If you've been looking for the next edition here, I'm finally getting around to it, and appreciate that you are visiting here again.
As I mentioned before, I've been busy during the day trying to get some paintings done to submit in upcoming shows, and evenings I try to get a few cards made for Operation Write Home. But it's slow going as this has been a record hot summer in these parts, and seems to make me drag my feet, if you know what I mean. However, I do want to share with you some good news. I recently exhibited two paintings with our local art association in the Mary Condon Hodgson Gallery at the community college here, and learned that one of them SOLD! Here's a glimpse of it for you to see.
This scene was painted from a reference photo given to me to use by my artist friend, Gail S., after her trip to Acadia National Park last fall. The colors were so spectacular and were the only inspiration I needed.
Now if anyone is wondering just what is pastel, I'd like to explain that contrary to what many think, it is
NOT CHALK. Pastels are a pure pigment hand shaped into sticks, from hard to soft, for direct application to Canson paper, Wallis or hardboard sanded support that helps to hold many pastel layers. Pastels originated many years ago among the master painters and their works have endured over the years as well as any oil painting. It is a very fragile medium which must be framed under glass when completed, without any fixative as it tends to darken the colors. It lost its popularity with the advent of newer mediums, but the past few years has found a resurgence among artists. It is my preferred medium these days.
You can learn more about pastels from a blog by the renowned pastelist, Richard McKinley as well as in The Pastel Journal .
Below is the other painting I entered which wasn't sold but I'll show you my abstract side anyway.
This was a fun painting that I did a year or so ago after taking a class with C.Edward Ramsburg, a genius in handling the paint and a great instructor. I've had several of his sessions now, trying to get myself into this mode of painting to loosen up my realistic painting style.
As easy as it may seem, it truly is not, and I know that many folks don't like abstracts because some of them are difficult to like or understand. I had to call this "Untitled" because I'm not sure myself what I see in it other than the colorful shapes that appeared. Maybe someone here can help me out by telling me what you see or think of it.
Which brings to mind something I read by Dennis Dulton, a New Zealand philsopher, in his book "The Art Instinct" where he states: "The most exquisite stuff is what we can't explain, that's why we call it art." Not that mine is exquisite, it's just different and unexplainable! I've done many more since this one which I may share with you at another time.
Again, thank you for visiting and continuing to check on my progress here.