Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Barn

Barn at Fisherman's Bay
11 x 14, pastel on Gemini w/c paper


I got to watch Richard Schmid's DVD "June" with a group of artist friends yesterday. He is a living master and it was a joy just watching him put paint to canvas. Every so often, the stroke would be just right and Schmid would say "aaah, perfect." Those of us watching, eleven in all, agreed with our own "OOOH"s.

In the studio at 8:15 this morning, I felt eager to paint a barn in landscape as I saw in yesterday's video. Excited to respond in pastel to what I saw Schmid do in oil.

Gemini watercolor paper for a support this time, and I discovered quickly that the texture was a problem. Everything looked transparent because the pastel deposited on the humps and skipped the dips in the paper's surface. But, my eager energy wasn't deterred (nice to have days like that!) and I just wet a brush and pushed the pastel into the paper to make it stick and lay down.

early morning start in my studio

3 comments:

Karen E. Lewis said...

OOooh, love the barn. Love the cool side and warm side. And the variations along all the straight edges.

Karen

Celeste Bergin said...

I see the Schmid sense in the strokes--nicely done!

Joni James said...

I love love love your style. Are you showing your work somewhere in the Seattle area now?