Friday, August 30, 2013


BE STILL by PAULA PRASS 6x6 on board
It's been a very busy week so I'm happy to be able to fit another study in.  BE STILL is something I don't do much;  when I try my mind revolts.   But lately after a tough workout we are asked to empty our minds and just be still.  Maybe it's that I'm thrilled that it's over and I can hardly move, but it's the one time it works for me.  It feels surprisingly good and freeing to stop and calm my mind even when everything around me is screaming for attention.

Have a wonderful holiday weekend.  We will be be stripping and resealing saltillo tiles in the heat, just as we've been sentenced to for the last few weekends.  Keeping our eyes on the goal set before us...can't wait to reveal the before and after.

Thursday, August 29, 2013


IN THE STILLNESS 6x6 oil on board
I really enjoyed painting this one and would almost entertain painting this scene multiple times.  For some reason I found it easier than my cloud pieces.  I took some time away from the oils for about a week to work on an abstract using acrylics.  I like mixing it up and have so many ideas floating around up there that I find myself in overload.  

I am seriously considering building my own art website.  Anyone who knows me knows I will probably pull all my hair out in the process, but I will never pay again what I paid about 10 years ago and then couldn't even manage it by myself.  Things have changed drastically in the last couple years and I'm exploring the many possibilities of building my own site and managing it myself.  I think I can, I think I can.  So I might just become a bald but self-sufficient web designer!  Prayers and advise are greatly appreciated.  

Thursday, August 22, 2013


Yet another cloud study, this time it's a Safe Harbor.  Not sure how many more I'll complete in this Cloud Series as I have done a couple that don't meet my expectations.  Love, love doing these, but am also itching to paint things like, say for instance, marshes.  Makes me itchy just thinking of the potential mosquitos if I were painting air.  I just took several photos this weekend of a nearby marsh and so far I am still free of bug bites!!  I started the underpainting of my first marsh last eve as I was cleaning up my paint brushes and am really liking it...until I overpaint it, of course.  I might add clouds; maybe not.  Depends on my mood, the current paint on my palette, and whatever the painting says.  I hear paintings speak to the painter; I'm trying to listen, but afraid I'm still a bit bossy with the brush.

I haven't taken any classes for the last few months but I just signed up for two.  I do not mind painting alone, but there's an wonderful energy when you are with other creative types.  I'm going in opposite directions; one class in abstract acrylics and another in oil painting from Jeff Yeomans.  He's one of the artists in that awesome book California Light.  

Wednesday, August 21, 2013


Here's the next in my series of cloud studies called Distant Rain.  I like the reflections on the wet shoreline and the transparent cloud in front of the sun.  I actually had a tougher time with the waves so I reworked them.  My goal is to go simpler and less fussy but it takes me twice as long to achieve.  

I've been thinking long and hard about what to do with the art I'm creating.  I want to have enough pieces and then come up with a plan.  Some of you have asked if I will be selling my art and I do intend to, I just want to make some decisions on how to do that.  

I have more finished pieces, so let me go photograph those for another post.

Friday, August 16, 2013


SKIES PROCLAIM 6x6 oil on board by PAULA PRASS

Finally was able to paint today and so very glad I did.  Can you believe after all these years of having a long distance love affair with the ocean I have been transplanted near my life-long obsession?   This is where I get lost for hours absorbing the glory of each wave and cloud.  While I moved here under duress; the ocean has been such a calming and welcoming friend, for which I am eternally grateful.  

Wednesday, August 14, 2013


Our efforts these days have been focused on our back patio and I'd hoped to be be further along by now.  Between us only working nights and weekends (extra careful not to do noisy construction "after hours") and now Mini MyGyver is sick in bed and I'm just way too excited to wait one minute longer.  Quicky shot.  I'll do another post later showing the painful Before part.  It's coming together and can't wait to have it filled with friends and family.  

This sectional is from Eurolux Patio right here in the San Diego area.  Picky Paula couldn't be more pleased with the construction, options, price, in stock pieces and customer service.  Believe me, I did the research!  We can easily move these pieces around for different seating options.  Sorry, I'm in my interior design mode again. 
Doesn't my Patchwork Landscape look awesome out there?   It's not technically an outdoor piece, but can't say it won't appear for a special occasion. 

Patchwork Landscape by Paula Prass
I spent the last couple days studying how to keep up with the latest gadgets on the web.  One long day just to add Pin It buttons to my images.  I'm a huge Pinterest gal but have yet to link to my boards.  I also over studied Google+ and after too many hours of uncertainty I blindly made the leap.  Hope against hope, I pray there was a benefit to that time wasted, er; spent.   

Any info or advise on how to make Google+ work best for an artist/designer I'd surely be interested.  Might not sound like a big day to you, but my brain is about to explore in HTML jargon.  Gotta love blogs with step-by-steps though.  I read all 237 of them.  Gotta go recover on the patio right now!  

Thursday, August 8, 2013


STANDING TALL 8x10 oil on canvas by PAULA PRASS
I am really, really pleased with this painting.  I painted these beauties in the Spring and just realized I never posted the finished piece.  I love the contrast and the shapes of the shadows.   Have an awesome weekend.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013


SOLITUDE 6x6 oil on board by PAULA PRASS
Hot off the easel.  I did this in one sitting.  I've decided to do a series of clouds, so here's my first.   I might do a couple tweaks on this as usual, but I wanted to take a photo before I head off to the dentist.   I feel so accomplished today!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013



You might have seen this painting hanging in the built-in bookcases here.   Here's a proper image for your viewing pleasure.  


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