Sunday, September 15, 2019

Fall at the gallery...

My journey of exploring
 Reductive Pastel Painting
In addition to the small floral works,
I now have a selection of new landscapes at
Bush Barn Art Galleries available for the
Fall - Winter Exhibition!

"A Door to Peace"

"A New Day to Live"

"Stay Open to the Moment"

This process eliminates the need for framing with glass,
 so these paintings are all mounted on wood cradle boards.
Stop in and see!

Visit Bush Barn Art Center
600 Mission Street SE
Salem, OR
Free Admission Year-Round
Tuesday-Friday 10-5
Saturday-Sunday 12-5

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Moving forward in this Art Journey....

I continue to love my chosen medium of pastel!

18 X 30"
available at Bush Barn Art Galleries

I also am continuing to
  explore the new Reductive Pastel
 technique learned from Carrie Moore this past Spring.
It is opening  up new possibilities for my most favorite medium!

I have added to my pastel paintings
 available Bush Barn Art Galleries several reductive pastels.
They are available during this Spring-Summer Exhibition through
August 18, 2019 in the gift gallery!

10 X 10"

When you visit the upstairs gallery look for this larger piece in the Salem Art Association's
community Salem Salon Show.

18 X 18"

While visiting the Salem Art Fair be sure and stop in Bush Barn Art Center!

Exhibits are always free and open to the public.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Getting Outdoors Again...

"A Quiet Retreat"
8 x 12" pastel

This painting was created on location at
in July of 2018,
 during the 
Willamette Valley Lavender Paint Out.

Here's a few process photos from that day in the field.
One of my favorite techniques of starting,
 is with a liquid acrylic under painting. 
That was the choice that day for jumping in and getting going.

The goal of the Paint Out is for the artists to complete their painting on site.
I took on the challenge and managed to create a small 4 x 6" version 
of the scene as well.

After overcast skies for most of the day, the clouds parted and revealed
a beautiful sky and sunshine!

I am really looking forward to more adventures getting outdoors this year when I participate in the
  Lavender Paint Out.
 It is one of the opportunities happening during the upcoming 

This painting is currently available at
Stop in and see all the wonderful works created by local artists,
and enjoy getting outdoors and take a walk on the beautiful grounds of Bush Park!

Saturday, May 4, 2019

2019 Spring - Summer Exhibition...

Seeing nature come back to life is such inspiration!

Camas flowers bloom each Spring in Bush Park.
See my original pastel painting created from that inspiration. 

"Camas Woodland"
18 x 24"pastel

This painting and more are now available since I have rotated paintings for the
 Spring-Summer Exhibition
 at Bush Barn Art Center.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Reductive Pastel Painting With Carrie Moore

 Carrie Moore shared her knowledge and experience about a
 reductive pastel painting process in a three day workshop at her studio.

These pastel paintings can be mounted on cradle board or be framed with no glass!

No sanded paper for this technique.
We worked on Rives BFK 280G printmaking paper.

Here is my reference photo and sketch...

and the beginning steps of applying the pastel.

Once the selected colors are on, a layer of a light Schnincke pastel is applied,
 then rubbed over the entire surface.

Wearing a mask, and using a rag, the top layer is gently removed to reveal the colors underneath.

That's when more color is removed using a kneaded eraser, white staedtler eraser, and a small rag.

Fixative is applied between layers outdoors.

A pastel pencil was used to define shapes and add line work.

I'm feeling energized about learning this new technique with my favorite medium!

Sunday, February 24, 2019

20th Annual Clay Ball...

Salem Art Association's 
20th Annual Clay Ball 
was once again a success and 
will help provide art opportunities to our community.

I am thrilled that my pastel painting,
"Welcome Home"
has sold in the silent auction!

I festive evening filled with fun and so much community support!

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Welcoming the New Year...

Welcoming in the New Year means a fresh start to more adventures!

Here is a new painting that I created for the upcoming
 Wild Women Show 
at River Gallery
January 22 - March 2

Reception: January 26th from 6 to 9 pm.

"More Adventure Awaits"
12 x 18" pastel