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Art Connections Gallery
908 Main Street, Bastrop Texas
512 581-1799

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Cactus Blooms Pastel Painting

Painting is something that I like to do quickly.  Usually this works out and I am happy with the results.   If my results are not working I let it sit for a day or more.  There are times when I cannot get the idea rekindled, especially if I let it sit for too long (think days or weeks).  In those cases I wipe it off and start over.  At other times the painting cannot be rescued so I wipe it off and do a completely new painting.  Not all ideas are good paintings.  I consider it practice and don't worry about doing away with concept.

I started a large pastel just before we left for New Mexico.  It was almost finished.  In fact, I thought it was finished but I wasn't thrilled with it.  The painting sat on my studio easel for the summer, waiting for the big wipe off.  When we got back, I looked it over and decided to finish it.  Rare that I can just continue on and be happy with a painting.  I did this time.  The deep saturated colors I use require deep darks to empathize the light.   The painting called out to me and said, "Strengthen the darks!"  That change made all the difference.

Cactus Blooms, Too
Pastel on Pastelbord, 24 x 18 inches - $950
For sale at Art Connections, see info above for their location and contact.

I used some spray bottle drops of water on the background.  I am pretty sure the Pastelbord was gray to start with.  I used a variety of pastel brands.  I worked from hard to softer with the exception that I will use a hard pastel near the end for blending. 

Before I took the painting to Art Connections, I took a photo in our bedroom so you can get an idea of the size.  It is over a night stand with an office size chair.  The frame is dark brown with black accents near the painting.

Now on to another project ...

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I have a couple of art links for you:

A short video from artist Daniel Edmondson about how the direction of light affects eye movement.  Interesting concept.

I follow a blog by Julie Ford Oliver, Las Cruces, New Mexico.  I like her New Mexico paintings. 

New Mexico Evening
Pastel on Sanded Paper, 14 x 11 inches
Julie's painting reminded me of this similar style house I painted ages ago (2003).  I've learned a lot about painting backgrounds, atmosphere and distance since then.  I should paint a new New Mexico evening.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Playing in the Pastel Dust

I actually did a no-pressure painting for fun and practice.  Well more practice than fun.  Right?  On the Southwest Forum on wetcanvas.com we have a monthly challenge to paint from photos provided by one of the artists.  October Monthly Challenge - Fall http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1361881 was put up by Jenna and we have not participated like we should.  I decided to do a very quick pastel, sort of like a sketch from one of the photos she supplied.  My sketch doesn't do justice to the photo.

Photo by Nicola Boerer on wet Canvas....

Pastel sketch on Canson Mi Teintes paper, gray.  It is about 17 x 12 inches.  I only spent about an hour on this so now I can critique what I did.  If I was going to make a finished painting, I would dedicate more time to the darks and background painting.  This would make the colors show up without being so glaring.  I would use a bit of a bluer sky and have some blues (the complement to orange) in the shadows.  The blue would gray the orange and soften the effect.  I also would like it better if I moved the big tree on the right farther to the right for a better composition.

I actually used some of my orange pastels and that is good.  Fall colors are not my favorites and the oranges and browns are very neglected in my palette.  Ha.

Some of our family were posting fall colors on our text chatting and we have no fall colors yet and maybe none this year.  Here is our "old" yard in December of 2008.

We went to one of the fall baseball practice for the Longhorns last Monday.  It was such a beautiful evening.  I took many photos and fixed some to put here then decided after all the time that I wouldn't put them up.  Here is one!  They played nine innings Orange against White.  The Horns won!  Hook 'em!

I am ready for spring  COLLEGE baseball now, professional baseball is not too exciting.  I was  sort of for the Dodgers or  St. Louis Cardinals to be in the World Series, memories of my parents.  We don't watch or care, really.  Now I am rooting for the San Francisco Giants because Brandon Belt is playing for them and he was on the Longhorn team a few years ago.  Do you care who wins??

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sketches from the Porch

For Scavenger Hunt 379  http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1363111   I sketched out on the porch for these sketches the last two days.  Today I sketched in my studio.  I used a Micron 05 pen in the large sketchbook.  I sketch quickly and free hand.

Number 4, reflective - the window to the right looks into the living room.
Number 5, favorite art supply tool - a pen and should have mentioned the fingers, too.  :)

Number 6, metallic - I was doing the something from the list by memory and thought I remembered aluminum/shiny.  Well, the pan is metallic anyway.  Sigh.....
Number 7, something you like to wear - I must have been thinking of a completely different list because  I remembered knot and that is not on the list.  It is part of my favorite shoes, though.  Double sigh......

Number 8, round - the exercise ball that lives under my corner desk
Number 9, rectangle - the side of the storage box
Number 10, gift - a pair of multicolored socks bought for a friend
Number 11, keepsake - an aquamarine and white gold/platinum ring.  It didn't melt in the fire so maybe it is now a diamond!
Number 12, triangle - well, almost.  An arrowhead rescued from the fire, too.  Joanna found both of these things.  Thanks, Joanna!

The weather is so beautiful at the moment.  Morning temperatures have been around 60 degrees F.  Days are mid 80s for the most part.  I love this here as we can have the windows open until mid morning. I close up before it gets warm and we don't have to use the air conditioner.  Nice and quiet around here!

Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is. —Sir Francis Bacon
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I Grew up in a small town , Magdalena, New Mexico. I enjoy art and the pleasure other people get from my work. I always donate some of my sales and art to charities, especially for children. That started in Bolivia with Para los Niños. (Link on sidebar) "I cannot pretend to feel impartial about colors. I rejoice with the brilliant ones and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns." -- Winston Churchill