Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Sentier des Ocres

Sentier des Ocres
Pastel 11 x 14
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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.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Daily Figures

 Red Accessories - Pastel 8 x 5 

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.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Red Carpet

Red Carpet
Pastel 8 x 5.5 - Sold

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The French countryside looks like a red carpet during poppy season in May and June. This field with the Alpilles in the distance was on the way to Roussillon.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Workshop with Tony Allain

On their Way
Pastel 8 x 10

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!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Pastel Exhibit - 80 Dusty Fingers

I am very honored to be among the 2015 Pastel Artists-in-Residence at the Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA. Please come and see our group exhibit called "80 Dusty Fingers."

Enjoy works by Linee Baird, Cynthia Crimmin, Dave Kaphammer, Lisa Shattuck-Regopoulos, Arlene G. Richman, Jeanne Rosier Smith, Gary Ozias and myself at the opening reception on July 12th or before the end of September. I am looking forward to seeing many of you in the beautiful Fruitlands Museum setting.