Tuesday, February 23, 2010

100 Days of Pastels - Napa Valley Art Museum

Last Sunday I traveled to Yountville for a little art & pastry run. Several loaves of french bread safely packed in the back of the car (and a chocolate crossaint later), Jim and I went over to the Napa Valley Museum to see the exhibition by 4 artists that runs until February 28th.

One of my former art teachers, and a long-time environmentalist, Marc Pandone, was showing some of his Sierra paintings and 100 days of oil pastel paintings of nearby Buzzard Peak. A fantastic 100 consecutive day view of a subject near and dear to him.

Monday, February 1, 2010

St. Vincent's Church - January 31, 2010

I met the North Bay Plein Air Painters in Marin County this last Sunday. They returned to St. Vincent Church on an initially overcast day. Later the sun decided to show its face and all 11 of the painters were glad for it, I think. The artists worked in oils, watercolor and pastel (me).

We all found different subjects to paint: the church, the courtyard fountains, the arched doorways and corridors, the surrounding countryside and gardens.

12"x18" pastel (Artist Janice L-H)

"Past the Wall at St. Vincents Church"

Below: (photos by Janice L-H)

Entrance road lined with giant Eucalyptus trees.

St Vincent's Church - marvelous stained glass interior

I loved the stone wallwork surrounding the area - need to paint this!
I will return...

See lots more photos of the art created that day on http://www.meetup.com/North-Bay-Plein-Air/photos/817112/

More Figure Drawing & Painting - January 29. 2010

The model today is Rachel

Five minute and ten minute charcoal and conte drawings

Below are 20 minute pastel paintings and a 40 minute acrylic painting.

Painting from the figure is definitely a different skillset for me!