Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Florida Life Series Golden Years Oil & Cold Wax Painting by Poucher


"Florida Life Series I"
Oil & Cold Wax on Cradled Panel 8x8"

Continuing my exploration of figurative work in Oil and Cold Wax. I usually work from my own images but I saw a series of old, vintage photos taken to advertise new retirement villages in Florida during the 70's. So, here is #1. It's hard to get the colors right. It's a bit warmer in real life.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Women & the Sea IX, oil painting, Coastal Art by Poucher

"Women & the Sea Series IX"
Oil and Cold Wax on Cradled Panel 8x8"

I'm not sure if there is anyone still following my blog. I haven't been posting lately. But, this is why. During the pandemic, I needed a change in order to keep making art. My galleries and other venues where I sold my art were closed and my walls were covered with pastels that weren't selling. So, I wasn't encouraged to make anymore pastels if there wasn't a market. But it did seem to be a good time for experimenting. So...I changed medium and subject! I've enjoyed working with oil and cold wax and the challenge of painting figures. And working on cradled panels is a joy as they don't need to be framed. I still love pastels but right now the challenge of a change feels right. (Oh, and they're selling!)

Looks like a might need to rename my blog! 

Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Patience Tri Colored Heron Shorebird Soft Pastel by Poucher


Soft pastel on UArt 400 paper 9x12"

I watched this Tri Colored Heron at Wood Ibis Park for a long time. There are many lessons to learn from herons. Stillness, intention, determination, calm but above all patience. I've set an intention to be more like this bird.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Side by Side Sailing Seascape Soft Pastel by Poucher

"Side by Side"
Soft pastel on UArt 400 Archival paper

A memory from one of the Great Provincetown Schooner Regattas. Thanks Ron for letting me crew despite my limited sailing knowledge.

May the wind be always at your back.

Thursday, April 09, 2020

Tethered, Soft Pastel Coastal Canoe Painting by Poucher

Soft Pastel on UArt 400 paper 9x12"

blessing the boats

 - 1936-2010
(at St. Mary's)
may the tide
that is entering even now
the lip of our understanding
carry you out
beyond the face of fear
may you kiss
the wind then turn from it
certain that it will
love your back may you
open your eyes to water
water waving forever
and may you in your innocence
sail through this to that

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Gulfport Bougainvillea Florida Pastel Painting by Poucher

"Gulfport Bougainvillea"
Soft pastel on UArt 400 paper 8x8"

I don't think you can call yourself a Gulfport, FL artist unless you have painted this scene. Just a couple of blocks from our house. I don't know why it took me so long to get around to it. Time to buy more pink and violet pastels!

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Soft Morning Light Boat Reflection Pastel Painting by Poucher

"Soft Morning Light"
Soft Pastel on UArt 400 paper

This was the demo piece that I worked on for my open studio this past weekend. Moving more toward those Florida water colors.

Saturday, September 07, 2019

Sunny & Bright Yellow Sailboat Pastel Painting by Poucher

"Sunny & Bright"

Soft pastel on UArt 400 paper 8x8"

This is a Cape Cod sailboat but I must have my mind on Florida as it seems to have more of a light and bright feel to it. Just another 3 weeks and we will be heading south!

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Old Harbor Lifesaving Station Race Point Pastel Painting

"Old Harbor Lifesaving Station"
Soft pastel on Wallis Belgian Mist

Here is an older plein air piece done out at Race Point of the Old Harbor Lifesaving Station. This is the latest one that I am selling at auction at Daily Paintworks. Auctions starting at only $50 so it's a good chance to collect some of my Cape Cod work. Thanks for looking!

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Evening Fishing Boat Soft Pastel Painting by Poucher

"Evening Fishing Boat"
Soft pastel on Wallis 12 x 9"

I had an older plein air pastel that was very dark but wanted to reuse the paper so decided on this night scene.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Rainbow Beach Umbrella Seascape Pastel by Poucher

"Rainbow Beach Umbrella"
Soft pastel on UArt 400 paper

Alrighty, I've had a few requests for Rainbow Umbrellas this summer so here you are!
I do have to admit that it is fun using all of the colors of the rainbow! Hope you all like it.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Fog Lifting Sailboat Seascape Pastel Painting by Poucher

"Fog Lifting"
Soft pastel on Wallis Belgian Mist 12x9"

I did this sailboat painting over an old pastel of the dunes. I like how the greens and tans in the underpainting softened the colors and created natural grays. And I like how my pile of old pastels is dwindling by recycling the paper!

Monday, July 15, 2019

West End Racing Club Low Tide Pastel Painting

"West End Racing Club Low Tide"
Soft pastel on Wallis 8x8"

An unusual one for me. Not my regular single focus work but wanted to play with figures and sun sparkling on the water. The West End Racing Club in Provincetown has a colllection of brightly colored Sunfish. Oftentimes, the kids have to wait for the tide to come in for their daily sail. 

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Sunset Beach Reflection Seascape Pastel Painting by Poucher

"Beach Sunset Reflection"
Soft pastel on Wallis Belgian Mist paper 9x12"

This was an older plein air cloudscape that I brushed off and reworked into this sunset seascape.

Thursday, July 04, 2019

Afloat Together Dinghy Boat Pastel Painting by Poucher

"Afloat Together"
Soft pastel on Wallis paper 9x12"

This is another piece on an older unfinished plein air pastel that I brushed off. I kept the boat on the right rather abstract as I like the underpainting that is showing through giving the little dinghy an aged look.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Coastal Color Boat Buoy Reflected Pastel Art by Poucher

"Coastal Color"
Soft Pastel on Wallis Belgian Mist paper 12x9"

I'm still enjoying brushing off some of my older work and reusing the paper. This was a landscape so I turned it for a portrait format and liked how the darker colors underneath provided texture for the side of the boat. The hardest thing is to hold back and not cover all the interesting parts that show through from the old painting.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Backside Beach Cape Cod Coastal Art by Poucher

"Backside Cape Cod"
Soft pastel on Wallis Belgian Mist 9x12"

The fog rolls in on a backside beach in Cape Cod National Seashore.

Saturday, June 08, 2019

Blessing Reflections Seascape Pastel Painting by Poucher

"Blessing Reflections"
Soft Pastel on UArt 400 paper 8x8"

This boat on MacMillan pier was all decorated for the Blessing of the Fleet in Provincetown that is now a part of the Portuguese Festival coming up in a couple of weeks. I always think of it as the start of the busy vacation season on the tip of Cape Cod.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Eddies Dory Seascape Pastel Painting by Poucher

"Eddies Dory"
Soft pastel on Wallis paper 12x9" 2005

This is my last summer in Provincetown. I'm going through my portfolio deciding which pieces to keep, which ones to brush off and reuse the paper or which ones are destined for the trash heap. This is a piece from 2005 that I did of Eddie Ritter's dory. It was unfinished so I added a few more fresher strokes and thought I'd share it. I know there are many others that miss seeing Eddies dory glowing out in Provincetown harbor. The yachts are beautiful but not the same.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Across the Street Pastel Landscape by Poucher

"Across the Street or Waiting for Verizon"
Soft pastel on Recycled Wallis paper 12 x 9"

I was having to wait for Verizon to come and hook up our internet so found an older pastel that I wasn't too fond of, brushed it off and did this little study of the house across the street. And the wait was worthwhile. We are connected. 

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Okracoke Late Light Seascape Pastel Painting by Poucher

"Late Afternoon Light Okracoke"
Soft pastel on UArt 400 paper 8x8"

Warm afternoon light at Okracoke National Seashore Campground. Always our favorite stop on the way from Gulfport, FL to Provincetown, Massachusetts. Our campsite was just behind this dune where you could fall asleep to the sounds of the waves.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Pink Sails Coastal Seascape Pastel Painting by Poucher

"Pink Sails"

Soft pastel on Wallis Museum paper 9x12"

A pastel pastel! I brushed of an old pastel of a conch shell and started in on these sailboats. But I liked the pink underpainting showing through so just went with pink sails. See more of my boat paintings at www.nancypoucher.com.