1. Some Like It Hot Some Like It Cold

    October 6, 2017 | Author: Maureen White | Category: Blog | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments (3)

    What is your favorite color?  

    We all have a favorite color and often we have more than one. Most people will either gravitate more towards warm colors or more towards cool colors. How about you? Are you a warm color person or a cool color person? This week I am giving away one of the paintings below. The winner gets to choose which painting they would like, warm or cool.



     Rhythm Of The Sun

    Acrylic on wood

    10 inches x 10 inches


    Rhythm Of The Sun which is a mix of the warm colors, yellow orange and red with a bit of white and black mixed in. The black when mixed with orange creates a beautiful subdued green as you can see in the painting.

    Starry Night is a mix of lime green, navy blue, aqua and white. The green/yellow areas reminded me of the sky in Van Gogh’s painting, Starry Night.

    How to enter the drawing. All of you on my mailing list are automatically entered into the drawing as you have been my true and faithful followers for the past 7 years. However you can have your name entered more than once if you leave a comment in the comment box below telling us which painting you prefer, Starry Night with cool colors or Rhythm of The Sun with it’s warm colors. or if you go to Facebook and like my page, Urban Pastures Art. Here is the link to the page  Urban Pastures Art FaceBook. A third way to enter your name is to share my Facebook page post about this giveaway on your Facebook timeline.  On Sunday Evening I will pick a winner using If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

    If your new to my blog you can also sign up to join my mailing list and receive my weekly newsletter by filling in the form on the right side of this page.

    If you are a patron who already has several of my paintings and not sure you should enter the contest be assured your participation is helpful by sharing my art with others on the internet. If you  win you can always gift the painting to someone who may need some art in their life or may need to know you care about them enough to give them a gift. 


    Starry Night

    Acrylic on wood

    6.5 inches x 6 inches




    Below are three new paintings I have up for auction at Daily Paint Works. If you want to see more details about the paintings or want to place a bid just click the link below the painting.  Thank you for your interest in my art and your friendship. Your support has keep me self employed now for 9 years and I am deeply grateful.



    Acrylic on wood panel box.

    6 inches x 12 inches x 1.5 inches D

    Click here for auction details  Moonstruck


    Autumn Raven

    Acrylic on wood panel box.

    10 inches x 10 inches x 1.5 inches 

    Click here for auction details  Autumn Raven




    Rambling Blues

    Acrylic on canvas.

    8 inches x 10 inches x 1.5 inches D

    Click here for auction details    Rambling Blues


    Click here for auction details 


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  2. Archie True And Brave

    September 21, 2017 | Author: Maureen White | Category: Blog, Uncategorized | Comments (0)

    Why are Names Important ?


    I would like to introduce you to Archie.

    He is my new companion in the art studio. I traveled to Missoula MT on Sunday to bring Archie to his new home. He is just 8 weeks old and working hard to adjust to his new environment. I am sure he is missing his many siblings all flying around in the cozy aviary. As I drove back to Helena I set my mind to thinking of a good name that he and I could both live with. I was looking for a name that would fit his physical appearance which I see as regal and majestic, as well as a name that will be easy for him to speak. The name Archie is Scottish in origin and means true and bold. I resonated right away with both meanings. I know with experience that cockatiels are true to their nature and they are extremely bold as they explore their daily surroundings while flying, entertaining or talking. It will probably be a few months before Archie gets his vocal capacity but in the meantime I am talking to him constantly and playing You Tube videos of cockatiels singing for him to mimic. Like humans they pick up sounds quickly at an very early age.  I am thrilled to have a cockatiel back in the art studio as I paint. For sure he makes me smile and reminds me to be true and bold each and every day as I pursue the creative process.


    His crown feathers are really long and I am sure he has regal cocktail blood in him, lol.


     Archie wanted me to make sure I took a photo of his beautiful patterned wings for you to see.


    As for paintings this week I have three that are just off my easel. I have them up for auction on Daily Paint Works. If you have questions about them contact me. You can see auction details in the link below each photo. I hope all is well in your neighborhood and life. 



    Evening Canticle

    6 inches x 6 inches

    Click here

    Daily Paint Works Auction


    Wind Fire and Water

    6 inches x 6 inches

    Click here

    Daily Paint Works Auction



    Silence is Golden

    6 inches x 6 inches

    Click here

    Daily Paint Works Auction


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  3. Love is Patient, Love is Kind.

    September 13, 2017 | Author: Maureen White | Category: Blog | Comments (0)

     A  60th Wedding Anniversary Commission. 




    Uros and Ljudmila Roessmann were married in 1957. Their eldest daughter Anita Roessman, my landlady, commissioned this piece to celebrate their 60th year of marriage in June of this year. Uros and Ljudmila were born in Slovenia and were young adults at the end of WWII. Soon they immigrated to America and setteled in Cleveland OH where they raised their family. Now they reside here in Helena just 10 mins from our house. The piece above depicts some of the places they lived in Slovenia nestled under Our Lady of Brezje, Slovenia at the very top. In the middle section is a partial skyline of Cleveland OH, Uros and Ljudmila and on the right views of Helena MT along with their currant home. In the bottom portion of the painting are their 4 children in their early years and two of the homes they lived in growing up in Cleveland. Anita and I had a great time planning this out. She gave me many photos to work from and knew exactly the size she wanted, 16 x 22. The handmade wood frame was also apart of the commission and is made of birch. The red and white carnations were painted on the gold background on the top of the frame, they are the national flower of Slovenia. It was such a gift to be asked to create this piece for Uros and Ljudmila in honor of their 60years of marriage. Happy Anniversary Uros and Ljudmila.


    Close up of the painting.


    Something New


    Below are two of my small paintings. White Tulips and August Moon. They are both up for auction at Daily Paint Works which is an on line art gallery. I have wanted to try out the auction format for sometime on this site. Daily Paint Works is a wonderful site, very reputable and filled with beautiful paintings from artists around the country and a few beyond. They get lots of traffic and sales and are highly regarded among both artists and buyers. In the next 4 weeks I hope to list more paintings and see if some of them can find a new home. Those of you who are on my mailing list are the first to know. If your interested in small works then you can click the links below the paintings and they will take you directly to my Daily Paint Works gallery page.  If you have any questions please leave a comment below or send me an email. 

    As always thanks for your support and membership here on my blog it means a lot to me.


     Click Link for Auction

    Auction for White Tulips 6 x 6 inches


    Click link below for August Moon

    Auction for August Moon 6 x 6 inches







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  4. What Lies Within Us ?

    August 30, 2017 | Author: Maureen White | Category: Blog | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments (0)

    “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson.




    Waldo came to Helena Mt. from The Westside German Shepherd Rescue Center in Los Angels CA. He is now the beloved pet of my nephew Jonathan Drake. Needless to say Waldo has melted all of our hearts. One can not help but smile at his wild hair and laugh as he energetically tries to engage you with his charming and loving personality. My sister and brother in law commissioned me to paint a portrait of Waldo for Jonathan’s Birthday , August 22. I have to admit this was one painting that made me smile the entire time I worked on it. I’m hoping if Waldo is ever in need of a pal when Master Jonathan is away I will get the job. In case your wondering he is named after one of Jonathan’s favorite authors, Ralph Waldo Emerson.  

    Below are some photos showing the painting in progression as I worked on the piece.










    Acrylic on Canvas

    9 x 12


    Commissions for pet portraits are always welcomed. 








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  5. For The Pause That Refreshes.

    August 16, 2017 | Author: Maureen White | Category: Blog | Comments (1)

    What is your best cleaning strategy ? 

     Summer is in full swing and during June, July and now into August life has been filled with activities, people, surprises, work, earthquakes, smoke, volunteer activity and of course laughter and beauty. But it is one of the surprises that I want to share with you. My art studio has been in utter disarray since my art show in June and it was not until this past weekend that I finally had a chance to begin cleaning out and reorganizing all the mess. The question was where would I start and what should I tackle first? My strategy was to start with the least desirable, the endless paper stacks. Then I moved on to moving furniture, washing walls, sorting through hundreds of paint brushes, throwing out dried paint bottles and finally repainting the furniture. Below are some before and after photos for you to see the change. I was surprised that such a loathsome task could hold such a jewel of a surprise. Having an ordered and clean space lifted my spirits and actually brought new passion, vision and joy for creating art. In retrospect I was reminded that some of the best things about life are hidden in the rough areas of our daily messes.

    I would love to hear your best strategies for big cleaning projects. You can leave a comment in the comment box below.



    A larger art studio would be nice but I am sure the mess would also be larger.



    Shinny….mmm how long will this last?


    Below are photos of a new abstract that came from all the cleaning and I can’t tell you how energized I was in creating this painting. Another surprise.

    Close ups of the first layers being applied


     Oranges being dripped into the aqua and yellow


    Purples and blues over the aqua and oranges. A total of 12 different layers of paint.



    The finished piece, Jitterbug, 24 in x 36 in

    I’m a happy painter.

    Thanks for all your support and wherever you are enjoy the Dog Days of Summer.

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  6. Highlights Of The Summer Art Show 2017

    June 23, 2017 | Author: Maureen White | Category: Uncategorized | Comments (0)

       Photos from my Summer Art show, June 17 & 18 2017

    I am very pleased to announce that my Third Annual Summer Art Show went extremely well. There were 40 guests who came and shared some good conversation, laughs, food and art. I was delighted that 9 of my paintings have found new homes. I sold out of my garden bird houses but I am now taking orders. Many guests were delighted to also take home some hanging dragon flies and birds and beads on a string. Both bring a splash of color to a patio awning, overhang or window. 

    For those who live far away I thought I would post some photos for you to see how I set the show up. Unfortunately there are not people in the photos only because I was to busy interacting and enjoying my guests.

    You can click the links below if you are interested in purchasing something from the show.

    Thanks to everyone who came and to all of my patrons who support me in my daily work.

    New items in Birds Paintings Bird Houses












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  7. Summer Art Show

    June 8, 2017 | Author: Maureen White | Category: Blog | Comments (0)

    I am happy to announce that my 3rd annual Summer Art Show will be Saturday June 17 and Sunday June 18 10am to 4pm.  All are welcome to attend. I am almost ready with 22 new paintings completed and some whimsical garden art.

    I wish those of you who live out of town could be here but I know there are many reasons why that maybe impossible. I thought I could at least give you a preview of some of my new work as well as an opportunity to purchase some items here on line.  Below are 2 new paintings I will be showing and then there are photos of my new bird houses and dragonflies.

    I hope your summer is off to a great start. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and to see what I have been up to.



    Yellow Tulips

    15 inches x 23 inches

    Rain Dance

    24 inches by 36 inches. 


    Below are 2 of the 7 bird house designs that are now available.

     All 7 can be seen by clicking Bird Houses under available work or by clicking the photos.

    The bird Houses and Dragonflies can be preordered and will ship out the week of June 19.





    These are 2 of the 5 dragonfly designs I have available  for purchase.

    All Five can be seen by clicking Birds under available work or by clicking the photos.

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  8. Memorial Day Beauty and Hope

    May 25, 2017 | Author: Maureen White | Category: Blog | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments (0)


    When Have you explored an item of beauty? 

    Exploring the world of flowers has been a road filled with beauty and surprises this spring. My evening stroll through the neighborhood is filled with greenery and color as the spring season continues to unfold into summer. Everywhere I walk I see new plant life emerging from the ground which not long ago was a frozen tundra. Flowers and fresh greens always ignite a sense of hope in me. It seems wherever beauty is to be found there is hope by her side. As we honor those who have died with a bouquet of beautiful flowers this Memorial Day may it renew in us a sense of hope that a life filled with love is stronger than death. I hope your Memorial Day is filled with both beauty and hope as you remember those who have died. 

    Below are a few photos from my latest walk through the neighborhood. I have also included a photo of a wonderful surprise I had in my exploration of flower painting.

    I am not sure what the yellow  flowers are called

    but the purple are Lilacs.


    White flowers of on a Ornamental Pear tree.


    Spring green of the Day Lilly.


    My painting surprise was a wonderful commission from my cousin Deirdre Meyer and her husband Dirk. They requested  a large 20 x 34 inch painting of  The Garden Poppies I had posted a few weeks ago. The painting will hang in their home in Munich Germany. Painting flowers this large was pure fun and I felt like a child that had been set loose in the sand box to play. Thank You Deirdre and Dirk.


    The beginning of the underpainting.

    Garden Poppies 


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  9. A Garden Of Gratitude.

    May 12, 2017 | Author: Maureen White | Category: Blog, Uncategorized | Comments (0)

    Happy Mother’s Day



    It is hard to put into words all the gratitude one might feel for their mother. Motherhood is a calling and a vocation beyond all others. Filled with many tasks, loving moments and relentless responsibilities. A mothers faithfulness to her children knows no bonds or age. I have often heard it said, “Once a mother always a mother.” That is certainly true for my mom who is now 91. Mom is barely 5 ft tall and weighs just over 100 pounds but she is still a force to be reckoned with. Her strong character and love runs deep for her children. She has shown me that some of the best survival tools for old age are laughter and quality time with family and friends. This mothers day I find myself deeply grateful for my mom, her wisdom, her laughter and her maternal care even at 91. Thank you mom!

    Blessing to all mothers, young and old, living or passed this Mothers Day you are a gift beyond all worth.


    New Paintings in my Flower Series.

    A Garden Of Gratitude

    6 x 6

    Heart To Heart

    6 x 6



    Micro Mystery 

    The paintings below are the clues to the last Micro Mystery.


    Fishing in the Spring

    Vincent Van Gogh



    Claude Monet

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  10. Song at Sunset – Bird Paintings

    April 27, 2017 | Author: Maureen White | Category: Uncategorized | Comments (0)

    Have you noticed the change in the amount of daylight?


    The days are getting longer and brighter for which I am most grateful. Being a morning person I love to see the light begin to appear around 6 AM. By the time June 21 rolls around it will be light at 5 AM in the morning.  As the sun rises earlier and sets later each day I feel more energized and productive than I do in the winter months.  Below are three paintings I completed this week. 

    Song At Sunset

    6 x 18 Inches

    As the day recedes the birds of the air perch to bask in the early evening sunset. Day is done and all is well among the flock as the dark night approaches. Quiet songs of gratefulness and calm fill the air as each feather is stilled and eyes begin to close and dreams of a bright tomorrow fill the heart. This painting is now available by clicking here.


    Chitter Chatter

    5 x 15 Inches

    Now available here



    Spring Fever

    8 x 10 Inches

    Available here.

    Spring Fever is purely an abstract painting. I was going to put birds on this one as well but I love the color so much I decided to leave it as is. The soft gentle hues of green and blue remind me of the spring greens that first appear on the trees and plants with the bright blue sky behind them.

    I hope that your spring days bring you a sense of renewed energy in your work. Enjoy the light and look for the fresh colors that appear in your neighborhoods 


    Just for Fun

    Micro Mystery

    It has been awhile since I posted a Micro Mystery. This weeks mystery paintings have no micro clue just the paintings themselves. Each painting was painted by a different impressionistic painter. Can you name the painter of at least one of the paintings? Or even better both painters?  Each of these paintings are wonderful examples of the colors we see in spring. If you know one or both of the painters send me an email or leave a comment below. Good luck.




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