Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Easeling Along: Abstract landscape



"Easeling along", a phrase coined by the late painter Robert Genn, seems to fit the bill at this summer's start. Competitions over, exhibits up, award received. Back to work.
This abstract pastel seems to sum up my feelings of late.
Joyful Rythms
18x 24 uart 400 soft pastels
©2016 C.L.Burgess

Monday, May 16, 2016

City scape : Back in open air






New plein air piece!
Back in the open air this past week and it was fabulous.
Light Beneath the Highway
8x16 pastel plein air piece $425
©2016 C.L.Burgess

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Happy Dancing: Upcoming Exhibitions

 Purple Mountain 12 x 14 pastel
©2016 C.L.Burgess 
 Afternoon at Mills River 9x12 pastel en plein air
©2016 C.L.Burgess
Night Light 20 x 20 pastel ©2015 C.L.Burgess

Great news!
I have had three of my current pastel pieces juried into upcoming exhibitions.
Purple Mountain  was accepted into the Southeastern Pastel Society International Exhibition. The show will be displayed at the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art – Lowry Hall, 4484 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta GA. It will hang from May through June. Reception on May 19, 2016. 
Richard McKinley  Juror 
I will have these two works,  Night Light and Mills River Afternoon at the 2016 North Carolina Statewide Pastel Exhibition, On Common Ground: From the Mountains to the Sea at the Museum of Art in Hickory NC.
 Elizabeth Mowry  Juror 
Opening reception:  May 21,2016 from 6-8:30. The show will be up until August 21.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Blue Skies

Over Head and Hill ©2016 C.L.Burgess pastel 6x6 on sanded paper

I have been asked to do a workshop and also present a small works show in Brevard NC soon. This is one of the pieces I am showing.


Sunday, March 20, 2016

Pastel landscape: edge of night




Edge of Night
16hx12w soft pastels on Uart 400
©2016 C.L.Burgess


Took a break from organizing my pastels and decided to revisit a scraped off painting surface that I used an alcohol wash on and just play with color. The other night's sunset came to mind, how it carved its intensity through the branches of the treetops outside my studio. Right before everything gets darkly silhouetted, there is a cool stillness in contrast to the heat of the setting sun.

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

My Landscape : A McKinley choice!

                                 Purple Mountain 12x12         pastels on Uart 400
                                                             ©2016 C.L.Burgess

Who would have guessed? I am thrilled about this small plein air pastel painting.

Well...it is a good thing that I took a look at my emailbox promotion section last eve or I would have missed this! Duh! Yikes!

I am so very happy to be included among the many fine pastel artists selected by Juror Richard McKinley for the 17 Annual International Exhibition by the Southeastern Pastel Society in May. My work below is the piece that was chosen from among 300+ entries. 100 will be on view at Lowry Hall in the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, Atlanta GA May 6-26 2016.
Yes, very happy indeed! Thank you Richard and the staff at SEPS and congratulations to all the other artists on his list!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Landscape: A Golden Hour



Lemonade from lemons.
I had a crummy little painting that had only 1 inch square to be salvaged. I played with the composition. Ruined the painting. Started again. Layered and sprayed, waited and prayed.
This and another that is in acrylic and 36 x 36 came of the effort.
Am pleased. Note to self: Never give up.
A Golden Hour
10x10 pastel on sanded ground
©2016 C.L.Burgess

Friday, February 12, 2016

Landscape in Pastel : Still cold! "Winter Clouds"

Winter Clouds ©2016 C.L.Burgess 12 x 16 pastel on premiere sanded paper
available


Baby it is still cold outside! and here in WNC snow is still in the forecast.
I love the colors in a winter landscape, can't you tell? I am also intrigued by the fabulous skies here. there will be a series finished this year with that as theme.

I also like to see the promotion of this delightful medium and its practitioners!
I was just included on this site called artists in pastel. Anyone interested in this medium of artistic expression can find lots of info about those practitioners and then some!

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Textures Triads and Terrages



This is the Demo piece from my workshop yesterday. Working on homemade supports as well as traditional surfaces, and applying color theory was what we covered. I also used some of my new Townsend wide and gritty Terrages sticks. Fun!
I call it ..
Textures,Triads and Terrages
8x10
soft pastels on pumiced textured mat board
©2016 C.L. Burgess

Friday, February 05, 2016

Workshop in Color and Composition in pastels


I welcomed a group of very intent students into my studio today for a workshop in color, values and composition using soft pastels.
Since I haven't been practicing my skills as a teacher consistently, since I retired from the formal classroom of High School boys, it was a breath of fresh air to be with kindred spirits in the search for understanding of the principles and elements of art.

These photos attest to the involvement of the small group. I happy to say all of whom produced some lovely small compositions before leaving me at the end of the day.

I am eager to see them again after they have had time to absorb the information and have applied their understanding without me hovering about!

A good day, a very good day!