Sunday, August 31, 2014
BTW There have been many questions about the texture in the last painting. Later this week I will post another from that series and give more detail about the method.
Friday, August 29, 2014
I am finally back in my studio after over a month of travel. One of my stops was Washington State. The fields in Washington always enchant me. I painted just studies for 10 days then moved into the studio at Dakota. This painting is an experimentation using watercolor and gesso with pastel in several layers, most importantly the last layer. I did not like it one bit when I was there...but now as I unpack the box full of paintings that i shipped back I am giving it new though. It's interesting how a little distance can change your mind.
The George Inness quote is one of my long time faves. Doesn't he just say it all?
I will post more studies and paintings as the weeks go forward.
Monday, August 18, 2014
|pastel, 11x12- above and below- two version, different methods|
Friday, August 15, 2014
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
I tried a new surface... new for me that is. This a is memory painting done on multi-purpose board- a surface that is hard, white, slightly sanded and takes watercolor beautifully. Here's the link to buy it from Dakota.
Dakota Art is an amazing place. If you haven't been there and you paint in pastels, it's a destination to add to your list. I love my annual trip to stock up on pastels and work with Richard.
PS It feels good to get back to watercolor underpainting.
Monday, August 11, 2014
PS Sorry for the bad photos. I held the small paintings on the window of the car. All paintings are 6"x6."
Saturday, August 2, 2014
Friday, August 1, 2014
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Monday, July 28, 2014
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Back to the Queen Anne's Lace. This time I not only played with the lace work of the horizon where the flowers meet the sky, but I also used flowers to lead you through the field. My question ..how little do I need to paint and still read field?
Friday, July 25, 2014
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Monday, July 21, 2014
I disappeared for a wee bit. I met my bestfriend in the world, Leah, in Maine. We stayed in a cottage that we picked because of the wonderful field across from it. There was a path through the field that led to a small beach. Sweet. This is one of my pastel studies done one sunny afternoon. I will post more this week, including a super moon study.
Monday, July 14, 2014
1. a BestBrella #196AB-Z
2. A clamping device for a spotting scope -for attaching the painting box
3. painting box- your choice
4. another clamp- holds the bar that is used to attach the spotting scope
5. cloth bag with rocks if needed for counter balance
This system will transport your pastel or oil box, umbrella, extra easel, camp chair, water, food, and supplies, best of all you can push it with one hand.
Mike's work is beautiful. Here are a couple he created when he was in Washington.
|pastel painting by Mike McMullin|
|pastel painting by Mike McMullin|
|My friend Christine(right) made her version and we used when we were painting on Whidbey Island. Nice.|
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
My dusk-a thon continues. I am considering this to be simply a learning process, not expecting anything from each small painting. At most I may spent 20 minutes on a single one, usually going on to do another (since the light changes so quickly at dusk.) This was done at 9:00pm at the train station.
Monday, July 7, 2014
|pastel on Uart|
Did you know that police worldwide quell rioting mobs with water cannons enriched with purple dye? The semi-permanent purple "tags" protesters for later retribution by the police. In the last twenty years, protestors in Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, and (most recently) Uganda have all been purple soaked.
It seems to be a shrewd move by police, but as Slate's Explainer's column explains the tactic can backfire. In 1989 , a group of anti-apartheid protestors marching on Cape Town's Parliament were ordered to stop, then soaked in purple dye. A protestor seized control of the purple dye cannon and turned in on the reigning National Party headquarters and the historic, whitewashed Old Town House nearby. "What about the purple people?" implored a Cape Town editorial the day after the "Purple Rain Protest." Graffiti on the Old Town House provided an answer that became the rallying cry of the ant-apartheid movement: "The Purple Shall Govern!"
If you want more stories and mini factoids about color check out the book,
ROY G. BIV -an exceedingly surprising book about color by Jude Stewart
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
|pastel on uart|
"For a painter gray is the richest color, the one that makes all the others speak." Paul Klee
You see is when you look at the great beauties in art (my bias) In the later part of his life George Inness was the master of grays. He uses only a small piece of pure chroma surrounded by neutralized color (grays.)
Monday, June 30, 2014
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Monday, June 23, 2014
Saturday, June 21, 2014
1. Kiyochika, Master of the Night- Freer/Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian- free
The gallery displays master printmaker, Kobayashi Kiyochika beautiful woodblocks. Dawn, dusk and night are the focus of his woodblock prints.
3. Life keeps getting better with a exhibition of Degas and Cassatt, National Gallery of Art - Smithsonian, free! This exhibition demonstrates the affinity between both artists. A perfect friendship Degas and Cassatt, engaged in intense dialogues, challenged each other and shared their many experiments with new techniques. The show includes sketches, paintings and prints.
4. Andrew Wyeth: Looking out, Looking in, National Gallery of Art- Smithsonian- free! Spare and elegant, these paintings are free of the narrative element associated with the artist’s better-known figural compositions. The abstract qualities of his work are therefore more readily apparent, and Wyeth emerges as an artist deeply concerned with the visual complexities posed by the transparency, symbolism, and geometric structure of windows.
5. And last in between exhibitions be sure to visit the Smithsonian's Folklife Festival- June 25-July 6. It's free as well and right on the mall smack between the Freer and the NGA. Art, performances, hands-on demonstrations and great ethnic food.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Trouble is, my work is normally not place specific. Instead it's more about the feeling and the vibration of colors makes the feeling. So here I have my first satisfactory study of "poison ivy island." It's a pastel, about 9"x12". Wish me luck!
Sunday, June 15, 2014
My idea this time was to see the layers. Make it more about the surface. The watercolor below with thin layers of pastel is topped by marks of pastel.