Friday, October 24, 2014

Studio Work - Creek Side

Finished a new pastel painting this evening. I was interested in doing another under painting where I melted the first layer of pastel with odorless mineral spirits into the sanded paper. I always hope to leave much of this layer showing in the end, but I tend to cover most of it. Below are process shots:

My sanded paper on the left, two prints of the same photo with differing contrast, and my little value thumbnail.

 A quick sketch using vine charcoal to place the shapes.
 A light layer of hard pastel for the under painting.
 Melted into the paper with mineral spirits.
 Beginning of dry pastel layers.

 Below is the end of the first evening's work
 Before the finishing touches.
 Final painting:
"Creek Side",  8x10, pastel on UArt 500 grit sanded paper

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Saturday Workshop - Ray Hassard: Painting from Photos

Today our pastel group welcomed Ray Hassard for a pastel workshop on painting from photos. Below are my process shots. Ray helped me fix a problem with the houses in the back. I did some fine tuning at home and am pretty happy with this painting. This is on Ampersand Pastelbord, which I had never used. I liked it!

"Last Bloom of Summer", 11x14, pastel on Ampersand Pastelbord

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Mr. Potato Head Wins Big!!

My recent oil painting, "Checkmate" (Mr. Potato Head plays chess), won BEST OF SHOW and $700 in the Worthington Area Art League exhibit at Brownlee Hall!! I was SO surprised!!!

Judge, Paula J. Nees stated: "This is a strong composition with a sensitive use of chiaroscuro, which creates a poignant setting and instills in these toys an all too human nature."

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Saturday Studio Work - View to the Sunny Side

The weather has turned to a chilly fall. Our group moved into the arts center studio today instead of plein air. But since I'd been getting up early on Saturdays since April to paint outdoors, I decided to stay in bed! Later today, I got to work in my home studio.

I've been experimenting with different materials for under paintings in my pastel paintings. I read a recent article where the artist used silver gouache as an under painting to add sparkle to their painting. I stopped at one of the craft stores today to see if they had some, but their gouache selection was small. So I looked in their clearance section and found Liquitex Acrylic Ink for just over $2 a bottle. I purchased the black and the silver, thinking these would be just the thing instead of the gouache!
(I applied this with some makeup sponges.) I have been using UArt brand sanded pastel paper lately and because it has a tan color, I have doing under paintings in white and black thinned gesso. I find I need to get some areas of my design back to white to make the pastels look cleaner and the black to get the darks nice and dark. Sometimes, the gesso fills the tooth of the paper a bit quicker than I like so I thought this ink would be less likely to do that and would dry much quicker.

Once I tried these two inks on the following painting, I really liked them and decided to run back over to the craft store to get all the other colors in clearance!
Process shots below-  here is my photo and a vine charcoal sketch to get started:
The first pass of the inks - the black and the silver (hard to see the silver in this shot, but I put it in the areas where the light will be the lightest in the back sunlight areas.
As this dried, I ran out to the craft store for more! (But the ink dries within just a couple minutes). Below is some of the other inks added.
Even though my photo had a fairly solid color scheme I got out my analogous color wheel to remind myself to stick with the scheme!


"View to the Sunny Side", 8x10, pastel on UArt 500 grit

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Viewer's Choice Award!!!

I am excited to announce that my pastel "Pretty Pear" won the Viewer's Choice award at the Sunbear Studio exhibit of Ohio Pastel Artists League fall show. Won a great prize of handmade pastels from one of my favorite companies, Great American Art Works!!