Fountainhead Regional Park is the widest portion of the Occoquan Reservior. In nearby Fairfax Station VA, it is perfect for water sports and fishing. We went there to paint several times this summer; the boardwalk works well for plein air setting up. The pace is slow and people often stop by to chat.

This artwork has a simple watercolor underpainting. I found that the density of PastelMat makes for a long drying time for water media, so I would probably try alcohol or terp in the future, particularly on humid days.

Soft Pastel on PastelMat with watercolor underpainting


Menokin Photography Contest Winner

Menokin Is Hosting   
A Reception and Show of Entries from the 

Menokin Photography Contest

(Results are TBA, but mine's the center one: the fish scale carved mantle piece from the Architecture Division. Menokin is the historical home of Lighthorse Harry Lee, signer of the Declaration of Independence.)

Please join the Menokin staff, contestants, trustees and contest judge Hullihen Williams Moore on the evening of November 30, 2012 from 6 pm until 8 pm for a light wine and cheese reception and the results of the Menokin Photography Contest.


Escape to Black Friday, November 23

Escape to Black Friday, November 23

Hot Cider and Cool Art


Art by Tuula Rissanen Ross.
Are you dreading the crowded malls, the endless lines, and the panic caused by not finding the perfect gift? Avoid the holiday stress and Escape to Black Friday at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton with family and friends on November 23 from 9am-5pm. Enjoy hot cider, artist demos and workshops, while you explore the beautiful campus and start your holiday shopping. There will be exclusive holiday gifts in all price ranges, created by more than 100 Workhouse artists.

This all day event will serve as the opening reception for the 30 x 30: 30 Works in 30 Days, which will be on exhibit in the McGuireWoods Gallery from November 23 through December 30.  Support your local artists and community while finding the perfect holiday gifts for family and friends!

Hand-made Ornaments by Ceramic Resident Artists will be for sale to support the Workhouse Ceramics Program this Holiday Season in the Gift Shop.

The Workhouse Arts Center is located at 9601 Ox Road  Lorton, VA 22079. (800) 453-8179. 
~ Sharon Bulova Newsletter

Bonnie Notes: This month, I have four pastels, both small works and larger pieces, one of which won an award in the People's Choice on Second Saturday.