Monday, November 19, 2012

Small Works and Others

 Submitted two photographs and two paintings to the NBAL Small Works for Big Holidays show.  There were no categories, just best of show thru third and 7 honorable mentions.  The judge (Ron Rencher) noted that presentation was important.  Several photographs won, including Jolene Oyer's best of show winter scene.  The following photograph won an honorable mention.

A Johnson City Christmas, 9 x 12 photograph
 Sondra and I were returning from First Friday in Fredricksburg when she spotted the lights on the Perdenales Electric Co-op company's headquarters in Johnson City.  I stopped and took a number of pictures.

I also finished several pastels recently.

Cold Waters, 9 x 12 pastel
This one is also in the Small Works show.

Along the Guadalupe, 9 x 12 pastel
This was a plein aire painting from last month.

On the Road to Bandera, 9 x 12 pastel

Sunday, November 11, 2012

NBAL Displaying Membership

I am a displaying member at the New Braunfels Art League in photography.  Saturday I submitted three pastels (two from the Texas Pastel Society's 2nd Biennial Show and one new one) to NBAL in support of also becoming a displaying member in pastels.  I am excited to report that my application was accepted.  Here are the three paintings.

Reflections, 9 x 12 pastel

Fall on the Medina River, 9 x 12 pastel
Willow Loop Flowers #2, 9 x 12 pastel

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Art and Wine

I have experienced lots of art and wine (or art and whine) during the past two weeks.  Two weeks ago I attended a Doug Dawson workshop.  Three days of exploring values, composition and color.  A terrific learning experience.

Massachusetts Vineyard, 9 x 12 Pastel
First I covered the sanded paper with a ochre hard pastel and an alcohol wash.  Then I layered in my four values from dark to light.  This was followed by carefully selected colors.  The resulting painting has a certain glow to it.

Friday we attended the reception for the Texas Pastel Society 2nd Biennial show.  Sondra worked the wine and cheese table.  While I didn't win anything, I did get a certificate for getting into the juried show.  Mary Lopez won second place with a painting she did left handed (due to problems she is experiencing with her right wrist).  Amazing.

Last Saturday I watched a demonstration by Jeannete Cuevas at Cactus Jacks and saw her and Rita Kirkman's exhibition.  So many excellent pastels (portraits, cows, frogs, still lives, etc).

Tuesday was my bi-weekly workshop with Jodie Taylor.  I attempted to repeat the technique described above.  Instead of the ochre, I used a deep cadmium yellow.  Not quite as successful.  I believe the pastel layers were to heavy.  However, I was able to capture the mountain top.

Enchanted Rock #3, 9 x 12 Pastel
Friday we went to First Friday in Fredricksburg.  More wine and cheese.  Saw two large Clive Tyler pastels and an excellent show of oil paintings by Teri Jo McReynolds.  Came away inspired.