Hi all! My current show is up! It's actually a group show. For those of you who don't know, I am a member of the Pastel Society of the Gold Coast. It's an amazing group of artists that I am very honored to be involved with and included in!
This is my 3rd year in the group, and 3rd year participating in the Thousand Oaks show, which is usually our biggest of the year. This year it benefits the Camarillo Hospice. (See info above.)
One of the pieces I put in the show, is Autumn Reflections. It started with a watercolor underpainting ...
Then little by little, I began to add in my pastels over the top ...
The painting is inspired by this photo (below) from the Yosemite Valley back in 1999, that I took while visiting my grandmother, who lived nearby in Mariposa.
I changed the season a bit. I nixed the bits of ice/snow around the rocks. I figured it would have to get very "nit-picky" in order for you to really read that it was snow, so I edited as well as cropped the picture. I also changed the light and color of the sky so it would not get too "cartoony" hued.
More detail ... rocks and reflections ...
And then, more rocks in the water, and punching up the lights and darks.
It was one of the 3 pieces voted on to be submitted for publicity and it ended up in the little Thousand Oaks paper. :)
This weekend is the reception and it runs until the 27th of July!
By the way, I am the blog administrator for the Pastel Society of the Gold Coast. We post about shows, members' plein air outings, demos and so on. If you want to check it out, click here!
Hope you had a fabulous 4th of July,
for all you Americans out there!
And for everyone, I hope
that you are having a perfectly lovely July!
Art enables us to find ourselves
and lose ourselves at the same time.
Blessings and light!