Monday, February 21, 2011

Snow Day


As many of you know, I give a free plein air painting demonstration once a month at Pumphouse Studio Gallery. This past weekend, however, we had heavy rain followed by snow.   (The photo above is of Trina and Saba hiking along a little trail near Wilson Canyon this morning.)  Needless to say, painting outdoors was out of the question - especially given that it was to be a pastel demonstration - so I stayed in the studio.  Some of you also know that, when forced indoors, I like to paint looking out the window.  Well, the snow fell so heavily at times that there really wasn't much to see out the window, either.  So, rather than paint from a photo, I set up a little still life.

There's a little bit of irony in this painting.  Two tubes of Gamblin oil colors, painted in pastel?  Trina suggested that I add a stick of pastel to the scene for balance.  Good idea.


"Pals" 9x12, pastel on black Colourfix paper - $80 - contact Michael

2 comments:

Catherine M said...

In my DayQuil®-fogged brain, I immediately saw a sweet little face in this painting. Tube lids are the eyes, pastel stick the mouth. Love the piece!

Michael Chesley Johnson said...

Thanks, Catherine - I think! ;)