Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Art Show

"Blueberry Fields Forever" 11x14 pastel.

You are invited!

Join me on December 16th anytime from 1pm - 4pm for the Opening of my Art Show at Hadrian Stone Design and Gallery in Bow, Washington.

Me and another artist will show our latest works. My new landscapes are filled with light and seasonal colors - how I miss the fall!

Come and enjoy a glass of wine, relax, chat and meet the gallery owner Houston Foist. I am grateful to be given this opportunity.

The show will run from December 16th thru January 7th. So there will be plenty of time to check it out if you can't make it to the open.

The gallery's address is  5717 Gilkey Ave, Bow, Washington 98232.

Hope to see you there!




Saturday, November 25, 2017

Big piece on display at Christopher Framing and Fine Art, Edmonds


If you are around the area, come visit Edmonds and stop by the gallery to see my biggest piece yet.
A challenging one for me, this luscious and colorful marsh landscape is 20 inches high and 36 inches long.  Michael - the gallery owner- has done an amazing job with the framing. The overall quality of the piece is exquisite. Pastel pigment vibrancy, composition depth and the wood patterns in the frame are worth at least to stop by and take a look.

Michael also has more of my pieces in stock ready for the holiday. It will not disappoint your eye. I promise.

Endless Dream- Pastel.

















Thursday, August 31, 2017

Shows and exhibits



I have been dealing with an injury in the hip area that has bothering me since March. I believe I am getting closer to find a solution with a new doctor I found. Fingers crossed!

In the meantime, since I cant workout - which drives me crazy- I have been trying to channel all my excess energy into painting.

I am happy that it's working so well. I got accepted to several shows I was hoping to get in!




Click on the image above to see the description of the show "For the beauty of Earth".
The entire show is published online at: onlinejuriedshows.com

The two paintings below are in the show.



At Ease. 8x10.

The Golden Hour. 9x12






Pastels USA 31st Annual International Open Exhibition

This exhibit takes place at A SENSE OF PLACE GALLERY, FRESNO, CA.
From SEPTEMBER 19 THRU OCTOBER 21.
If you are in the area stop by to see the art pieces. They will be excellent.
You can also visit: onlineJuriedShows.  To see all the paintings online.



My painting included in the show is "Gold in the lake" an 8x10 landscape.





The Pastel Society of North Carolina is sponsoring an online competition.
Pure Color:
An Online International Juried Exhibition of Pastel Paintings September 1-30, 2017

This is an online show that will be published September 1st. Thanks to Juror Lyn Asselta for accepting two of my paintings in this show. This is a great show!

The golden hour. 9x12


Summer trail 9x12 (Sold)
















Friday, July 21, 2017

Be protective of your environment to set yourself for success

How do I do this and how do I do that? I get that question a lot. Many people approach me and ask me how I have the energy, the motivation, the drive to do the things I do. Crossfit, Painting, driving to Seattle every day. A day job in engineering. And the reality is that I have narrowed it down to a couple items I will mention below. But what's really hard is not how I do it, but to be consistent and persistent with it. Now, that's something I might have been born with. My mom is very much like me in that. But if you have those traits, then I am going to tell you what I tell all my friends that ask me, hey ale, how can you do so much?

Many books and articles have been written about this subject but... I am particularly going through a moment in my life where this has become more than essential.

Want to be a good painter? surround yourself with the masters. Study their process, how much do they paint? how do they paint? what other activities or accessory work do they do to help them be good? and start doing it. Not only watch them, but start walking the walk, your own walk.
But before you can paint your way, you have to paint like the master whose work you love. Or at least, try to do it. This is not copying, this is learning.
Do it and do it so much that it becomes natural to you. Do this taking from several not just one artist whose work you admire.

Eventually your "style" will emerge. It just takes time. I am still trying, but I can see how it has taken me further already. Closer to my goals, closer to liking the paintings I produce.

Hang out with people that love art, just like you do. If you only go through life not connecting with people that love what you love, you will become confused. You will end up in a spot where you feel disconnected, like you are the only one who cares. This has happened to me many times. To the point that it throws me on a spin of depression and mental illness. Surely enough, when I push myself to spend quality time with people that share the passion, it feels like a super energy boost. Motivation comes back, life feels better. Inspiration comes back. Everything has meaning again.

Yesterday, I drove all the way to Mt. Vernon (a one hour and half from home) to visit the Dakota Art Store warehouse and to spend quality time with my artist friends. I got to see Richard McKinley and talk to him about painting and life. On the way home I was in so much better mood than before.

Lisa, Rebecca, me and Patricia. They are all inspiration to me.



Some random guy I found on the street. He is very funny! :)


I was talking to an artist there about why I have my pastel box clean and organized all the time.
Well... as painters, we do make a mess, and pastels in particular become grayish when in use.
The reason I clean my pastels when I am done with a painting or even before, between sittings, is part of a strategy. I noticed a long time ago, that when they are clean and the colors are vibrant, I get more attracted to come back and carry on with the work. It also helps me get started. If the box is dirty and disorganized it really affects me. It wont stop me, but: it doesn't help.

My studio. Watercolors, pastels, oils, and .... and ....


Want to lose weight? be healthier? surround yourself with people that strive to do the same. If you only hang out with people that don't care so much about those things, you will not do it. Or it will be so much harder you will give up on your goal easily.

I went to my gym and talked with coach Alex, the fittest guy I know.  I asked him how he does it. Yeah, I bought an apple watch and I have to log my food all the time, but guess what: I have lost those pesky 5lbs I wanted to lose for so long. The watch sure makes it fun.

My fridge - relatively healthy food overall.



Whenever I am feeling like I am not making much progress I look for him at the gym and just say hi. That's it, then all we talked about exercise and nutrition comes back to me and I feel supported again. It's like "ok Ale, you are on the right track, you can do it".

So remember, your environment has to support your goals. Be protective of it, find the time to adjust it and make sure you are setting yourself up to succeed.

And remember to always have fun!




"Early Fog" 9x12 pastel.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Sale

Paintings are accumulating in my studio, and even though I would like to keep these smaller paintings I am running out of room!


Check them out!


Paintings on Sale

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Mom's birthday, IAPS from the distance and the power of a limited palette

I brought a small box of pastels with me so that I could paint some small pieces and leave them for my Mom. 

I am in "La Plata" my home town in Argentina to visit her for her birthday, take reference photos (for more paintings!) and visit other relatives.

Using only the set in the picture on the left, I worked on 3 pieces of about 9x12 in. each.

Despite the fact that the photos I used were all from where I live (Bothell, WA), and predominance of green is typical of the area, I was happy to see how having a limited set of pastels can make my paintings look so similar. They look like part of a series, instead of separate different paintings.

This was my first time taking paints with me on a trip and I am glad I did and it worked so well.


My sister and mom took me to parks and other spots in town that of course I knew very well, but that now I see differently: the painters eye, ya know. Wherever I looked there was a picture to take and a potential painting. Crazy!

La Plata is a highly populated and busy town known for its green big parks located every 6 blocks any direction you go. These parks are reservoir to many trees and types of birds. Each year, more species come and join the existing ones. Trees can be huge here, they are part of city's history.



My mom with a huge "Jacaranda" tree in the back

I found out a couple days ago that the workshop with Desmond O'hagan will happen in August (sponsored by NPS in Gig Harbor, WA). This is exciting and a great opportunity for me to grow as an artist. I took some urban photos as well- I have to have some good pictures for the class.

My mom and sister posing in a restaurant :)

The IAPS bi-annual convention is happening right now. One of my paintings is in the exhibit. I found out that the painting sold quickly on the first day of the exhibition, thanks to Jacob Aguiar who sent me the picture below. I am going to have to be there next time in 2019. But one cannot be in two places at the same time. So thanks to everyone who sent and posted pictures of the opening. 

Now time to get my luggage ready and go back home. Back to the routine and my day job as a computer programmer. Life will get busy very fast but memories made will always prevail.


"Across the river" at the IAPS convention exhibit


My Mom's new private collection painted by me :)


 




Wednesday, March 1, 2017

I am off the hook!

Since I have been going crazy painting for the last two months, I think its a good time to recap what's happened and what's going on with me in the art world.

This year I got a painting juried into the IAPS show. IAPS stands for International Association of Pastel Societies.

This association has a convention every year in different places. This year is Albuquerque, New Mexico. The convention attracts many artists that take classes every day from master pastelists (you know those guys sometimes I go to workshops to learn from).

At the same they hold an exhibition. This all happens in June 3-6. Only one painting is accepted per artist. I had tried to enter this show twice already. This is the third time and I got in with "Across the river" 8x10 pastel done Plein Air in Duvall, WA.

"across the river"




For the last 4 years I have been a member with two pastel societies in the area:

1) The Northwest Pastel Society (NPS) in which I am pretty involved organizing and promoting.
2) The Pastel Society of the West Coast (PSWC) based in California.

These societies run competitions (exhibitions where you have to get juried in) annually for members and others are open to non-members as well.

I got a notice yesterday that I got two paintings selected in the the society 2) above. This is their online show. And its open for viewing here: https://onlinejuriedshows.com/ClosedShowThumbs.aspx?OJSID=8698

The two paintings that got in here are:
"A moment to contemplate" this painting is SOLD.




and "A glimmer on the marsh"



This show is one I tried to enter a couple times already. This is the first time they accepted me.

The last pull for me was to paint as much as I could to see if I can get selected in the International Open Northwest Pastel society show. The deadline to submit paintings is March 5th. This show runs at the American Art Company Gallery in Tacoma for a month starting May 7th aprox.

So now, that I am done submitting work and painting like crazy, I can take a deep breath and go back to a more relaxed schedule, including some oil painting.

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