I spent last week in Carmel, California in unseasonably cool weather. This painting is the first of a series of sandy/marshy shots of the Carmel River. It is a cool April morning in this scene but I also have reference photos of the same area that I took near sunset when everything was washed in pink.
It is a painting treasure hunt in my studio - I'm always looking for old pieces to rework. Yesterday, I came across an 18 x 24 inch (large-for-me) framed painting from 2006. Called "Grassland Journey," it was one of my early soft works. In review, the composition was not great and it was beyond relaxing into sleepy/snorey. I turned it upside down and am reworking it. I have included the "focal point slice" from each painting here - the old on the left and the rework, right. When I finish the reworked painting I'll post the whole painting here for you to see.
My first pastel painting was a still life of two plums. My second try at pastel in Spring 2002 was a view of our driveway. We still have the same driveway but my work has changed considerably. Almost exactly 8 years later, here is the scene again as I see it today in "The Good Road Home II."
April is the final month for "Light in the Air," the current exhibit at Women Painters of Washington Gallery, 701 Fifth Avenue, Suite 310, Columbia Center Building, Seattle, WA. The next show, "Wonder!" will begin in May. To view the entire "Light in the Air" show online, CLICK HERE.
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SIXTH ANNUAL NORTHEAST NATIONAL PASTEL EXHIBITION, Arts Center/Old Forge, Old Forge, New York
May 8 - August 1, 2010
GREAT LAKES PASTEL SOCIETY NATIONAL SHOW. Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art, Midland, Michigan.
May 4 - July 30, 2010
Women Painters of Washington Gallery Five new paintings "WONDER!" group exhibit, 701 Fifth Avenue, Suite 310 Columbia Center Building Seattle, WA 98104 206-624-0543.
Opens May 2, 2010
JUROR FOR THE 2010 ANNUAL HELEN NORRIS OPEN ART SHOW The Sidney Art Gallery, 202 Sidney Avenue Port Orchard, WA 98366 360-876-3693. Click on image for more information.
April 23 - May 28, 2010
NORTHWEST PASTEL SOCIETY Member's Exhibition, Blue Horse Gallery, 301 W. Holly St., Bellingham, WA
March 29 - April 27, 2010
Solo Show of thirty paintings at OLYMPIC COLLEGE ART GALLERY, Bremerton, WA. Colored pencil, watercolor.
March 19 - April 27, 2010
WPW MEMBER SHOW Kaewyn Gallery, 10101 Main Street Bothell, WA 98011 425-483-7385. Click on image for more information.
March 1 - March 30, 2010
GALLERY NORTH Group Show. Edmonds, WA. Click on image for more information.
February 2 - April 30, 2010
Women Painters of Washington Gallery FOUR NEW PAINTINGS "Light in the Air" group exhibit, 701 Fifth Avenue, Suite 310 Columbia Center Building Seattle, WA 98104 206-624-0543. Click on image for more information.
January 23 - March 5, 2010
IAPS 15th Juried Exhibition City of Brea Art Gallery Brea, CA 92821 714-990-7730. Click on image for more information.