More Chalk Dust and something new…


I don’t do flowers often, but yesterday I decided to give it a shot. I have a favorite ceramic piece, a light ochre glaze with the red moon on it.. So I decided to incorporate it into a still life with some flowers that one of Kate’s friends gave her for Valentine’s Day. So if you are tired of looking at 40 some little fields…here’s something different. I used Wallis paper, mostly Richeson pastels with some Sennelier and a few Schmincke. One thing I have learned is that you can’t rely on just one brand of pastel; you need to have a variety, just because not all colors are the same for each company. Now I am sure if you have a 1200 piece set of one company, you might be just fine! Broke is what I would be! Have you ever heard of Roche pastels?? Supposed to be the absolute best ever…best ever priced at somewhere near $20 a stick…but I have heard they are remarkable…I just want to get my hands on a couple of them 🙂
I then went on to do a larger 20×30 inches, piece of a landscape and employed some of my findings with doing the mini’s. It’s almost completed and will post it probably tomorrow…so far so good and if it continues to behave, it may be a piece that I use for competitions. I’ve probably hexed it, now that I verbalized that statement…but who’s superstitious!! ;-D. So with that, I will say ciao! happy painting…

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About bonnie griffith

I am a landscape artist who works in pastels, oils and acrylics. My work focuses on representational studies of the western US. I am basically self taught with lots of workshops and studies with several landscape artists such as Bruce Haughey and Clark Elster. I live in southwestern Idaho, am a native Montanan with a strong connection to the land. I spend as much time as I can in MT painting as well other parts of the northwest. I appreciate getting out in the field and working plein air because there is nothing like completing a painting in the true light of day and visually not being compromised by the use of a photo. In my work, my goal is to produce a piece of work that draws the viewer into the painting and challenges them to explore the scene; get a sense of the time of day, the temperature, the light or lack of. If I have gotten that viewer to step out of their reality and into that painting and enjoy it, then my work was accomplished as I wished. View all posts by bonnie griffith

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