Thursday, October 23, 2014

Northwest Pastel Society's small works show, and a new painting.

I will be participating in the Northwest Pastel Society's upcoming small works show at the Elsinore Gallery in Salem, Oregon.  The show runs from November 5th to the 26th, with the opening reception being on the 5th from 5-8.  I can't wait to see everyone's beautiful work!
I painted something new for the show, having just sold one of the paintings that I had planned on entering!  This was painted from a photo that I took driving around the beautiful area where I live.  I have a couple of progress photos for those of you who enjoy seeing them.

"Evening Rising", 8x10, pastel on board
Available through Etsy 

I started this one as I often do with a watercolor underpainting- you can still just see my sketch underneath.

Then I started putting in the rows of the plowed field, trying to get the right feeling of movement.

A bit more work on the foreground...

You can see that I got caught up here and forgot to take progress photos for a bit...  :)  Nearly done except for the back row of hills and a bit of work to the sky.  I am noticing that the colors on this photo came out odd - too dark and too cold.  No doubt the sun went behind the clouds while I was working!  :)

And here it is finished again~

Thanks for looking! 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Oil Painting, "Deep Woods Twilight"

Attempting oil painting again after such a long time was a lot of fun.  So much fun, in fact, that I had to try one more before running back to my beloved soft pastels!  This painting was done from imagination, which is different for me as I usually at least get started with a reference photo or "en plein air".
It could be that I was thinking a bit about Halloween at the time...   ;)

"Deep Woods Twilight", 8x10, oil on board
Available through Etsy

Thanks for looking!  :)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Oil painting for the Audubon Society's "Wild Arts Festival"

I decided to donate a painting to the Audubon Society of Portland's "Wild Arts Festival", which takes place November 22 and 23 in Portland, Oregon. They have a wonderful program where artists receive a free 6x6 canvas at their local Dick Blick store to use in creating artwork to donate to the festival.  All of these 6x6 paintings are sold for $45, with the proceeds going right to the Audubon Society of Portland.  These little paintings sell quickly, so if you are interested, it is a good idea to get there early!  There are also larger works of art, sculpture, photography, and books, all with a nature theme, to see and enjoy.  It is well worth a visit if you are in the area!

I haven't worked in oil for over fifteen years, so this was a fun reintroduction!
Here is my painting of a Western Lesser Goldfinch.

Thanks for looking!