Dottie Riley


Dottie Riley
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Pastel Pelicans


I spent yesterday afternoon doing this pastel. Maybe I am getting better with pastels- maybe not. It is a struggle and I think that is why I keep at it. I am determined to learn how to use them; determined to learn how to get the effects I want to achieve. Painting with oils and acrylic was more fun while I was learning and kept me motivated. That may be the approach I need to take now. Learn...

Both Jon and my friend, Terri, did just the waves breaking on the beach, but the whole time I was doing this I kept thinking about pelicans so I added pelicans diving for food. Pelicans diving is an amazing sight! Only brown pelicans dive for food. White pelicans do not. Strange, isn't it?

I am still involved with the Auxiliary but I do less than before. I am taking more time for myself, more time to organize my house and make repairs and improvements that are long overdue. I am trying to unload tons of stuff; all of the stuff accumulated over the decades. I still have boxes of Tod's stuff, games, cartons filled with art and sewing materials- just tons of stuff that I never use. At least now I have more time and while this should be moving faster, at least I have started.

posted on Apr 16, 2014 9:46 AM ()


As for getting rid of stuff, I always think I am going to need it. I
have furniture that should go.
comment by elderjane on May 1, 2014 4:53 PM ()
The boxes of stuff that I unloaded hardly make a dent in the accumulation of 'stuff'.
reply by dragonflyby on May 4, 2014 12:20 PM ()
I love the picture and don't know how I missed it before. Water is very
hard to do.
comment by elderjane on May 1, 2014 4:51 PM ()
Thank you. It is a pastel. I keep trying with various degrees of success.
reply by dragonflyby on May 4, 2014 12:22 PM ()
comment by jjoohhnn on Apr 22, 2014 6:46 PM ()
Thanks! My last pastel is a complete dud.
reply by dragonflyby on May 4, 2014 12:22 PM ()
comment by hobbie on Apr 16, 2014 6:49 PM ()
This is by far, better tan my last pastel.
reply by dragonflyby on May 4, 2014 12:23 PM ()
Cleaning out years of accumulated treasures is difficult for me, usually because I don't know what to do with them. Lately, I realized I'm probably the only one who thinks they are treasures, so threw a lot in the trash. It's a liberating feeling.
comment by troutbend on Apr 16, 2014 2:21 PM ()
I am slowly getting rid of stuff... very slowly!
reply by dragonflyby on Apr 18, 2014 3:40 PM ()

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