"Ice Out" pastel on Canson paper 5x7 matted to 8x10 $100
I pass this pond on my way to and from work, this was an early evening in March. It is a true sign of Spring in New England when the ice leaves the ponds and lakes.
Today I delivered my painting "Tranquil Morning" to the New London Inn for the 2013 Winter Art Show by the Center for the Arts, Micro Gallery. It runs from Nov. 1st to the 30th. and the reception is Nov. 1st. from 5 to 7. Stop by if you are in the area.
I love landscapes, those quiet places that take your breath away. This was from a visit to the New Hampshire White Mountains as the trees were just beginning to turn.
I went to Blick on Saturday and Unison pastels were on sale so I bought about a dozen to round off my set. I couldn't wait to try them out. When I work in pastel I have a paper trough under my work to catch stray pastel dust. Since I do so many landscapes the dust is a soft gray green. I had water to it and make a new pastel. Today when I removed the trough it spilled all over my working pastels! They will clean up easily and I did manage to salvage most of the dust.
This was fun to do from beginning to end. Next I will do a grisaille of the same set up. I like to do one very loose and painterly and tighten up on the next.
Blick was having a sale this week-end for its favorite customers and I went in even though I didn't need anything, maybe that's why I am a favorite customer.
I found a brush called a filbert but not like any filbert I had ever seen. I fell in love with its shape and had to have it. Then I saw the sign that said: "you will fall in love with the shape even before you know how wonderful it is". I used it for the first time and it really is wonderful. A Blick Master synthetic filbert size 16. Now I want a whole set!
The top is the filbert, the other 2 are Blick master synthetics also, size 2 and 8.
I-Hsing Teapot and Japanese Lanterns 8x8 oil $125.00
This is the alla prima version of my last post. I used the same drawing and set up. This one was supposed to be easy, after all I had lots of practice with the drawing and the first painting. I worked all morning and then wiped it out. After lunch I had a better time with it but I think it still needs some tweaking. I can't wait to start applying glazes to the first version.
I started taking a new class - Still life in Oil with Trish Gibbs. We are exploring a number of still life techniques. The first was Alla Prima. The second used an imprimatur of umber with wipe-outs and umber additions. I did this one at home and it was fun - it felt like drawing with a brush and a small one at that! The next step is to let it dry and apply transparent glazes.
In the next class we will be doing a grisaille - I can't wait!
I spent time in the White Mountains of New Hampshire this summer visiting my daughter. The views are spectacular and every where you look there is a different mountain or range. I worked in watercolors because of the portability but it seemed just right for these wonderful views.