Archive for the ‘soft pastel’ Category

Dorris Ranch

July 27, 2014

Day one of the Field to Studio workshop at the Emerald Art Center in Springfield, OR. Nine artists joined me for three days of working on location and in the studio.

Field Study

Field Study

Field Study at Dorris Ranch in Springfield, OR

Studio Painting

The studio painting was done on Wallis Sanded paper starting with alcohol washes, and finished with soft pastel.

About the forth wash with hard pastels, alcohol,l and a hake brush

About the fourth wash with hard pastels, alcohol, and a hake brush

Hard pastels are applied lightly in layers with each layer washed in with at least 90%1 alcohol. This gives the underpainting a stained glass translucent effect upon which to further develop the painting with softer pastels.

 

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Cool Day and Hot Picks

May 16, 2013

hot_picks

Hot Picks, 8 x 10 pastel on panel, ©2013 Marianne Post

Yesterday was the first “official” plein air gathering of our local group of artists known as Vistas and Vineyards. About fifteen hardy souls braved the rain and ventured forth among the hydrangeas and the rhodies to paint the rioting color at Garland Nursery in Corvallis.

Talk about a morning of sensory overload,  the nursery is filled with garden starts, herbs, flowering shrubs and over 70 types of tomatoes! I found refuge in the begonia and fuschia “barn” and found a vantage point overlooking the lettuce starts. The flowers were dueling it out with the signs for one’s attention. My intent was to capture the cacophony of color and finish sooner than later. After weeks of weather in the eightes, the dampness seemed to really sink in its teeth.

Where’s Scotty When You Need Him?

May 1, 2013

We have all been there, wishing to be two places at the same time. Captain Kirk’s plea to be transported through space resounds through my head as the weekend approaches. Saturday at the American Art Company in Tacoma, Washington is opening of  the Northwest Pastel Society’s International Open Exhibition. I was honored to have River Rapture juried into the show by renown artist, Lorenzo Chavez. It is a privilege to share the limelight with some of the best in the pastel community.

river_rapture

River Rapture, 16 x 20, astel on panel, © 2013 Marianne Post

And Friday kicks off the Annual Cannon Beach Spring Unveiling event. Over a dozen galleries open their doors to throngs of visitors who descend on the village to see new work by each of the gallery’s artists. Great art, demonstrations, live music and terrific receptions continue throughout the weekend. I have been invited to do a pastel demo on Friday evening from 4-6pm and again Saturday morning from 10-11 at Primary Elements Gallery, located in the heart of town in Sandpiper Village.

Wish I could be both places at once, but my painting will have to represent me in Tacoma. If you happen to be on the Oregon coast this weekend hope you can make it to Cannon Beach. The weather promises to be a show stopper as well.

Wide Open

January 10, 2013

day930 in 30 challenge, day 9

Right now I yearn for some wide open space in my studio. After eight days of oil painting I have found myself in a predicament I haven’t experienced before. What does one do with eight wet oil paintings (any ideas, oil painters out there??). Though they are all small paintings, they still need their own dedicated resting place to dry. They are probably not worth keeping in their own right, but someday I hope to look back on them and see how far I’ve come. So while I am searching for some open flat space, today’s painting is a pastel that I can cover with a sheet of glassine and call it a day.

So Far

September 18, 2012

This past week I finally had a chance to revisit “starts” from  my five day Richard McKinley workshop in Bend. This was my first experience attending an Art in the Mountains event. Boy, does Tracy Culbertson, workshop coordinator, have the venue of all venues. The Cascades and downtown Bend are a mecca for inspiration. Coupled with a stellar instructor, and companionship of a fellow artist from California it was five days of instruction, beauty, discussion, and determination to go the next mile.

thumbnails of Sparks Lake

Thumbnails of major shapes, value map and notan design

As a plein air painter, the grandeur of the vista can be overwhelming. Having spent hours in the field, I would like to think I am comfortable in the wilds. But the reality is that I still try to depict the scene as I see it. Finally I was given permission to not only move a tree or a mountain but to capture the sencse of place without being wed to the what’s in front of me. In fact.I got to the point afer five days, to turn my easel away from the scene and paint from memory. What a liberating concept!

It all started with some thumbnails to define the shapes, value plan and composition. Then a quick field study, in this case a small 4×6 supplied me with color notes. Now back in the studio, I did a watercolor underpainting, referring to my field notes. After a day in the studio here is where I am so far. And it feels good!

Watercolor underpainting of Sparks LakeWatercolor underpainting

Work in Progress, Sparks LakeWork in progress, 16×20, pastel on panel

Revisiting Special Places

August 27, 2012

Morning Glow, Sparks Lake, Oregon

Morning Glow, 12 x 16, pastel on panel, Sparks Lake , Oregon
©Marianne Post

Next week, a new show featuring the work of six Willamette Valley pastel artists opens at the Jaqua Gallery, Emerald Art Center. This is my first exhibit with this group of incredibly talented artists. And for this show I included works from what I call my special places. Many of the paintings are scenes I have painted many times before at different times of day or from slightly different vantage points. Familiarity never dulls the joy I get from capturing their essence. The changing light, the different seasons, the blazing sun, the coolness in the air, remind me of just how generous nature is. She could let up a bit on the mosquitos, though!

Jaqua Gallery Exhibtion

Does Painting Purple Mean I am Old

July 16, 2012

Height of Summer, 12 x 6
pastel on panel

This past week, California artist friend, Cheryl Crews, joined me to paint in the lavender fields of the Willamette Valley. We literally went from one end of the valley to the other in search of purple fields. On Wednesday we joined up with my local plein air group, Vista and Vineyards to paint at Moon Shadow Lavender farms in Albany, only to find our picture on the front page of the Albany Democrat Herald. Check out their Facebook page.

While Cherryl painted in oils and I in pastels our violet palette got a workout. One of my paintings from Mountainside Lavender Farms in Hillsboro garnered an honorable mention at the Yamhill Lavender Festival art show this past weekend.

In the Gardens

June 5, 2012

Halo in Peach, 9×12 pastel on LaCarte Sanded Paper
2012 Marianne Post

Last Wednesday, Vista and Vineyards, our local plein air group, met at Schreiner’s Iris Farm near Salem, OR. Talk about sensory overload. The day was spectacular… the sky clear, the birds singing, the flowers overwhelming. I set up in one of the demonstration gardens and made a stab of painting just a flower or two. What a challenge when everything in the garden begs to be captured. A delightful aside are the names of each variety. From Act of Kindness to Zip it Up there are some clever, thoughtful and humorous monikers. Halo in Peach crabbed my attention and became my subject for the day. Once again I tried using a toned surface, this time a blue-gray LaCarte sanded paper. It looks like this year my plein air outings are experiments in different surfaces and techniques just to mix things up a bit.

I just started reading Richard Schmid’s Alla Prima, Everything I know About Painting. In the opening pages he writes, “Don’t be afraid to learn…Profit from your failed paintings.” So trying something new, not expecting to create a masterpiece is liberating. Have you tried something new in your own work?

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.

Springing into Action

May 2, 2011

This past weekend I was invited to demo at Primary Elements Gallery in Cannon Beach. The town was bustling with visitors to Spring Unveiling, a weekend long event that kicked off Friday evening. I found myself painting, talking, talking and painting to an array of collectors, and fellow artists of all ages. The painting I did was of a place I have painted many times before. But as onlookers could see, the serendipity aspect of using watercolor underpaintings opens up a world of possibilities to respond with my sticks of pastel.

Day Glow, 9 x 12, psstel, ©Marianne Post

Saturday morning I found myself back in front of my easel and painted another quick piece. This time I used a couple of photos to create a composition, Coastal Wildlife.

Coastal Wildlife, 9 x12 pastel, Marianne Post