Monday, November 23, 2015

Landscape in Pastel: Giving Thanks

Praise for This Morning©2015 C.L.Burgess pastel on rest sanded paper 9x12

Happy Thanksgiving Week all!
Much to be thankful for and I count my followers and patrons among them.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Just Thinkin' and Sayin'

                                 Marsh Madness ©2015 C.L.Burgess  8x6 soft pastels on uart400

So today I will post my 600th image on my blog.

 Amazing to me that I have actually created more than that. What I want to underscore is that while not all the images are framable or even desirable, they represent the 10,000 plus hours put into working at my art.

I am not alone.
Most artists who find success and even some who don't, do put in a whole lot of time before they ever see any outward reward, financial or otherwise.
But I can swear that the intrinsic payoff is enormous and heartening. Often enough there are those of us artists who at one time or another have been discouraged by others or our inner critic enough to just give up.
But basically I have found that perseverance and belief that "I can rather than can't" has to become a mantra which will become a habit. A productive creative habit.
And therein lies why I am posting #600 at my blog.

Ever grateful for your continued support for the 'can do' spirit in me.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Plein Air: marsh view

Marsh Before Sunset©2015 C.L.Burgess 6x8 pastel on sanded watercolor paper

Not a bad day...when at the beach and able to do a painting on location.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Mysterious Mountain - Abstract Pastel Painting

Mysterious Mountain©2015C.L.Burgess 11x8.5 framed 
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Sometimes I create or entitle images in response to what I hear as well as what I observe.
listening to classical music and painting. Could life be better?

Friday, October 23, 2015

Near Two Boulders

                                Near Two Boulders©2015 C.L.Burgess 10x8 pastel on paper

Sometimes one just has to shake things up a bit. I am in a more playful investigation of supports, materials and composition this month. Enjoying it very much!
While landscape is the source of the idea, I'm more concerned with the formal properties than the recording of the objects seen.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Appalachian Pastel Society Show in Black Mountain NC

Night Light
soft pastel on Uart

I am happy to be in this show!

Appalachian Pastel Society
Juried Member Show
Oct 16-Nov 25 2015
Black Mountain Center for the Arts,
225 West State Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Plein air sky

Highlands Sky  ©2015 C.L.Burgess 6x8 soft pastels on uart400

Everything that is painted directly and on the spot has always a strength, a power, a vivacity of touch which one cannot recover in the studio... three strokes of a brush in front of nature are worth more than two days of work at the easel. (Eugene Boudin)
(From the Painters Keys site)

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Within a day; two plein air pastels

 1. Mountain Music2015C.L.Burgess 9x12 pastel
2. Nightfall on the French Broad 2015C.L.Burgess 4x10 pastel

1.Wonderful day spent yesterday up at The Blue Ridge Assembly grounds in Black Mountain. 
This is one of the works I was able to complete. The site was grand! The skies moody and constantly changing to add to the challenge of painting onsite. One superb morning indeed!

2. Quick study of the sky en plein air the evening after the top painting. 
This little gem is 4 x 10"soft pastel on sanded paper. Funny how on Tuesday, a plein air took three hours of considered looking and deliberation and this took about 20 minutes. I guess that is the value of working onsite, after a while only the essentials are necessary for some subjects. You cannot do this from a photo. 
Experience out of doors is necessary to understand color and atmosphere. Which of course one can bring into the knowledge base in the studio, however, nothing beats 'being there'.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Good News...Autumn Landscape in pastel

                                          Autumn 14x11 pastel on uArt400 c2015 C.L.Burgess  

Good news again, today! 

Two of my landscape pastel pieces were accepted into the 12th Annual Bring Us Your Best juried and judged Art Competition presented by The Arts Council of Henderson County at Blue Ridge Community College August 14, 2015 Opening and awards at 5-7 p.m. in the TEDC Building.
Show and Sale runs August 14-28 2015
Free to public 10 am to 4 pm M-F

14 x 11 pastel on sanded paper