Early in the spring of 2009 I fell in love...with a beautiful pastel painting by artist Karen Schroeder of Coupeville, Washington. Some months after asking if she gave lessns, I was happy to learn that a class was available. In November I took my first pastel painting class... and this love affair continues...
Pastels are the purest painting medium -- pure finely ground pigments are lightly formed into sticks with just a whisper of medium. They are soft and sensuous and are made in the most vibrant of colors. When applied gently to a rough surface which grasps and holds the pigment they are treasures --fragile and vulnerable and an ongoing delight. No two dimensional medium affords the tactile and seductive involvement of pastels. This blog is a collection of my pastel works....

Saturday, January 14, 2012


If you want to catch up with my activities, I would love to have you visit www.barbarmearing.blogspot.com. Happy New Year.

Sunday, May 8, 2011


Exciting News!!  Raven Rocks Gallery is featuring my pastel work for the months of May and June 2011  The pictures showing are 'Tenacity', 'The Gentlest Rain', 'Whidbey Shadows',  ''The Blue Watering Can', 'Gages Whidbey Barn' and ' Easy Living on Whidbey'.  Many thanks to Raven Rocks owners Windwalker and Mary Jo.  Their gallery in Greenbank, Washington is definitely always worth a visit and - in my point of view - especially now!!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Paradox Redux

I had painted and posted this work as a miniature acrylic, but enjoy doing the same view in pastel.  Here is a 12 x 16 version....the summer heat and the cool of shade...both bring a sensual pleasure.  This is a simple scene near Winthrop in Eastern Washington in late summer. It is available at Whidbey Art Gallery in Langley, Washington.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Trees at Ft. Casey

Near Coupeville, on Whidbey Island, in the State of Washington is a beautiful bluff with a scenic lighthouse...and some windswept trees...
Captured late in the day at Ebey's Bluff, this pastel is 10" by 13", framed in an classic gold frame.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Chocolate Flowers?

Whidbey Sketchers is a group of artists who enjoy sketching together on location at various venues on South Whidbey Island. On a sunny summer day we visited a delightful nursery called the Chocolate Flower Farm on the outskirts of Langley. After getting home and reviewing my pencil sketches, I could not resist recreating the whole enticing scene in color. Done in pastels, this painting is 15 x 12, called 'A Blue Watering Can' ; it is available at the Whidbey Art Gallery in Langley, Washington

Lupines and Poppies and Vetch, Oh my!

Once again nature has her way and what a way it is! This scene is somewhat fanciful, but was drawn from observing the California poppies, the blue vetch and wild lupine growing together by a roadside with mountains in the distance, near Greenbank in central Whidbey Island. This pastel 'Meadow Lupines' is 16 x 12.


On crisp cold days the sun never rises high in the sky and every degree of warmth must be treasured. This stark beauty can be as much a pleasure as any rampant green summer. It is all about valuing the best of each season. This pastel painting "Winter Sunset" is 16 x 12.