Friday, June 23, 2017

Young Tree

"Young Tree" (pastel, 7x5 inches) click here to bid or buy (coming soon)

A portrait of a little tree in Albert Handell's garden. I did this one quickly right after painting his house. He seemed to like this one best of all my paintings in his workshop. (He did help me out with loosening up some edges and creating more depth.)

Here's a shot of the tree and the washed-in pastel underpanting:

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Handell House

"Handell House" (pastel, 9x12 inches) $390 unframed for a limited time

Unless this sells first, it will be with me at the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair July 20-23, 2017.

As the title suggests, this is the home of Albert Handell! I took his garden workshop in Santa Fe last week, and this was my first painting. The light in Santa Fe was amazing, and it didn't get above 83 degrees the entire time. Perfect plein air painting weather!

Albert is an inspiring teacher. The best thing about his demos (besides how magically they progress) is his so obvious enjoyment of the painting process. And when he's not painting he's full of valuable info and insights into the business and creative sides of being a working artist.

Here are some progress shots of my painting:
photo: the house when I started
pastel underpainting washed in with alcohol

photo: The house when I finished. That darned sun kept moving!!

Albert's wife Jeanine, waving at my camera as she comes out. Such a lovely and generous hostess!
Albert working on his morning demo in oils, in the studio from a photo. We painted this same building on site the next morning!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Park Trail #39

"Park Trail #39" (pastel, 12x16 inches)  $650 unframed for a limited time

If this doesn't sell first, it will be with me at the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair July 20-23, 2017.

I did this one in Rae Smith's Saturday workshop at IAPS pastel convention last week. I used one of the samples of Yi Cai Pastel Paper, that the representatives from PR China were giving to the instructors. I used one of the medium gray tones, similar to the old Wallis paper. I really like this paper!! It feels a bit like Wallis, but smoother. Great weight, nice and strong. Very consistent. I was able to pile lots of layers on this. I used a dry method on this piece, but I can tell it would take wet mediums beautifully. The back of the paper has a smooth feel and tape pulls of flawlessly without tearing. I bought 5 more sheets before I left.
I'm trying to find out where to get this paper in the US...

Check out my progress shots:

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Cloud 7

"Cloud 7" (pastel, 4x7 inches)  click here to bid or buy

This is the 7th small cloud painting I've done, most of the others were very long ago. There special thing about this one is that it's the same view as one I painted 10 years ago in the Maggie Price workshop at IAPS. This one I painted last week before the IAPS convention, when I was invited to go out and paint with my new friends Laura Pollack, Lyn Asselta and Maria Marino. It was amazing to be able to paint out with such talented landscape artists!

Lyn Asselta and Laura Pollack getting started
It was Tuesday morning and we went to the Elena Gallegos park in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains. Below is the painting I did of this same scene in 2007:
"Atmosphere" (2007, pastel, 4x6) sold