Some of my artwork is on display at Pittsford (NY) Town Hall until the end of June.
This is a roadside view in the Finger Lakes in New York.
I made this pastel from a photo I took near Brainard Lake in Colorado.
As I walk around Rochester at this time of year, there is not a lot of color. Instead of using artistic license to add color, or working really hard to “find” it, I started thinking of making a more monochromatic drawing to reflect a simplification of what I see.
I didn’t need to go far from my house to find a plain landscape that could be accurately rendered in just charcoal and ochre pencil on white paper. I also threw in some terracotta pencil highlights.
I used the smoother back of pastel paper for this.
Oh, what a wet and muddy walk that was. How I suffer for my art!
I finished this pastel today. This is from Torrey Pines State Reserve, my favorite part of our trip to San Diego a few years ago. This is my first pastel from outside New York, and it was nice to be able to use blue for the sky.
Related story, when my son was about four, he was drawing a landscape with crayon and I asked him, what color is the sky? White, he answered, and that’s the crayon he reached for.
I did this pastel yesterday. I’ve only been to Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua, NY once, and I only took a few photos. I wasn’t painting landscapes then and wasn’t really thinking about collecting images – I’ll have to go back. And I hope I’ve learned my lesson – take photos of things even if I’m not really interested in painting them right now.
This was in the Japanese Garden, designed in 1906.
I did a pastel of my favorite park today. Highland Park was designed by Fredrick Law Olmstead, who also designed New York’s Central Park, and it shows; it’s truly special.
I’ve done several paintings and sketches from flowers in Lamberton Conservatory, which is on its grounds, but this is my first landscape there.