Today I am off to Tyee Vineyards to paint with Eric Sandgren at the Vineyards and Vistas teach in paint out. Here is a painting from last summer on a day at Amity Vineyards under threatening skies.
More color songs. Painting every day, or nearly so, has been good for improving my artist eye. I now can see the blue in greens of a cloudy day and the gold in greens of sunny ones much better.
I am anxiously awaiting word from the selection committee at Lane Community College about their buying this piece for their collection. It made it through the first round of their selection process. It is an abstract pastel created in the studio last fall while I listened to a book about Hurricane Katrina. Perhaps that is why the left side indicates water and there is a wasteland feel to the piece.
Geez, it has been a long gray slog to June. Met with my critique group Tuesday night and they suggested a few improvements to this painting which really work. Wish I could have painted with Vineyards and Vistas yesterday, the skies were awesome in the valley yesterday morning.
Painting every day what is outside my window has become a color meditation on the weather…only one sunny day.
I will be at the Art in the High Desert festival at the end of August in Bend. This is made possible by a group of friends and family that are forever supportive. Some big helpers are below:
Joy Descoteaux is lending me all her festival equipment: walls, hangers, chair, bin. Richard Armstrong is printing up my giclees–gorgeous color and so much easier to frame than live pastels. Pamela and Richard are putting me up for the duration. And of course Scott Lesko and his “rig” packed to the hilt. Hope to see you there!
Purely Pastel Artists hung an awesome show that will be up all of May at the Springfield Museum. My pieces are of the gray, wettest of winter and spring fields outside of Cheshire, Oregon
Three members of PPA also have pieces in the national juried Emerald Spring Exhibition down the block. Two of us won prizes–Gladys a big one for her sexy leeks, and me! My entry is a pastel created during last summer on a outing with Vineyards and Vistas. I like it because although it is a painting of a barn, it reads as an abstract as well.