Tuesday, January 24, 2017

7-day post your art challenge

Since not all of you are on facebook, and because I would like to have it all together here, I am posting the paintings that I showed as part of the challenge.

In this "challenge" an artist nominates you (in my case it was Barbara Jaenicke) to share one painting each day for 7 days.

So here we go:

Day 1:

So today, I am sharing a painting I did in 2015. "Autumn Marsh" is a 12x16 that sold a week after I posted online on Etsy. I love painting reflections in the water and marshes usually have a lot of those.

Day 2:

For Day 2 of the 7 day facebook challenge, I am bringing another oldie. "Bothell Landing" is a 6x18 that sold Christopher Framing & Fine Art. This is a park close to my home, where I walk often usually with Ruby my dog. The reference photo was pretty gray, since it was the middle of the winter. I love this painting because of the colors. I would now use a more limited palette but at that time I was more into exploring colors and value. Enjoy!

Day 3:

Ok for day 3 of the 7 day challenge I am posting something different. "Vigilant" was one of my favorite paintings because the great blue heron is my favorite bird! They are so mysterious and they look almost prehistoric to me. This painting got juried into the Peninsula Art League show at the Harbor History Museum by artist Dawn Emerson. It was my first ever show. It ended up back at Christopher Framing & Fine Art where it sold during the holidays. 

Day 4:

Day 4 of the 7 day challenge: "Lavender Dance" is more recent than the previous work I have been showing for the challenge. This painting got juried in by Richard McKinley into the NORTHWEST PASTEL SOCIETY International Exhibition. I got to meet Richard for the first time before taking his workshop last year. I love this painting because it has favorite colors: purple, some aqua, peach and... because there is a sense of movement of grasses and flowers in the field.

Day 5:

It's day 5 of the 7-day challenge and I would like to share "Across the river". This painting is 8x10 and won "best of show" in the NORTHWEST PASTEL SOCIETY small works show. It has very strong marks and colors. I was into plein-air this last summer after taking a workshop with Richard McKinley. This one was done in Duvall, Washington. It has a watercolor underpainting and you can still see some of that in it. It was a very hot day but very windy. The water is the Snohomish River, and the buildings are some sort of garage shops.

Day 6:

It is day 6 of the 7-day challenge. I am enjoying this, since like I said... no time for painting now (at least during the week).
I would like to post "On the way to Winthrop". This painting was done after our first visit to Winthrop, Washington. Matt popped up the question during that time. So this little painting (6x8) is a little gem for me. The view is from the road, while driving, where the trees are not all evergreens, and the grass is dry and yellow. It was summer and I was trying to convey a sense of summer weather and lots of sunshine.

Day 7:

Last day of the 7-day artwork challenge. Phew! I made it.
I would like to nominate Cheryl Axford so that she can show some of her work here on facebook. I met her in a workshop at Dakota Art in Mount Vernon, Washington. She is one of the sweetest people I know.
The painting for the last day is "Spring is back". This painting is very special to me because it got a finalist award at the The Artist's Magazine s annual competition. This painting was included in the 75 finalists out of about 600 submissions in the landscape category. It marked my first high achievement and got me a chance to get published in a magazine Southwest Art Magazine for the first time. It is hanging at Christopher Framing & Fine Art currently. Barbara Courtney Jaenicke thanks again for nominating me. I really enjoyed sharing my work and write about it during these last 7 days.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Letting go of PanPastels

I have had these sets of PanPastels at home for a year now, and never used them. Time to clean up and make some room in my studio.

If you know of anybody that would want them please share this with them.

I promise I won't be selling you stuff thru this blog on a regular basis :).


PanPastel Artists' Painting Pastels Set of 80 + Mediums Set of 5 + Metallics Set of 6 for $400
List price for set of 80 colors: 499
List price for Mediums set of 5: 34.99
List price Metallics set of 6: 39.99
Total list price: 575
These sets have not been used. I barely tried a couple of them. Tools are all unused and perfectly clean.
I would love to sell it and hand deliver to save on shipping.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Summer by the pond - progression

Another step by step from my latest painting. The reference photo is from a pond in New Hampshire. It's a place very dear to my mother-in-law's sister, since she lives by it ).

I forgot to take a pic of the drawing oops! So this is the underpainting done with nupastels (hard pastels)

After an alcohol wash applied with a brush... I was a bit worried that it was too dark at first.

You can see here some of the dry pastel applied over the now dry alcohol underpainting.

The struggle with the foreground was real. I didn't want it to be important but at the same time there was this big shade area that seemed too big to leave lose. Here is my first attempt to it. 

You can see here how I reworked the foreground to make it a bit more interesting and trying not to take away from the little house and the sunshine.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

What do you see when you get an email from this blog

Last night I realized that if you are subscribed to this blog and get an email from it, that you are still seeing the old "An engineer who wants to be an artist".

Well, I intended to change that to "Dusty Painting" a while ago, like 2 years ago!

It was after I subscribed myself to my own blog that I realized everyone was seeing the old name.

I hope you now get the new name when you get this.

If you still see "An engineer..." please let me know (you can reply or add a comment at the end of the page).

Hey maybe the old title helped me materialized the dream of becoming an artist... it's all about willing and visualizing after all!

"Bursting sky"

Saturday, January 14, 2017

"Powdery hill" progression

I usually take photos at different stages of a painting but never have the time to come here and post it for those of you that are interested on the process!

The reference photo comes from a close-up crop of one of the many pictures I took up in Gold Creek Pond at Snoqualmie Pass.

Blank board with reference photo and my thumbnail (being a good student here).

Drawing with a grey pastel pencil. Not the best one but can change!

I used hard pastels to define value areas.

Fun part: alcohol applied with a brush letting some drips do their thing.

Some dry pastel application... at some point my tree had way too much snow.

I moved away from the photo and tried to give some character to the lonely fellow.

Finished painting! Available.