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Eldora, Iowa, United States
Hello- welcome to my blog. My name is Tom Christopher and I have been a landscape artist for many years. I enjoy painting scenes near my home in rural Eldora, Iowa. I am a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and a Charter Member of the Pastel Society of Iowa.

2013 Workshops


1. May 4 and 5...Maquoketa Art association. Maquoketa Iowa.
2. May 18 and 19 Des Moines Art Center. Des Moines Iowa
3..September 12,13,and 14 Eurekas Springs Art center
Eurekea Springs Ar.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Old Farm Shed

Painted this tonight --about two hours
16x20 inches... pastel over watecolor on Uart paper


  1. This is gorgeous! I like the areal perspective. And that only (part of) the barn is refined and everything else is loosely suggested.

    2 hours, hmm... That pretty good! How much "planning" do you do before you start painting? Thumbnails, sketches,... ?

  2. i do like to take a relatively long time planning and composing the painting . When Idecide to start a new painting I will take a day or so to visualize the piece in my head. Even after I place the pastel paper on the easel I will walk away for about an hour and then return to the studio and begin the painting. I do not regularly do notans or thmbnails although I feel it is good way to proceed

  3. Interesting! How close is your final painting to your mental vision? I assume it must be pretty close, right?

  4. With this one, I was able to visualize the position of the farm shed and and the high horizon line. I think it helps me to slow way down at the begining of the process. If I am not enjoying the painting process, the piece will not work and usually appears boring and contrived.

  5. That's interesting, thanks for sharing your process.