Sunday, May 24, 2015

While Walking: a landscape in pastel

Valley View 2015C.L.Burgess  terry Ludwig/Sennelier pastels on sanded paper

While following a friend's journey walking across England, I was inspired to do this piece from one of the many photos they are sharing. I have used the major layout but changed the colors to suit my own intentions. I did this with Terry Ludwig pastels and some Senneliers.
pastel on sanded paper
Valley View

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

On Common Ground: North Carolina State Wide Juried Pastel Exhibit

The Art Shop in Greensboro,NC was the venue for the the State Wide Juried Pastel Exhibit 
into which two of my paintings were juried. 
Teresa Saia was the judge and was just so nice a person to meet. Also from her, to hear how outstanding the competitors were and how hard it was to select the pieces she did for the show. Her encouragement and validation were very much appreciated by the attendees at the opening last Saturday night. The show continues until June 16 2015.

That is me with one of my paintings above and the bottom photo of Ms. Saia speaking to the guests.
the post about my entries is here:

 All three North Carolina pastel societies, The Pastel Society of North Carolina , The Appalachian Pastel Society and the Piedmont Pastel Society, have collaborated on the 4th Annual North Carolina Statewide Juried Pastel Exhibition, On Common Ground: 2015 Pastel Paintings from the Mountains to the Sea.  

Sunday, May 03, 2015

End of Day Landscape Blue Ridge

Day's End May1©2015C.l.Burgess pastel on erst a 6x14 plein air

I was involved in other "painting" activities yesterday with The Habitat Women of Cummings Cove. I now proudly own a pink t shirt testifying to a day spent painting the walls of a new homeowners' house in Flat Rock, NC. Women Build Week for Habitat for Humanity began and it was gratifying and fun to take part. 

This other 'painting' was done the evening before. 

Today I rest.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Spring Plein Air Landscape WNC

Sunday's Shifting Light©2015C.L.Burgess 12 x 16 pastel on Rives bfk grey

Painted outside yesterday morning.
Coffee in hand I went to my porch outside my studio and just was taken in by the changing light patterns on the mountains in the distance. I put the cup down and lifted the pigments and did not stop for over 2 hours. Shee joy in the act of painting. Great start to the day!

I used some old printmaking paper to try and see if I could get the effect I wanted to convey the softness of a gray day, while the light played peek a boo over the distant hills here in WNC.
I used my new Terry Ludwig set and  a few sticks from my Sennelier set. I was pleased with the buttery feels as the colors danced across the paper.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sun Dancing: Remembrance

The Sun Dance©2015 C.L.Burgess

Sometimes a little play is called forth to wash away the blues.

Remembering the friends we lost this week, their families who mourn, and others as they pass from this earth slowly. A toast to their life with us and the promise that they rest in peace.

I found a piece of printmaking paper that had  a ghost image on it and decided to use the composition for this energetic pastel drawing. I was very sad about a friend's illness and another who passed recently. What I really wanted was to slash away mindlessly but in the end took control and birthed these flowers from my mind's eye instead. How lucky to be able to channel grief to a positive end. It was a prayer of sorts rather than anger.
A friend reminded me of how Manet used his last days to paint the flowers his friends brought to him as he lay dying. What a gift that was from her, to tie me to the larger family of artistry to which I am fortunate to belong.

The Sun Dance
pastel drawing on paper
14 x 20

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A plein air landscape

Noon, Last Friday©2015C.L.Burgess    8x10 on Uart240    

Painting outdoors with a kindred spirit is sublime! Got together with another painter/friend and was able to do this along side to witness the arrival of spring before another rain began.
I used sennelier soft pastels no underpainting.

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Happy Dancing - Ain't no joke on April1!

It is not an April fool joke, really. I read it over and over. The email said:
Two of my pieces were accepted into the juried show called "On Common Ground": The 2015 North Carolina Statewide Pastel Exhibit.
I am so pleased and honored to be recognized. Out of the Blue 8x10 and Blue Ridge Hillside,Winter 5x5, both on sanded paper.

The 4th Annual North Carolina Statewide Juried Pastel Exhibition
The Art Shop, Greensboro, NC
MAY 16 - JUNE 16, 2015

Thought you all would like to share in the good news!
And thanks to all  who poke the like buttons!

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.