Monday, June 26, 2017

Golden - Awarded at PPSCC!

"Golden"  (pastel, 12x9 inches) $1350

I think I posted this one a while back when she was finished, but wanted to re-post now that she has her first award! "Golden" has won the Terry Ludwig Pastel Award at the the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod annual exhibition For Pastels Only on Cape Cod 2017. A big appreciative thank you to Jacob Aguiar, judge of awards, and to Robert Carsten, juror of selection.
The show continues through July 16, 2017 at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, South Yarmouth, MA.

(If she returns unsold from Cape Cod, she might be on her way to Italy this fall! More on that later!)

You can view progress shots of Golden on her earlier post here: https://ritakirkman.blogspot.com/2017/04/golden.html 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Rose

"Rose" (pastel, 8x6 inches) click here to bid or buy

This was another (relatively) quick little plein air during the Albert Handell workshop, after painting a house across the street from the rose garden. (Stay tuned for tomorrow's post!) This was an unusually fresh (for me) watercolor underpainting before I covered just about all of it up with pastel, darn it! I still kinda like it though. At least I got shots of the underpainting...



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Friday, June 23, 2017

Young Tree

"Young Tree" (pastel, 8x6 inches) click here to bid or buy (coming soon)

A portrait of a little tree in Albert Handell's garden. I did this one quickly right after painting his house. He seemed to like this one best of all my paintings in his workshop. (He did help me out with loosening up some edges and creating more depth.)

Here's a shot of the tree and the washed-in pastel underpanting:





Sunday, June 18, 2017

Handell House

"Handell House" (pastel, 9x12 inches) $390 unframed for a limited time

Unless this sells first, it will be with me at the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair July 20-23, 2017.

As the title suggests, this is the home of Albert Handell! I took his garden workshop in Santa Fe last week, and this was my first painting. The light in Santa Fe was amazing, and it didn't get above 83 degrees the entire time. Perfect plein air painting weather!

Albert is an inspiring teacher. The best thing about his demos (besides how magically they progress) is his so obvious enjoyment of the painting process. And when he's not painting he's full of valuable info and insights into the business and creative sides of being a working artist.

Here are some progress shots of my painting:
photo: the house when I started
pastel underpainting washed in with alcohol



photo: The house when I finished. That darned sun kept moving!!

Extras:
Albert's wife Jeanine, waving at my camera as she comes out. Such a lovely and generous hostess!
Albert working on his morning demo in oils, in the studio from a photo. We painted this same building on site the next morning!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Park Trail #39

"Park Trail #39" (pastel, 12x16 inches)  $650 unframed for a limited time

If this doesn't sell first, it will be with me at the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair July 20-23, 2017.

I did this one in Rae Smith's Saturday workshop at IAPS pastel convention last week. I used one of the samples of Yi Cai Pastel Paper, that the representatives from PR China were giving to the instructors. I used one of the medium gray tones, similar to the old Wallis paper. I really like this paper!! It feels a bit like Wallis, but smoother. Great weight, nice and strong. Very consistent. I was able to pile lots of layers on this. I used a dry method on this piece, but I can tell it would take wet mediums beautifully. The back of the paper has a smooth feel and tape pulls of flawlessly without tearing. I bought 5 more sheets before I left.
I'm trying to find out where to get this paper in the US...

Check out my progress shots:





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Friday, June 16, 2017

Cloud 7

"Cloud 7" (pastel, 4x7 inches)  click here to bid or buy

This is the 7th small cloud painting I've done, most of the others were very long ago. There special thing about this one is that it's the same view as one I painted 10 years ago in the Maggie Price workshop at IAPS. This one I painted last week before the IAPS convention, when I was invited to go out and paint with my new friends Laura Pollack, Lyn Asselta and Maria Marino. It was amazing to be able to paint out with such talented landscape artists!

Lyn Asselta and Laura Pollack getting started
It was Tuesday morning and we went to the Elena Gallegos park in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains. Below is the painting I did of this same scene in 2007:
"Atmosphere" (2007, pastel, 4x6) sold

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

S is for Sea Lion

"S is for Sea Lion"  (pastel, 10x8 inches)  $320 unframed for a limited time

Yes, I'm still slogging through the alphabet! I had a different photo for my original sea lion, but wanted to find a good 'portrait' shot instead. If I had to name this one, I think he looks like a grumpy butler.

This may be my last new painting before the pastel convention! I have Thursday to finish organizing, Friday for errands and a hair appointment (priorities, ya know...) and Saturday to load the van and hit the road! I'm bringing my paintings for the exhibits to save on shipping, and need to drop off one of them by 10am Monday.

Any of you who will be at IAPS - looking forward to seeing you there!

Meanwhile, here are some progress shots of the grumpy butler sea lion:











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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Springtime Serenade (and IAPS available spaces!)


"Springtime Serenade" (pastel, 20x10 inches) $690 unframed for a limited time

Sllloooowly working on two new large paintings for the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, in between getting some new small and medium paintings done, and preparing for the IAPS pastel convention.

Ok, all in all, I'm not getting much painting done. But speaking of IAPS, there are still a few spaces left in my workshop "The Intimate Animal Portrait" on June 7, and I just found out how anyone can sign up for it, whether you're registered for the convention or not! It's easy! Just email Red Weber at redweberiaps@gmail.com or contact@iapspastel.org. She'll take care of you!

Click the image below for more info or visit the iaps site, and find the materials list here!

There are also LOTS of seats in my Quick-Sketch Portrait demo on June 9. Read more about it here, and contact Red Weber to sign up!
Stay tuned tomorrow for a great quick-sketch video!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Jodie and Bogie

 
 "Jodie and Bogie" (pastel, 10x10 inches) sold

Here's another doggies' portrait from late last year. These precious pooches belong to the aunt of a good friend. Her aunt can no longer care for the dogs, so Kaye has the dogs, and her aunt has the portrait. It was nice to do a pet portrait commission where I could actually take the photos myself, although it took a while, and a lot of shots, to get the two photos showing their personalities that I combined for this portrait! The sun kept coming out then going away, and these are two very active dogs!
Ultimately I chose these two shots for composing in the square format, because of the way Jodie seems to be leaning towards Bogie, and Bogie looking out at the viewer.







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Monday, May 22, 2017

Luna

"Luna"  (pastel, 6x6 inches, from client photo) sold

Been getting some commissions done lately. I finished a dog today. This is a kitten from last year that I hadn't yet posted (at least I don't think I've posted it...) so it's a good time for it! One of my favorites from the Christmas Season.









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