Saturday, February 07, 2015

Pastel mini landscape by Cathyann Burgess

Late This Afternoon©2015 C.L.Burgess6x6 pastel on wallis sand paper


Thinking with my chalks again.

Opening last night at the Transylvania Arts council show was splendid. I have four pieces in. Two oils and two pastels.

I am in a good place creating every day. Am finding new directions and working with long lost media. These pastels dailies are inspiring me to go BIG. My last painting was a 36 x 36 expressive landscape.
Fun to do that big. May try this one, too. See what happens when it grows.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

A day late…comparative study demo of landscapes by Cathyann Burgess


Blowing Cold © C.L.Burgess12 x 16 pastel $475 framed

I am a day late with my promise but here it is. The first photo shows the original plein air active piece with the more deliberate painting done beneath. It gives you a sense of size change as well as interpretation. Neither is better than the other per se just a bit different. I had more time to think of depth and direction and focal point the second time around.
Don't they say the second time, "it is lovelier"?  For paintings, too! LOL.

This is framed and showing in Brevard NC this weekend and month at the Transylvania Arts Council winter show Wood Wind Water.

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Contemporary landscape: night sky by Cathyann Burgess

Feel the Wind?©2015C.L.Burgess pastel 10 x 12

Can you feel it? I was asked can one paint the wind? So this is my response.

Blustery sky at sundown! Plein air pastel study of the sky as cold winds come in before the rain.
What majesty as the wind pushes the vivid color across the sky. Of course I added a bit more, by using highly saturated colors to convey the excitement of witnessing the energy of a once again fabulous sunset over the Blue Ridge.

This painting served as a study for another pastel that I am going to enter into a local show.
Tomorrow I will show them side by side so you can see how the next iteration changes with more deliberation as it grows.

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.