Monday, December 7, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Please Join Me
In Historic Castroville
for the 26th Annual
OLD FASHION CHRISTMAS
Saturday, December 5, 2009
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
On Houston Square
Over 250 Vendors & Entertainment
Eat, Drink, Shop & Enjoy!
I'll be in Booth 239 near the corner of Angelo and Paris Streets.
ART is a gift from the Heart!!!
I'll have original framed and matted paintings, plus prints, art cards, ornaments, and bookmarks.
Hope to see you this Saturday for Holiday Shopping!!!
Monday, November 16, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Ain't no mountain high enough . . . I can hear Dianna Ross belting out one of my favorite Motown songs on my jamtown player. Listening to music helps me paint. What an equation! Photos + Music + Pastel Paints = Landscape Painting of the North Face of Mt. Rainier. What can I say; it works for me. After my friend Anna returned from a vacation in the state of Washington with photos and journaling, I found out I couldn't resist the sights of the Emmons Vista Park Trail and the north face of Mt. Rainier. Having to postpone traveling for awhile due to lack of funds, I decided to live vicariously through Anna's travels and soak up the northwestern outdoor beauty through her. By the way, thanks, my friend!! I enjoyed painting this vista by underpainting with hard pastels first. Next, I started with the middle ground and then worked on the foreground, and saved the sky for last. I used a combination of my hard, medium, and soft pastels for the last layer while working on the design, shapes, and details of my composition. I created my painting on 12x16 sanded paper. I plan to mat and frame it with either a 14x18 or 16x20 frame.
If you are interested in purchasing this painting, please either e-mail or phone me for more details. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone-- 210-522-0706. Happy Trails!!! --Cindy
Saturday, October 10, 2009
...featuring over 30 artists,
Monday, October 5, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, 6:30 - 10:00 pm
Sold! Both of my juried paintings have now gone to good homes. "After the Rains" sold prior to the reception and "Lost Maples" sold at the Inspire's on Fire: Emerging Artists Awards Reception last night at Valero's Gala. One of the gala's events included a Silent Auction while the Art was on display. With the band's music jamming the song "Celebrate Good Times," I noticed a reason to celebrate. My second painting had just been sold through the auction for my asking price. Yeah!
With my husband Paul and my Texas Pastel Society friends, Maria Lopez and Cathy Geib, we managed to have fun and collect accolades as well. The Pastel Medium came through with flying colors for well-deserved awards going to fellow-pastel artists, Maria and Cathy. Way to go, ladies! Gourmet appetizers, fine wines, and a great band also helped contribute to an unforgettable evening. Thank You, Inspire Fine Art Center! We're all looking forward to more good times and inspiration through you.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
First Moment of Snow!
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Hardwood's Lost and Found
Saturday, September 5, 2009
The above pastel painting is a tribute to Ireland, and it's entitled "Finding my Roots at the North Antrim Coast of Ireland." (Oh, my, I know, a long title!) It's painted on a 16 x 20 Ampersand Pastelbord with soft pastels. Plus, I framed it in a wide, gold gallery-style frame for hanging. It's online price is $250. And, if you happen to be Irish, I'll give you a 10% discount. Although, unless you're family, I might need a little convincing! I painted this in my studio from a series of photographs that I'd taken from my trip two years ago. This is the painting I have wanted to do from the start, but put it off. I wanted to get it right. I like the bold turquoise, the soft greens, and the texture of the cliff and rocks. I'm glad I have a product of this journey. It's a reminder of something I value. Whether or not you're Irish, I hope you'll consider purchasing this painting for your home.
Monday, August 31, 2009
After Bill the weatherman on Channel 5 announced that San Antonio broke another of a blistering series of over one hundred degree record breakers, I decided that if it wasn't going to cool down outside then I was going to try to cool off with my imagination. Exercise #1: Think Arctic Circle and polar bears! No, somehow I kept thinking of all that fur on those bears and that made me all the hotter. Exercise #2: Take long, cold showers. Oops! Bad idea. The water police might come a'knockin' for, afterall, we are now in Stage 2 of water restrictions due to the drought and hot weather. Exercise #3: Paint a winter landscape with snow and ice. Ahhh! Yes, that was the ticket. I put the ceiling fan on tornado speed, planned my winter composition, and proceeded to select all my soothing and cool colors.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
One day when I was online, I discovered a museum named the Butler Institute of Art. It not only had a familiar sounding name, but it had an ongoing pastel painting exhibit in one of its galleries. Butler seemed familiar because I grew up not far from Butler, PA. After looking at the collections through a virtual tour, I was surpised to learn that it was the first structure built specifically to house an art collection of works created by Americans. I wondered to myself where this special place was located. After scrolling down on the website, I was shocked to see that it was only a short distance from where I grew up. However, it wasn't Butler, PA. My childhood was spent living in Enon Valley, PA. The Butler Institute of Art's location is in Youngstown, OH, and only about a half hour away from my original home. I knew then that when I next visited my Pennsylvania family, I had to go pay respects to this worthwhile art museum.
As a result, this month, I flew home to Pennsylvania to celebrate my Mom's 86th birthday. While in Pennsylvania, I thought I'd kill two birds with one stone and go visit the Butler Institute. I arranged to go to Youngstown with my friend Jean during the third week of August. The place did not disappoint me! First of all, the architecture of the building showcases beautiful large windows to let the light pour in. In addition, with over 20,000 individual works of art in various galleries, there's enough art to keep one busy for hours of study and appreciation. Three personal highlights for me included seeing Sam Liberman's pastel exhibition. I toured it with my longtime hometown artist friend, Jean Clark Henry. Unfortunately, we missed the complete show by 2 days, but we still saw enough of it while the museum personnel were taking it down to really appreciate his pastel landscapes. His exhibit was in the Giffuni Gallery and featured mostly paintings of landscape and nature, my favorites. My second highlight was seeing the 73rd National Midyear Juried Show. Pastelist Sean Butler's work Last Stand was included as well as Kimberly Moore's pastel entitled Niagra Sunrise. In regard to my third highlight, it had to involve the Butler's permanent collection of 19th and 20th century landscape paintings by American artists such as Winslow Homer and Albert Bierstadt. Those were a big WOW!
While reflecting on American art, I also had a wonderful day discussing it with my good friend Jeannie. August 19th was the day Jean and I toured the Butler. It was a groovy day I won't soon forget.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Artists and Instructors: Mary Johnson, Mary Lopez, and Dianne Reeves
What's a recipe for Success in Art? One part Texas Pastel Society, another part City of Windcrest, a pinch of Takas Park's Civic Center, a cup of Jazz, and a mixture of food and conversation! That equaled a tasteful art reception, exhibit, and sale that took place on August 7, 2009, from 7 to 9 p.m. Artists from the Texas Pastel Society displayed fine art with painted portraits, landscapes, still life, and animals at Windcrest's Takas Park the weekend of August 7 - 9. Windcrest will continue to host TXPS in the future as well. Our first meeting after our summer break will take place at the Civic Center on Tuesday, September 1, 2009, at 7:00 p.m., and there will also be future art shows hosted by Windcrest. Windcrest and Texas Pastel Society-- What a winning team for the art community!
Saturday, August 1, 2009
- 5 x 7 cards on Strathmore acid-free paper, print of original signed art on front, blank on inside, envelopes included.
- Sets or Individuals: 4 for $12 or 6 for $18/ $3 each.
- Set Themes: Irish Memories, Animal Friends, Seasons, Your Choice (Make your selection from the website gallery and specify on order.
- Christmas Cards: Plan ahead!
If you're interested, please e-mail me cski02@sbcglobal or give me a call: 210-522-00706. Thanks!! --Cindy
Monday, July 27, 2009
In July 2007, I traveled to Ireland with my husband Paul and some of my American family to attend the Nesbitt Reunion outside Belfast. I had already met my Irish Cousin Robena before, but I hadn't met my other Irish relatives. So with passport in hand and a feeling of anticipation that had come after years of yearning to see the Old Country, I flew from Newark to Belfast. After renting a car, we started our journey by touring Northern Ireland. The reunion was still a week away. One of the trip's highlights included a beautiful drive past sheep grazing along the coastal highway. We were headed to see the magnificent Giant's Causeway of County Antrim. After the family reunion, my family headed west to Sligo, home of poet and writer, William B. Yeats and more awesome landscapes, castles, estate gardens, and waterways. At Rosses Point, I remember gazing out at the harbor and wondering what it would have been like to set sail as an immigrant years ago, leaving everything you know and love behind in order to start a new life. It couldn't have been easy.
While I stayed in Ireland, I took what seemed to be at least a million pictures. Later after I returned home, my first project was in sorting them all out. Paul and I then proceeded to make a couple of videos from our movie camera and my digital camera. We shared those with the family at the next reunion which was held the following summer in Pittsburgh, PA. Meanwhile, I was chomping at the bit. I couldn't wait to get started with painting some of the scenes I fondly remembered from our trip. So, I started out with the grazing sheep and then moved on to water and ships. All the paintings are done with soft pastels.
The video with this blog features some of the paintings I've created of the Irish landscapes and set to the mood music of Enya. One of my paintings that's currently for sale at the Inspire Fine Art Center this week features a painting of Ireland, "Memories of County Antrim." Please feel free to stop by the Inspire Art Center on 1539 E. Sandalwood in San Antonio for the exhibit.
May the Luck of the Irish be with you always!
Monday, July 20, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
This recent painting brought back the memories of all of that. When looking through my Virginia travel photos, I noticed one that looked promising in terms of composition. The wild bird in the foreground taunted me to get started with the painting. The vivid colors of fall helped me kick it up a notch. I worked on the water's reflections and shadows in order to breathe some life into it as well.
This landscape painting entitled "September on the Island" was created with soft pastels on a 5x7 sanded pastel board. I think it would look good in an easel or matted and framed for the wall as an 8x10. Either way, it's for sale at $40.
Hope you'll write and tell me about your favorite childhood book or getaway.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Have you ever had the urge to moo at a cow? I wonder what they'd try to do in imitation of us? "Yakkety-yak!?" Cow
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
If you need more information about the show and TXPS, go to our website: http://www.texaspastelsociety.com/. I'm an active member of this society. You can access me through the members link on the website.