At The Montage

AT THE MONTAGE

At the Montage  9″ X 12″

It has been over two weeks since I painted spontaneously from the easel.  Since my vacation to Laguna Beach, I have been busy in the studio catching up on some commission work. So when my student came in this morning after a trip to Colorado, it was a perfect time to get us both back in the swing of paint to canvas or in this case paint to vellum paper.

A quick intuitive study on paper is one of my favorite ways to loosen up after a long absence from regular painting. I call them my early morning studies, a truly spontaneous recollection of a moment in time.  This is where I catch a feeling of a memory, and put it to paper.

One of the things I love about Laguna Beach is the free trolley that runs the coast and all the way up to the Pageant of the Masters and Art Festivals.  My husband and I and our good friends had a day to explore before the Pageant so hopping on the Trolley was the way to go.  We took the line almost to the end and jumped off at the Montage Resort.  The Montage is a spectacular spot of coast line with amazing views, tucked away south-facing beaches, perfect for snorkeling; and it has immaculate grounds with specimen flora that beg to be touched and smelled. It also has well-groomed walking paths along the coast, and a beautiful veranda to sip a cold drink after your walk.

So it is no wonder that I painted a spot along the walking path that lead down to the beach, that was full of Bougainville and beautiful vistas.  I remembered thinking that the next trip I will be sure to bring my easel and do some plein-aire painting; but for now I must be content with my memories.

As I see it, Pam

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Black Eyed Susans

BLACK EYED SUSANS

Black Eyed Susan’s   16″ X 16″

Welcome to summer, it has hit our area in full force. Hot and dry, hardly anything can grow in this arid land until the monsoon rolls in. But when it does one of the first flowers that takes hold are Black Eyed Susans.  The other day I was researching them and discovered that there are many varieties.  I saw this lovely salmon colored variety and just had to paint them. I think they celebrate the joy of summer and all the promises it brings.

Next is to find out if they will grow in my area, which I hope they do.  I am already planning a bed for them. Hopefully the Javalina will not have much appetite for them and I will have fresh bouquets every where.

These Susans are the perfect entry for my floral series, and will probably be the last because it is time for a new direction since the monsoons are coming.  So I am looking forward to putting out some crazy exciting monsoon inspired paintings.

This week I am in the studio transitioning and focusing on the up and coming Les Femmes des Montage 14th Annual Art Show and Sale. Saturday, July 14, 2018 from 10-4. Hosted at the Hassayampa Inn Marina Room.

Les Femmes artists will partner with the  Highlands Center for Natural History in support of the work they do to help educate the public about nature and the environment. A Raffle will be held for an item from each artist with all proceeds being donated to the Highlands Center. Representatives of the Highland Center will be in attendance to answer questions, distribute information and sell raffle tickets.

So if you are into floral paintings I will be exhibiting them at the Les Femme des Montage. Hope to see you there, and have a safe and fun 4th of July.

Pam

 

 

New On-line Workshop

I have dove head first  into on-line teaching and hoping to bring my knowledge to a broader base. Not everyone can fly into Prescott for a workshop so I thought I would condense my workshop  “Creating Energy and Movement with Acrylics” into 7 lessons that you can work on in the privacy of your own studio or at home.  Learn about it here.

It has been extremely strange for me to talk on a video, which I think is amusing because I can give lectures and workshops and talk in front of people with no problem. Put me in front of a camera and I suddenly find it hard to speak.  So as I get over this learning curve, and finish all the videos I hope to launch the new course by August.

I am actually enjoying putting this all together, besides demonstration videos there are downloads for handy references, and Powerpoint voice overs for a variety of learning experiences. I will also be having a closed FB group for those who want to share their experiences of the course with other course participants.

There are several ways to get in on the fun as I complete the course.  I am looking to find a beta group that wants to take the first round at an extremely discounted price for your honest feedback and critique, or you can wait till the bugs are all out and get the full experience. Either way let me know by signing up for my e-mail list if you are not already receiving this in your inbox. You can also drop me a comment below if you are reading my blog or respond to this  by email if you like.