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.
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.
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!
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.
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 ..
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!