Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Springtime Gulf Coast of Florida Pastel Painting by Poucher

"Springtime in Florida"
Soft pastel on paper 8.5 x 12"

Here is another plein air piece that I freshened up a bit. Will be auctioning this one through 
Daily Paintworks!

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Dunes and White Sandy Beach Coastal Pastel Painting by Poucher

"Dunes and White Sandy Beach"
Soft Pastel on Colourfix paper 9x12"

Here is another piece that I will be selling by Daily Paintworks auction. It will be available to bid on tomorrow, Monday, April 10th.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Sketch of Clouds and Water Soft Pastel by Poucher

"Blue Sky Vue"

Soft pastel on Wallis 4.5x9.5"

Did this little sketch while selling hammocks at the Green Bench Indie Market in St Pete. Clouds from life but water from imagination. Will be auctioning these little sketches through my Daily Paintworks gallery.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

St Pete Beach Yellow Umbrella Seascape by Poucher

"Yellow Umbrella"

Soft pastel on UArt 400 paper 8x10"

It's Spring break here and you don't find too many empty spots on St Pete beach but if you arrive early in the day this is the scene. Purchase here!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Gulf Coast Beach Art Fort DeSoto North Beach Painting

"Fort DeSoto North Beach"
Soft pastel on Wallis 9x12" plein air

I'm having my first ever portfolio thinning sale. When we travel back up north in May, my portfolio must fit in under our pop-top roof in our VW van and right now it is too fat! I'll be putting some of my plein air pieces up for auction on Daily Paintworks site.

You'll be able to bid on this piece starting tomorrow, Thursday, March 16th. Here is the link.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Ruby Sailboat 2017 Pastel Painting by Poucher

"Ruby 2017"
11x14" soft pastel on UArt 400 paper

So, I guess it's already time to start making some art for this summer in Provincetown. Ruby is my favorite sailboat to pastel in Ptown harbor. Hope she will be back again this summer. Thinking about doing a series of red boats as people have been asking for them. Not sure where I will hang them perhaps at the Hammock Shop. We'll see.

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

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