing Schminckes, Derwents (3 sticks *lol*) and Jaxells I'm addicted to pastels.

08-02-2008, 03:58 PM
:wave: Hi folks,

Guess I should drop a short bio...some people call me Caput, but my real name is Sonni (spelled however you like). I'm getting to be older than dirt, but don't act it and stay away from those who do.

In the '60s I was a political activist. Some folks said I was a hippie. I got divorced, and let my hair grow long.

In the '70s I graduated from UC Davis with a degree in mud and paint. I produced some pretty off-the-wall ceramic sculpture, and learned to paint the figure like Wayne Thiebaud (who taught there). I won a purchase award from the College of San Mateo for one ceramic piece, and I'd like it back.

In the '80s I had to get a real job and art was shuffled into the closet. I continued to be creative, though, writing, editing, layout, tin cupping, and organizing events.

In the '90s I joined the backpack section of the Bay Area Sierra Club, became a leader and hauled waffle stompers into the wilderness at very high elevations, and became an environmentalist.

In 2000 I was forced to retire (hand and arm injuries from too much computer work) and moved to my cabin in the low Sierra. After going through a couple of years of total hell, I started messing around with pastels in 2004.

I now have disc degeneration in an arthritic spine, cook and eat gourmet meals, drink margaritas, enjoy a fantastic view, and behave badly at times. But there's drawing and painting and I love it.


Or on a better day:

08-02-2008, 04:38 PM
Hey Sonni, nice to meet you. I think we are from the same generation. At least I did a little bad things ( those days it was bad ) such as participating in things against Vietnam war, or drinking beer.
Today its different, I still do it and no one says anything. I used to tell my son when he was only a kid : .-hey you behave well, but not too much, it might be boring-, my family almost had a fit. Now I tell it to my grandson who is so young he cant understand me, but he will someday.
Take care and wellcome to wetcanvas

08-10-2008, 02:05 AM
Hi Ceci...oh, yeah, I was a Vietnam war protester--designed posters for the marchers. And I drank and inhaled whatever was going around just to try it out. Big Brother and the Holding Company and the Greatful Dead came out of my neck of the woods. Life was pretty wild in the 60s and 70s. What the heck happened? Did we get old?

08-29-2008, 09:33 AM
Hey Sonni, is that drawing a self portrait? Made me smile.

For me the 60's was about being a young bride and dealing with 2 babies. I really was too young for that, but in spite of it all, my 2 sons grew up into fabulous young men. The 70's for me was about divorce and the women's movement in which I participated with gusto. I met my second husband in 1978.

Today, I live near the ocean on Maryland's Eastern Shore. We have a motor home and would like to travel full time in it, but we would have to sell our home first. (Not the best time to do that right now.)

I picked up painting seriously after I retired about 2 years ago. I don't have any art school training. I just take a lot of classes and workshops. I've also become active in our local art league. I've been doing pastels for about a year.

09-11-2008, 07:43 PM
I started to read this during my lunch break at my desk and an hour and a half later I finished, and got nothing done at work:eek: I am also new to WC but am hooked. I read and look at websites and read about technique and just let everything sink in. I am 51 years old have lived in Washington State my entire life, I grew up in a small town about 50 miles north of Seattle, and my father was a farmer, so greatly enjoyed my growing up years. I'm a graduate of Washington State Univ. with a BA in Fine Arts and a minor in Secondary Education. My goal was to find a job as an Art Teacher in a high school, but I met my husband my Senior year and we married two years later. He got into the Architecture program, (3 more years) so I was living in Pullman as a student and then a substitute teacher for 8 years. After he graduated, 1983, we moved back to the West side of the State to Kirkland and have lived here ever since. We started a family, I became a stay at home mother for the next 8 years, which I truly loved. When in Pullman I picked up a book on Pine Needle Weaving and started to weave baskets (pine needles were free for the taking and rafia is inexpensive so it fit into our budget), and for quite a while I sold my baskets at art fairs, through galleries, and now I make a couple a year and donate to local charities. We have two children Ryan 25 (a graphic artist/food photographer) and Shayna 23, a Marketing/PR Director for a Retirement Living facility. We have one grandson Bryden who is 8 months old, a total sparkle in our lives. We have a dog, Kirby, a 10 year old yellow Lab. We have our own Architecural Firm and I am the Office Administrator, Bookkeeper, Go-Pher, Janitor, etc. .......my husband hired me 18 years ago temporary.:lol: And I believed him.:rolleyes: We have gone from 3 people to 14 in our office. Both kids were very involved with sports growing up and through college so we were traveling everywhere for what seems a very long time, but great fun. My husband has always been involved be it local politics, chamber prez., hospital foundation board, and a founding member of the Kirkland Concour d' Elegance and Chair of the Event, I was a Little League Board VP, the Neighborhood Assoc. Sec. so we keep ourselves very active in the community. I always wanted to do pastel but did not have the time, or back when we were first married the money to afford the sticks or paper, hence, baskets. Now that our kids are out of college and living on their own, I decided it was my turn and I took my first class from Peggy B, have taken two sessions and hope to start our 3rd this coming Tuesday if a few more people sign up.:( This has been a great experience getting back into Art in a different medium and WHAT A MEDIUM IT IS. I'll try and upload a photo but all the ones I have are too big so I am doing the reduction all wrong but if it works, Great. The Photo is of my daughter and I at last years Concour event.

09-28-2008, 11:25 PM

This photo is "The Two Sides of a Writer" by Kitten42, my daughter, who's Kitten42 on a number of sites. I don't think she's found her way to WetCanvas yet. I don't often like getting my picture taken, but this one came out well. I actually look a bit better now since I was sick when she took this, but had good lighting.

I'm 54, live with Kitten and my beloved son in law Karl, my two grandkids, two year old Boy and four year old Sascha (girl). They have two large dogs, one adolescent Siberian Husky Zoe, one large Australian Shepherd puppy Ayla. Kitten has a new little cat, Gemini, who's absolutely tiny. She's a tortie with a split down the middle of her face and whole body, different markings at random on either side and big green eyes. Motorboat purr and much snuggling from Gemmi, who loves everyone, even the kids. My cat is Ari Cat, a 12lb longhair colorpoint seal point, eight years old, professional muse and shedder of Cat Hairs of Inspiration.

I noticed reading the other posts that the number of cats represented in this forum may well outnumber the humans in it! Not surprising, living with cats is good for creativity and they all shed plenty of Cat Hairs of Inspiration.

I discovered pastel in my thirties when I quit working normal jobs and started living on art in New Orleans. It occurred to me that working in pastel would be a lot like colored pencils, but larger and looser, so I could finish faster. Say, within the amount of time the average tourist was willing to sit still to have his or her portrait done. Thus I went from doing slow graphite or colored pencils portraits from photo references to life drawings of people and a new medium all at once.

I've since drifted away from portraiture toward doing animals and wilderness scenes, and I had some periods of time when I was art-blocked and burned out, didn't even want to draw at all. Some bad experiences toward the end in New Orleans when I was losing my health and accepting bad clients for commissions were the reason for the long art hiatus, but I rediscovered pastels on and off after I started drawing again for a hobby.

Using an art career as a day job while building a writing career is not exactly practical, since both take dedication. So I picked a direction to get professional in and then it came full circle, as I started writing art instruction articles online -- very often returning to soft pastel or hard pastel for my demonstrations.

I love the medium. I missed doing pastels and started getting some again and using them for various gift pieces, for-sale pieces and most of all bright cool artworks to liven up my walls that are actually visible across the room instead of needing a magnifier to tell what it is. Pastels support themselves and sometimes also support mediums that haven't paid for themselves yet too.

I'm trying things now that I always wanted to do and hadn't thought of during my portraits period, and that is turning into a grand journey! After all these years I've finally figured out how to use the bright colors in the box to make things look natural!

george c martins
10-14-2008, 12:39 PM
Hi everyone

I'm 37 years old, done on 09/26. Born in Mozambique, before the Independence War. On 1974, my parents and I, had to refuge in South Africa, Pretoria.

Then, my father manage to get a job in Vanderbjilpark and off we went. Did my primary school at Oliver Lodge Primary School, since my 6 years till 13 years, where at the age 6, start to show my drawing qualities, which fascinated the Principal of the school...left there paintings on the Principal's Hall.

In the year 1983, my parents thought that it should be better to come to Portugal...(thought...didn't asked if I wanted....)

And since then I'm still in Portugal, living in Lisbon. Took a workshop on ceramics in 1994, first in grades....took several jobs, including in a museum and then things got little down (ceramic crisis).

So, fighting to stuggle my life, I change my life 360º and took the police way...yep I'm a COP, that paints on my spair hours.

I'm married to a fantastic wife whose in fact my inspairation and model. Have a daughter who I can't stop painting her....she's now nearly four years old, and she LOVEs to use my brushes....eh eh eh...


10-18-2008, 10:20 PM
Sharon, Robert and George - I am so glad I looked on here tonight. After seeing your names and works all over the place, it is good to put a face on them. From all of you and others, it is seen that art is definitely a journey and a very interesting and fulfilling journey. (Robert the writer, please excuse all the "ands."):lol: My story is way back on one of the earlier pages.

Looking forward to more conversation in the forums. God bless you all,

WC Lee
10-18-2008, 11:26 PM
This is the most recent picture I got (which is about 3 or 4 years ago and probably the only one for the pass 10 years) that a customer took while at work. Figured its about time I get brave and post my mug on here :D


Anyhow, I am 43, born in Hong Kong and immigrated to the United States with my parents and sister when I was 5 years old. My interest in art began around the same time and continued drawing with pencil and pen & ink until I was seventeen years old at which time I started working full time. For the next 25 years, art was shoved to the back of the closet and did not see the light of day until August of 2006 when I stumbled onto WetCanvas.com and ConceptArt.org while surfing the web. I have work in the food service industry since I was 17 years old and probably held every possible position from the kitchen to management. In 2005, I enrolled in college to pursue an Associates in CIS, programming track and recently graduated with a 3.84 GPA :) Now, I have to find a good job to justify the expense of getting my Associates.

The first year back into art was rough having to relearn all the things that I once knew (anatomy, line control, rendering, etc), it was especially frustrating knowing what I was once capable of and not being able to get satisfactory results but I pushed on. Started getting into colors after that first year, beginning with acrylics then to oils then to pastels over the course of one year. Now I play with all three mediums jumping back and forth :D The biggest hurdle I currently have is learning to work bigger as most of my stuff is 8 x 10 or smaller (mostly smaller) :D

10-18-2008, 11:41 PM
Thanks, IdahoHat. I never correct anyone else's English. Don't mistake fiction writers for English teachers. lol -- I gave mine so many headaches ...

Great to see you, WC! I love your art, it's cool to see you and find out more about you too.

11-03-2008, 02:31 PM
Hi, I am Terri.

I have other designations such as Major So and So's wife and Jillian & Paul's Mom and taxi driver but just Terri is the preferred one.

I move in 3-5 year cycles on a regular basis and with Dave's promotion, the cycles will be getting shorter. So that means having to build connections to the local community on a regular basis. Having a community that exists no matter where I am is a good thing. Sometimes it gets tiring to get re-established. I am at the stage of life where things do tend to rotate around my family and I need some pure Terri time, which tends to be my art practice.

I was in my fourth year of an external BFA from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design out of Vancouver but we moved and I can't finish until I get some face to face time. They do offer 6 week intensive summer courses but I can't justify the upheaval and cost to finish it. I just sit with my fingers crossed that we will get posted back to Comox, BC. Last year, I did 3 online courses per semester and found it really isolating. This year I am taking the year off to paint and play more.

Playing involves hockey, squash and in the summer slo-pitch and white water kayaking (of which I started because I was turning 40 and needed to scare myself). I dislike getting pigeon-holed into middle age female boxes, so I work on abusing that notion by doing the unexpected.

Art wise I am trying to work in blocks of time where I can set up my studio for a medium and indulge myself without rearranging my studio on a daily basis. This current time block is devoted to pastels. Printmaking and oil painting (with still a desire to do some watercolour) are my other focuses. The pastel doesn't mix well with the others, mess-wise, so hence the time blocks.

My original background is science and I used to work at the U of A before getting married and moving around. My kids were born on opposite ends of the country on islands. The oldest in Newfoundland and the youngest on Vancouver Island, which is quite ironic as my husband and I were born in the same hospital in AB.

I am enjoying seeing everyone's work and getting feedback from them. I talk almost as much as I type but I rarely get a word in edgewise with the kids.

That's me in a nutshell, the extended version can get tedious.

Take care,

11-03-2008, 04:32 PM

Is the location I am using to keep track of current pastel work, otherwise my record keeping system is rather lax.

11-14-2008, 11:07 PM
Hi Sharon! Boy would I love to learn how to do those pine needle baskets! Great skill!!! You are going to love pastels, especially with PeggyB being your mentor!

Hi Robert! It's good to see you!!!! lol. I wish you luck with your writing. You are such a great addition to this community.
WC!!! HI YA! after reading so many of your posts it's like I've known you a long time, and it's really interesting finding out some of the personal stuff too. I also worked in the food and bev for 23 years (all Las Vegas) Lots of interesting characters, and you do such great portraits, would love to see some of your more interesting customers...

Welcome to WC George! I looked at your blog and you have done some wonderful stuff. Those sculptures look interesting. What stone are they? Nice pastel work. If I lived in Lisbon, I sure would feel safe knowing a cop like you!

Welcome Terri. You have an active and colorful life. Those are some nice pastels on facebook. Hope you have fun this year! And hope you can get stationed back in Comox to finish your degree.

Nice to meet you all!


12-13-2008, 11:06 PM
I am pretty new here, but this is me:

I am 16 years old. Until about 2-3 years ago, I never really practiced drawing. I mean, I was always very creative and artistic in general but never really knew exactly what art represented. About 2 years ago, I felt a desperate need to express myself in this world, in some way. So I bought a whole bunch of different art materials. Acrylic paint tubes, black china ink, cheap soft pastels, oil pastels, sketching kits...

I experienced a little with them, and as soon as I held that cheap dark blue soft pastel, I was in love. Since then, I knew that this was where I belonged. For the past year, I've been buying higher-quality pastel sticks, experiencing with different brands and trying to improve as much as I possibly can.

As much as art is so incredibly important to me, I want to become a psychologist. I want to be there for people the way I would have liked someone to be there for me, in the past 6 years of my life. I also want to paint with pastels as a job on the side.

This is my last year of high school and I cannot wait to get out of here. I hate it here. I don't belong or fit in but at the same time, I don't even want to. I like being a little different, a little more mature than others.

I am a very profound person. I don't judge a book by its cover. I write some "things" I would like to call poetry. When someone talks, I truly listen. I care too much. I worry too much. I am very, very complicated. I am my own worst critic. But I am very friendly, I have to say. :)


12-13-2008, 11:45 PM
Joelle, you look great. Thanks for posting the picture!

12-14-2008, 11:48 AM
Joelle, nice to meet you. University will be a whole new can of worms. Independence, a whole new range of people in which you can find friends with similar interests and sometimes some lifelong friends. Good luck with your plans and your pastels.

12-14-2008, 12:54 PM
Terri is right, Joelle. University is a lot better than high school. You'll be surprised at how much free time you have to pursue art or work a side job -- and you're already skilled enough that you may not need to get a side job other than doing portraits. I've seen what you're doing in the portraits class, you're as good as I was when I started doing street portraiture.

Don't worry about fitting in during high school. No one I have ever known has actually fit in during high school. I'm not kidding. There is this big illusion that high school society is about fitting in, but it's actually composed of large numbers of confused insecure people all pretending to fit in.

It may be hardest for people who are more mature because so many others are just trying things out. Their social presence is a facade like a suit of clothes, something they're trying on to see if it fits. Someone you know can turn out to be someone completely different a month later -- and be real and honest in both social roles.

Life will get better as soon as you reach college. For one thing, I did take psychology though I decided after four years not to go through with grad school because I'm not cut out for actual therapy, taking care of people. Psychology classes are a hoot. Watch out for the ones that ought to be subtitled "Practical Jokes in the Name of Science."

They're fun and give a refreshing view of human nature that's done me well as an author. Anthropology is another good subject to combine with it, because anthropology can help eliminate one of the biggest problems many therapists have: distinguishing cultural factors from pathological problems. Someone from a different culture can believe and act on things that would be unhealthy within Western culture. That makes therapy more a matter of teaching diplomacy than trying to change the client's outlook on life.

Also, when you get to become a therapist, keep an eye out for physical factors. I can't tell you the number of therapists who thought I had low self esteem because I can't sit up straight. It's just my crooked back, my body language is way off because of a crooked skeleton - but I found out much later on that some of my physical symptoms are common indicators for major problems I've never had in my life.

Heh, this is enough advice for one post even though I trimmed it. I hope rather than boring you and sounding pedantic, I just gave you some cool things to think about and find your own direction with. Therapists are sorely needed in this world. Life often has an inhuman pace. Levels of stress go way beyond what's healthy for anyone in most situations.

Good luck on everything you're doing. I'm very glad to meet you here.

12-14-2008, 01:20 PM

Hi, All!
Just checking in to read about new WC friends.
I need to check back to this thread more frequently!
Welcome to all the recently posted friends and old friends, too!
WC is such a renewing, inspiring place to talk, learn, smile, laugh, and sometimes cry! :heart: And the Pastel Forum is especially terrific!

If you don't want to wade back among the hundreds of bios:
I am Elsie Wilson, three years retired from 43 years teaching elementary students in the public schools. My husband is just retiring from a career in mathematics teaching. Our teaching has taken us all around the US: Madison, Wisconsin to Lexington, Virginia to San Jose, California and full circle to Madison, Wisconsin in 1990. We now live out in the countryside from there (Fitchburg) at our home that we affectionately call: "Tree Henge" because it is surrounded by trees. I love seeing the sun rise and set among them!

Having been raised in a family with a mother who was an artist, I early took to drawing, painting etc. I studied some art in college, but then teaching, motherhood and Life just filled up the time!:lol: So I tended to express that side of my life in graphite, colored pencil etc and other non-messy media!

One of my pledges in retiring was to set up a studio, take some classes, and paint, paint, paint! I mainly do pastel and watercolor.

Other aspects of my life include music (violin, piano, a bit of harp and a bit of cello!), genealogy and family history, and quilting....did I need more? NO, but hey that is the way it goes!

I have two wonderful grandchildren, by our two wonderful daughters: Megan who is finishing high school and aiming at college and little Ben, 14 months old, just starting life! Ben is our little miracle: he was born almost completely deaf. At one year he received a coclear implant and now is busy rapidly catching up on language, loves music and the world of sound! Such is the blessing of modern medical technology!

I was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, grew up in Zanesville, Ohio. I'm Elsie Wilson, but listed here as "ElsieH"....That's my Irish coming through! Elsie Hickey Wilson....Typical US born and raised, but German, French, Dutch, English and Irish!...even a small pinch of Norwegian in the mix, too!:lol:

A recent joy has been trailing my Irish: Hickey, Hennessey and Flaherty ancestors back to Peterborough, Ontario, Canada and then to Co. Cork, Ireland. The joys of genealogy mean finding family again and finding that distant cousin is an artist, too!:lol: :heart:

12-15-2008, 06:11 PM
Aww Terri and Robert, thank you for your comments!

About the whole psychology thing... the only problem for me is that I don't know whether I should work with children/teenager or adults. I would rather work with kids, because I find that they are the ones most "in need" of company and friendship and a place to open up. But I don't know WHERE and HOW, because I doubt that many parents would send their children to some psychologist/therapist and also I don't think it would be enough of a high-paying career. I guess I'll figure it out along the way though...

Elsie, wow, it's amazing that you got the chance to travel across the US because of your career! Most teachers only teach at a one or two schools during their lifetime. How come you had such an opportunity?

12-16-2008, 12:08 AM
My travels as I lived and taught were basically, because I'm married to a math professor! :heart:
I was born in Erie, PA, family from PA and upstate NY, and grew up in Zanesville, Ohio, were my father's work at GE company took him.
I went to Ohio Wesleyan University, where I met my hubby, Bob.
After graduation and getting married, we went off to Univ. of Wisconsin in Madison, WI, where he was in grad school in math and I was teaching. After he got is PhD he joined the faculty and I still taught elementary. Then we went off to Lexington, Va, where he taught at Washington and Lee Univ. and I had the delightful privilege to teach 30 miles up in the mountains. While I enjoyed the lovely families, their children and the scenery, I was giving either first or second generation litrary to my students. They taught me and I taught them!:heart: :heart: :heart:
Then we did the huge leap over to California. What a change! Bob worked in computer and software design and I taught at a private school.
All this was between 1975 when we left Madison and then in 1990 we made it full circle to come back to Madison, Wisconsin, Bob to teach once again at UW and I to teach in suburban school system. About 10 years ago, we moved from Madison out into the countryside a few miles. I guess you can say I "hitched a ride with my hubby!":lol: Wither thou goest....
It was been wonderful to be in various places. But, we are delighted to be back here, too. Our daughter Kathy and her family live in Madison, which is another good reason to stay put here! :clap:

01-04-2009, 01:06 AM
Hi there...

This thread is great...i just found it and i see it's been going on for many months, so i guess i'll tell you a bit about myself now that i've become more active on WC.

My name is Annette Barcenas, i'm 37, single, and i literally fell in love with pastels one year ago. I'm hooked and i won't let go! There...that's my artist statement right there.

I was born and raised in Panama, the Republic, and have lived here all my life except for one year back in 1995 when i lived in beautiful Aruba on a work assignment. Panama is a small (population 3 million) but very cosmopolitan country in central america, located between Costa Rica and Colombia. Because of historical ties with the U.S. if you come to Panama you will notice a lot of american influence here. Spanish is our native tongue, but english is widely spoken, particularly in business venues.

My favorite activity in the whole world is to spend time with my niece and newphews...they are just a breath of fresh air every single time...so we have developed a very close bond...

About my day job...I am a partner in a well-known law firm in my country, so that takes up a lot of my time...This causes me to have to paint very late at night and during weekends, but it's worth it since i just love pastels. I wish i had discovered them earler in my life, but i guess it's never too late...i'm just trying to catch up quickly and better organize myself so that i can have more quality time for art.

I recently moved to a new apartment, and that's where i built my art studio. I'm thrilled about the new place and the studio...it's a perfect setting for me. And as a bonus, i live 5 minutes away from work, so that saves me a lot of traffic time (which means, time saved that i can use for pastels!).



01-04-2009, 08:57 AM
Hi Annette...pleased to meet you...my husband & I were stationed in Panama for 3 years, back in the '60s. He was in the army Band ststioned at Ft. Amador. We absolutely loved it there! Our quarters were right at the entrance to the canal, so we could see the ships as they passed by.
Joelle, glad you found us also....keep up the good work...

01-04-2009, 02:35 PM
Joelle and Annette, so pleased to meet you both, and 'hear' the passion for art in your typing 'voices'.

I've successfully avoided writing about myself in this thread for a year and a half... but, OK, I feel the "peer pressure"... sort'a... :-)

Born in 1958 in Sweden, parents immigrants from Finland. So I kind of grew up bilingual, even though we spoke Swedish at home. Father was from the Swedish speaking minority of Finland, and mother needed to learn, and I needed to be good at Swedish. I was a bit of a precocious child, teaching myself to read at a very early age. I've not looked up from books since, and am terribly nearsighted because of it. I lack the sports gene, and being a know-it-all combined with thick glasses and later braces, well, I wasn't the most popular girl in school. Didn't mind much, as I lived in a Magical World, where...

... I read wonderful books, drew and painted, sung, played instruments. In a working-class neighbourhood. Yes, I listened to a different drummer, taking a narrow path leading into the unknown.

Father was an excellent draftsman, and painted in a 1930s to 50s manner, and talked about LeCorbusier and Picasso. I was around 14 when he took me to the Modern Museum to see a large exhibition of Salvador Dalí. Strange paintings, and little me examining them and trying to figure out how he did them. It was glorious, and later I've discovered that I do like his technique, but not his motifs. I fell in love with one painting, though, one indicative of the art of earlier times, which became later my great love.

Here is the Dalí, called something like "Exploded Raphaelesque":

I fell for the exquisiteness of the image, not the fragmentation as such.

So I started to learn about the great painters, borrowing books at the library. (My usual first thought is to find a book about anything.) Then followed a troublesome period, when my parents divorced, and at 17 I had to get a job to support myself, and had to put plans of becoming a scientist on the shelf.

I still painted with crayons now and then, but mostly I drew in graphite. Then I was in some circles that were interested in discovering culture, not just looking or listening, but to actually *do*. One of the guys gave a class on painting in oils, and I joined. (I'd painted with my father, but oils didn't really 'take'.) That was the starting point for me of persuing art more seriously. I took numerous evening classes (for amateurs, taught by artists).

Later I met my Husband, and when we'd married he encouraged me to study at the university, which I did -- Art History. Wonderful lessons: 2 hours of lectures, four times a week, where we sat in a darkened hall watching slides of the most wonderful paintings in the world. Can it get better? (Did excellently, btw, was 2nd or 3rd of that year. You *can* teach new tricks to old adult dogs.)

Being too much a 'free spirit' for the politics of the academia, I quit in order to paint. I felt a burning desire to create, to paint. I took a serious daytime class in art, preparing for college level, but decided to not apply, as college didn't teach the craft, only the myth of the angry and provocative artist.

Then I found the tradition of Charles Hawthorne, Henry Hensche, and Susan Sarback, and went to the US to study for the latter.

Been painting since, but have switched to pastels, because I love them more. Gotta love them, as I have to import most of my materials.

And most of my pastel journey is recorded on WC. And the wonderful artists in this Soft Pastel forum have taught me all I know, so thank you!

Charlie (Student of WetCanvas "College", possibly nearing graduation :D )

01-04-2009, 05:01 PM
Charlie - I'd say you've earned a master's degree!


01-04-2009, 05:25 PM
Judibell: Glad to hear you lived in Panama and that you enjoyed it...it's changed quite a bit since the 60's...for the better! You need to come back and visit! I'm sure you will like it even more. This picture of the bay area gives you an idea of how it looks today!

Charlie: I already was a fan of your work, and now i understand the passion behind it... that emotion really shows in your work. Thanks for sharing!


01-27-2009, 11:49 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Jan-2009/166550-Sunflowersi.JPG By way of introduction - I'm recently retired and live in Central Alberta. I've had an interest in art (and art history) for ever but never really had the time to indulge. Picked up a paintbrush on retirement to try my hand at oil painting and earlier this month picked up a set of pastels to give the medium a try - this is my first attempt.

01-27-2009, 12:08 PM
welcome ian !! ... prepare yourself for a wonderful, challenging, but thoroughly enjoyable pastime and experience here at wetcanvas !! ... your first painting exhibits creativity and an eye for composition ... you'll do very well as you experiment in the two mediums you've chosen ... they may compliment each other in that oil painting, unless ala prima is your objective (wet in wet usually completed in one sitting), takes time, whereas pastels generally take less time ... while waiting for one, another can be worked upon ... again, welcome and all the best to you ... i look forward to seeing your works ...

01-27-2009, 05:32 PM
Hey Ian,
Since you are in central AB, look at Red Deer College's summer series for week long workshops. I did pastels with Susan Woolgar and Impressionistic realism in oils with Michael Downs, last summer and really enjoyed it. This summer's treat for me is figurative painting with Bev Tosh, www.warbrides.(either ca or com).

02-05-2009, 12:36 PM
Hi everyone. My name is Carol and I'm 66 years old. I was raised in Plymouth, England but moved to the States with my husband 25 years ago and have been an American citizen since 1991. My husband is an engineer and we have lived in Buffalo NY (which I loved and will defend it to the end!!), Tampa FL and here in Chelmsford MA, where we have lived on two separate occasions. One day we hope to move south again.

I came to art late in life, having only discovered last March that I could produce recognizable pictures. I regret that I didn't discover this earlier in life, but am making the most of it now. I love pastels and spend all my spare time at my easel but it is the only medium that I work in - I have no notion of how to do watercolor or oils and I have to admit I have no desire to learn!

I love this website and have learned so much since I discovered it. I lurked for months before I plucked up the courage to join in, and everyone has been so friendly and welcoming. This picture was taken on Christmas morning when I opened a box of Maggie Price Values Set that my wonderful husband gave me. My eyes look funny, but I promise you it was about 9:30 am and not a drop had touched my lips!!


02-05-2009, 01:31 PM
Hi Carol, aw, you look lovely! And happy to hold that candybox packed with goodies! I think it is fantastic that you discovered you talent! (I knew a lady once, who discovered hers at 87 years old, which gave her a few years of bliss. Farmer's daughter, farmer's wife, and mother. Never had time for anyting that wasn't practical.) In fact, many of us are sort of late bloomers.

Happy painting,

02-05-2009, 02:45 PM
Hi Carol. I myself just found pastels about 3 years ago and Im 58, so its never late to learn!! I did some oils, lots of years of clay portraits and watercolors but nothing like pastels. And last but most important is that everyone in wetcanvas is fantastic.

03-24-2009, 12:45 AM
My name is Beth. I'm 34 and I used to be a fine arts major. When I quit the art program, I stopped doing any art. I started school again a few years later. I'm now working on my PhD in Geology. I've started painting again, :clap: which makes me very happy. Since I always seem to have some thing going on at school that makes me say I don't have time to paint, starting in April (because I have too many things to do before then LOL) I'm going to take 1 day off from everything else and use it to make art. I need to make time for mental tidy days, and apparently I need to schedule them so I actually do it.

Anyway, I am married to a fellow geologist. We have 2 cats, 2 dogs, and a new Great Dane puppy, who is the cutest puppy in puppytown. We live in Albuquerque, NM.

So I've been painting again for a couple of years. I started again with acrylics and then picked up my pastels. I have a work in progress posted in the other section. I hope to finish it with my newly scheduled art time and then start on other things.

This is me (LOL, the one on the right. The other one is my husband:)):

03-24-2009, 02:13 AM
Hi Beth,

Wow, what a great occupation, you need to set aside an hour when you are out in the field doing your geological surveys to sneak in a plein air painting. You live in a marvelous area. So great to hear you exerting your artistic muscle once again, it will help balance you and make you even more well rounded. Lucky you to be where it is all happening with IAPS too! Train your puppies well!
Nice meeting you, and can't wait to see what you are able to produce on your scheduled art day! ( I have to do the same thing, but I call it playing hooky- have to schedule a hooky day)


03-25-2009, 02:35 PM

I am supposed(!) to be a scientist. With a master degree in Mathematics and
a PhD in Telecommunication. Originally Iranian, leaving in Italy (Turin)
at this moment doing some research on data compression.

I did both master and PhD in Italy but in between I spent one year in Germany
and one year in Japan (Kyoto) as a researcher.

I started painting 3 months + 2 days ago. Look for my previous post to discover
how it all happened!

Even though I have almost no background in doing art (as far as you do not
consider mathematics and martial arts! as arts), I had the chance to see
a lot of original paintings and sculptures (due to traveling and interest in museums).

Anyway, I am rather good at learning by reading books and I hope
it works also in painting. That is all for the moment.


03-26-2009, 01:09 AM
LOL I'm scared of plein air painting. I think I need to loosen up a bit first.

You know, I know a lot of scientists who are also artists. I'm glad to see other scientists here.

Wanna see my puppy?
Of course you do.:lol: Here she is.

03-31-2009, 03:46 AM
Aw, no love for the puppy?

I also wanted to add that I really love coming here, and I do often, even if I am a lurker most of the time. I think it's great that there's a community where someone like me who is just getting started again can come and learn from others who have a lot of experience and are wonderful artists. From all of my lurking I've seen that the atmosphere is really friendly and helpful. I enjoy it.

03-31-2009, 05:15 AM
Wellcome. Stop lurking and start painting, as Charlie said, wetcanvas is a college in every sence, but the type of college we all would have loved to attend.

Eleonora Manapova
04-20-2009, 08:10 PM
Ceci you are so right about WC! I wish I had time to be here more!

Here is me, I'm new in pastels, totally recently in love with this medium.
I moved from Toronto, Canada to Sacramento... absolutely amazed by California, so I couldn't resist the beauty of every place and I even started to do plein airs which I didn't do since my university years :clap: .

04-21-2009, 02:04 AM
Welcome Beth and Nandia!

Beth, I take my two border collies out for walks/runs every weekend, and use this time to pack in my stuff for plein air. For every 10 I do, I feel as if I connect well on one of them. With more practice we get better. Your puppy is so adorable, you must have been playing with him in the dirt, as his nose is dusty! lol

Nandia, you moved from beautiful country, to beautiful country. SF must be a bit of a cultural eye opener! love the parade you have going on behind you. What fun!

I look forward to both of you posting your efforts. Welcome!


04-30-2009, 02:01 AM
I've got a small update on my life, hehe

I bought a house last year and this spring I finally got some work done in the little garden. Just wanted to show you:

And here is my doggy Anton ^^ I love him so much:

Tracy Lang
04-30-2009, 02:26 AM
Congrats on your home! Your Anton is an adorable doggy!!!


04-30-2009, 09:33 AM
Dorte, that garden is of a perfect size! And Anton is the most handsome guy! What kind of dog is he?

04-30-2009, 12:35 PM
Thanks Tracy

Ty Charlie :) Yes it is the perfect size garden. Anton is a Karalien Bear Dog. You proberbly know the breed from Finland. They use them for bear hunting. He is really smart, but has quite a big personalety :lol:

06-02-2009, 04:36 PM
Hello! My name's Ruth and I live in Norfolk England. I re-discovered art just over 18 months ago and have been frantically experimenting ever since. So far I love using pastels best and I am very keen on animal portraits although I keep trying with landscape and other subjects.
I also use graphite, CP and acrylics and have recently started experimenting with oils. I haven't done watercolour for a while although I have used gouache recently.
I'm going to end up a jack of all trades and master of none if I'm not careful! But I have to keep experimenting until I settle into a groove with a particular medium (if that ever happens). If t does I think pastel may well be the one.
I live with Hubby, dog and cat in a rural area (love the country) and am also an avid gardener. I am lucky enough not to have to work at the mo so can give a lot of time (but never enough) to art!
This is me.............