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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.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Frog Haven

Just finished this piece today. It took about 3.5 hours. The scene is a tucked away pond I found while treking thourgh Pine Lake park near my home. I am hopeful I picked the correct stoppong point and didn't overdue the deatils. 30 x 24 inches ..pastel on uart paper.


  1. This is very nice. It makes me miss the fall season (which is practically nonexistent in Austin, Texas).

    From what I can see, you picked the correct stopping point: subdue background, details on the right tree trunk in the middle ground and texture in the foreground. Well done!

    A 30 x 24 inches in 3.5 hours, that's quick. Did you train yourself to get faster or are you naturally a fast painter?

  2. Hi Johanne--I have always painted fast. The watercolor underpaiting has really accelerated the process and shortened the painting time. I foung myself getting lost with the details so I made myself stop painting - I think painting can appear contrived and too busy with excess details. tom

  3. It would be interesting to see how far you take your watercolor underpainting next to the finished painting.

    Have you tried other ways to do the underpainting (like washed pastel with turpentine, mineral spirit or water)?

  4. I have been staying with watercolor but I will experiment with other washes ..thanks for the suggestion.I have a tendancy to apply pastel all over the washes so I am working on leaving more underpainting exposed...tom