Archive for May, 2012

Remembering

May 27, 2012

Spacious Skies

Spacious Skies, 20×16 pastel on panel
© 2012 Marianne Post

O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain,
For purple mountains majesties above the fruited plain!
America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea!

An inscription at the entrance to a burial ground in Okinawa where many American soldiers are buried reads: “We gave our todays in order that you might have your tomorrows.” Today”s Memorial Service reminded me how fortunate we are to live in such a blest country.

Trying Something New for A Change.

May 18, 2012

Garlands Nursery

Garlands Nursery, pastel on LaCarte sanded paper

This past Wednesday was the first outing of the local plein air group. Traditionally the first venue we paint is Garlands, the local, quintessential nursery. It has everything any green or purple thumb could ever imagine. It also has many places to duck undercover in case the weather doesn’t cooperate.

Forecast: warm and sunny
But this week the weatherman predicted clear sky and mid 70s. I decided before packing to go that morning, that I would try using some orange La Carte sanded paper, a real departure from my usual Amperdand Pastelbord. My thinking was that the orange would work to my advantage in setting the stage for a sunny day painting, and also work as a complement to all the green I was bound to encounter. And I admit, “I’m trying something new.” could also be my excuse in the event of a really lousy painting.

Warm and cool
My approach was to depict the light of a sunny day, by starting with warm colors in the sunlit masses and cool colors in the shadows, regardless of the local color. I gradually brought the masses to their real color but always letting some of my first marks show through. I also left the edges loose so that the orange paper would unify the painting and add shimmer to the piece.

The end result was okay! I had a lot of fun getting this “to work.” I’d try it again, actually. But perhaps I should invest in a lot of blue La Carte to use on those Oregon gray days we so often encounter! Have you stepped out of your comfort zone lately and tried something different for a change?

Back on Track

May 9, 2012

Hug Point Pastel Painting

Hug Point, 12 x12, pastel on panel
$350.00, unframed
demonstration painting available thru Primary Elements Gallery

It’s been awhile. Almost a year to be exact since my last post. Being a firm believer that blog posts are worth their while something happened. I guess I became a blog agnostic over these past twelve months. And the ironic thing about my whole departure from the blog scene was I had tons to blog about. Finding a topic to make into a post that has some interest and possible even some meat can be a daunting task. So that wasn’t even my excuse. But enough about where I haven’t been and what I haven’t been doing.

SPRING UNVEILING
This past weekend I had the opportunity to participate in so many ways at the annual Spring Unveiling in Cannon Beach, OR. Between doing a workshop on Friday and demonstration painting in the gallery on Saturday, talking with past patrons, old friends, and other artists for three days was a real treat. Primary Element Gallery owner, Stephanie Ainsley, pulled out all the stops when it came to receptions on Friday and Saturday evenings. All the energy thoughout the village galleries was phenomenal and I suppose that was the kick in the pants and a whack on the side of the head I needed to get online and onboard with my languishing blog.

So I hope you stay tuned and follow some of the exciting news I have to share with you over the weeks and months to come.