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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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Although it will not officially be autumn until September 23, I thought I'd get started early. The fall has always been my favorite season. Today we are taking a little trip to Maine - Acadia National Park to be exact. I can't be there in body, but through my pastel painting, I can be there in spirit! Autumn In Acadia 16" x 20" Pastel on Ampersand Pastelbord It's the perfect place to kayak! I would like to thank David Mark who contributed the lovely photo I used as a reference through Pixabay. Thank you David! Until next time, Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at Comfort Cottage
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It could be anywhere, but the experience is the same. As I worked on my pastel painting, I was transported back to the many country lanes and trails along which I have had the pleasure to walk. I can hear the buzz of insects, the sweet singing of birds, and the feel of the warm sunlight on my back. All thoughts of everyday life fly away and I am totally in the moment. Down The Road 18" x 24" Pastel on Ampersand Pastelbord Let's go for a stroll, shall we? My sincerest thanks goes out to Dieter at Pixabay for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at Comfort Cottage
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Wouldn't it be nice to escape once in a while to our own private retreat? This little cottage looks like the perfect spot. Solitary Cottage 12" x 16" Pastel on Ampersand Pastelbord Wouldn't this be an ideal getaway? The reference photo I used for this painting was provided here by Morgue File. In case you missed my last post, here's another of this week's paintings. Fields Afire 12" x 16" Pastel on Ampersand Pastelbord I'll be linking this post to Paint Party Friday. Have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you again soon. Until next time, Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at Comfort Cottage
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Hi there! I've been working on a special art project, so my painting got put on hold for a few days. Today I missed painting so much, I just had to get back to it. My newest pastel painting features the blazing colors of sunset on a marsh. I especially enjoyed working the clouds. Fields Afire 12" x 16" Pastel on Ampersand Pastelbord Wouldn't it be nice to have a view like that out of your living room window ? I hope your week is getting off to a great start! The reference photo for my painting was generously provided... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Comfort Cottage
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Today, I'm dreaming of the mountains. It doesn't matter where, they are always a breathtaking sight. Today's pastel painting takes us to Colorado. Mountains In Bloom 12" x 16" Pastel on Ampersand Pastelbord The reference photo for this painting was generously provided by David Mark, via Pixabay. Thank you David! Wouldn't this be a lovely sight for a Sunday picnic? I hope your day is blessed one. Until next time, Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at Comfort Cottage
Hi Beverly! I hope you are doing well. I love pomegranate! I especially love Edy's Pomegranate fruit bars. I had at least a little pink in my painting, so I added my link. Have a lovely weekend! Hugs, Terri
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Hello my friends. Today I am taking Paint Party Friday to Italy. Warm sun, quaint villages, lush foliage, and spectacular views...call my travel agent and book me a flight! Italian Village 12" x 12" Pastel on Ampersand Pastelbord On Wednesday I had shared my drawing with you along with some information on how I make my drawings here. After making the drawing and doing the underpainting, I placed my darkest darks first, and then began adding local color (the color I wanted for each element). It makes for a much more interesting painting if you use several colors in the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at Comfort Cottage
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As I searched my stock photo sources for new inspiration, I noticed that I am gravitating towards another category of images in additiion to landscapes and seascapes. The wonderful photographers who contribute their work to sites such as Pixabay and Morgue File hail from around the globe. Those of us who paint but lack the means to travel to these faraway places benefit from their generosity and talent. I have found so many photos of the most beautiful villages in France, Italy, Germany, and more. I've been hesitant to use the village photos, as they are a great challenge to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at Comfort Cottage
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Have you ever gotten started with something and you were so engrossed in the process that you just couldn't stop? Before I knew it last night, the night turned into one-thirty in the morning! At least I had something to show for it. I finished a miniature pastel landcape painting. Pastel Mini No. 4 6" x 8" Pastel on Ampersand Pastelbord After sleeping in this morning, I got up and did it all over again! Pastel Mini No. 5 6" x 8" Pastel on Ampersand Pastelbord I added to my pastel arsenal this week. I broadened my green assortment, since... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2014 at Comfort Cottage
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I wanted to share my latest pastel painting with you yesterday, but the New Jersey shore was calling to me. I spent a lovely day on the beach there with my sister. Ruins 16" x 20" Pastel on Ampersand Pastelbord I used red under the grasses to give them a bit of sparkle. When I began adding local color, I started with the color of the river bed before working the reflections on the water. I pressed the brown into the board using a color shaper tool. These nifty tools provide a way to move pastel color exactly where you... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at Comfort Cottage
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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 Jul 25, 2014 at Comfort Cottage
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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 Jul 23, 2014 at Comfort Cottage
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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 Jul 21, 2014 at Comfort Cottage
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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