|The flume in Franconia Notch (9X12)|
Although I'd used oil pastels before, my first choice had become pastels or oil. Over the winter my studio situation had changed and my main easel, with my Artist Air machine, remained at my former studio. Since I would never consider doing an indoor pastel or oil painting without Artist Air, if I wanted to paint at my home, I needed another solution. Pencil, watercolor, acrylics or oil pastels?
|Diana's Bath (9x12)|
My own life at the time was needing calm and my fingers were itching to move onto paper, push around colors, and create a few sprays of my own. I needed the art therapy and chose the oil pastels because they were the quickest. No setting up a palette, no fooling with mediums, mineral spirits, brush cleaning. Just open the box, pick up a stick and start!
|Could Be Anywhere! (9X12)|
|Diana's Bath (9x12)|
|Glen Ellis Falls|
I chose black paper to emphasize the water, the spray, the subtle colors of stream and ponds. One painting led to another and another and then Eureka! I was doing a series, and, like a soap opera fiend, wondering about the next installment!, before I had finished one I was working on. I had heard about doing series in art school but never put it to real practice until now. Doing a series forces us to greater creativity! It's fun. Familiarity with similar color choices pushes to new techniques and new visions, then new color combinations, further technique exploration. Waterfalls in NH are everywhere, and different, not only from season to season, but from week to week. Even day to day if there has been a major storm, or an errant beaver at work. They are a never-ending supply of subject matter.
These five are among the 12 now completed, with two more sitting on my drafting table in various stages of production. I presently have an exhibit at the M&D Theater in North Conway, NH, there until July 5. Stop by if you are near.
Meanwhile, I'll be doing more Oil Pastels of Waterfalls.
Check out other blog entries and my website for other Scenes of New Hampshire and my blog, THE GREAT WHITE BARN to check the progress on my gallery.
Oil Pastels on black paper, 9X12. $90 unframed, $130 framed in black frame.
E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.