For Shari

Art, Encaustic Wax, Inspiration, Painting

I have an accountability partner. Shari Sherman. We’ve been checking in with each other for the last six years. This week I committed to making an encaustic piece a day. Today I worked on a small piece today. I love those lone trees in the middle of a vast field. I call them witness trees. Who knows what they have seen as they’ve grown over the years. Imagine a 200 year old lifespan.

A lone tree guy was here cutting down the rest of the poplar leftover from the crew. This guy cut down this giant tree by himself. A matter of physics, spatial relations and just plain genius. Lots of chain sawing.

I have a plan for this witness tree piece. More to come…

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31 Paintings in 31 Days – Day 3

Art, Painting, Pastel

In keeping with the spirit of Inktober 2018 – Day 3 my idea for roasted is a chicken. Chickens are the gift that keeps on giving. I can make at least three more meals out of one chicken. A little lemon pepper and salt and those veggies make a yummy gravy. I got the idea to add carrots, celery and onions from Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. That Guy Fieri knows how to EAT!

This piece is on Strathmore Pastel paper 400 series, 9 x 12. In rethinking this I should have let the paper peek through more. It’s a little overworked and do you think I used enough pastels? Some good learning in this piece.  #HTP31in31 #guyfieri #dinersdriveinsanddives img_8090

Painting the Chapel

Art, En Plein Air, Pastel

We went to the Old City Cemetery early in the morning. I stayed under the trees while it was still a cool 73 degrees.

I feel like I made a breakthrough with those trees by being loose. I’m even happy with the Chapel itself. Loose. Loosen. Free. Freedom.

En Plein Air for the Summer

Acrylics, Art, En Plein Air, Encaustic Wax, Painting, Pastel

We have started our painting outdoors for the summer!  Nancy, Terri and I went out to Seaman’s Orchard where you can pick your own strawberries, blueberries and cherries. The other fruit you can pick isn’t ready yet, but all of the above are delicious! Blueberries should be really ready soon. Really a beautiful setting and the views…….

If I’m going to be honest, I’ve been in an artistic bump in the road. I’ve been taking a lot of classes and really learning. The classes leave my mind full and excited. I hadn’t used my pastels or been outdoor painting for over a year and I was RUSTY! All my new found knowledge and now I don’t know how to paint anymore. That ugly FEAR that sits on your shoulder, landed on mine and the only thing I have been painting with is GESSO. I have started one painting of this tower at our local high school and I’m on the third Gesso rendition. In the case of my pastels, I brushed off the pigment and I sprayed alcohol on pages of pastel paintings to be painted over. In my encaustic paintings,  I’ve been melting whatever I put down and starting over. Just fusing layers of light grey onto a substrate.

All the ideas are here. They’re just waiting for me to open the gates to an actual breakthrough in manifesting.

I am pushing through it. I’ve been here before and got through it to be very successful in my career.

This was the first painting I have felt good about in over a month. There’s still work to be done.

JUST KEEP MAKING A MESS!

 

First Fridays Lynchburg

Acrylics, Art, Cigar Box, En Plein Air, Encaustic Wax, Pastel

I’m the featured artist at the Renaissance Theatre this May and for First Friday tonight! In honor of the play Hair, I’ll be showing my flowers on cigar boxes in encaustics medium. Also hanging will be my plein air pastel paintings of the Peaks of Otter.

The Lynchburg Art Club will be showing the paintings from Paint Out Lynchburg. I have two paintings there. It will be exciting to see who won. It’s like being at a race. My heart pounds waiting to hear the results.

Also, my newly painted acrylic paintings are hanging at the Academy Center of the Arts, Arts & Education Lobby, located in the Warehouse Theatre. It’s Kenny Weinfurtner’s class I’ve been taking and learning so much. Everything is available for purchase. Sales benefit the Academy Center of the Arts, Renaissance Theatre and of course, me. #FFLYH #downtownlynchburg #Academycenterofthearts #renaissancetheatre #encaustic #cigarboxes #pastelpaintings #lynchburgartclub #paintoutlynchburg

 

Paint Out Lynchburg 2

En Plein Air

I was in the shade most of the day. My snack was a boiled egg and that little sucker popped out of my hand and started rolling down the sidewalk. Argh. Don’t judge me. I rinsed it off and ate it like that pack of dogs in A Christmas Story. I think the term starving artists came out of how hungry you get when you’re creating. Between paintings I went to the Community Market for some meat on a stick! Sat in the sun. Glorious! Food, water, sun. What else is there, except for art! Too many exclamations?! This is the final of Mrs. Joys Absolutely Fabulous Treats. Such a bright palette. After loosening up on The Virginian Hotel painting, this one really flowed. Enjoy. #mrsjoysabsolutelyfabuloustreats #pleinairpainting #pastels #paintoutlynchburg

Paint Out Lynchburg

En Plein Air

I painted outside today after almost a year. I hadn’t touched my pastels either. I’ve been using acrylics. I felt rusty. I felt like I was overworking the painting. I even put a light pole right in the middle of the painting. What?! After getting rid of that and just trying to loosen up and enjoy the process I feel that I came up with a finished piece. The Virginian Hotel is being restored and it’s beautiful inside and out.

#TheVirginianHotel #pleinairpainting #paintoutlynchburg #pastels