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
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!

Thursday, February 04, 2016

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I am co owner here now and we are getting ready for the Grand opening with my work highlighted on the first Friday in March. Very happy to join this long standing group!

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Landscapes in pastels 30 in 30 is done!

# 29 Small plein air: Winter's Stillness 6x4 pastel on Uart400
# 30 Studio piece: Winter Contrasts 14x14 pastel on Uart400
©2016 C.L.Burgess

Finished with the 30 in 30 Phew!
Thanks for coming on the challenge with me!
Many thanks for all the comments and likes! They keep me going.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Landscape in Pastel : After the Storm

I love being cooped up with my pastels, enjoying the beauty around me. 

After the Storm
9x12 soft pastels on Uart400
#24 30 in 30 challenge

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Short Tutorial: From Real to Abstract in Pastel: Landscape

©2016C.L.Burgess Winter Variations 1 12 x 18 soft pastel and charcoal on Uart400 paper

I promised this a day ago, sorry I am late....

How my painting grows :
I have been asked where/how I get my ideas for my paintings so.....
I plan to do a small photo tutorial on how to extend an image from realistic to abstract. Below is my photo reference!
Really, abstraction is the very essence of a thing. Just and only just what you need to get the idea across.
So, even when creating something that looks real, we start with the abstract.
In terms of how I look at things; at first what draws me in is light and shape. Going from big shapes ( general) to the more detailed (specific).
Whether a photo or a drawing based on site, I try to see what shapes are interesting to me.
The mantra KISS ( Keep It Simple Sweetie) is always in my head. We see so many things that this is sometimes hard to do.

First I break down the plain white paper in front of me into a grid based on the golden mean, or the rule of thirds.
It gets easier to see the thirds in your mind's eye the more you do this. 
Below, you can see that I started to draw the major lines the road from the photo. 
Next, I began to think the thumbnail sketches out in words.Notice how my zig zag X shape fits into the thirds grid.
Then I made a quick notan in the 2nd thumbnail. 
At this stage it is abstract shapes that fill the page compositionally into 5 big shapes. I will then begin to flesh out the areas to provide better interest with variety of shape, sizes and color notes and values with quick large and bold strokes.  Remember KISS? That applies through this process. Say it with feeling through colors, lines and shapes and above all simplicity.

After drawing that notan lightly in vine charcoal I drew over it in Prussian blue and Burnt Sienna pastel tones. Then proceeded to turn that into a wash of those colors with denatured alcohol. 

This is the smaller painting I did first with the larger painting in progress, beginning to take shape with those loose bold strokes. I also put the small painting away after this and let myself respond to the newer larger abstraction going on. The photo reference went away long before that!

 Stepping back after each application to make sure it tis working and that it is balanced. Again...referring to the golden mean helps. I often ask myself if the composition holds no matter what way I turn the paper.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and maybe learned a little something from it.

I will be teaching a workshop on color this month in my home studio and am acutely alive to possibilities for examples, as I work.
Actually stopping, to photo my creations step by step, helps me move from intuitive to intellectual working modes. While not always possible or necessary, I find it helps me develop a better image in the end, most of the time.( I think the retired teacher in me wants a reprieve! :-) )

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Monday, January 18, 2016

RIP Glenn Frey

#18 30 in 30 January challenge
RIP Glenn Frey
No More Stormy Nights
4x6 pastel on premiere sanded paper

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Night Sky in Winter

#16 30 in 30 January painting challenge
Endlessly sublime is the sky above the Blue Ridge.
This is another of what I call my "patio plein air"work done a couple of nights ago.( I needed a larger than 5x5 painting for my bedroom.) Tweaked it ever so gently the next morning. I would say 95% done on sight. The rest from memory. 

Sublime January Sky
12 x 24 soft pastel on Uart 400
©2016 C.L.Burgess