Saturday, July 30, 2011
20 Paintings in 5 Days - Painting Eight
This plein air piece is 9x12" on LaCarte
20 Paintings in 5 Days - Painting Seven
This studio piece is 8x6" on Wallis Museum
20 Paintings in 5 Days - Painting Six
This is the first piece for today, Saturday, done from a photo taken the night before as the sun set. The light was magical.
This is a tiny studio study at 8x6" on Wallis Museum sandpaper
20 Paintings in 5 Days - Painting Five
This plein air piece is 9x12" on LaCarte
Friday, July 29, 2011
20 Paintings in 5 Days - Painting Four
After lunch we headed to the Whidbey Island Winery to set up our easels. I walked around for several moments looking for that "perfect" scene to paint. I wanted to paint the vineyards, but it just wasn't calling me. I kept coming back to this pot hanging on the side of the winery - I love the shadow shapes and colors!
I like the deep red at the bottom and the contrasting purple strip across with the shadow falling over it.
My goal with the flowers was to keep them as simple as possible with only a few strokes each. I think I succeeded.
This plein air piece is 12x16" on Sennelier LaCarte
20 Paintings in 5 Days - Painting Three
We are still at the Earth Sanctuary here. I loved the pattern of leaves and water here and tried to capture the abstract designs created with looking through the brush into the pond with sunlight filtering through.
This plein air piece is 8x8" on Wallis Museum NFS
20 Paintings in 5 Days - Painting Two
This was quite the interesting journey. Thursday morning we traveled to the Earth Sanctuary. A privately owned parcel of land with trails, ponds, bull frogs, herons, water lilies, meditation centers, and even a labyrinth. I happened on what is called a prayer wheel. As I painted, this character appeared along with floating leaves and sunlight sprinkled on the ground. Lots of fun.
This plein air piece is 9x12" on Wallis Museum
20 Paintings in 5 Days - Painting One
I strive to keep my work quite expressionist with abstract leanings.
This studio piece is 8x8" on Wallis Museum SOLD
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
20 Paintings in 5 Days
So what are the chances of painting 20 paintings in 5 Days? I've given this a bit of thought (5 mintues worth) and think this might be fun. I leave tomorrow morning for the Whidbey Island NPS Plein Air Paint-Out. I like having goals. It gives me a deadline. 20 paintings in 5 days is totally possible. They may be small - 8x8" or 8x10" or 9x12". Yup, let's give it a try. I'm already lovin' it! Check back often the next few days and see how I'm doing!
Monday, July 25, 2011
"Aspen Dance" 9x12" NFS for now
Demo Fun at Soap Lake Art Guild
I thoroughly enjoyed giving my pastel presentation and demo last Wednesday. Thank you for inviting me! Your hospitality was wonderful and the smorgasbord delicious!
Everyone had interesting questions about the pastel medium and my techniques. I enjoyed sharing about the plethora of pastel paper available today compared to when I began in pastel some 30 years ago. My two favorite grounds today are Wallis and LaCarte.
The surface on the Wallis paper is a neutral pH, pigmented coating with an inert white aluminum oxide abrasive used to create the texture. The durable coating can be tinted or under painted using water, alcohol or solvent based media and will withstand extensive scrubbing and reworking.
Sennelier LaCarte is still my favorite of all time. There's just something about the surface, a finely ground pH neutral vegetable flake and cork that is applied by hand. The surface is uniform and wonderfully abrasive, promoting excellent pigment adhesion without requiring a lot of pastel for coverage. La Carte has a soft "touch" when compared to other sanded pastel papers, but still holds many layers of pastel.
Then I talked about the pastels themselves and all the different brands now available. When you paint in pastel, it's a good idea to have a good selection of colors, values and hardnesses within reach. You can see a small amount of my collection in these photos. I sort my pastels by color and then value.
The time came to dive into my demo. I used a photo reference of a stand of aspen I shot last summer when hiking with my daughter. Since my photo is for reference only, it is not unusual for my finished piece to be nothing like the photo and quite abstract. That's the fun of it - to use artistic license and play with lines, shapes, and colors.
This night was no different. Since I only had a short time, my beginnings had a long way to go, so I invited the crowd up to have their hand at laying on some color. And boy... did they ever improve the piece! They added red, muted bluish purple, midnight blue - hopefully I encouraged a few of them to pick up pastels again and begin a journey of wonder!
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Pastel Demo at Las Brisas in Soap Lake Wednesday
Her signature color-drenched pastels will be the subject.
Jen plans to talk a little about materials and equipment and then dive into a pastel demo while talking about how she creates her abstract paintings using landscape reference material. Watch Jen use rich layers of pure color and broad strokes to create dynamic abstract paintings.
Las Brisas Art Center, Soap Lake, Washington
21058 Highway 17 N - Large white building
From Wenatchee just go to Quincy, to Ephrata and then to Soap Lake
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Bluebirds Over Mustard Field
This is the second plein air piece done Saturday in the foothills above Spokane. I was driving around looking for a scene to paint. I drove up a hill and looked around. Nothing really struck me until I turned all the way around and saw the mustard fields below me. I knew I wanted to paint this scene but I also knew it had to be abstract. I wanted to capture the "feeling" of the place. The "soul" of the place. I paused for a while letting the air seep into my skin. The sweet aroma of just-cut alfalfa brought back childhood memories.
Charcoal in hand, I placed a line, a smudge, a curve. Using the mustard field as my impetus, the place became mine.9x12" pastel on Wallis
Sunset On a Country Road
9x12" pastel on Wallis
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