Sunday, March 22, 2015
Friday, March 20, 2015
|Follow Your Heart, pastel, 10.5 x 12 inches|
Sunday, March 15, 2015
Monday, March 9, 2015
I expect a lot of physical work this spring and summer so I look forward to ending each day in my new bathtub with candlelight from the Glassybaby selected for me by my grandson Elias. He chose this color based on my cool painting palette.
Also complete is 8 weeks of online mentoring of Canadian artist Barbara DeMott through two paintings. She was my test case and I have a better idea now of how I might structure online mentoring in the Fall to assist several students to more successful work. If you are interested in having your name added to my online mentoring list, email me. Below is Barbara DeMott's painting, shared with her permission. Great job Barbara!
|Homesite Creek Falls, pastel, 12x11 inches, Barbara DeMott|
Thursday, March 5, 2015
|For Evermore, pastel, 24 x 18 inches|
|About 70% complete.|
Evermore" this morning after looking at it daily on my easel for about a week.
I keep forgetting to mention the reducing glass that I've been using to see the entire image even when I'm standing very close to it. Also, I want to mention the dry brush I use to lift pastel off the paper in a random gentle manner. See the photo below.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
|River's Edge, 24x18, 2005|
|Studies 3 and 4 Purchase|
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
|Spring Stream, 24 x 18 inches, acrylic underpainting|
|Spring Stream, mixed media, 24 x 18 inches|
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
|Course of Events, pastel, 24 x18 inches|
These small studies have received a very warm welcome; my thanks to the three collectors who have given Study #7, #6 and #5 a new home. I have two more to post on Daily Paintworks for sale. I will keep the one above and plan to frame it in a 7x5 inch frame directly against the glass. No mat but the border of the paper will show.
Added Note: A known French method of framing pastels is with the pastel directly against the glass. I have used this method for my own collection and find it works great as long as there is no movement - everything in the frame has to be stationary. I mentioned that I would frame my small study in this method - both because it is small and because it is mine. Try it on one of your own works and see what you think. Note: this applies to UNMATTED work. Don’t put a mat directly against a pastel - you will have a dirty mat. Presently, all my gallery work in pastel is framed with spacers behind the mat or, if there is no mat, there are spacers inside the frame to hold the glass away from the painting.
Monday, February 23, 2015
|Study for Spring Stream, pastel, 6x4 inches sold|
Sunday, February 22, 2015
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Of the six small studies I painted in preparation for this painting, I have selected the first one for my reference and I'm starting at the top.
The studies will be going to Daily Paintworks for auction or Buy It Now. If you are interested in purchasing one before I post them at Daily Paintworks, let me know.
|Study #7 sold|
|Study #6 sold|
Monday, February 16, 2015
|Study 5 for Dappled Path, pastel, 6x4 inches|
Saturday, February 14, 2015
|Dappled Path 4, pastel, 6x4 inches. Study for a larger painting.|
Friday, February 13, 2015
|Dappled Path 3, pastel, 6x4 inches, color study for a larger work|
|Dappled Path, pastel, 23 x 18 inches, 2005|
|Step One - charcoal sketch|
|Step Two - dark pastel|
|Step Three - and from here it took on a life of its own.|
|Dappled Path II, pastel, 6 x 4 inches, 2015|
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
The pastels that have been beside my easel have been in two large Dakota pastel boxes. They are mostly Schmincke, Unison and Sennelier. Also, a half dozen boxes of Terry Ludwig and two chests full of NuPastels (a generous gift years ago from Cathy Woo). For the move I'm using the little foam cradles that came with my boxes. If you click on the photo above, you'll see them at the far end.
My studio has been rearranged (again) in a way that gives me a wall to hang the larger work that won't fit in the storage area under my counter. The large painting on the left in the photo above is still pleasing to me overall and in fact, has some very nice areas but some not so nice too. As I became more skillful in working with pastel, my strokes matured and I am imagining this scene as I would paint it today. In preparation for doing that, I'm going to start with a small color study of the painting. Then, from the small study, I'll paint the scene again in large format. Actually, I can think of quite a few old paintings I'd like to try this with. I'll let you know how it works!
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
|Godspeed, pastel, 16.5 x 23.5 inches|