Another chalk line…






The series of 100 reached #76 with the completion of these images. These were all done on the Wallis paper and random brands of pastels. I will try o finish up the next 24 within the month – hopefully before I leave for MT. Moccasin Mountain Gallery wants some of the minis for their wall and I will take some more to Miles City with me. At the moment I am tacking the minis to a large foam core sheet, but not sure what I will do with the ones I don’t mat and frame. Maybe they will become a patchwork collage of little landscapes under one frame.
At the moment I am working on my idea for the Quick Draw events; doing some sketching and drawing to see what I can fit into the designated time frames. It’s a challenge to complete a piece of work with a time frame as the guide. It requires planning and practice. Not my usual style which sometimes entails spending some time painting, then going and making a pot of coffee, wait til it brews enough for a couple of cups and then pour out a hot, pretty concentrated rich cup of coffee…THEN go back and contemplate the paper on the easel! One must have already consumed their cup of brew before you start the Quick Draw and be ready to paint when the bell rings or the gun is shot…whatever the “start your painting” signal is!
the Northwest Pastel Society member’s show opening was last Friday at Blue Horse Gallery in Bellingham. It was a nicely hung show with more than 100 pieces on the walls. Abstract was the preferred style of the judge and the piece “BC Chess” by Bill McEnroe was the best of show winner. It was a great piece to which Bill penned a poem as well. This painting as well as the other winning artists are listed on the Facebook Fan page Northwest Pastel Society and on the web site.
This Facebook page is also a source for artists looking for pastel events in the Northwest – paint outs, competitions, meetings, etc. Good place to check where pastel shows are if you are a lover of the arts as well.
Next weekend in Walla Walla is Spring Release for the wine industry. It creates quite a bit of energy with lots of people coming in to taste the wines of the valley. For artists, many of the wineries offer hanging space for art. These are generally lovely spaces and fun to hang your work in. I am considered a residence artist at Whitman Cellars, always having art hanging there and this year also have some pieces at the new Grantwood Winery. It is fun weekend to visit some of the wineries and taste some of the new releases and check out the art. with 140+ wineries, there are lots of opportunities to taste and view some art! So with that, I shall say 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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