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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Lots of paint-outs!

Yesterday I went painting with two friends in South Meadows area of Reno.  We had a great view and we plan to come back.  be sure to check  for more details if you would like to attend.  Below is my painting - for once I was really happy how my painting came out!

8 x 10 oil on panel
About a week ago I joined Sierra Pastel Society's spring paint-out.  It was held at a ranch near Auburn, Calif.  For a high desert resident - it was WONDERFUL to see green-green-green!
My friend Kathy's easel
9 x 12 pastel
This painting of mine above needs more work.....

The week prior, I joined the Greater Sacramento and Sierra Chapter of the California Art Club's paint-out in Loomis, Calif. at the Flower Farm.
oil on panel

20 or so artists were all over the property painting

cute fancy chickens lived here

they have an earlier spring than we do....

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Step-by-Step Pastel Demonstration

"Light on the Peak" 12 x 9 pastel on blue/green Sennelier La Carte

OK, it has been a long time since I've posted!!!  I won't go into the boring details WHY.  I have FINALLY finished a painting I started about a month ago!  So, since you have been so patient, waiting to hear from is a special treat:  a step by step demonstration of this painting from start to finish!  Woo-hoo!!!  This is your lucky day!

I started this project by driving over to Lake Tahoe to see a friend's art show reception and stopped for a quick paint from inside my car at Sand Harbor.  I did my quick paint in watercolor:
12 x 9 watercolor plein air
I also took a photo.  At home in the studio I started blocking in with pastel on a blue-green colored Sennelier La Carte support:
Next, laying in more pastel....doing a little blending to get it into the tooth.  I don't want much blue-green to show through because it will cool the picture too much.
...and more pastel...getting more definition of the fore and middle ground....

...and then....working on the trees a little and adjusting values between the fore, middle and backgrounds.... focusing on  describing the focal point - adding contrasting colors and values in that area....and softening other areas that call attention away from the point of interest.  Finding areas that don't work (like the right-hand peak took away from the main peak.  And, I'm done!  Signed!