I’ve been painting a lot. Or should I say dusting a lot, since pastels aren’t paint at all, but delicious, pure pigment with a small dash of binder. (That’s what makes them so captivating, by the way: their purity, and also that the light wraps around all those sweet little pigment particles, reflecting this way and that, creating a luminous glow.)
I’ve been painting a lot because I’m going to be at the Village Art and Craft Fair August 6th and 7th and I want to have a lot of fresh and fabulous work. It’s a fabulous chance to see the elusive Stephanie and her art! And you can see for yourself that luminous glow that I’m talking about, which is particularly exemplified in a painting I did of an indigo bunting. Photographs do not do this piece justice. The bird is utterly radiant with a range of blues.
I’ve been painting a lot and somehow this has made me want to paint even more. So the idea of a series of daily paintings of scenes inspired by the Blue Ridge Parkway popped into my head, I didn’t think, “geez, that would take a lot of time.” No, I thought, “Hey, that could be fun! I could really hone my skills that way!” And so the next morning I packed my pastels and headed up to one of my favorite overlooks and started to sketch. (It does help that the Parkway is very close.)
I’ve been painting a lot and here is my first dusting: a description I will reserve for these daily paintings. It features the Green Knob Fire Tower (on the top of the ridge to the right) and a Chestnut-Sided Warbler, who happened to check me out as I was pulling out my supplies.