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rsmith.1141
09-22-2013, 10:16 PM
Spent last weekend at a workshop in the Eastern Sierras with SO Cal painter Frank Serrano (http://pleinairgallery.com/). Great teacher. Good times.

While there I meet Margi Lucena (http://margilucena.com/). Margi is a fabulous painter and a wonderful person. We were all painting in oils but Margi and I couldn't help talking about pastels. She explained her method of preparing hardwood boards with Art Spectrum Colorfix Primers. I loved the rough surface and the ridges from the brush strokes. So, I had to find some and give it a try. Pretty cool stuff. I'll try some more and see if I can figure it out....


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Sep-2013/137729-DSC_1258-3.jpg
9 x 12 pastel on board

adlercomo
09-22-2013, 10:44 PM
This is really nice. I love the golds and the atmosphere is beautiful.

Theodorablau
09-22-2013, 11:58 PM
Lovely colours and interesting texture! Preparing your own grounds can be a lot of fun and offers new possibilities. Thank you for the link, beautiful works.

gecko99
09-23-2013, 01:25 AM
Beautiful work, those colours really sing! Will have to have a go at preparing my own boards too :)

What wonderful work in that link too - thanks for that!

Nicole

allydoodle
09-23-2013, 08:21 AM
I think you are well on your way to figuring it out Randy, this is wonderful. I love the texture of the panel coming through, it adds a nice looseness to your work, beautiful! You were hanging out with two excellent artists. I love both of their work, I am sure you learned quite a lot!

toniov
09-23-2013, 10:36 AM
A<simple way and a wonderful painting !

water girl
09-23-2013, 12:46 PM
Randy, the texture add a new dimension to your work. I particularly like the light, airy feeling to those trees. Right away, I was thinking high desert foliage. Great job!

rsmith.1141
09-23-2013, 03:14 PM
Thanks so much, everyone.

I'm very excited about playing around with this some more. I think the rough texture of the surface may be ideal for some of the desert scenes here in So Cal. we'll see....

Bringer
09-23-2013, 04:46 PM
Awesome work!

pastel65
09-23-2013, 09:08 PM
Great painting. Pam:wave:

kentiessen
09-24-2013, 07:18 AM
Frank Serrano is an excellent painter and it must have been a very good experience! The Sierras are beautiful, too. This work has wonderful textures and rich color- I will have to try that surface sometime.

irmaleo
09-24-2013, 07:30 AM
love the colors!

Dcam
09-24-2013, 10:11 AM
Glad you explained the process Randy. Really nice effect, me wanna try! and as I said in "landscapes": stunning.
Derek

jackiesimmonds
09-24-2013, 12:44 PM
lovely textures, lovely colour. In your shoes, tho, I might rethink the title?

sketchZ1ol
09-24-2013, 02:38 PM
hello
interesting surface ;
the marks appear crisp , whether broad or linear , and the colour is fresh .

- some layering is obvious ... any sense of how far to push ?

Ed

ps . good to read that you could ' chat it up ' with a pastellist . :)

rsmith.1141
09-26-2013, 10:52 PM
Thanks, Bringer, Pastel65. Thank you, Irmaleo.

Thanks again, Derek

rsmith.1141
09-26-2013, 10:54 PM
Frank Serrano is an excellent painter and it must have been a very good experience! The Sierras are beautiful, too. This work has wonderful textures and rich color- I will have to try that surface sometime.

Thanks, Ken. Yes, we had a good time. Many square inches of canvas gave up their lives for the cause! ;)

rsmith.1141
09-26-2013, 10:58 PM
lovely textures, lovely colour. In your shoes, tho, I might rethink the title?

Thank you, Jackie. Your comments are much appreciated.

I had to think about that for a bit but you're correct - not technically dusk. I'll need to come up with something else... :)

rsmith.1141
09-26-2013, 11:01 PM
hello
interesting surface ;
the marks appear crisp , whether broad or linear , and the colour is fresh .

- some layering is obvious ... any sense of how far to push ?

Hi, Ed. Thanks.

I haven't done enough of these to tell but I suspect that this ground will not hold quite as many layers as some of the sanded papers. We'll see....

robertsloan2
09-26-2013, 11:19 PM
I love this! Brilliant blue and gold color harmony and sense of depth. The textures are gorgeous. Looks like the workshop was inspirational and so was your friend!

Ruthie57
09-27-2013, 01:44 PM
The texture certainly adds another dimension and you seem to have handled it really well. Something I keep meaning to try. I've seen many pastel works with this sort of textured ground recently. It can really add life!