Monday, March 31, 2008

My new studio

I don't have a new painting to post today. I had to work all day and only got to spend about an hour working on a painting that I started a couple of days ago. As an experiment, I am painting the same still life in pastel and in oil. Just want to see the difference. So, when the oil is done I will post it next to the pastel. I'm liking both so far and there are nice things about both mediums. So many options! So little time!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Reach For The Sky

Reach For The Sky
Acrylic on Canvas - 30 x 40

OK, so I decided to post one more painting before going to bed. I really am behind on my postings so I figure I better go with it while I'm in the mood!

Here I am looking up through the aspen trees! How many times have you done that? I've wanted to paint this for a long time, but just didn't know how. I finally just went for it - it was painted quickly with acrylics. I had a lot of fun with this one and will probably do a few more. Living in Colorado, you can't help but love those aspens with all their "elk scars".

Blushing Pears With Grapes

Blushing Pears with Grapes
Oil on Panel, 16 x 12
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I thought I'd post one more painting before calling it a night. This is a still life that I finished a couple of days ago. I had to finish it using my photo. I took so long on it that my pears started to turn so I finally ate them! I'm glad I had most of the painting done before that because it's much better to have the real thing in front of you. I hadn't added the stems yet, so when I ate the pears, I saved one of the stems!

Sunlit Path

Sunlit Path
Pastel - 20 x 26

This painting was another one that I submitted to the art show at my church. I was going to submit an oil painting but I just couldn't get it done in time. I wanted to add another layer of glaze and I was running out of time. So I decided to submit a second pastel painting. This was one that I had finished but was never quite happy with. It just didn't glow enough. So I took it out of the frame and reworked it. I made the colors glow more, simplified my shapes, and added some sunbeams filtering through the trees. I think it looks "inspirational" and thought it would be a good submission for our church.

Autumn Blaze

Autumn Blaze
Pastel - 22 x 28

This is a pastel that I started a few years ago but never finished. It just wasn't working for me. At that time my art teacher was always pushing us to work on the "dark shape". Eventually the painting just became dark and sort of foreboding. Not the feeling I wanted to create. I really wanted to show the blaze of autumn colors in Rocky Mountain National Park in the fall. I know I may have pushed things a little bit in this reincarnation, but maybe I just had to go a little in the opposite direction! It's colorful and makes me feel the brilliance of sunlight hitting the aspens in the fall.

El Santuario de Chimayo

El Santuario de Chimayo
Pastel - 16 x 12

This is a painting of El Santuario de Chimayo which is a beautiful sanctuary in New Mexico, between Taos and Santa Fe. I went there about 11 or 12 years ago with my friend Dot. Back then I didn't paint but I was an active photographer. I photographed this church using black and white infrared film and then printed it myself. For years the photo has been in a box. About 2 weeks ago I started going through some things that I had stored and I found the photo. At the same time, our local church announced an art show that would open the same day that our new sanctuary was going to open. Our church has grown so much that they had to build a larger sanctuary. So, when I found my photo it seemed like perfect synchonicity. I did the painting in pastel on Wallis sanded paper. I only had a couple of days to submit it for the art show, so I did my own framing (not something I usually do for pastel). I don't know if the painting will be accepted or not, but it doesn't matter because the creation of this painting from the photo taken so long ago was a real treat.

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Still Life with Blue and White Pitcher
Pastel - 24 x 18
Well it has been months since I've updated my blog. But that does not mean that I haven't been painting. In fact, I'm painting more than ever. Everyday I try to get through whatever tasks are before me so I can go out to my studio and paint.

Last year was an exciting and exasperating time. We spent months and months building a new garage with an art studio above. It was finally completed (mostly) in December and the landscaper was fighting to get some stone steps and retaining walls completed before the snow started to fall. It was a close call. In fact, the final work was done in a snowstorm. Now that spring has arrived, some of his tools are slowly showing up as the snow melts!

Anyway, I have been painting pretty much every day. I don't always complete a painting in one day since I'm starting to paint bigger, but I'm having a great time and find that I can work on multiple projects at once. What a huge luxury.

So, now I'll start posting what I've been doing. This is my latest work. It's a pastel. The blue pitcher came from a yard sale. I had not worked in pastel for about 2 years, but recently took out some paintings that I had never finished and thought that maybe now I could. That sort of got me on a roll.