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magic wand

magic wand daily pastel painting

6″ by 6″ daily pastel painting, unframed

This painting is my response to Calypso Moon Artist Movement’s challenge for November. The challenge is to paint history and capture a moment in time that you’ve witnessed that involve/include people.

I knew immediately which photo I wanted to use. In 2001 we turned my husband’s business trip into a mini family vacation. My son Cory and I went exploring for 4 days while Gary worked.
The reference photo for this painting was taken at Red Rock Creek Trail in Sedona, AZ. That’s Cory stirring the water with the stick. He was  almost 10 years old at the time.

If you are ever near Sedona, go there! It’s a beautiful place.
I saturated the colors of the rock a bit but not by much. Because of the small size of my working area I had a difficult time with the hands. I tried to minimize the detail leaving the suggestion of hands. While I struggled my mantra became “I should have used acrylics.” Overall I’m fairly happy with it. It brings back some great memories of our adventures.
In case you are curious, his face did not show in the photo either ;-)

$110 with free shipping and handling in the US. Please email me for International shipping rates or other inquiries.


  • Barbara

    I think your pastel work is beautiful. It is so vivid and clear. The subject of your painting is great; it could have been one of my own sons, with the long hair and the compulsion to appreciate nature with hands on.

  • The Desert Girl

    My husband, two Great Danes, and I spent one perfect afternoon at the exact spot your son is rendered above! What a superb subject and memory to put to paper! I too often think when I’m trying watercolors, again, “I should have used acrylics.” But your pastels are just lovely! How you get such shockingly bright and realistic subjects is beyond me! I love your work.

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