For nearly four years, I worked almost exclusively in soft pastel. I had stopped using it for several reasons, but the main reason was that I became tired of the cost and effort of framing. A couple of nights ago, I pulled my soft pastels out once more. I have been enjoying working with them, and I thought I would share a couple of the paintings with you. As you can see, these are a continuation of my series of paintings of the Joshua Tree. Each tree has a distinctive, unique shape, which is emphasized by the silhouette against an evening sky.
Grand Finale. Pastel on paper, 10 x 8 inches.
Last Rays. Pastel on paper, 10 x 8 inches.
I am busy getting new work ready for the fall opening of JTAG in Joshua Tree. We will have an opening on Friday, September 3rd from 6 to 9 pm. I am most likely going to show a collection of drawings, but that is subject to change, since I cannot seem to make up my mind what to show. I also have to prepare for October, when I will be traveling to Ventura, California for Arts in the Park there on October 16th and 17th. The following weekend is the weekend I will be opening my studio for the Open Studio Art Tours here in Joshua Tree. I have a lot of work to do! So if you are wondering at my long silences, it is because I am sticking to a strict regimen of painting, painting, painting.