Tuesday, September 23, 2014

What's on the easel inspired by the landscapes of Degas and William Merrit Chase

The paintings below are still on the Easel and I'm still making marks . Let me know what you think ?
The pastel above is from a photo taken recently on a walk with my friend while visiting her home in Cape Cod . I loved this little path to the sea and what awaits beyond.
This painting is from a photo taken early morning when I walked down to the beach before breakfast and saw this dune and the view beyond , somewhere out there is Martha's !

What's on the easel?

I'm working on two dune paintings now .One was started a while back and I have the underpainting started with some pastel applied that you can see in a previous post . The second was started in a workshop from last Sunday that was held by Teceyce Walter at our arts center . We discussed the style of the old masters ,Degas , Cassat and my favorite , american impresionistic painter William Merrit Chase . When looking at the pastels done by these painters it is easy to see in their landscapes the amazing marks they made to achieve the painting style so beloved by pastelists and others. Here are a few examples .
The above painting was by Degas and I am amazed by this pastel as a landscape it is a wonderful piece to study for mark making and the use of using the paper as part of the painting. 
The above painting is a Chase pastel that is as you can see a beautiful coastal painting that has such depth ,perspective  and color . There is so much to learn from this piece from the sky , water , beach and figures painted to achieve the perspective in this work. 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Lakeside painting reworked and framed.

After looking at my newly finished Lakeside Farm painting on the blog , I realized that the right side of the shed was not straight and looked funny . My eye kept going there and drawing me out of the painting .i decided to fix that and and now the eye travels around and through the painting. I then framed in a barn board frame I found at Marshall's . I like this sweet little painting so much , I think I'll keep it unless it sells for a nice profit . I'm asking $200 for it , painting 5x7 in frame approx 8x10.