Monday, March 16, 2015

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Wind and Sand




                                The Sand Trap Blues ©2015C.L.Burgess  7.5x11 pastel on Uart


Want to write the lyrics for….
The Sand Trap Blues ?

Nothing more frustrating than wind and sand!

But nothing but love for my new pastels. Great American general set and the Sennelier.

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Hint of Spring

A Hint of Spring©2015C.L.Burgess pastel on UArt 6x8


This is where I live…somewhat abstracted but still…lovely to wake up to each day.
Of late, hillside, trees and skies and weather have been the theme that most engages me. I see a series, do you?

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Pastel Landscapes recent smallworks

Winter's Morning Light©2015 C.L.Burgess

Yesterday's Afternoon Light©C.L.Burgess
pastel each 6x6 unframed on Wallis sanded paper

What better way to spend a winter day. In the morning with a cup of hot coffee and my pastels and again in the afternoon, a glass of red wine nearby, studying the way light dances on the same hill.
We artist's are lucky. 

I ordered more soft pastels, which should arrive soon. Great American Pastels this time. I think this return to a drawing medium very satisfying for me. I love to draw and paint and this does both. 
The thing I find sad is that the Wallis paper is no longer available, so I am trying out UArt 400 next.



Sunday, March 01, 2015

Loving those soft pastels! Landscape en plein air

Blue Ridge Hillside Winter ©2015 C.L.Burgess pastel on ersta paper 5x5


I am so loving my new box os soft pastels by Sennelier! More posts to follow of some small plein air pieces I have finished.

After seven days of rain at the seashore and chilly days, it is good to be home to witness snow melting.
A balmy 45 degrees is helping. Come on in spring!

Monday, February 09, 2015

Out of the Blue: Pastel painting by Cathyann Burgess

Out of the Blue©2015 C.L.Burgess pastel  8x10 $285 TCArts, Brevard



Painting up a storm is what I did here. The wind was blowing in hard and dark one day this fall. This is how it looked one moment in time.

This work is one of four others I have in the Wood Wind And Water show at the Transylvania Community Arts show in Brevard, NC this month.


Saturday, February 07, 2015

Pastel mini landscape by Cathyann Burgess

Late This Afternoon©2015 C.L.Burgess6x6 pastel on wallis sand paper


Thinking with my chalks again.

Opening last night at the Transylvania Arts council show was splendid. I have four pieces in. Two oils and two pastels.

I am in a good place creating every day. Am finding new directions and working with long lost media. These pastels dailies are inspiring me to go BIG. My last painting was a 36 x 36 expressive landscape.
Fun to do that big. May try this one, too. See what happens when it grows.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

A day late…comparative study demo of landscapes by Cathyann Burgess


Blowing Cold © C.L.Burgess12 x 16 pastel $475 framed

I am a day late with my promise but here it is. The first photo shows the original plein air active piece with the more deliberate painting done beneath. It gives you a sense of size change as well as interpretation. Neither is better than the other per se just a bit different. I had more time to think of depth and direction and focal point the second time around.
Don't they say the second time, "it is lovelier"?  For paintings, too! LOL.

This is framed and showing in Brevard NC this weekend and month at the Transylvania Arts Council winter show Wood Wind Water.

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Contemporary landscape: night sky by Cathyann Burgess

Feel the Wind?©2015C.L.Burgess pastel 10 x 12

Can you feel it? I was asked can one paint the wind? So this is my response.

Blustery sky at sundown! Plein air pastel study of the sky as cold winds come in before the rain.
What majesty as the wind pushes the vivid color across the sky. Of course I added a bit more, by using highly saturated colors to convey the excitement of witnessing the energy of a once again fabulous sunset over the Blue Ridge.

This painting served as a study for another pastel that I am going to enter into a local show.
Tomorrow I will show them side by side so you can see how the next iteration changes with more deliberation as it grows.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Winter landscape in Pastel by Cathyann Burgess




Beneath a Cold Sky pastel on paper 7.5x10"

There is a distinct chill in the air with wind coming in from the north, as I look across the field at the house on the mountain. 
I am spending a few days thinking about the concept of painting the wind. I am entering a show with that goal. This painting was done to test out a surface I prepared myself, for pastel. I like working on sanded paper better than smooth.
I was going to leave out the house and make it less literal but then I thought that you can feel a sense of place and scale better with it included. Choices, choices..there are always choices. 
Which is why I keep painting.