Wednesday, May 28, 2014

"Stepping Away", pastel.

"Stepping Away", 10 x 8"
Pastel on re-primed canvas panel.

After week of extensive gardening and back yard constructions,
I decided to treat myself with quiet evening of working on this pastel study.
Last summer we had a magnificent young buck visiting on our back yard.
One of those days he presented himself long enough for me
to be able to take his picture. Deer are the Ghosts of the Forest.
they rarely completely stand our for You... they blend with foliage,
becoming a part of that complicated dance between lights and shadows...
Deer is rarely evident, but yes, if You have eye to see them in the forest
they are present. Present as part of their surrounding...
This painting is currently available at DPW auction, please feel free to check it out,
if You want to see better details of this art work with DPW zoom feature.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Camp Hill Plein Air Day 5. Quick Draw.

 Had wonderful day at Quick Draw in Camp Hill.
Found a beautiful stone house surrounding by all sorts of blooming bushes
and went for it. Had two hours to start and finish my project, including framing.

 Everybody was extremely nice. people even moved their cars so 
those wouldn't be blocking my view. Light was not easy today,
but my sketch was very helpful to keep concept about
"where do I want my highlights".

Another 30-40 minutes would make it picture perfect... But...
this is what Quick Draw is about - time limits.

 Finished look - beautiful Plein Air frame and Museum acrylic.

Got a lot of compliments to this work and better yet - it got sold
to the nice lady - owner of that beautiful house I painted that day.
Tomorrow - last day of event.,,, Even more things could happen, but we will see.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Camp Hill Plein Air... Day 3.

 Day #3. Not that nice on the morning. But by noon - window of opportunity -
rain stopped and we even got some sun shine!
Getting on a road with all my pastel boxes, easel and things...
This time - heading to Camp Hill itself and finding myself nice looking house to paint.
Above - value sketch wiath alcohol wash on sanded paper.

 After I set my values, it is tie for color. Trying to keep it simple and loose...
have no idea if rain is about to return here any given moment,
therefore getting my idea down, so I can finish it any other place... if I have to.

 Surprisingly - no rain till later in the evening.
Basically finished all on location in about 2 hours. Happy!

"Camp Hill welcome!",
8 x 8" Pastel on sanded board.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Camp Hill Plein Air 2014. Day 2.

Day 2 of our Plein Air painting adventure. Weather is nothing like yesterday.
In-fact it is both - cold and windy and look like next two days it is not
getting any better, but perhaps we will be getting lots of rain...
All this mean - I do not have luxury of "taking it easy"
and need to finish at list one more painting.
I'm working today closer to our home and trying to stay
close to my car at case if we get all that rain.
Above - my sketch for #2 painting. Can not help it - love old bridges.
painted many of those and not going to stop.

Spraying graphite sketch with alcohol what will embed it into the paper.
Lisa is not happy with temperature and hiding in the pile of blankets.

 Watercolor underpainting for my pastel.

 Beginning of pastel application.

... and finally - finished painting!
No title yet. Still have to frame it as well. Great part - I have two works done.
Therefore, if weather will be totally miserable... I can just stay indoors for day or two.
But hopefully it is not a case and I will have a chance to do some more...
Tomorrow we will see...

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Camp Hill Plein Air 2014. Day 1.

First day of Camp Hill Plen Air event. Regardless of weather predictions,
day is hot and sunny. Hiding in a shadows by the creek.
About the only place to survive at mid-day heat.

I had not one, but TWO painting companions today..
One has a camera, but You can meet #2...
her name is Alisa ("Lisa") and she is Xolo - Mexican hairless dog.

We with Lisa had about 2-hours long painting session.
I worked with my pastels... Alisa was guarding me from strangers.

 I managed to finish my first work and have it framed and ready to go to the gallery.

"Enchanted Trails"
8x10" Pastel on Wallis Belgium Mist.
Omega Plein Air frame, museum grade acrylic.

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

"Evening Reflections", marsh study, pastel.

"Evening Reflections", 8 x 10", pastel.

Study of marsh-land on sanded paper toned with India-ink.
One of my "recycling projects", what basically mean
I'm reusing the same board for another art work.

Monday, May 5, 2014

"Spring in the Garden", Pastel.

"Spring in The Garden", 8 x 10", pastel.

Painted today, about 1 1/5 hours session in Longwood Gardens, PA.
Very limited palette of pastels and few pastel pencils. Maybe 20 in total.
Had terrific photoshoot, after I finished with this étude.
What a beautiful day! Enjoyed a perfect outing
with my husband of 15 years, who once upon a time
introduced me to this beautiful place....

Sunday, May 4, 2014

"Aglow", Oil.

"Aglow", Oil, 12 x 12".

Another painting in my garden series.
Fantasy garden with water-lilies, perhaps another Monet.
Work in painted on Italian-made acid-free canvas panel
and currently offered for sale on Daily PaintWorks auction.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

"Coastal Guard", pastel, re-work.

"Coastal Guard:, 11 x 14", Pastel on Wallis paper.

Another re-do of on of my older painting.
Just plaid with it one evening and like it much better now.
Original version You can see below. At this moment for limited time
this work is offered at DPW auction site.

Above - early version of "Coastal Guard".


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