Friday, August 26, 2016

Please Vote for "Andrea"

"Andrea", 7"x 5", Pastel

I am happy to announce that I have made the shortlist in the the Pastel Portrait Competition held by Jackson's Art Supplies in London! A panel of judges will determine the winner, but they are also allowing the public to choose three addition winners. Please forgive my brazen request to place your vote for me and my painting "Andrea". Here is the link. It is on the second page of the listings. The winners will be announced September 9th.
Thank you! Gaye

Saturday, August 20, 2016

A Visit with Walt Gonske

 Walt Gonske & Me
My husband, granddaughter and I visited New Mexico this past June. The highlight of this trip was getting to finally meet one of my very favorite artists, Walt Gonske. After a tour of his beautiful home and studio, we sat down to visit for a little while. I had always wanted to meet him and being able to visit was something really special. It was interesting to learn that we are both of Slavic descent. This may explain why we are both so drawn to the work of Nicolai Fechin, who also once lived in Taos, NM. Walt's work very much reminds me of Fechin's. He has even had the honor of exhibiting his work in Fechin's home, now the Taos Art Museum

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Plein Air in Taos, New Mexico

Walt Gonske's Garden

It’s always a good time to visit New Mexico so, when I heard that Ron Rencher was offering a plein air workshop in Taos, I signed up! It had been years since I had painted en plein air, a fancy, schmancy way of saying “painting outside”, and boy, was I ever rusty! That’s ok…it was Taos after all!
The above photo is our group and Walt Gonske after painting in his beautiful garden. In the back right of the photo you can see the view poor Walt has to endure…the Sacred Taos Mountain. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Monochrome Head Study, Drea II

"Drea II", 8"x 10", Study in Oil.

It's a bit of a shock to look into the camera and see a beautiful young woman instead of a little girl. That's what happened when I took a picture of my granddaughter, who was our model for portrait group yesterday. This is a one hour study on Utrecht 100% Cotton Panel, using Rembrandt Burnt Sienna and Gamblin Titanium White. 
(Aint no substitute for painting from life!)

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Monochrome Heady Study, Drea

"Drea", 8"x 10", Study in Oil
This study was done on Clayboard. The initial layer was absorbed immediately, even more so than on Arches Oil Paper. After the first layer on Arches, the surface feels much like canvas. Not so for the Clayboard where subsequent layers were more "fluid" than on canvas. Maybe "slick" is a better description. Still, I found it a very nice surface and plan to experiment with it further.  

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Monochrome Head Study


"Dennis", 8"x 10", Study in Oil
Study using Burnt Sienna and Titanium White. 
Thank you, Dennis, for being such a great model! 

Playing with Acrylics...

...on Arches Oil Paper. Colors used were Ivory Black, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red and Titanium White. I love the Zorn palette!