In December I was accepted into the co-op Sierra Artists Gallery, located in Mariposa. Casto’s Wine Bar and Fine Art, in Mariposa, has also accepted my work.
Last December I was asked to demonstrate pastel painting at Yosemite High School in Oakhurst. I had painted this scene previously so I chose to paint it again so that I’d feel comfortable. I’m just getting around to finishing the painting.
‘Sierra Nevada Foothills at Dusk’ 9×12 Pastel on Art Spectrum paper.
On November 13 I participated in the Williams Gallery West monthly Art Hop. The picture below shows how far I completed the painting that day. Today I’ll work on this painting. Pastel, 13×19, half sheet Art Spectrum, a warm brown color.
Art Hop progress, November 13, 2011
January 31, 2011, afternoon.
January 30, 2011, evening. Now it needs the finishing touches.
Sierra Art Trails is two weeks away! So much to do!!! I’m finishing some paintings and beginning to make lists of what I need to do…..clean, clean, clean….clean the house, my art room, the deck, the yard…. And bake cookies and create a menu for the weekend. AND hope for really nice weather, please, no rain like last year! Normally my work hangs in the gazebo on the deck but last year we had to bring my paintings inside when it rained. All my paintings were stacked in rows on the couch and some people obviously haven’t a clue how to handle pastel paintings! You DON’T flip through them like prints in a rack and then slam them all back against the couch! This scratches the frames and possibly loosens the pastel.
ANY Hoo…., a couple of new paintings..
Aspen leaves, 6×9, pastel.
Another version of ‘Autumn Foliage’. Pastel, 6×9.
Yosemite Valley Woods, 8×10, pastel.
….will be here October 2 & 3. I’ve been painting small subjects for the upcoming event. Our home is one of the sites on the tour. For information go to: Sierra Art Trails David will display his photography, our daughter will display her paintings and my work will be shown as well. I’m creating little pastel vignettes. Below is a pastel 6 x 9 inch version of ‘Morning, Lundy Canyon’ .
Another pastel 6 x 9 inch sunset off of Highway 140.
I also painted a few small acrylic 6 x 6 inch gallery wrapped canvases. These aren’t necessarily the finished versions. This apple has been worked on since I took this picture.
The Pear is finished. I had fun, as I explained to a friend, painting this without my glasses. I applied the paint in globs according to values and the shape of the pear. I refined the pear after the initial layer dried.
An old snag on the trail below Glacier Point in Yosemite.
This 6 x 12 inch fish was quite fun to do. I applied the background with a palette knife. The fish has a lot of iridescent and Interferance paints, which are shiny and a bugger to photograph….you’ll just have to come see it in person!
The beginning of a landscape and a peach.
A thank you card for a friend….acrylic on water paper stock card.
December 29, 2009
Perhaps complete. I worked on the foreground grass this morning.
December 27, 2009
‘November Meadow, Yosemite Valley’ is the current painting I’m working on. The meadow had lacey texture with shades of off whites, rusts and a little sage green. We’ll see if I can keep it ‘quiet’ in the color department. I’m working on a half sheet of Art Spectrum’s Colorfix paper in a dark blue (13×19). I’ve laid in the under colors and pattern of the grass. Now I’ll build up the layers. I’m working from the top down. I’ve just begun defining the tops of dried flowers with grass behind them.
‘August Meadow, Yosemite Valley’ is almost done…..if I say it’s finished I’ll see something that needs to be ‘fixed’. I love the colors and textures of the meadows. These silver grey plants were standing in grasses that ranged from rust to gold to green. The edge of the forest created the background. The tips of conifers were catching the late afternoon light.
The painting will sit a while before framing. It’s not as dark in real life….if it looks dark on your monitor. I can’t tell where the ‘correct’ tilt of my monitor should be to see things realistically. That makes it hard to adjust photographs.
18.5 x 26.5 Pastel $1600 Framed to 24 x 32 in German silver color aluminum with Plexiglas.
My ‘Christmas Cactus’ is blooming nicely. It sits on my desk during the winter. During warmer months it’s outside. I received this plant for my birthday from my adopted mom, Joann, about 6 years ago. I painted it a few years ago.