© Laura Gabel, "Lesla's Rose". Pastel, 8x10. Private collection.

A Rose by Any Other Name?

My blog of June 21st encouraged all our readers to create in the best way you felt led, whether it’s decorating cakes, doing crafts, painting or writing. The last photo in the blog was the start of a rose I was working on in pastel. It was labor of love Read more…

© Laura Gabel, “Bark and Bluebells”. Pastel, 22.5x29. Framed in a mahogany wood frame with museum non-glare glass. $2500. Creation speaks

All Creation Speaks

Speaks of what you may ask? Many of you know the answer. Creation speaks of the Creator of the universe, the one true God.  In fact, those who do not know God often find themselves acknowledging that there must be someone higher than themselves. Someone who could have made the Read more…

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What will you create this year?

You may have heard the phrase “New Year, New Décor.” My question would be why take someone else’s idea of décor?  Don’t settle for copying another’s style. Create your own! Yes, you can create! You’re probably saying to yourself, “What in the world is Laura talking about? I don’t have Read more…

A Wonderful Reunion

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a surprise reunion with someone you loved and lost? Unexpected, joyous…a warmth in the heart. At least that is what I hope for Ian when he sets eyes on his beloved dog Sally in this painting. This painting of Read more…

Joy for the Sad

There are some paintings you just can’t part with. The painting below, “I’ll Fly Away” was really my first pastel painting.  I didn’t like pastel, I thought it was messy, dusty and difficult. I persevered somewhat, but my teacher Laurie McKelvie was so passionate and so encouraging I just had to Read more…