Finally, after having Mokie here for over three years, I’ve painted her official portrait. It’s a 16 x 20 pastel on sanded paper that I mounted onto gesso board.
Two of my plein air paintings were selected to be in this invitational show, which is already hung at the Elliot.
If you are in the area, hope you get a chance to swing by. 🙂
Recently I was asked to do a demonstration of my method of painting with watercolor and pastels at a local art club. It was a fun morning and well received. Here is the painting I did for them that I started with a watercolor underpainting.
and here are more plein air Tuesday paintings:
“A Trip Down the Loxahatchee” by Jim Snyder will debut on Nov. 21 when the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum holds the “Lighthouse River Rendezvous.” The annual fund raiser will unfold along the river, at the foot of the museum, on Saturday evening starting at 6:00 pm. http://www.jupiterlighthouse.org/jupiter-events-november.php
This coffee table book is made up of paintings and photographs by local artist of the Loxahatchee River and will be for sale in local gift shops. Some time ago Jim asked me if he could include this painting in the book and of course I said yes. It’s a small pastel painting that I did on location.
The Cow – Robert Lewis Stevenson, A Child’s Garden of Verses
The friendly cow all red and white,
I love with all my heart:
she gives me cream with all her might,
To eat with apple-tart.
She wanders lowing here and there,
And yet she cannot stray,
All in the pleasant open air,
The pleasant light of day;
And blown by all the winds that pass
And wet with all the showers,
She walks among the meadow grass
And eats the meadow flowers.
It’s rare to get free publicity, at least for me it is, but one of my paintings will be in the next issue, July/August, of Fine Art Connoisseur magazine. (not on newsstands yet) http://www.fineartconnoisseur.com/
The magazine is one of those well done, high quality, shiny art magazines that is aimed at collectors.
My painting is part of a photo essay on painting in parks, which is something I love to do. One of my favorite parks is a local one, Jonathan Dickinson State Park and the painting is one of several I’ve done of the Loxahatchee River. You’ve seen it here before, but here it is again:
You can see other paintings that are part of the Painting the Parks program on the Fine Art Gallery page.
Also here is the link to the website for Painting the Parks, so that you can see other park paintings. http://painttheparks.com/
This pastel painting hangs in the dining room framed in gold. The glass is reverse painted in black with a gold leaf border. This view is from the front entrance of The Arbors, where I live. It was done some time ago and is still a favorite of mine.
This lake is located within the community that we live in. It actually doesn’t have a name, as far as I know. Out in the middle there is a small raft that turtles and the occasional alligator sun themselves. Turtle Lake seems like a good name.
The pastel painting was started with a water color underpainting. Just using the maroon color in the land masses and a rosy pink in the sky and lake enables me to then quickly put in the middle values. You might notice that I didn’t use any green. Honestly, I just felt like not using green so this is probably considered a tonalist painting.
In honor of Father’s Day I thought I’d post this pastel of my father’s truck. Don’t be surprised if I post it again next year! It’s not a new painting, but a favorite. He never finished restoring the truck so that I could paint the “after” shot, but he did see and love this painting.
This pastel is done on a maroon piece of acid free mat board that I sanded a bit to give it a little more tooth. When you sand mat board or paper (sometimes it helps to rough up Canson paper before using it too) you should use a very fine sanding block, not regular sand paper. The block is sturdier and won’t make unwanted bends, folds or marks on the paper. Just a gentle once over is enough.