Thoughts to share, ideas to ponder


I completed about 75% of this painting in plein air, with remaining details completed in the studio.  What a thrill it was to paint this piece!


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Art Along the Coast

Have you ever wanted to see the inner sanctum where an artist's creation happens?  I am pleased to be participating, along with a group of esteemed artists, in Art Along the Coast, where we are thrilled to welcome you to our studios during the weekend of April 25 and 26th.  We are located in Laguna Beach, Dana Point, and San Clemente...all of us within an easy reach, allowing you to enjoy a day of art as our guests.  Please click on the picture below or call me at 949-812-1429 if you have any questions.   We look forward to your visit in our very special creative spaces.



  My studio in Laguna Beach.

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Pastel Journal 2014 Year in Review

I was pleased to be alerted by a friend that one of my paintings was featured in the Pastel Journal's 2014 Year in Review

There are so many excellent artists featured...thrilled to be in such great company!


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The "why" behind "Ancestral Memory"

I finally "put myself out of my misery". On my bike/hikes, I would see these beautiful aged plants, with their soft blooms having faded and giving way to soft seed. I LONGED to paint them. They reminded me of sunflowers and one day, I "saw" the painting in my head and raced back up, sunflowers in hand, to do a plein air study.



Why did I call this painting "Ancestral Memory"?  I have been fortunate enough to do some traveling and when I first visited France, I had this powerful experience of "knowing" and it occurred to me that ancestral memory must be a real thing.  I have visited other European countries, but have not had this experience.  My ancestors are from France, England and Ireland.  I have been to England and had the same feeling.  Though I have never been, I am guessing that it would be similar in Ireland. 


These faded thistly, sunflower-like blooms, receding in the distance, and paired with their more contemporary sunflower cousins, immediately recalled that notion of ancestral memory.  Hence, the title.


It is such a relief to give flesh to this inspiration and finally, lay it to rest.

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Demonstration of my pastel painting, "Crescendo"

In creating the new painting "Crescendo", the images below show the painting in progress:







 Crescendo, about 3/4 finished, 19 1/2 x 25, Pastel

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Informed Collector recognition

I am thrilled that by virtue of Blush and Happenstance winning outstanding pastel for the month of September 2014 in the Bold Brush competition that my work was featured in the November 5, 2014 issue of Informed Collector.


Thank you Fine Art Views jury for this award!


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Pastel Journal featuring pastel paintings in process

Beth Williams wrote a lovely summary of three paintings in process in the on-line edition of the October 14 Pastel Journal. 


Here is a clip of the page.  Click on the image below to be directed to that page!


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Feature article in the Pastel Journal

I am honored to be featured in the upcoming October 2014 issue of the Pastel Journal!

Into the Light
In addition to soft, painterly florals, artist Mary Aslin paints grand, large-scale figures. Learn how in her step-by-step demonstrations.
By Robert K. Carsten

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I titled this painting "Cantata" because it feels like it's just that: a piece of music for singers and instruments that usually has several parts. In addition to the roses, which I worked and reworked until they clustered and fell just right and naturally, the vessels and other flowers, the background edges, and diffuse light on the right, all resulted in a “cantata”, the visual result even evoking musical notes on a staff.

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Evolution of a commission painting

Some dear collectors commissioned me to do a painting of a seascape beach scene with some action in the waves, Catalina in the background, billowy clouds and very colorful flowers in the foreground.  The collectors also liked a gallery-wrap style painting with some dimensionality and texture to the painting surface.  It was to be in the entry way leading to an exterior courtyard so it was important that the painting be very dimensionally stable, able to withstand salty air and temperature changes. 


All of these factors pointed to an archival varnished acrylic painting completed on a primed dibond aluminum composite panel, a departure from my usual paintings in pastel.


After pondering the design of the home on a visit there to ascertain the size of the painting, I wondered if the painting panel could be arched to mimic the the doors and windows of the home, all of which have arches.  Oh, the wonders of the internet!  I found Serious Art Supplies in Corona where artist and sign maker Maurice Carmeli made a beautiful arched custom primed dibond panel for me.


Much delightful collaboration, small painted studies, home visits, and refinements later, the painting was hung in this week in time for the arrival of the collectors' family reunion. 




It's amazing to me how a 40 foot acrylic mural completed 16 years ago in 1999 and many plein air beach scenes from 2006 to the present came to bear on the development and completion of this painting.  I'm thrilled with the result, and more importantly, so are the collectors.

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