May, 2012

Almost Daily Sketches W/C & ink

Usually, I do my “almost daily sketches” in ink, but this time I laid down some watercolor and inked on top.   This makes the picture more illustrative than a “true” watercolor, but I’ve always had fun with this.     Enjoy

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100 Pastel Challenge No. 74

Since it is a holiday, I took even less time to devote to this, the 74th in the series of 100 pastels done on 5″ X 7″ paper with a time limit of 30 minutes………I wonder if the people who started this challenge oh so long ago even remember it.  We’ll see.   I’ll post my 100th on Wet Canvas and see who responds.   (But, of course, I still have 26 to go!)

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Brown Mountains

It is so hot here today, I just had to do something that made me feel the wind in my face and lots and lots of room.  This s a 9″ X 11″ pastel on Fabriano Paper.

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2012 Spring Art Show

This past weekend was the Spring Art Show for the Lakewood Artists Guild.  Unfortunately, attendance was down just a bit….but everything seems to be suffering these days.  We had a great time hanging the paintings on Friday evening and Saturday morning.  The doors were closed Saturday afternoon to allow the judge to view all the many entries and choose winners in several categories.   One wonderful outcome of the show was the children’s art which was at least double previous years.

I entered two pastels and won Honorable Mention for “The Country Life”.  Both can be seen here and in earlier posts.  I have to admit it’s encouraging to see your work hanging in a roomful of art!   Enjoy!

The Country Life

The Red Barn

100 Pastel Challenge No. 73


This time, I made things different by putting my hand on a pastel and then moving to another.   Weird, but that’s what the challenge is all about.

This is the weekend for the Lakewood Artist Guild’s Spring Show.  I will be entering 2 pastels.   Less than previous years, but it’s been a busy time and I decided to take the stress off.     They only have separate categories if there are at least 7 paintings in the same medium, such as watercolor.   If there are fewer than 7, then those are all lumped together in a general category.  In past years, there have always been fewer than 7 pastels, so I get judged along with drawings, mixed-media, etc.

We’ll see what happens this year.  Pastel is becoming more popular across the country, but I’m not aware of anyone in the guild besides myself that works in it on a regular basis.   Must make decisions hard for the judge!

I’ll let you know how it goes.

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100 Pastel Challenge No.72

Thought I’d try to get another one done before getting some pastel paintings framed for the Lakewood Artist Guild’s Spring Show this weekend.   Maybe I can get the 100 finished before the  Fall Show.   What do you think?     In this one, I picked up a box of various pastels that I had been using to complete a larger work and limited myself to what was in the box.   Remember, the goal is to use colors other than one’s we are used to picking up in order to get out of our ruts.  This one sort of does that.  Enjoy!

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Pastel Challenge #71

Yes, it’s time to get back to the challenge.   This is pastel #71 and I WILL finish 100 in 2012!

For those new to this blog site, I joined a challenge  quite a while back that was on Wet Canvas.  The idea was to force yourself out of the rut you “may” be in of using the same colors for the same or similar objects.   We set our own rules and went to work…..well, most of us….well, some of us did.  I think I took a break around 50 or so.   Anyway, my rules were that all pictures were to be 5 X 7″, done within 30 minutes with each one being different in some way.   If you look back on earlier postings, you’ll see some very strange landscapes, but that was the whole point.  This one was not so different, telling me that I need to get back to working with unfamiliar color schemes.     I hope you enjoy the trip!

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