Sunday, July 13, 2014

Point Lobos and Monterey, CA.

July 3rd to the 7th I spent another 5 days painting in one of my most favorite coastal areas of the country, Carmel and Monterey area.  Painting these coastal scenes are so much fun.  I also enjoyed painting with my painting friends from the Albert Handell mentoring group, including Albert and Jeannine.  In addition there  was also an opening at the Mountainsong Gallery, in Carmel by the Sea, from our Mentoring paint out last May.  You can  see my painting on the Mountainsong Gallery site on  

My first painting of this trip,  was in a beautiful spot, looking through this arch.  I loved the shine on the water  and the beautiful sunlight, it was just perfect.  "Point Lobos Arch" 12x16 plein air pastel.  

My view this morning... Point Lobos.

Painting by the coast in the summertime means changing conditions quickly, such as one minute the sun is shinning on your view, and the next time you look up, the fog rolls in, and away goes the view.  

Here comes the fog bank, can you see it rolling in?
The view is all gone, you just have to sit down and wait for it to roll back out or just make it up.  I do better when I wait to see what is out there.
"Bird Rock Afternoon Vista" 12x16 plein air Pastel.
Rolling, Rolling, Rolling..... 10x21 plein air pastel.

"Piney Cove Vista" 12x16 Plein Air Pastel.

"Mustang Sally's View" 12x16 Plein Air Pastel.

Point Lobos Vista, 7x18 Plein Air Pastel.
"Carmel Beach Vista"  12x16 Plein Air Pastel.

"Dunes of Carmel Beach" 12x16 Plein Air Pastel.

"Carmel Beach Afternoon" 12x16 lein Air Pastel.

Thanks for following by blog.  Next weekend I will be teaching  a two day Pastel Workshop for Mountain Arts Network, in Lake Arrowhead, CA.  I'm sure it will be loads of fun.  Until next time.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Plein Air Santa Fe - PAPNM

June 7 to the 13th, I had a great time painting with the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, for their 2nd annual Juried, Paint Santa Fe.  There were 49 artist from all over the US, and  during the week, we painted at various locations surrounding Santa Fe.  On the last day, Friday morning, was the "Quick Draw", which was in Santa Fe along Alameda Ave and the Santa Fe River Park.  That evening was the opening reception for the exhibition at the beautiful InArt Gallery on Delgado Ave, in Santa Fe. Each participating 49 artist submitted 2 finished paintings they had completed during the week long competition.  Here are my paintings from the week.

"Ghost Ranch Morning Vista" 12x16 Plein Air Pastel

"Clouds over Abiqui Lake"  11x14 Plein Air Pastel.

"Pecos River, II" - 9x12 Plein Air Pastel

"Pecos River, I" - 11x14 Plein Air Pastel

"Piedra Lumbre, III" - 12x16 Plein Air Pastel.

"Cayote Fence" 6x12 Plein Air Pastel

"Ghost Ranch Morning Vista"  12x16 Plein Air Pastel.

"Diablo Canyon Morning" 11x14 Plein Air Pastel

"Cayoto Fence Morning Shadows"  9x12 Plein Air Pastel.
Quick Draw Painting

It was truly a fun week, it is always one of my favorite places to paint, but the addition of painting with 49 other great painter, the event was truly great.  I also enjoyed the company of my two painting and travel  buddies, Terry d Chacon and Nita Harper.  Until next time, thanks for following my blog.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

More paintings from my week in Carmel/Monterey.

Here are the paintings I did while in Carmel/Monterey, for the Paint Out/Mentorship with Albert Handell and Mountainsong Gallery in Carmel By the Sea., CA..  Some I did before the event and some after.  It was a wonderful 10 days of painting in my favorite area of the California coastline.  

Asilomar Dune- 12x16 Plein Air Pastel 

"Days Gone By, II" 12x16 Plein Air Pastel- Asilomar.
"Mre Fence & Dune" - 12x16 Plein Air Pastel - Pacific Grove.

"Foggie Morning at the Lighthouse"  16x20 Plein air Pastel - Monterey, CA.
"Monterey Lighthouse Morning"- 8.5x16 Plein Air Pastel - Monterey, CA.

"Inside the woods" - 11x14 plein Air Pastel, Point Lobos, CA.

"Pacific Grove Morning Vista" 9x12 Plein Air Pastel. 

Point Lobos - untitled - 16x12 Plein Air Pastel.

"Morning Refections"  11x14 Plein Air Pastel- Point Lobos, CA.

"The Veteran's View" 9x12 plein air Pastel, Point Lobos, CA.

"Morning waves" 11x14 Plein Air Pastel, Point Lobos, Ca.

"Waves II" - 12x16 Plein Air Pastel, Point Lobos, CA.

"Waves III" 12x16 Plein Air Pastel, Monterey, CA.

"Late Evening Calm" 8x12 Plein Air Pastel, Point Lobos, CA.

Thanks for visiting my blog.  I am headed soon to paint with the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, in their juried event, "Plein Air Santa Fe".  Looking forward to that, until next time, Enjoy!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

A few recent Accomplishments

Carmel By The Sea Paint out with Albert Handell and Mountainsong Gallery

"Afternoon in The Grove" 12x16 Plein Air Pastel
This painting will be on exhibit and on Amazon Art through Mountainsong Gallery, in Carmel by The Sea.  This painting was chosen by the gallery following a paint out that was hosted by Albert Handell and the gallery.  There were 18 painters participating, and each will have a painting in the exhibit sometime in July.  In addition to the exhibit in the Gallery, this painting will be available for sale on AmazonArt through Mountainsong Gallery.  

Here I am painting the above painting, in Point Lobos, in the Crypress Grove.  The Four day event was so much fun, with fun artists companionship and mentoring by the Master Pastelist, Albert Handell.  I will post more of the paintings done at this event and days following, in a later post. 

WAOWed in San Diego - May 2-31, 2014
"Piedra Lumbre Morning" 11x14 Plein Air Pastel
This painting was Juried into the exhibition in San Diego, with WAOW.  In addition to being in the great show with all the other wonderful women artists, I was honored by winning a Publishers Award, by Fine Art Connoisseur at the opening reception last weekend.

"Ghost Ranch Morning Vista"  7x18 Plein Air Pastel
This was the second painting juried into the WAOW exhibition in San Diego.  If you are in the area, there is still a couple weeks the show will be up, so do get by to see the show. 

Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, Annual Juried Members Exhibition
Gary Kim Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 
May 2 to 17, 2014
"Piedra Lumbre Shadows" 6x18Plein air Pastel
This painting was Juried into the PAPNM members show, and I was also honored with and award for this painting.  This painting won the Award of Excellence - Pastel.  A true honor to be selected for this award.  I must add that all three of these paintings were painted last year in the Ghost Ranch Region, when I was there for a few days to paint this beautiful landscape.  I will be returning to this area later this summer, to paint with Albert Handell with one of his mentoring paint a longs.  
For those of you who get my blog, thank you for following me on my artistic journey.  It is a true pleasure to share my artwork with you.  If anyone is interested in any of these or other of my paintings, please free to contact me by e-mail or by phone.  Thank you again, enjoy the art.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Pastel Workshop - July 19 & 20, 2014 - Lake Arrowhead, CA

  Mountain Arts Network  

I am happy to announce that I will be teaching a weekend Introduction to Pastels workshop, in beautiful Lake Arrowhead, CA.  I look forward to a great weekend in this beautiful resort town.  Will be lots of fun.  If you want more information, feel free to contact me, at or contact the Mountain Arts Network who so kindly are hosting this event.  

P . O . B o x 1 2 7 5 • L a k e A r r o w h e a d • C A 9 2 3 5 2
909-744-8450 a 501(c)(3) Non-profit
Introduction to Pastels -with Patricia Rose Ford
July19 & 20, 2014 – 9am to 4pm.

This workshop will be an introduction to painting with soft pastels. The goal of the two
days will be to give you an overview of various approaches to painting with Soft Pastels,
(NOT Oil Pastels). I will provide you with a variety of papers and boards to paint with, for
you to experience their differences. You will need to bring your own pastels and a table
easel (see attached supply list). I find soft pastels to be a very exciting and forgiving
medium to paint with, not to mention all the beautiful colors of the individual pastels. I hope
you enjoy the time together.
While I usually paint in “Plein Air” we will be painting in the classroom. When painting in
the studio I do want you to use reference materials that are your own, i.e. your own
sketches, or your own photos. Most of my experience is in landscape painting; therefore
that is what we will be doing.

9:00 to 4:00
July 19
Location will be at the
Mountain Arts Network Community Arts Center
Address will be provided when
supply list is sent out to each artist.
July 20
9:00 TO 3:00
Location will be at the
Mountain Arts Network Community Arts Center
Including a lunch break from 12 - 1pm
Including a lunch break from 12 - 1pm
COST $250.00 for Mountain Arts Network Members
$275.00 for Non-members
July 18
Web site:
Phone # (909) 553-3883
City, State & Zip Code:___________________________________________________________________
Telephone:___________________ Email:_______________________________________
I am a current MAN Member
Find online workshop registration or the MAN membership application at
or mail in form and check to MAN, to the address below.
5pm - 7pm
Meet Patricia Rose Ford and the other artists at a BBQ
Hosted by Sandra Charlebois:
285 N. Fairway Drive
Lake Arrowhead

Monday, April 14, 2014

I am still painting in 2014

Hello out there in the blog world.  It has been quite some time since I have posted anything on my blog.  Seems like I have had trouble keeping up with my blog this year, however I have been painting.  So I will try to catch you up to date with a few of my plein air ventures.

Paint - Sell - Party
Painted with Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, at Balboa Island.  Was a fun event two weeks ago.   

 "Balboa Sparkel" 9x12 Plein Air Pastel.
 "Balboa Afternoon"  9x12 plein air Pastel.
"Boats" 8x10 Plein Air Pastel
"Laguna waves"  9x12 plein air Pastle.

Pastel Demo 
"Clouds over Monument Valley"  11x14 Pastel
This pastel I did at a demo, for a pastel class I was teaching at Redlands Art Association.  

One of my favorite places to paint, Palm Canyon, Palm Springs.
Palms in the Canyon, - 9x12 plein air Pastel

"Rocks" 9x12 plein air Pastel

"Family of Palms" 5x7 plein air pastel

Near Silver Reef, Utah.
"Arch and Shadow"  11x14 Plein air Pastel

"Silver Reef Vista"  8x12 plein air pastel

"Old Cactus" 6x12 plein air Pastel.

Zion National Park
"Zion through the Trees" 11x14 plein air Pastel.

Well, hope you enjoy the paintings from over the last few months.  
They were painted in Zion  Utah,  Laguna Beach, Balboa Island and Palm Canyon, Palm Springs.  Plein air is my passion, so I am happy to share these with you.  I hope to keep up my blog a bit better this summer.  Enjoy.  Thanks for hanging in there with me and supporting my art.