Pastel Dust en Plein Air – June Paint Out


DI love to work en plein air. So when there is an opportunity for a paint out, I am on it. We just hosted the Northwest Pastel Society’s annual paint out near Dayton and Walla Walla a few days ago. The weather was less than optimal but about 25 artists persevered and painted some great works over the 5 day event. The wind blew and it rained intermittently with temperatures in low 50’s at times, so at times like that one piles on layers of clothes, has hand warmers nearby, secures your easel with some weights and hopefully finds a place to paint out of the direct wind! I didn’t venture far from the car, parking it so that I could open the hatch back and be a little out of the wind. Worked great for my purposes. During one sunny, but windy afternoon I painted from a deadend road of a big red barn near Hwy 12…Another day along the Touchet River and later rendered a painting of my friend Betty hunkered down painted her own masterpiece in the grasses along the stream. One day I was bound to paint some atmosphere as the clouds were spectacular…the rains came and paper was speckled with rain drops. After they dried, I was able to eliminated them and complete the work. Another day, in the protection of some dense brush and Rock Hill, I painted the not so obvious scene of the trail leading into this area… So even with the elemnts not being kind…I managed some decent work….and it makes one appreciate the beautiful, calm, clear days we get to paint in at other times!  The message…always paint…it’s good for the soul!IMG_0705

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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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