Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Abstract landscape in pastel:Treading Rough Terrain


Treading Rough Terrain
soft pastel on Uart 400
19x25
©2017C.L.Burgess



It's long, long road......🎤
What an appropriate song for these times.
If I were to write that I have been in and out of reality lately , I bet many would join me in saying so. Yes, metaphorically speaking you could say that. But in reality, tbt, mine anyway, that also refers to 'how' I am painting. 
I would like to share this image that grew out of work I am doing in oil and cold wax. I can't neglect my pastels. (see more of my other work in other media at my website)
Do you like working in series? I am finding that it has been enriching in so many ways and freeing,too. I have several begun to keep my winter days filled with joy in painting.

It sure is Windy









NNW 50mph
24hx20w acrylic
©2017C.L.Burgess


Against the Wind.....older now but still...🎤
Another new studio piece🖌 I seem to have built a steady series about this so far, including works addressing the theme created in pastels,oil cold wax, and acrylic. Great exhilaration and relief to be so focused on one idea. (Next goal: to have a one woman show.)

Monday, January 30, 2017

Landscape in Acrylic : A Moment of Grace

A Moment of Grace©2017 C.L.Burgess
Available at Asheville Gallery of Art


Grace-Fullness
Often when I speak with other painters, they share the notion that sometimes, when we are so focused on the creative act, it appears that we are just an instrument, like the brush or palette knife we wield. That somehow when the work is complete, you are aware of some power that you were part of,  but not truly the director. I look at those times as moments of grace. Hence the title of this image.

This is my newest large piece. It is a work in acrylic derived from a plein air sketch I did last year of the skies right outside my home in Western North Carolina. The Blue Ridge is truly blue at times. I never take this ability to see for granted.
Peace and grace infuse my being when being in the outdoors, witnessing the magic and majesty of the land and sky. This, only a moment to be remembered forever.

I often listen to talk radio or lectures on YouTube while I paint. Of late, I have been enchanted with the works of the late John O'Donohue.
I wish I can remember who it was that got me to listen to him or know of his books. I am ever grateful to this unknown person( I suspect another artist online). The one book I own is called Beauty:The Invisible Embrace. The interview that I often listen too is from NPR's On Being with Krista Tippett.  I am grateful to be able to have my studio haven graced with his voice.
As we are witness to so much global and domestic tumult lately, I especially regard his words as opportunities to become still and listen deeply, and in that stillness allow the human capacity for creation to emerge, making connection to the larger spirit that envelops us. The call to nourish our spirit with the beautiful whether in words, film, painting, dance, nature is of utmost necessity. It is where hope lies.

As I close my thougts this morning, I wish to proffer one more person's viewpoint about what artistic endeavors can provide for us.
When I was a public school art teacher, I was inspired by the writings of Edmund Burke Feldman, Alumni Foundation Distinguished Professor of Art at the University of Georgia.  He was revered by many an art student teacher. His writings on the experience of art, on the philosophy of art, and history of art are legendary.
Becoming Human Through Art was a tome on the aesthetic experience. 
The title alone is enough to get ones synapses firing, isn't it? 


A Moment of Grace can be seen and purchased at Asheville Gallery of Art, Asheville NC.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

"Long Division" Abstract : Smiles Happen

Long Division ©2016 C.L.Burgess 
pastel on sanded paper Uart 7x9  nfs

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.....

Well, what to my wondering eyes did appear? My painting, one of ten picks for November Terrific Pastls by artist Gail Sibley. And this heart warming 'atta girl' kind of present from afar: her first sentence to introduce my work:"Every time I see this piece by Cathyann Burgess, I smile." 

This past week I was pleasantly surprised to find my artwork appear on Gail Sibley's How to Pastel Blog. Follow the link and you can see why I am honored and humbled to be among her picks this past month. More later....stay dry and warm my friends.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Marking Time

Marking Time
12x12 pastel on Uart400
©2016 C.L.Burgess

Thanks giving and Searching for beauty in a noisy world....
I am reading Beauty, the Invisible Embrace by John O' Donohue
I am thankful today for the quiet to re read some of its passages. Pick it up and take a look at it for nourishment. Blaise Pascal is quoted within, saying to us from another century "In difficult times you should always carry something beautiful in your minds."
As an artist, I find myself for ever thanking the Divine for our capacity to go within and come forward with imagination and the means to express it, where words fail. I have begun to shape that thought process into abstract images lately. Some are in oil and some in pastel and mixed media. Looking outside the safety of representaional art is freeing but frightening at the same time. The issue is trust and faith in being on the edge of unknown territory and willing to take a leap.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Asheville Gallery of Art wall:new works


new work at the Asheville gallery of art
 includes cold wax and oil paintings 
and one pastel
up until February 2017


It has been a month since my last post and am sorry but, well you all know what has us all occupied. 
However, I have been able to corral my feelings into my quiet, sacred, studio and deal with it all.

I am happy to be working into a looser and abstract style, yet its roots still in the landscape around me. Working with cold wax as a medium is bringing more texture into the paintings, too.
To my pastel admirers, I am still working in that medium as well.

What is sad about it all is that much of this landscape is now burning. We so need rain.

This is a close up on one of the triptychs in the photo above. It is a memory painting of a leaf peeping trip I took along the blue ridge parkway late in October.
Autumn Parkway 1 oil 12 x 12 on cradled panel
©2016 C.L.Burgess


If you are in Asheville, stop by the gallery for a personal review. Perhaps one will have to go home with you!
Happy Thanksgiving all. 
Still much to be thankful for and I count my followers and patrons on that list.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Landscape in oil: Peak of Autumn

Peak of Autumn ©2016 C.L.Burgess
oil 16 x 12  panel

Monday, September 26, 2016

Still Wet: landscape in oil

Welcome into my studio......

Still wet
On my easel  a work in progress.....the challenges keep coming.
I like the small plein air image I created in pastel,( at the top of the easel) while at the Arboretum a few weeks ago and wanted to see how changing the size and medium would work for it.This habit of late is frequent, as I have a stack of unsuccessful paintings that need covering since the canvas is still good. I hate throwing stuff out(The ever frugal nature bestowed upon me from my mom)

Garden Light  
20 x 20 oil on linen 
©2016 C.L.Burgess

Friday, September 23, 2016

Landscape at Dusk


“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.” 
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The Idea of Night
8x10 soft pastel on uart400
©2016C.L.Burgess

Friday, September 16, 2016

Pastoral Landscape with cows


I love the views along Banner Farm Road! This pastoral impression is painted from memory. see more work at www.cathyannburgessfineart.com/
Near Banner Farm
9x12
Soft Pastel on sanded paper
©2016 C.L. Burgess