Sunday, December 18, 2016

"Long Division" Abstract : Smiles Happen

Long Division ©2016 C.L.Burgess 
pastel on sanded paper Uart 7x9  nfs

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.....

Well, what to my wondering eyes did appear? My painting, one of ten picks for November Terrific Pastls by artist Gail Sibley. And this heart warming 'atta girl' kind of present from afar: her first sentence to introduce my work:"Every time I see this piece by Cathyann Burgess, I smile." 

This past week I was pleasantly surprised to find my artwork appear on Gail Sibley's How to Pastel Blog. Follow the link and you can see why I am honored and humbled to be among her picks this past month. More later....stay dry and warm my friends.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Marking Time

Marking Time
12x12 pastel on Uart400
©2016 C.L.Burgess

Thanks giving and Searching for beauty in a noisy world....
I am reading Beauty, the Invisible Embrace by John O' Donohue
I am thankful today for the quiet to re read some of its passages. Pick it up and take a look at it for nourishment. Blaise Pascal is quoted within, saying to us from another century "In difficult times you should always carry something beautiful in your minds."
As an artist, I find myself for ever thanking the Divine for our capacity to go within and come forward with imagination and the means to express it, where words fail. I have begun to shape that thought process into abstract images lately. Some are in oil and some in pastel and mixed media. Looking outside the safety of representaional art is freeing but frightening at the same time. The issue is trust and faith in being on the edge of unknown territory and willing to take a leap.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Asheville Gallery of Art wall:new works

new work at the Asheville gallery of art
 includes cold wax and oil paintings 
and one pastel
up until February 2017

It has been a month since my last post and am sorry but, well you all know what has us all occupied. 
However, I have been able to corral my feelings into my quiet, sacred, studio and deal with it all.

I am happy to be working into a looser and abstract style, yet its roots still in the landscape around me. Working with cold wax as a medium is bringing more texture into the paintings, too.
To my pastel admirers, I am still working in that medium as well.

What is sad about it all is that much of this landscape is now burning. We so need rain.

This is a close up on one of the triptychs in the photo above. It is a memory painting of a leaf peeping trip I took along the blue ridge parkway late in October.
Autumn Parkway 1 oil 12 x 12 on cradled panel
©2016 C.L.Burgess

If you are in Asheville, stop by the gallery for a personal review. Perhaps one will have to go home with you!
Happy Thanksgiving all. 
Still much to be thankful for and I count my followers and patrons on that list.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Landscape in oil: Peak of Autumn

Peak of Autumn ©2016 C.L.Burgess
oil 16 x 12  panel

Monday, September 26, 2016

Still Wet: landscape in oil

Welcome into my studio......

Still wet
On my easel  a work in progress.....the challenges keep coming.
I like the small plein air image I created in pastel,( at the top of the easel) while at the Arboretum a few weeks ago and wanted to see how changing the size and medium would work for it.This habit of late is frequent, as I have a stack of unsuccessful paintings that need covering since the canvas is still good. I hate throwing stuff out(The ever frugal nature bestowed upon me from my mom)

Garden Light  
20 x 20 oil on linen 
©2016 C.L.Burgess

Friday, September 23, 2016

Landscape at Dusk

“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.” 
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The Idea of Night
8x10 soft pastel on uart400

Friday, September 16, 2016

Pastoral Landscape with cows

I love the views along Banner Farm Road! This pastoral impression is painted from memory. see more work at
Near Banner Farm
Soft Pastel on sanded paper
©2016 C.L. Burgess

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Plein air with Asheville Urban Landscape Project Painters

A lovely morning was spent with lovely attentive artists at the UNC Botanical Gardens plein air demo in pastels I did for the Asheville Urban Landscape Painters. The day started out overcast but then the sun came out enough for all to have some light effects on their nature studies.
These are the images I created for the group: 
The B/W is the thumbnail at 6x6" showing the focus of my interest in the river rock formation I saw from the upper bank. 

The second image on the terra-cotta Uart sanded paper was done quickly after I did the 9x12 demo on sanded rives bfs printmaking paper. This showed the different ways that soft pastels interact with different supports or grounds.
I like how the camera captures the drawing quality of the somewhat abstract arrangement in the larger piece, first image above. The linear strokes finished off my study just the way I wanted. There is nothing like mother nature for inspiration and education in making choices, and 'seeing' the nuances a camera can't capture. A morning well spent! Thank you, Sue Dolamore for asking me to instruct the group!

River Rocks
©2016 C.L.Burgess

Monday, September 12, 2016

Pastel Landscape Western USA Escarpment

Western Escarpment ©C.L.Burgess 8x10 soft pastels on sanded paper

looking with western eyes.....another work from the APS workshop photo source. Can't wait to go out west to paint again!