Like many artists, I thrive to create looser, more abstract paintings. But sometimes, it feels sooo.... good to paint within your comfort zone. This week end was just one of those times. Pumpkins on their way to Fruitlands.
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Inspired from a walk through the old ochre quarries of Rousillon, classified as one of the most beautiful villages of France. The ochre mines closed in the 1930's and the Sentier des Ocres is now a protected site. Ochre pigments ranging from yellow and orange to red (from other regions) can be purchased in the tourist shops in town. I mixed a little of it in my watercolor under painting.
Since taking a workshop with Tony Allain, I have integrated what I learned into my daily routine and have been painting at least one figure a day, fast and with very few strokes. Today, it is "Red Accessories"... just because I love red shoes.
I recently attended a workshop organized by the Pastel Society of Connecticut, with master pastelist Tony Allain. What a treat! Tony's generosity in sharing painting tips and techniques left us with many "take aways" after 3 days of painting outside of our comfort zone:
- Painting from sketches, not photographs
- Applying the least amount of pastel strokes (150 max.) to keep paintings fresh
- Speed paintings (10 minutes) to loosen up
- Creating a painting with 3 colors (3 values of each)
- Painting figures with a wide marker (like a Sharpie) and applying deliberate pastel marks
I composed "On their Way" entirely with pastels since I did not have wide markers at the workshop. It is my first attempt at a group of figures. So much fun!
The residency includes classes, workshops, plein air and formal demonstrations, as well as exhibits from April through October, 2015. Please contact the Fruitlands Museum or check their website for more information.
Demos on Sunday 3 May
I will be giving a demonstration on the pastel medium from noon to 2:00pm in the Wayside building of the Fruitlands Museum on May 3rd. I will discuss materials, how to apply different pastel techniques and illustrate the process. Lisa Regopoulos will then perform a formal pastel demonstration from 2:00-4:00pm. Don't miss a great afternoon of learning and fun!
PS: You can enjoy an early brunch at the Fruitlands Museum Cafe or bring your own brown bag lunch to the demo.
Very happy to have received the "Diane Townsend Award" in the Connecticut Pastel Society Members show for my painting "Potts Point Sunset". It is an honor to have any work selected by Robert Carsten, juror of this exhibit!
I saw this intricate display of long shadows while snow shoeing in mid afternoon on the grounds of the Fruitlands Museum. The sun was low and the air frigid, but what a spectacular and inspiring scene!
I had the great pleasure of painting snow in a workshop with Master pastelist Frank Federico a couple of weeks ago. This painting was done on gator board prepped with gesso, pumice and a coat of bright pink gouache.
Please come and join me for the opening of my solo show "Garden Delights" in the Symphony Hall of Indian Hill Music in Littleton, MA. The reception is on Friday 6 February from 6:00 to 8:00pm . There will be refreshments and music. Hope to see many of you there!
I am honored that my pastel "Potts Point Sunset" is one of the selected paintings to be displayed at the Members Juried 1: Painting and Sculpture, 2015 show at the Concord Art Association. The art entries were juried by Mary Tinti, Curator at the Fitchburg Art Museum.
The exhibit will run from January 15 to February 20, 2015. The opening reception is on Thursday 15 January from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. I hope to see many of you there to toast the new year in style!
Happy New Year everyone! I cannot close 2014 without a huge thank you to all my wonderful students and followers, the galleries that represent my work and my collectors for their continuous support and encouragement with my art. You keep me going and enrich my life! I am looking forward to full time painting in 2015 and to many exciting events that I will share with you later.
Reception at the Parish Center: Sunday 18 January from noon to 3:00pm. Hope to see many of you there to toast the new year!
Gallery hours for NOA's show are from noon to 2:00pm every Sunday through the end of January.
My name is Joelle Levallet-Feldman. I was born and raised in Normandy, France and return every year to visit family and friends and rediscover the endless supply of inspiring scenes, each begging to be painted. Inspiration is also abundant in my adopted New England home, where the coast of Maine, orchards of Massachusetts and charming architecture are welcoming to any artist.
Media: oil, pastel and watercolor.
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