Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Plein air sky

Highlands Sky  ©2015 C.L.Burgess 6x8 soft pastels on uart400

Everything that is painted directly and on the spot has always a strength, a power, a vivacity of touch which one cannot recover in the studio... three strokes of a brush in front of nature are worth more than two days of work at the easel. (Eugene Boudin)
(From the Painters Keys site)

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Within a day; two plein air pastels

 1. Mountain Music2015C.L.Burgess 9x12 pastel
2. Nightfall on the French Broad 2015C.L.Burgess 4x10 pastel

1.Wonderful day spent yesterday up at The Blue Ridge Assembly grounds in Black Mountain. 
This is one of the works I was able to complete. The site was grand! The skies moody and constantly changing to add to the challenge of painting onsite. One superb morning indeed!

2. Quick study of the sky en plein air the evening after the top painting. 
This little gem is 4 x 10"soft pastel on sanded paper. Funny how on Tuesday, a plein air took three hours of considered looking and deliberation and this took about 20 minutes. I guess that is the value of working onsite, after a while only the essentials are necessary for some subjects. You cannot do this from a photo. 
Experience out of doors is necessary to understand color and atmosphere. Which of course one can bring into the knowledge base in the studio, however, nothing beats 'being there'.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Good News...Autumn Landscape in pastel

                                          Autumn 14x11 pastel on uArt400 c2015 C.L.Burgess  

Good news again, today! 

Two of my landscape pastel pieces were accepted into the 12th Annual Bring Us Your Best juried and judged Art Competition presented by The Arts Council of Henderson County at Blue Ridge Community College August 14, 2015 Opening and awards at 5-7 p.m. in the TEDC Building.
Show and Sale runs August 14-28 2015
Free to public 10 am to 4 pm M-F

14 x 11 pastel on sanded paper

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Plein air Landscape High Summer Hillside

                      High Summer Hillside  2015 C.L. Burgess    pastel on sanded paper 10 x12

Cathyann Burgess Fine Art​

I love where I live.
Plein air done in early morning, I watched a cloud form as the fog lifts on the hillside.
A Sunday morning prayer of thanks.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Pastel Painting:Carolina Moonshine

Carolina Moonshine 2015 C.L.Burgess pastel on uart paper 12 x 18

Large acrylic painting is done and now it is back to the works in progress(wip)
on the other easels. The pastel landscapes of local scenery are still being created. This recently completed one is of the sky one night this past month.

It dazzled me, the moon playing peek a boo with the clouds in a not yet dark sky at sundown.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Western US Pastel landscape

Sky above the Foothills 2015 C.L.Burgess pastel on Uart 400 9x12

I visited my family in Denver this past week.
I also got to visit Terry Ludwig Pastels. I met Terry and Co and got the tour of the shop where he makes his pastels. What fun!
Of course I purchased more colors. Then I did this plein air piece.
Great views of the Rockies foothills from my son's home.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Waterfall in pastel

Overcast at Looking Glass 2015 C.L.Burgess 11x14 Pastel on Uart

Newest work: one of the many waterfalls in Transylvania County.
Rain or shine the views are just fine!

Sennelier soft pastel on Uart400

Saturday, June 06, 2015

The Water Hazard

The Water Hazard at 8 2015 C.L.Burgess 12 x 16 pastel on UArt paper

I have completed another pastel painting in my series of Cummings Cove Golf Course.
This hole is precarious at best, though some have holed in one it. Still, the balls in the water outnumber the ones in the cup.

Friday, June 05, 2015

National Donut Day? Portrait of a donut

Westhampton donut  oil 6x8 on panel

My contribution to the celebration. Yes, I paint food on occasion. These are perhaps the finest donuts ever made. Worth every trip to the hips! Westampton Bakery in Richmond, VA