Saturday, May 30, 2015

"River dance", pastel.

"River Dance"
Pastel on museum Pastelbord, 11 x 14"

My second entry for Camp Hill Plein Air 2015 competition was painted
from the boat lounge near Liverpool, PA.
It was a hot day, but we found a nice shady space, got comfortable
and I started this painting.
This time it was all about those groups of trees by the river.
They reminded me young girls gathered for group dance, and this is how 
title of this painting was born. Something lyrical, mystical, something about river, fog,
something about dance of light, dancing elementals between water and sky...
And so I painted it as I called it.

Above: both of my painting framed and ready
for 3 days Plein Air exhibition at Camp Hill.
It was many beautiful painting there, but not that many pastels.
Event is just about over now,
I'm getting ready to start another painting soon.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Camp Hill Plein Air 2015.

Regardless of busy schedule I managed somehow to find "Me time"
and work on my Plein Air entry to Camp Hill Plein Air 2015 competition.
Here I am - fist painting day, painting by the creek at Fort Hunter.
Needless to say - this is my favorite painting spot, what I visited more then once.
I never get tired of it, place is just beautiful, yet - quiet enough.
If You lucky enough to get there on a sunny day - light effects on a water are 
totally mesmerizing... This is what I was after - 
capturing play of light and color on a water surface.
Easy to say, not that easy to accomplish, considering the fact -
not only light is changing by the minute,
but also water surface going through constant changes... 
Now it calm and then it has ripples from the wind or current or small animal seeming across,
and as water surface changes, so do reflections...
I have to say it was real fun to work like this...
chasing constant change in hope to capture it - beautifully.
The other challenging factor was a fact that I decided to get out of my "Plein Air comfort zone" 
and for once paint bigger. Normally I would work in 8 x 10 or 9 x 12" format.
This time I went with 11 x 14", what is almost twice bigger
compare to my "normal" Plein Air paintings.
It took me two sessions to finish this work, but it is done
and I'm happy with what I have here.

"Liquid Mirror", 14 x 11" Pastel.

...and tomorrow I have a free day and weather should be nice and I'll be back 
to more painting!...

Saturday, May 23, 2015

"Hillside", pastel.

"Hillside", 8 x 10", Pastel on U-art 400.

Today some of our SVPAP gathered together to paint at Lindenwood.
Place is gorgeous, people are very friendly, weather is great,
just add some pastels to it and You have a perfect day!
This is my today's painting effort.
I was captured by play of light and a shadows on a hillside
and painted my story of it.
Had truly great time in it! Looking forward to go back
one of upcoming weekends.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Coast Guard Beach study. Pastel.

8 x 10" Pastel on Wallis paper.

This is my first pastel work what I did after returning from Cape Cod in my studio.
I got some really beautiful photos to work with and now will pull some of those
out and paint... Of course AFTER all the commitments related to Camp Hill Plein Air.

I'm looking forward to go back to Cape at September,
do some more exploring and bring back even more material to work with...
Mean while I have enough and just looking forward to paint...

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

"Dune-Dancers." Pastel, Plein Air.

 Last week I spent painting at Cape Cod with group of pastel painters
mentored  by Richard McKinley.
It was a time before the tourist season is starting, so we had very little interruption
by whoever was showing at our painting sites... What were beautiful.

This is one of the painting what I did on location.
Most of us were staying right on the parking lot of one of local beaches.
We were surrounded by water, dunes, blooming Beach Plum bushes
 and some not-invited personalities what were trying to 
hand out some of brochures of religious nature...
(We all know well those polite guys who usually working in small groups of 2 or 3,
always neatly dressed and just a bit too sweet)
Soon their brave troopers gave up on us and move away to some place other....
We were continuing working on our paintings and enjoyed the scenery.

Richard did his demo later in a day and ironically we ended up
painting the same subject, what was a group of pine trees on a top of the dunes.
After I finished working on my painting I decided not to do another,
but went  around with my camera hunting for more beautiful  views.
Now as I'm back home it will be more paintings coming.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

"Purple Irises", painting on silk.

Last night I finished my latest silk painting with purple Irises.
Still need to steam it one more time, but guess what?...
It will have to wait as today we managed to run out of propane!
If we will be lucky enough, we may have it delivered next week,
or I'll have to figure out something else...
Silk steaming is important, but so is making of food.
So we need that propane, of working hot plate,
or some other sort of kitchen solution.
Sooooo.... I can not fix those things at the moment, but I still can paint those!

Above - detail of Iris-painting on habotai.

Above - first stage of painting vs second stage.
You can clearly see the difference.
I think I enjoy working in two sessions to get the maximum
from my painting.
Hope You enjoy those! 


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