Painting in the big showroom was almost like painting outside. Windows and raised roof skylighting.
I took my iPad with quite a few reference photos on it. I planned on doing a landscape of our area and maybe add a longhorn or two. I don't like painting from photos very much so decided to just look out the window.
Pastel paintings do not require under paintings, but it saves time, pastels and can add a great deal to a painting. You can cover it completely or let the color show through. I put sort of a red and purple as a complement to the green that was to follow. It adds to the continuity of the painting to keep the darks connected as one shape.
The rest of the time was talking with visitors and audience. I was also checking out other artists. Mark Bray was doing a drawing of a horse in black and white, charcoal and pencil. There was a wood carver working on a display for the First National Bank and the museum. Why did I not get a photo or two?
Robin Lively http://www.robinlively.com/ was doing a pastel demo as well. She was working/painting on an old pickup. She was using some dark slate color, Colourfix sanded paper. The paper itself was the underpainting and she left some of that to show through....
I love talking and had a great time visiting with the artists and gallery lookers. Oh, actually enjoyed painting, too.
There is a fine coffee shop in the Art Center that serves all the specialty style coffee and tea, snacks and wine. They make their own meade and sell honey. What more do you want? Latte, wine and art! Woohoo!
We will see how the painting "finishes" or not. You will have to stay tuned to find out.
The Longhorns carry on. One more win at the Regional (double elimination tournament) and they play for the Championship. Not expected but what fun. Next up would be the Super Regionals which is next weekend with another Regional winner, best 2 of three games. Then in 10 days or so after that, the NCAA College World Series in Omaha. We have never been. Maybe on our trip the Horns will be there and we could just drop by Omaha on our way home from Montana. Just a few hundred miles more!
Hook 'em Horns!