Sunday, February 05, 2017

Dancing Palms Florida Coastal Art by Poucher

"Dancing Palms"
Soft pastel on Wallis 9 x 4.5"

Painted these curvy palms while camping out at Fort DeSoto. They were just waiting for a hammock! This little study will be available tomorrow through the auction at Daily Paintworks.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Sky Vue Sketch from Hammock

"Sky Vue 1"
Soft pastel on Wallis 5x5"

View from my Ticket to the Moon Hammock at Hammock Con 2017, a hammock "convention" at Doe Lake, Ocala National Forest in Florida. I brought my 60 half stick set of Great American pastels along with some small scraps of Wallis paper. My art supplies along with my hammock weighed in at less than 2 pounds. Planning many sky studies in the near future!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Ibis Shorebird Pastel Painting by Poucher

"Ibis"
Soft pastel on UArt 8x8"

Most of the time making art is hard work. This was pure fun. There are about 20 or so Ibis just down the road from my house at Ibis Park. They pose quite well!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Gulfport Beach Sunset Pastel Painting

"Gulfport Sunset"
Soft pastel on UArt paper 8x10"

This one will be available, tomorrow, January 29th from Daily Paintworks or Daily Painters.


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Gulf Coast Seascape Plein Air Reworked a bit

"Gulf  Island Seascape"
Soft pastel on paper 9x13"

Softened up this piece that I did up on the Panhandle at Gulf Island National Seashore. It will be available tomorrow on Daily Paintworks.

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Empty Boat Pastel Painting from No Walls Studio by Poucher

"Empty Boat 2017-1"
Soft pastel on UArt 400 paper

Happy New Year! Working on Empty Boat and emptying my boat. Many people have used my empty boat paintings on their blogs along with different versions of Chaung Tzu's parable. Here is Thomas Merton's interpretation..

“The Empty Boat

He who rules men lives in confusion;
He who is ruled by men lives in sorrow.
Yao therefore desired
Neither to influence others
Nor to be influenced by them.
The way to get clear of confusion
And free of sorrow
Is to live with Tao
In the land of the great Void.

If a man is crossing a river
And an empty boat collides with his own skiff,
Even though he be a bad-tempered man
He will not become very angry.
But if he sees a man in the boat,
He will shout at him to steer clear.
If the shout is not heard, he will shout again,
And yet again, and begin cursing.
And all because there is somebody in the boat.
Yet if the boat were empty.
He would not be shouting, and not angry.

If you can empty your own boat
Crossing the river of the world,
No one will oppose you,
No one will seek to harm you.

The straight tree is the first to be cut down,
The spring of clear water is the first to be drained dry.
If you wish to improve your wisdom
And shame the ignorant,
To cultivate your character
And outshine others;
A light will shine around you
As if you had swallowed the sun and the moon:
You will not avoid calamity.

A wise man has said:
"He who is content with himself
Has done a worthless work.
Achievement is the beginning of failure.
Fame is beginning of disgrace."

Who can free himself from achievement
And from fame, descend and be lost
Amid the masses of men?
He will flow like Tao, unseen,
He will go about like Life itself
With no name and no home.
Simple is he, without distinction.
To all appearances he is a fool.
His steps leave no trace. He has no power.
He achieves nothing, has no reputation.
Since he judges no one
No one judges him.
Such is the perfect man:
His boat is empty.”


― Thomas MertonThe Way of Chuang Tzu

Friday, December 30, 2016

Royal Tern Shorebird Pastel Painting by Poucher

"What's Up?"
Soft pastel on UArt 400 paper 8x8"

Royal Terns are common on Gulfport beach this time of the year. This one was pretty friendly!
I used watercolor pencils for the beak and eyes to get the detail. If I can get more shorebirds to pose so nicely, I think I'll do a series of close-ups.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Persimmons Holiday Painting Sale

"Persimmons"
Soft pastel on Wallis 5x7"
Bid Here!

Happy Holidays! Here is another older piece that I am putting up for auction at Daily Paintworks. Feels good to clean out the portfolio at the end of the year!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Egret Fishing Florida Gulf Coast Pastel Painting by Poucher

"Favorite Fishing Spot"
Soft Pastel on UArt paper 8x8"

Camping at Fort Desoto park, this Egret likes the sea wall at our campsite for early morning breakfast. Sometimes, he is joined by the Ibis and Herons. So many beautiful birds on the Gulf Coast!

This was my first time using UArt paper. My supply of Wallis paper has finally run out. I'm happy to say that I loved it. It's very similar to Wallis.

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Walk on the Beach Red Swimsuit Coastal Art

"Walk on the Beach"
Miniature soft pastel on Wallis 3x6"

Walking the Gulf beach at Fort Desoto county park in St Petersburg, Florida.
SOLD!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Palm Breeze Florida Landscape Pastel Painting by Poucher

"Palm Breeze"
Soft pastel on LaCarte paper 10.25" x 7"

Late afternoon light on Gulfport palms. I used a warm sand colored LaCarte paper for this piece as I like the softness of LaCarte for movement. And speaking of warmth, I'm grateful for our little home in Gulfport, Florida that allows me to get out and pastel at this time of the year! 

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Little studies on the road from Cape Cod to Florida

"Assateaque State Park waves"

We had a great road trip from Provincetown to Gulfport, Florida. We slowed it down a bit to avoid Hurricane Matthew so it was about 35 days of camping at state parks along the way in our VW van.
"Oregon Inlet Cape Hattaras National Seashore"

We stay along the coast to avoid the hilly country as the old van has over 200,000 miles on her. We stayed about 9 days on the outer banks so did quite a few little studies on the beach at Ocracoke.
 "Ocracoke campground dunes"

Happy to end the trip camping at Fort Desoto park....hard to beat the palm trees and water views.
"Fort Desoto campground"

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Big Dune Cape Cod Pastel Painting by Poucher

"Big Dune"
Soft pastel on Wallis 9x12"

Still brushing off old pieces and reusing my old Wallis paper. This was a plein air piece that was very dark and dreary (a storm was blowing in while I was in the dunes). So, scrubbed it off with an old toothbrush, flipped it over and started again.

Now that it's September, I plan on making a little art everyday. Time to get back into it! 

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Hatches Harbor plein air pastel painting revisited

"Hatches Harbor"
Soft pastel on Wallis Belgian Mist 8x10'

I'm out of Wallis paper! I had quite the stash but sadly now it is gone. So I'm going through my portfolio of old studies and either reworking them or brushing them off to reuse the paper. Some I have to hold on to as reminders of some extraordinary days out in the Provincelands.

This one from October 2007 with the tide in at Hatches was an unusually warm late afternoon with no wind. My walk took me through areas of yellow seaside goldenrod covered with migrating Monarchs.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Seascape Beach Dream Soft Pastel by Poucher

"Beach Dream"
9x12" Soft pastel on Wallis Belgian Mist paper

My supply of Wallis paper is running out. So, I am brushing off some of my old studies using a toothbrush and working with the ghost image that remains to create an imagined scene. Trying to use a limited palette and keeping the image soft. 
Nice to have dusty fingers again after a bit of a dry spell and the experimenting is good.

Friday, April 01, 2016

Roseate Spoonbill (Revisited) Shorebird Pastel Painting by Poucher

"Roseate Spoonbill II"
Soft pastel on Wallis Museum paper 8x8"

I went back and revisited this spoonbill pastel. I sold the first one but thought that they would make a nice pair so here it is again but slightly different, of course. Thanks to Harold Wagle and NWRA for the use of the photo.
I am no longer using Paypal on Daily Painters to sell my art. Please email me for purchase inquiries. 
lennan02657 (at) yahoo.com

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Roseate Spoonbill II Bird Pastel Painting by Poucher

"Roseate Spoonbill II" 
"SOLD"

Soft pastel on Wallis Archival paper 8x8"
Thanks to Harold Wagle and NWRA for the use of the photo.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Monday, January 04, 2016

Little Shorebird Pastel Painting by Poucher

"Little Shorebird"

I think that it's a Least Sandpiper but I don't know my shorebirds very well. Anyone out there have an idea what type of bird this is?

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Rainbow Umbrella Gulf Coast Beach Pastel Painting

"Rainbow Umbrella"
Soft pastel on Wallis 5x7"

January 1, 2016
I've been told that I should write a bit more about myself on this blog so I'll give it a go.
The day began with a sunrise kayak on Boca Ciega bay. I was joined by 3 dophins. One came right up to the kayak to check it out.  That was followed by yoga on Gulfport beach and a swim at Fort De Soto beach. And to top if off a message from the Julie Heller gallery that one of my truck pastels had sold. Not a bad beginning to the new year!

Wish you all much joy, love and peace in this new year!