Sunday, April 23, 2017

Square Art

I have heard that it's hip to be square. I know pushing it again, but, thought I would try one of the tree pieces as a square format. It is 12" by 12" on hot press water color paper ( a smooth surface vs. a rough one).

Here it is what do you think?

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Art Naturally

Happy Earth Day! Nature speaks to me and I often talk back. I have been focused on trees this week but Earth Day is not just about trees but how we are all part of one earth. Yesterday, I went to Boyce Thompson Arboretum were I discovered a little area I had not seen. It was called Demonstration Garden.

They had developed several small garden areas with different plants in each space. There was a rose garden, not something you think about in the middle of the desert mountain region. Of course it included a Desert Garden, with native plants and trees. The birds and lizards loved these gardens. The hummingbirds were busy courting, and building nests. This seemed late in the season, it is higher elevation with cooler temperatures. I must say it made my day.

I continued my week of painting trees. Found a nice spot with some shade. I wanted to see how a square format would work for the tree pieces. It is not finished yet so will have to post that picture later.

During the week I have been working on a long format Aspen piece. The idea of Aspens growing as a community made me think this was the perfect image for Earth Day. It shows that by growing together we have strength and power. Aspens are generally the first trees to recover after major fires or other natural events. The root system is interconnected given them a possibility of survival over other trees. It also speaks to the Science of Nature. This piece is busier than I normally work. I wanted it to send a message that "We Are All Connected", which is the title of this new work.

Happy Earth Day! Now go out in nature, National Parks free today and tomorrow.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Art of the Tree

Today's post is about sketching trees. Looking at the overall shape of a tree, the textures, the lights and dark shadows. This week I have focused on trees, Earth month, week and Saturday is Earth Day. Plus, the bonus of Arizona's Arbor day was the 18th. Lots of good reasons to draw trees. I really don't need a reason to draw trees but it allows me to share my love of nature and trees.

Hopefully this little movie will work on the blog. If there are any problems, I will also post it to FB directly and maybe on Twitter.

Sketching Trees:


Please let me know if you can not open this video. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Arbor Art

Today, April 18th is Arbor Day in AZ. It is hard to keep track of Arbor Day as it can be celebrated at different dates throughout the year in different states. For the majority of the United States it is sometimes within March & April, a few states go into May but there are some that honor trees in November, December and January.

I think honoring trees in April works pretty well with Earth Week, month or day. So, today we honor the tree. Since, I have drawn and painted a few trees in my life time and photographed thousands I will share a few with you today. I tried to find one to cover each season starting with spring - Palo Verde, Summer - Oak, Fall - White Oaks, Winter - American Beech

Make sure you go hug a tree today. Maybe even plant a few. To find out more about Arbor Day in your neck of the woods, here is the web site.

At the studio in Scottsdale, AZ
National Arbor Day is April 28th, more to celebrate on that day!

On display at Matrix Gallery, Blacksburg, VA

Display in the Art Space at Willow Oaks, Middletown, MD
Matrix Gallery, Blacksburg, VA

Monday, April 17, 2017

Art for April

April is known for many things: spring is springing, flowers blooming, trees are going from flower to leave to fruit. All of these things are inspirational to me and make me think of Mother Earth. April is earth month, this week is featured as Earth Week and the 22nd is Earth Day!

This rest of this week I will focus on trees. If you are so inclined to learn how to draw trees, improve your drawing or painting of trees. Join me in mini workshops or plein air painting days the rest of April right through May. Wednesday and Thursday I will be work in and outside my studio. If you would like to stop by and join me just drop me an email at There is a small fee of $80 covering: Day 1 - focuse on form and structure. Day 2 - applying form & structure to your paintings.

Friday I will be at Boyce Thompson Arboretum painting trees from 10 - 2. There is a fee to enter the gardens if you are not a member. I plan to get there about 9 to do a walk-about and most likely will settle in around the eucalyptus trees.

Still working on some details, I may post an album of earth friendly art for sale on FB. Hope to do a little instruction blog on drawing trees and leaves. Lots of ideas, and as always I am a work in progress when it comes to getting it all organized.

"Twists & Turns" African Tree center drawn on cork paper, outer drawing on museum board. NFS

Saturday, April 15, 2017


The Art of crafting. Today we are celebrating with our friends Eric & Lori Rice the preview opening of Willow Oaks craft cider and wine.
Today, Saturday April 15th preview the new tasting room from 11-5. 6219 Harley Road, Middletown MD.

Come see the beautiful fruit trees in bloom.

The tasting room is filled with art by me, linda harrison parsons! Which most of it is for sale along with some ciders like none you have had before.

Come enjoy a day in the country with views from the wrap around deck, great art and amazing cider. Plus, they will be open on Easter Sunday.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Art And Nature

Did you know this week is National Wildlife Week in Canada? It ends this Saturday, along with National Environment Education week in the U.S.A. Next week, starting Sunday is National Parks Week, coming around the corner on April 22nd Earth Day. For me everyday is Earth Day, National Wildlife Day, talk about the Environment and National/State Parks Day/Week. I am there when ever I have the chance. I love talking art and nature. Even more I love drawing and painting things in nature. I believe in leaving nothing but footprints, take care of nature and she will take care of you.

In celebration of all things nature, Earth Week, I am planning a few things: April 19th & 20th join me at my studio to work on drawing trees.
Wednesday 9 - 11 structure, form, texture working in graphite or charcoal on paper.
Thursday 1 - 3 work in color, pastel and watercolor applying previous days lesson and dealing with changing shadows from morning to afternoon light.
Fee for both days just $80.00
Optional join me at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park on Friday April 21st from 9:00 to 2:00 to paint trees, only fee is to enter the gardens $12.50 for direction and additional information check their web site:

If you would like to register for the tree workshop email me at:  or just come join me on Friday the 21st to draw/paint trees.

Accepting all credit cards, Pay Pal, checks and cash

"Palo" Mixed medium framed 15x19 image 7.5x11 Earth Month Special $300.00 includes tax & shipping within U.S.
"Bound Trees" Hand pulled lithography on 11X14 paper image approx. 8x9" $40.00 includes tax & shipping within U.S.

"Red Maple" Mixed medium 11x14 framed 9x12 image Earth Month Special $300 includes tax & shipping within U.S.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Art - And The Winners Are...

I was hoping to get this done yesterday but took a little longer to go through all the pictures and see who had "liked or loved" one of the images. I downloaded the Random which worked out nicely. You copy and paste the names, it than puts them in a numerical grid format, hit the key to pick the winners and it pops up with first, second and third place. It will select what you put in, if you only want one winner or more. So, the winners were selected via computer. Bit you would like to know who they are and what they won wouldn't you???

Here goes:

Our third place winner is: Wayne Johnson, his prize the "sloth" hand pulled lithographic print, hand colored.

Second place winner is: Patricia Aster, her prize,the graphite barn owl, matted and ready to frame.

The First Place Winner is: Janet Smalley Yoest, "Ancient Mesquite" framed,  and ready to hang.

 I will confirm addresses with each of the winners and arrange to ship or deliver the art to you. Thank you to everyone who continues to support the arts and artists.

Coming soon: Flower Power - All About Trees - Whoo Saw That Bird

If you need to contact me, message me on Facebook or at

Friday, April 7, 2017

Garden Art

Just a FYI, I am at the Desert Botanical Gardens all weekend long for the Scottsdale Artists League Exhibit and Sale. The paintings from the 40+ artists Paint Out in March will be on display and for sale. A percentage of the sales goes back to the DBG and to SAL for their scholarship program. There is a fee to get into the gardens and it is worth it, the cactus are starting to bloom, the wildflower trail is still full of flowers and the art will be on display at the herb garden. Come on by talk with the artists, see some wonderful art and spend the day at the gardens.
E-mail for the weekend
If you are on FB you can also use messenger.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Art For Business

Making Art as and for business. I make art because it is what I was meant to do, no matter what other job I may have had, I have always created art. Art is now my business, showing, selling, teaching, creating murals, designing labels and what ever else presents itself.

While I was going for my master's degree one of my advising professors wanted me to focus on one thing, one style, one image...why? That same week I went to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. where a K├Ąthe Kollwitz exhibit was on display. She was a painter, printmaker and sculpture. Her prints were on different papers, and in different colored inks. Once I saw this show it opened a door for me, I did not need to pull large edition of prints. I did not have to just be a print maker.

I do have a general focus, things in nature. Which if you want to push the limit is pretty much everything. Which brings me to what I have been doing over the last few years. I make art to sell, either directly or via a business venue. People ask me if it is hard to let go of my work? If I do something that is special for myself I don't let it go but most of the time I just create. I have so many ideas and opportunities to create that it is wonderful to know that my art has found it's home. I love knowing where my art goes to live. Plus, by selling my work, it gives me more options to create something in that same series or move on to a new project.

This past week/weekend I have been working on a special project. Creating designs that will become labels for my friends Eric & Lori Rice. They are about to open their new tasting room for Willow Oaks craft cider and wine. This latest label won't be seen at the preview opening because the product is still in the works, slowly becoming hard cider as it sits in wood barrels aging to perfection...too much, nah. But, you can come see other works I created for the products that are ready for you to try. I will be there April 15th to help celebrate a collaboration of creativity. The business of art, the art of the label, the art of making cider and the art of nature.

Willow Oaks is located on the oldest organic farm in Maryland. The views alone are art.  A picture worth painting or photographing. I hope to see you there. How do I get there? Here is the web site for more information: http://www, and the address is: 6219 Harley Road, Middletown, MD  Time: 11:00 - 5:00 Date: April 15th Tax Day

"Golden Russets" just off the drawing board

Labels your can find at Willow Oaks

A hard cider like no other

Eric & Lori Rice

Eric barrel tasting the cider

Monday, April 3, 2017

Drawing The Line

I love drawing, there is something about a well drawn work of art that always pulls me into the piece. This is what took me to print-making years ago, the line, the elegance of just a simple line. This weekend I have been working on a new label piece for Willow Oaks craft cider and wine. These works are done in Black & White. I start out with a line pencil drawing and then take it to pen & ink. I am using a technique called stippling, making little dots. Lots and lots of little dots. The more dots you make the darker the area becomes creating shape, form and shadows.

While making what I thought were random dots I realized I needed to be careful of the line. As, I was making my dots along the edge I could see patterns starting to form. The dots started to take on the appearance of a line. Too many dots too close together and you have a line. Even with stippling my love of the line keeps showing itself. Luckily they have these lovely white ink pens that can be used to break up some of those areas. The white ink is a bit thicker and creates it's own textural effect.

Slowly this piece is coming together. When it is done I will put together a little step by step but for now I leave you with dots.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Showing Art

Saturday was the last #plein air #paint out day at the #Desert #Botanical #Gardens for the #Scottsdale #Artist League. This week I will make some adjustments, cut mats, and frame works to go into the show this coming weekend: April 7-8-9th. It will be on display at the #DBG generally it is in the back section of the herb garden area. If there are any changes to that location it will be posted on FB. To get into the garden there is a fee for more information on that here is the web site:

The Scottsdale Artist League donates a percentage of the sales to #DBG and a percentage goes towards the #SAL scholarship program. The #artists who have been #painting in the #gardens will be there all weekend long. There were approximately 40 artist painting throughout the month of March. The hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The gardens are located at 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy, #Phoenix, AZ they are open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

If you have any additional questions you can email me at:
There will be lots of #art to look at and purchase. There are special activities for the kids. Come on out and enjoy the gardens, talk with the artists and take home a little something special.

Friday, March 31, 2017

End of 31-31 Art Challenge

But, the Desert Botanical Gardens, Scottsdale Artist League paint out continues for two more weekends. The works I created at the gardens will go on sale next weekend. Starting Friday, April 7th, through Sunday, April 9th from 10 - 5 Fri.-Sat. & Sun. Times may change depending on the gardens wedding schedule. This time of year there are always weddings and special events, like the art show. There is a fee to get into the gardens but it is well worth the visit. I am planning to be at the show Friday till at least 1:00, Saturday about the same and Sunday I will be there in the afternoon 1 - 5.

Here are some of the works that are going to the show unless you wish to purchase them first. The matted and framed works are $300.00 and if you purchase it before Sunday April 2nd I will cover taxes and shipping. Without the frame $225.00 it will be matted for protection or without a mat rolled in a shipping tube for  $200.00.

Those that have "Liked" "Loved" works this month will be put into a drawing. I just found out about a on-line way to add names and the computer does the drawing. If I can figure out how to make that work we will go with that, if not I will have Rick draw a name the old fashion way. The drawing will take place after next weekends show and sale.

To get an idea of what you favorite piece is, let me know by selecting #1 #2 #3 etc. If it goes unsold it may just end up on your never know! You can post to the album on FB or email your favorite or comment here on the blog.

#1 Quiver Tree          #2 S/W Sunrise            #3 Sunflower 
#4 Ancient Mesquite         #5 Barn Owl         #6 Spring Roots

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Taking It To The Movies

I have been doing a few demonstrations lately on the reductive technique using soft pastels on Rives BFK paper. The paper is cotton rag and is not sanded. The softness of the paper allows it to be toned with pastel or charcoal. It does have a tooth (roughness) to it and works beautifully for drawing. This paper is used for conte, charcoal, pastel, lithographic print making and can be used for painting water color, acrylic or oils,

This is the recent barn owl that I started as a demonstration piece at the AZ Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, followed by hands on demo with the Tucson Pastel Society. The piece was finish in my studio. The little video is composed of pictures taken while working under several lighting conditions. It gives you a quick look at how I begin and the final piece. 

Sometime in the future I will try to put together a more detailed video of the toning of the paper and the beginning of the work using the eraser. Until than I hope you find this helpful. If you have any question, would like to learn this technique or set up lessons please email me at:

linda hp at Desert Museum Tucson AZ


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Art Birds And You

Just recently finished a barn owl pastel using the reductive technique with a limited palette on a non traditional un-sanded paper. What does all that mean? You could come take my class "Birds in Art" at Common Ground on the Hill and find out. We will be using pastels, charcoal, pencils and optional materials such as: pen, ink, watercolor, possibly coffee staining. I have arranged with Bear Branch Nature Center and #Hashawha #Environment Center to have raptors for a day of drawing. If you have never drawn from live birds before, this is your opportunity. If you want to improve your drawing skills or just love birds and what to learn more, sign up before the class fills up.

The classes at #CGOTH are geared for all levels, beginner to advanced. The class is limited to 15, allowing lots of one on one instruction. The class is already beginning to fill up and it looks to be very exciting. If you want more details check out the web site  Traditions Week I Visual Arts "Birds in Art" or my web site to see some images of raptors created with pastels and mixed medium or you can email me directly at

The class is held at McDaniel College, Westminster, MD June 26-30th. You can stay on campus or commute. CGOTH offers meal plans, lots of classes in visual arts and music, evening concerts and so much more. Hope you can come join us and release your creativity!

I see you 

CGOTH pastel class 2016

McDaniel Campus

Square Art

I have heard that it's hip to be square. I know pushing it again, but, thought I would try one of the tree pieces as a square format. It...