Tuesday, 27 January 2015
"Arches", 10 x 8", Pastel on Wallis.
This one was a painting I did during my first painting day in a city.
We started nice and easy, but whole event turned into total chaos,
when cars and vans starting pulling to "El Jardin" - central square
of San Miguel where our group was working this day.
Turned out - crowd was gathering for movie shoot.
One of popular Mexican soap operas, what they call "Telenovela".
So we got to participate in sort of "Painting with the stars" event
without any fair warning.
Many bystanders were kicked out of the square by TV crew,
but they let us paint and worked things around...
What was indeed very nice, as bunch of foreigners with easels
definitely weren't part of the script.
I was working on my first painting in the most far corner in weak hope
it is safe place to be and I was dead wrong.
Long story short - I got to paint right on camera
and my dear spouse had too much fun with that fact....
Regardless... I finished the painting.
Next one I did at the end of day 2, it was basically quick street-sketch
on 9 x 6" piece of Pastel Premier paper.
I finished it later in studio without addition many details...
It was all about forms and shapes, not a small things.
"Shapes of City", 9 x 6", Pastel.
Hard to believe, it was just week ago now,
when we are back in PA and buried in a snow...
It was too much fun!
It was a gray day, but I decided to paint outdoors anyway. We only have one car in FLA and today was my day to take it. I drove all around Savannas Park, but every site was so grim. I was about to leave when I spied this pretty little scene-palms framing a reflection of palms, beautifully contrasted against a luminous sky. My day was saved.
Monday, 26 January 2015
"Flames of Light", 10 x 8"
Pastel on mounted Wallis.
And one more piece from my San Miguel collection.
Started on location, blocked in, finished in studio.
Just one of many colorful doorways, so typical
for city of San Miguel De Allende.
Thursday, 22 January 2015
Wednesday, 21 January 2015
Last several days I was lucky to be a part of unique event sponsored
by Pastel Society of America.
Our group flew to Mexico to get together in San Miguel de Allende
and paint together with my favorite pastel-guru - Richard McKinley.
In 2008 UNESCO recognized San Miguel de Allende and
the neighboring Sanctuary of Jesus de Atotonilco
as World Heritage of Humanity sites and we had
an opportunity to work on both locations.
Some of those paintings I'll post later, meanwhile I want to share one I did
in local botanical garden what is known there as
"Quiet Waters", 8 x 10"
Pastel. Plein Air.
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Tuesday, 20 January 2015
I finally got out to paint. I hadn't picked up a brush since my operation in October. I had to push myself to go-I'm still having problems walking, carrying things; plein air painting is all that and more. I'm so glad I did, though. The weather was mild and pleasant. The setting was peaceful and filled with wild life. It felt good to be painting again.