Pastel Dust


This time of year I don’t get a lot of painting done as a rule. There is just so much going on with the holidays, that it is not productive for me to be trying to work on paintings as well as holiday things.
But, because we travel to visit kids, I have down time in the car to read and plan and think and scheme…I have a love for native American artifact – the weavings, the pottery, the art, etc and I like architecture as well. So I see this magazine called “American Bungalow” and probably what attracted me to it was  the cover on which there is this Mission style bed and a rocker with native blankets tossed on them in the typical bright reds, navy, ecru colors. The lamp by the bed is an art style – Frank Lloyd Wright – and a landscape painting hanging over the bed.
The magazine had beautiful photos in it of bungalows (of course!), gardens, art and more. There are lots of ads in the magazine – interesting ones of artisans.
The magazine made me think of things I want to do and paint. Some of these things are: 

    I want to paint the blue doors of adobe homes, the colors of the southwest, the rugs, the pottery. I want to go to the exhibit at the Whatcom Museum in Belllingham, WA of the “Art and Craft Movement in the Pacific Northwest” (thru May 2011). I want to of course complete my series of the 50 off the 90; take advantage of the plein air event the Northwest Pastel Society will host on Whidbey Island the end of July and paint some of the beauty of that island in and around Camp Casey;  as well as that of Albuquerque, the Miles City Bucking Horse Sale Quick Draw and more.  I could go on and on…
I like to pick up interesting appearing magazines such as this because they have some unusual ideas of how to show art. As per a photo, it is not necessary to hang all your 2-D work on the wall…it’s ok to put some pieces (even overlapping a little) on a side board or buffet in a dining room with some interesting 3-D pieces. One photo showed such a collection of small to large graphite drawings, all framed and propped on the buffet with some beautiful crystal pieces. It’s about a collection, I think and even tho the paintings were different in subject, they held a commonality in medium.
Just some rambling of some of my favorite things…Frank Lloyd Wright inspired design, bungalows, art and fixtures made from iron, native American rugs, blankets, and pottery, Art Deco pottery, adobe architecture, Fiestaware, black and white photography, and… pastels!
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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