Thursday, January 29, 2015

Winter landscape in Pastel by Cathyann Burgess

Beneath a Cold Sky pastel on paper 7.5x10"

There is a distinct chill in the air with wind coming in from the north, as I look across the field at the house on the mountain. 
I am spending a few days thinking about the concept of painting the wind. I am entering a show with that goal. This painting was done to test out a surface I prepared myself, for pastel. I like working on sanded paper better than smooth.
I was going to leave out the house and make it less literal but then I thought that you can feel a sense of place and scale better with it included. Choices, choices..there are always choices. 
Which is why I keep painting.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Morning Meditation : landscape in acrylic Cathyann Burgess

Morning Meditation ©2015 C.L.Burgess    7.5x10" acrylic on paper

Painting early in the day is indeed meditative. I am doing small work in prep for larger pieces down the road. I am finding acrylic speeds things up and it feels great to complete an idea in a short amount of time. Things do change in the translation in oil and to a larger format, but the idea is set.
Still loving the mountain views here in WNC.

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Plein air Nightfall: Ever-changing Sky #2 by Cathyann Burgess

Ever-changing Sky 2©2015  C.L.Burgess oil on panel

Happy New year! This is the first painting I have done this new year. Same view off my deck as the former two posts. Quicker capture as the sun began to go down. We have spectacular skies tonight. the starts feel as though you can reach out an touch them.
Primary colors plus a bit of grey is all that was used here. Palette knife helped my lay in my observations/impressions in less than 15 minutes…baby, it's cold outside!
I hope to do this each night in some way oils / pastels whatever is handy. You can see that this painting was not as deliberate as the last one. Lots of scraping and scumbling here then the last thick lay in of the heat near the mountain edges. Fun! Pushing towards abstraction a bit more, too. Just essentials.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Landscape with winter sky:small original oil painting by Cathyann Burgess

The Ever Changing Sky©2014C.L.Burgess 6x8 oil on canvas  panel nfs

The front of rain and cooler air was moving in quickly this morning. Much of the sky was gray. Then this afternoon some blue appeared but not for long as another front moved in.
I found some oils and did this plein air study of our ever changing skies.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Pastel Mountain landscape by Cathyann Burgess

Last Night,Last Light©2014 C.L.Burgess 6x9 pastel on sanded paper

Finally! I am unpacking colors…albeit dusty ones and dusty fingers to match. Had to capture this the other evening. My pastels were the first colors I found…oil paints, next.
I am continually awestruck with the setting sun here in the mountains of North Carolina.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Cart Path Only 4x6 watercolor by Cathyann Burgess

Cart Path Only©2014 C.L.Burgess 4x6 watercolor

Did you ever notice how vibrant the colors are after a rain?
Posting a small watercolor today that I painted in my moleskin while looking out my office window. 
I have been unpacking artwork today and trying to sort things out in my new space. So I took a painting break. Assembled a rolling rack today to hold my wet paintings, still working on the dividers. I found the directions on Pinterest by another artist.
Don't know about you all, but I always find I am frustrated with the supplies I buy at the building supply warehouse that say something is one size, then it turns out to be another,aargh.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Bluebird watercolor by Cathyann Burgess

Cold Carolina Blue©2014 C.L.Burgess watercolor 6x8

Still looking for my supplies…getting some decorations out for the season since they are readily identifiable and we need to start the "Christmas Vacation" outdoor light hanging tradition soon.
Did have some wc handy so I painted this furry little bluebird that perched on our railing. Feels good to paint again, it has been too long.

He may turn out to be this year's Christmas card. We will see.

Hope you all had as good a Thanksgiving as we had. I am thankful to you, all my patrons, supporters and friends for your thoughts as well as purchases.  Continue to have a wonderful 2014 year's end.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Carolina on my mind…New digs… by artist Cathyann Burgess

Facebook asked where I was and what I was up to and why was I not posting often enough.
My friend in Nebraska asked: What? Is FB my mother?

Well the answer or rather, my answer is that I have been in transit now for about a month or so.
House sold in one day in VA. Movers came and packed us up and brought the stuff here to Hendersonville NC, a few weeks later. Hubby and I unpacked boxes for about two weeks then headed off to the ocean for a break to be with friends. Was that ever great and much needed!

Now, it is back to the reality of unpacking our belongings, which btw, we tried to shed much of, but much to our dismay, kept way too much of.
So, now I am giving away stuff like crazy, only to find myself wandering new shops to replace old with new. What gives with that anyway? Less is more I keep telling myself. And in many ways it is.
But the old stuff just doesn't feel right in the new place. And the new place is begging for color and more stuff, different stuff.
Ahh, the problems of the first world as my son , the cynic keeps telling me. And he is right.
Relatively speaking, I have no problems. I love where I now reside. A small town instead of the big city. Mountains to look at instead of forest. Endless skies much like the western skies in the heartland. Only now in the Blue Ridge of western North Carolina. Life is good.

The photo above of my current 'future studio' space. I miss my old one. I had 6 years of peace and creativity there. I plan to have some here too. But I suspect that much of my time will be en plein air as the area affords such lovely vistas.

I am aching to paint inside or out….but I have to find my canvases! I managed this little watercolor called 'before the frost' with my handy back of travel paints. Because as most of us know, frost is definitely on the way!

Back to the unpacking and search.
Until then, my friends and followers, please enjoy my past work herein and visit my website until I am back with newer work.
I appreciate your interest, comments and patronage.

Stay tuned.

Sunday, October 26, 2014


Chickadee©2013 C.L.Burgess     9x12 oil   sold

Moving is certainly one of the most stressful and exhausting events. Especially those of us artists with studio equipment added to the usual detritus of life.
Still unpacking… am taking time to sort through the boxed works to set up my new painting studio. In the meantime I will be posting some of my recent sales.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sold! Gullfriends by Cathyann Burgess

Gullfriends 6x8 oil on panel   sold

I have relocated home and studio to the mountains of western North Carolina. 
During the process, this little painting of my friends at the shore was sold at Stewart Gallery in Richmond! I will miss showing there and look forward to finding a gallery here soon. 
Until then you can make purchases straight from me!
Some other related seashore work is also at the Box Boutique in Whitestone, VA should you be interested you may contact them.