Philomath Open Studios
October 25-26 and November 1-2
Noon to 5pm
with Rhoda Fleischman, FlashPoint Pottery
Oregon Art Supply
Demo during Art Walk First Friday
October 3, 2014
1020 Pearl Street
Pastel Society of Oregon Biannual International
Juried Show, Emerald Art Center,
Homage to NW Landscapes
Watershed Gallery, Eugene OR
August 12 thru September 20, 2014
12th Annual All Around Oregon Show
Arts Center, Corvallis, Oregon
May 29-July 5, 2014
Arts Center, Corvallis, Oregon
Corinne Woodman Gallery with Joey Azul
June 10-July 12, 2014
Albany City Hall Gallery
with Purely Pastel Artists
Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon
Memorial Union Concourse Gallery
July 23-August 29, 2014
Reflections of Oregon: Landscapes by Laurel
Buchanan, Anita Cook, Katy Grant Hanson, Jana Johnson and Kate McGee
December 1, 2013 thru January 15, 2014
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I belong to Purely Pastel Artists, a group of like minded dust makers in the lower Willamette Valley.
Click here for the Purely Pastel Artists website.
PHILOMATH OPEN STUDIOS
OCT 25-26 AND NOV 1-2 NOON TO 5PM
36 ARTISTS AND 15 STUDIOS
My studio is #1 on the Tour Map. Ceramicist Rhoda Fleischman will be adding to all the table tops with her beautiful pottery.
I was showing pastel and charcoal landscapes at Oregon Art Supply in Eugene in September and October. I did a pastel demo during First Friday Artwalk
There was a rumor that the journalism department at the University of Oregon will be filming an interview with me this term. It is more than a rumor now because a small film crew, Brian, showed up at my Oregon Art Supply demonstration.
I did a pastel demo at the Corvallis Fall Festival on Saturday, September 27 with Marianne Post. I also gave a pastel basics talk at the Corvallis Art Guild meeting on October 6th.
VIVID PASTELS by AWARD WINING ARTIST
My pastel landscapes are of real and imagined places. Each painting is an experiment to express an idea about place and atmosphere. They are painted pretty quickly, over a day or two, and many do not succeed. I am not patient but I am persistent.
I go back to the same places to paint over and over again to record the weather, the quality of light, the reflection of water, the growth of grasses; all the changes in a place over time. Familiarity breeds understanding and a focused sense of the place so that I can express its fundamental nature simply.
I also paint from memory, reentering places I have visited in the past. These imaginings are strong images distilled as designs as well as places. I often work over old, failed, pieces that peek through, influencing the new layers of pastel, a bit of a surprise. The sanded paper and fixative spray allow for layer upon layer of pastel, glazes of color that aren't muddy. The large blocky pastels I use don't lend themselves to fine detail.
I have always drawn and painted. Growing up in a busy family with five kids that valued creativity in all the arts, I was the designated visual artist. Later, I chose a landscape architecture career that honed my designer's eye and drawing skills. Those years of creating three dimensional spaces, designing with shadow, sunlight, color and texture, naturally inspired my passion for painting landscapes.
When I turned 50, my children grown, I decided to put in my 10,000 hours to master pastel painting. Now, some (many) years later, I've participated in juried shows, solo shows and group shows and have even been published in a national art magazine. I quit my day job and became a full time artist when I fell in love and moved to the King's Valley area in the Coast Range of Oregon, near Corvallis.