Thursday, January 18, 2018

Plein aire snow painting

The trouble with working in my studio late in the afternoon is that I get distracted by the views of sunsets in these magnificent mountains. Just the other night the reds in the sky were unbelievable. One just had to stop and look.
Then, yesterday after a new snow, the light on the hill of our golf course captured me and I did this quick study in pastel. Just happened to have an old 6x12 sanded sheet on my desk after studio housekeeping earlier in the day.
I should call this Beat the Clock, because that was the challenge as usual with plein air painting. Even if it is from one's porch.
(the painting and the actual view that got my attention with bluster.)
After the Snow at 6
6x12 pastel on sanded paper

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Cold sky painting: January Hills

January Hills
8x10 pastel ©️2018 C.L.Burgess

Cold today.... very cold I never thought that one day I could just decide to do away with a painting that I once thought not so bad. Not so bad doesn't cut it anymore. It has to be strong for it to escape the shelf in my studio nowadays. Design, shape and color have to say strong to me. Today's painting came from the destruction of an old snow painting from two years ago, I thought rather wishy washy with my newer eyes. Do you do that too? There is great satisfaction in the knowing that the old gave birth to a new stronger piece.

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Landscape in winter 2018

©️2018 C.L.Burgess Winter Path 7p.m.

Sometimes the conditions are perfect outside and in.
Happy New Year to my collectors and friends 
and thank you for your support throughout 2017!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Landscape in pastel:Under a winter sky and Happy 2018

©️2017 C.L.Burgess Under a Winter Sky
9x12 pastel on uart400 

Eye surgery was successful and I have completed two pastel paintings since getting the ok from the doctor to resume my activities. Good to be back at the easel. The muted colors and textures of winter are especially lovely.
Wishing all of my followers a wonderful and colorful 2018!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017


Safe at Home
9x12 soft pastel on uart400
©2017 C.L.Burgess

Treats for my pastels are like boxes of candy. Can't wait to break into and use them.
 So, I did this small hummingbird painting all with my new Sennelier Paris Set of colors. How fun! 
I took a photos of this birdy when in Tuscon this spring. I made him a wee bit more colorful with the new sticks. Cute, eh?

Merry Christmas to one and all!

Wishing all my friends, family and followers and collectors a wonderful season of blessings! I was offline for a bit due to retinal surgery. Really will not know how long recovery is or what it entails. Being away from my painting will be tough but then maybe a break will be enlightening. Cheers to all!
©️2017 C.L.Burgess Winter Hill 12 x 12 
oil on wood panel
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Monday, October 02, 2017

Asheville Gallery of Art Show, North Carolina

Grounded: Landscapes Real and Imagined
I had the pleasure of speaking with visitors upon finishing with the hanging of my show yesterday. I love to talk about technique and reasons I make my artwork. Left the gallery feeling exhausted but satisfied with my display. Bring on the wine this Friday and more clients!

Elemental Force pastel 24 x18
©️2017 C.L.Burgess

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Cathyann Burgess-Open Studio Tour Hendersonville NC

©️2017Winter Hill 12x12 cold wax and oil on cradled panel

It has been a busy studio year for me! Back to back show opportunities presented themselves and sales have followed and I just keep painting away with delight. My upcoming foray into the world of the open studio stroll that many cities have is upon me and I am feverishly gathering up lists of paintings, cards, demo supplies and signs for the event which is next week.
 the piece above is what I am currently using for my ads in the paper.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Off the Rails : Abstraction

Preventing madness by making art. Abstraction serves this purpose well. Also preparing for another show in October. Part 2 of Grounded:Landscapes Real and Imagined at Asheville Gallery of Art.
Off the Rails
12x9 soft pastel & graphite uart400

Friday, June 23, 2017

Waterfall landscape in oil

                                     Little Falls ©2017 oil on wood 20 x 20 sold

This is one of 33 paintings in a one woman show I have up presently in Mills River, NC
Many of my paintings are born of smaller plein air sketches from sites I visit with friends and other painters.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Remembering: plein air sky

There is something about the open sky and water sounds that invite contemplation about the greater mysteries of this world and our place in it. Each year upon returning you know that life moves on and we move with it and within it ad infinitum. There is comfort in that knowledge.

I made this in memory of a dear friend. I felt her spirit in the sky. Peace and happy memories live within.
There are people who come into one's life in passing and then there are people who come and make one's life rich.

Sea Sky Solace
8x10 pastel uart
©2017 C.L.Burgess

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