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Terri Morse
Pennsylvania, USA
Interests: music, yoga, running, hiking, photography, scrapbooking, drawing, painting, sewing, camping, paper arts, quilting, embroidery, mixed media art, lake kayaking
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On a beautiful, clear summer day, there is no better place to be than on the sea. For today's pastel painting, we are sailing away. Sail Away 8" x 8" Pastel on Ampersand Pastelbord Can you smell the delightful salt air and feel the breeze on your face? Trim the main sail and head her up into the wind! Many thanks to Sollermann Heiner who provided the reference photo via Pixabay. Earlier this week, we spent time in a field of poppies. Poppies In The Park 12" x 16" Pastel on Ampersand Pastelbord I'll be linking today's post to Paint... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Comfort Cottage
There are few things more beautiful than a field of poppies in full bloom. I came across this photograph and it has been on my list to paint. Wouldn't it be lovely to sit on the bank and dip your toes into that stream? Poppies In The Park 12" x 16" Pastel on Ampersand Pastelbord Will someone please bring me a tall glass of iced tea? I'm going to be here awhile. The reference photo for my painting was generously provided by Manuela Lenz via Pixabay. Thank you Manuela! Until next time, Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Comfort Cottage
Hello my friends. I'm so glad you have come by to visit. I found a photo of this handsome kitty and I just knew I had to paint him/her(?) I don't know what his/her name is, but I decided he looked like a Sigmund. Isn't he the cutest thing? Sigmund 16" x 20" Pastel on Ampersand Pastelbord The reference photo was kindly provided by Anja Osenberg via Pixabay. Thank you, Anja! Until next time, Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Comfort Cottage
Right about now is when I usually start dreaming of cooler temperatures. This July hasn't been too bad though. Still, I did this pastel painting of a Pennsylvania barn to cool off a bit. Farm In Winter 18" x 24" Pastel on Ampersand Pastelbord Living amongst Amish and Mennonite farms has made the ubiquitous Pennsylvania barn very near and dear to my heart. The farm is a symbol to me of family, working together, and living simply. For Pink Saturday, I decided to repost a painting from earlier this week. Field Of Dreams 6" x 8" Pastel on Wallis Professional... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at Comfort Cottage
Don't I wish! The only way I'll be going to Holland any time soon is in my art. Today's pastel painting is a lovely landscape from that beautiful country. Field Of Dreams 6" x 8" Pastel on Wallis Professional Grade Sanded Paper Wouldn't a walk through that field be wonderful? Special thanks goes out to photographer David Mark, who generously contributed the fine reference image through Pixabay. Until next time, Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Comfort Cottage
It's a quiet Monday afternoon. I am doing what I love to do most on afternoons like this. I just completed another pastel painting. Waterside Idyll 6" x 8" Pastel on Wallis Professional Grade Sanded Paper I didn't use my usual blue and yellow underpainting. Instead, I tried beginning with an underpainting of contrasting temperature. I used pastel and painted odorless turpentine over it to melt the color into the paper. I blocked in color in the usual way, beginning with darkest darks. Also, I begin with more subdued tones and work my way up to the most brilliant colors.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Comfort Cottage
Some days are so hectic it's hard to make time to make art. I was too stressed. It was too late in the day to begin a painting - or so I thought. Then I thought about it some more. Being a professional is not about making money or winning acclaim. It is about focusing on what you do and refusing to let other things interfere. We become professional artists when we stop making excuses and start working...and we keep working. So, I threw out the excuses, cut a 6" x 8" piece of pastel card, and went to work.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at Comfort Cottage
I haven't done an art journal page in quite a while. I did a digital one today. I also have something to share with you about someone I'm very proud of. My nephew, Andrew, who is a mere twenty-three years of age had quite a night last night. Those of you from the Philadelphia area may be familiar with the Wanamakers organ at the historic building on Broad Street in Center City Philadelphia. Built in California, the organ was exhibited at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair as the world's largest pipe organ before becoming the centerpiece of the colossal... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at Comfort Cottage
When you think of a canyon in Arizona, a familiar image probably pops into your mind. Though I have been to Grand Canyon several times, I chose to paint a scene from another show-stopper in Arizona: Canyon De Chelley National Monument. My viewpoint was more than 600 feet above the canyon floor. Canyon View 18" x 24" Pastel on Ampersand Pastelbord The fiery red rock is such an enticing subject. I always begin by gridding my surface so I am sure to get the proportions right. I use a burnt sienna pastel pencil to draw in the grid, avoiding the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Comfort Cottage
Arches National Park is probably my favorite of all of the national parks I've visited. An artist can never run out of subject matter there! Sentinel 18" x 24" Soft Pastel on Ampersand Pastelbord The sight of these giant towers takes my breath away. I decided to be bolder with color with this one. I think it suits the subject and helps to express my awe. I'll be linking this post to Paint Party Friday. See you again soon! Until next time, Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at Comfort Cottage
I've been continuing with my Santa Fe Windows and Doors Series. This is number five. Sunshine and Shadow 16" x 20" Soft Pastel on Ampersand Pastelbord I have two photos early in the process, but I quickly became engrossed in the work. I completely forgot to take more pictures! I learned a method of underpainting from Maggie Price that seems to work well for my series. It forces me to study light, shadow and value very carefully at the outset. I begin with three values (light, medium and dark) of yellow and three values of blue. The yellows are used... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Comfort Cottage
Hi everyone! Lately, I've really been making use of my collection of photographs of the Southwest. The adobe structures of Santa Fe, New Mexico make such appealing subject matter for painting. For Paint Party Friday, I have a new pastel painting for you. Adobe Gallery 16" x 20" Soft Pastel on Ampersand Pastelbord Adobe architecture can be a challenge to paint because most of the buildings are of an unusual shape, with many different planes. The challenge comes in depicting them as three dimensional structures on a two-dimensional surface. Value and perspective are critical to success. For me, I find... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at Comfort Cottage
Where do you find your bliss? For each of us, the answer is different. For those of you who have been with me on this blogging journey, it is no secret where I find mine. First and foremost it is in the knowledge that I rest in the the loving care of God. He reveals that to me every day, and he has given me many reasons for joy, not the least of which has been a creative spirit. With that in mind, I created a new digital work with Photoshop CC. Bliss I share that creative spirit with many... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2014 at Comfort Cottage
Hello my friends. Yes, it's true - we've had about 24 inches of snowfall on top of the eight that was already on the ground. You know what that means, don't you? PAINT PARTY!!! I spent the day tearing, collaging splattering and painting. I wanted some papers to use for The Documented Life Project. I'm a bit late in beginning, but it's a good excuse to make a mess in the studio! A little paint, a few old magazines, and I'm happy. I used one of my hand-carved rubber stamps and a white gel pen. I drizzled some Twinkling H2Os... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2014 at Comfort Cottage
Hello my friends! I hope you are enjoying your weekend so far. I put the finishing touches on a new abstract painting this morning. Broken Dishes 12" x 12" Fluid and Heavy Body Acrylic on Canvas Paper I started this one with an underpainting in a variety of yellow hues. To set up the composition, I tore pieces of newspaper and worked them into a pleasing arrangement. When I was satisfied with the placement of the elements, I lightly traced around them with a pastel pencil. I began blocking in areas of blues, yellows and white. I varied the mixes... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2014 at Comfort Cottage
It's time for Paint Party Friday again, and for a change, I'm early! I have another acrylic abstract painting for you. Third Floor Walk-Up 12" x 16" Fluid and Heavy Body Acrylics on Canvas Paper There's another one that I finished on Wednesday entitled Passion Flower. You can see it and my step by step photos here. I hope all of you had a wonderful week, and if not, I hope you will have a peaceful weekend. We'll meet here again soon! Until next time, Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2014 at Comfort Cottage
It has been a harsh winter in Pennsylvania, to say the least. I'm looking at a snow-covered landscape with a generous helping of ice. Icicles hang like daggers from the trees. Their branches are bowed to the ground as if even they are mourning their sad state of afairs. Many of the surrounding towns are without power. Blessedly, the lights are still on in the studio, and I turned up the heat with my new abstract painting. Passion Flower 12" X 12" Acrylic on Canvas Paper After the chaos of my last painting, I needed to spend an hour restoring... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2014 at Comfort Cottage
As I gaze out my window at yet another snow storm, I find myself dreaming of Maine. Since dreaming is the only way I can get there right now, I'll have to settle for Maine in mixed media. Harbor Dreams 24" x 24" Mixed Media on Canvas This folk-style mixed media painting was inspired by the work of British mixed media artist, Mike Bernard. After discovering his work by chance on the internet, I visited his website. I was thrilled to learn that he wrote a book entitled Collage, Color and Texture in Painting. I wasted no time in ordering... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at Comfort Cottage
The snow is falling again on top of the thirteen inches we got less than a week ago. It's another good day to hide in the studio and paint. Before I do, I want to show you another page from my mixed media art journal. Right now, I can only dream about flowers. At this rate, my garden will be buried until April! Just A Little Something Inktense pencils, Luminescent watercolors, and Pen and ink on 180lb. mixed media paper Quote: The doing of something productive regardless of the outcome is an act of faith. The doing of a small... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2014 at Comfort Cottage
Hello everyone! It's Pink Saturday, and it's too bad the snow on the ground couldn't have been pink too. Wouldn't that be a sight to see? I'm sharing a mixed media art journal page for today. It's sort of a deep pink...if you stretch the imagination a bit! The quote is from one of my favorite authors, Corrie Ten Boom. If you don't know her story, she is a survivor of the Ravensbruck concentration camp. She hid people from the Nazis in her home in Holland during WWII. They were eventually discovered and sent to the camp. Due to a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2014 at Comfort Cottage
I took the challenge from Erin over at The Bright Owl today. Here it is - the latest of my Zentangle-inspired art: Planted 8" x 8" Pen, Ink and Luminescent Watercolors on 140lb. Mixed Media Paper Here's what it looked like before the watercolors: I used Twinkling H2Os to add color. Some of the patterns used: Arckles, Betweed, Mooka, Loveline, Phicops, Wheels and Pozer. I used Twinkling H2Os in Key Lime, Pear Blossom, and Sky Blue. To see the art from other participants in this week's challenge you can click here. Thanks for visiting! Until next time, Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2014 at Comfort Cottage
Hi there! I've been busy working on a project that I've wanted to accomplish for quite a while. I love making Zentangle-inspired art, but it's always a challenge trying to find an organized way to keep track of all the patterns. I have them in several different places, and I've never done step-by-step diagrams for them. So even when I have a pattern, I often forget how to create it! I was browsing on Linda Farmer's TanglePatterns blog last week, and I discovered that she has blank step-by-step sheets that are free to download and print out. They can be... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2014 at Comfort Cottage
I spent the day finishing up a painting as the snow fell today. It is an abstracted rendition of a sunset in South Dakota. As I was placing the last brush strokes, the name for my abstract sunset painting came to me. Like the loved ones who have passed before us, the memory of this sunset is something I will never forget. Beauty such as this lives in the heart forever. Gone But Not Forgotten 24" x 30" Acrylic on Canvas I'm sorry I don't have a step by step for you. I became so engrossed in this one, I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2013 at Comfort Cottage
It's been a busy week here at Comfort Cottage. I've started decorating for Christmas, and today I put up the tree. Actually, "putting up the tree" was more like guerrilla warfare in a fake pine forest. I have a seven and a half foot tree that has to be assembled branch by branch - all 91 of them. When I was about halfway up the tree, I discovered I had skipped a row. I spent the better part of two hours repositioning the branches. It wasn't pretty. By the time I had finished, my arms looked as if I had... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2013 at Comfort Cottage
I have had a partially painted canvas on the easel for about two months now. I began painting with the idea that it would be an acrylic work. After the initial laying down of paint I was stuck. I grew tired of looking at it yesterday and I decided to scrub the plan. Some pages of old magazines ignited the tiniest flame. I began cutting out tiny squares from these pages and laying them over the paint with matte medium. What started as a spark, developed into a bonfire of activity. By late this afternoon, I had a completed mixed... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2013 at Comfort Cottage