Posts Tagged ‘soft pastel’

Blown Away

July 2, 2013

catch-the-breezeOnce Upon A Breeze, 8 x 10, pastel on panel
©2013 Marianne Post

It’s all a blur, and I am still unwinding from a fantastic weekend in Cannon Beach. I joined fifty other artists who were on the streets or on the beach painting their impressions for the 5th Annual Plein Air and More event.

Friday evening the Cannon Beach Gallery Group and the Chamber hosted an exhibit and reception featuring the works of selected participated artists. It was fun to mingle with the artists, visitors and representatives from SouthwestArt magazine. Congratulations to the new owner of one of my featured paintings, Approaching Storm! 

Saturday the weather couldn’t have been better for plein air painting. I set up at the corner of 2nd and Spruce to capture a street scene while I could still see the street! By mid morning the sidewalks were packed with ice cream cone lickers and iced tea drinkers watching the artists and listening to their process.

2nd_and_spruce2nd and Spruce, 8 x 10, pastel on panel,
©2013 Marianne Post

By mid morning I moved across the street to the local kite store, Once Upon a Breeze, which happens to be the oldest kite store on the Oregon coast. It also is the most colorful shop on the street. The blue shingles and kaleidoscope colored buoys hanging from the eaves screamed, “Paint me.” By now the crowds were everywhere. I met so many interesting people. If you were one of them that stopped by to say hello and watch me paint it was my pleasure to share the experience with you.

At 2:30 I called it quits and headed back to my room to frame my paintings for the evening reception at Primary Elements Gallery. In my haste I had everything framed when I realized I hadn’t taken photos of the paintings. So the images I am posting are not the best. I but I think they capture the “spirit” of the piece.

Saturday evening the gallery hosted a lively reception. It was not only fun to once again talk with people I met throughout the day, but to also mingle with the other gallery artists and hear about their day and see the work they produced. The evening ended with a Raku firing on the beach at sunset. The organizers for the event thought of everything and sponsored an art filled weekend that would have blown anyone away. The event is always the last weekend in June, so if you haven’t had the opportunity to experience the Cannon Beach Plein and More event, add it on your 2014 calendar. I hope to see you there!

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

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

Spring Unveiling

April 25, 2011

Coastal Dancers 11x14, pastel © Marianne Post

This weekend in Cannon Beach spring is scheduled to be unveiled.  The 11th annual Spring Unveiling Art Festival will kick off Friday evening. I will be at Primary Elements Gallery in the heart of town beginning at 5pm to do a pastel/watercolor underpainting demo. If you find yourself on the north coast of Oregon be sure to stop in. Members of the Cannon Beach Gallery Group will spotlight new work by chosen artists. Unveilings and receptions take place all weekend long. Check out the complete schedule of events.

Look Familiar, I Don’t Think So!

February 25, 2010

Red Poppies, soft pastel on panel
© 2009 Marianne Post

You often hear artist’s say that they enjoy the creativity of making the ordinary extraordinary. I like to describe my artistic journey as making the familiar, unfamiliar. That is, painting everyday things with a twist; opening the eyes of those who view my painting so they see things in a new way. Lately I have been revisiting former subjects seeing them with fresh eyes myself. Red Poppies is similar to a painting I sold about three years ago. And while it is a familiar subject, this time around instead of focusing on the nuances of their colors I really enjoyed capturing the way they dance in the breeze. A carefree feeling of airiness and dance is what I am after here. Hope you feel it too!