It's cold enough now - even in Texas - to keep me inside this winter. Sometimes it's hard being cooped up, but I have been enjoying working in my studio from the photos I took at Big Bend and the Davis Mountains this past November. I attended a Rita Kirkman workshop in December where I learned how to tint a pumice pastel ground and apply it as an under-painting and value study. This process is all about capturing the glow of sunlight - and what better subject matter to practice with than the beautiful warm rocks of Big Bend! These paintings have been my main focus lately, to prepare for my upcoming show at Round Top Winterfest. If you live nearby, come see me and my paintings February 11-14 in Round Top, Texas!
After the Round Top show I’ll start focusing on studio work for an upcoming exhibit at the Audubon Museum Gallery in Henderson, KY. Last summer, my friends Iris Gentry, Marka Kroeger, Katie Lowing and I traveled to Round Pond, Maine for an artists retreat. We stayed in a beautiful home on the water that was offered to us by a friend of Iris's, and had an amazing time together painting plein-air and taking lots of photographs for later studio works. The Audubon Museum Gallery will showcase our trip this coming July, so if you live close by be sure to go check it out.
It’s been a wonderful and productive winter for me in the studio, but I am already itching for Spring to come so I can get back to painting outside. I hope to see you at one of my upcoming shows! -Jan