Landscapes by Rita Kirkman
"Sentinel" from Richard Wilson Paint-Along (and my 18th painting in my 21-in-31 goal this month!) "Sentinel" pastel, 9x12 on Wallis professional. My "Sentinel" is available, framed, and will be with me at the Midland Septemberfest Art festival (https://www.museumsw.org/septemberfest) Sept 9-11, 2022 (unless it sells first.)
Day #17 of 21-in-31: "Vineyard" from the Brenda Boylan, Pastel Live Paint-Along (pastel, 10x10 inches) This one was fun! Brenda is such a cheerful person overflowing with giggles. I painted this one along with her Pastel Live demo. Her approach is a bit different than mine, although she does underpaint for her light and shadow, she underpaints with blues in the shadows and yellow in the lights. So, it was about a half-familiar method!
"Wildflowers" from Karen Margulis Paint-Along (pastel, 8x12 or 8x10 if cropped) (And my 16th of 21-in-31 paintings this month!) Ok, here's one I tweaked pretty dramatically. I painted along with Karen Margulis during her Pastel Live demo... Karen was just so FAST! It was hard to keep up. My original 1-hour painting to Karen's demo came out ok I guess, but much looser than I'm used to and it just looked kinda messy to me. See a GIF of the changes here!
"A Peaceful Morning Walk" (pastel, 8x10 inches) $350 unframed for a limited time: https://www.ritakirkman.com/workszoom/4773320/a-peaceful-morning-walk#/ For my first painting of my August goal, I decided I would tweak this landscape I did in Lyn Asselta's workshop at IAPS in June. (You can see her demo and some of IAPS news on this post https://www.patreon.com/posts/lyn-asselta-at-68133245)
"Beach Sunrise #6" (pastel, 6x8 inches) This was the other version of the beach sunrise I painted in my July Paint-Along. This one's on UArt 800, black. I had never used the 800 before. It's VERY soft and almost like velour, but with the holding power of UArt. Nice! But I think I do prefer a bit more texture. This one was demanding lots of intricate details with pastel pencils. I almost want to work even smaller on this fine grit paper!
"Beach Sunrise #5" (pastel, 5x7 inches) bid or buy: https://www.dailypaintworks.com/buy/auction/1331901 Here's the first beach sunrise painting from Saturday's paint-along ...well, kind of the first and last, as I underpainted it and then painted the second one (coming soon) while the underpainting dried, then finished the pastel after the second painting. This one is on white Ampersand Pastelbord with a pastel underpainting washed in with Gamsol mineral spirits. We had a lot of fun at the pain
"Straight Up" (pastel, 5x7 inches) click here to bid or buy: https://www.dailypaintworks.com/buy/auction/1254637 Here's one of my old favorites. This is a sky painting I did from my hotel room window during the first Plein Air convention in 2012. I had been attempting a painting of the distant mountains, half-obscured by rolling cloud patterns, but when I finally tired of keeping up with this changing view, I rolled my eyes in frustration and caught sight of the breaking clouds above!
My drawing for the day, from J. M. W. Turner's painting "Snow Storm - Steamboat off a Harbour's Mouth making Signals in Shallow Water, and going by the Lead. The Author was in this Storm on the Night the Ariel left Harwich" (what a mouthful!) I found it to be the most attractive composition in the show. Oh, those swirling values!
Just a quick little line drawing tonight with a bit of shading. The first day of the workshop went very well. Some of us stayed after and primed some extra boards. I ALMOST finished my opening demo, just need to tweak the background. I'll post that one soon, but wanted to keep the daily drawings going 😁 "Orchids" 7x5 graphite
"Little Vase of Flowers" 7x5 graphite Tonight I'm staying with Becky, the workshop organizer for the Lake Country Pastel Society. Our workshop starts in the morning in Minneapolis. This is a cute little pottery vase I saw in her bathroom so I decided to use it for my drawing-of-the-day. Especially since I noticed that the flowers are real! See progress pics here!
So I'm traveling north this month for an art festival (Red Wing Fall Arts Festival) and then a workshop in Minneapolis, and while traveling I thought it might be cool to post a drawing-a-day! This is a difficult habit to start! I missed yesterday (posted some caricatures from last weekend instead) so today I paused in my morning walk to do this little sketch. "Walnut River Trail" 5x7 graphite.