The Scenic Journey

Edgar Payne at the Crocker Museum

The Edgar Payne exhibit “The Scenic Journey” at the Crocker Art Museum is outstanding! I made the drive to Sacramento today (unfortunately it is not a scenic journey) to see the work of the poet-painter of the California Sierra.  I had been familiar with some of his work since relocating to California, but I wasn’t prepared to be totally impressed by Payne’s vision, balance of values,  and complete mastery of composition. What did I expect from the author of “Composition of Outdoor Painting“!? 

 It was Payne who is quoted as saying, “Mix Brains with Paint”. And he did just that.  I naturally loved the dramatic light and composition of  the signature piece, “Sunset, Canyon de Chelly” (1916).  But, I was equally in awe of his mastery of composition in the  arrangement of the sails in his work done on the coast of Brittany in Concarneau.  In addition to the impressive American and European landscapes in oil by Payne, the exhibit also included photographs, sketches, ship models, furniture, film, and the Model T that he used to get to the backcountry of the Sierra.  I look forward to studying the exhibition catalog, so that I can glean more from this gifted artist, Edgar Payne (1883-1947).

Exhibition Catalog

Spring again…

Daffodil Hill, pastel, 11 x 17

Livermore in Art and Words opening reception was tonight, Saturday April 14, 5 to 7.  It is an exhibit of poems, prose, and photographs, and painting by various writers and artists at Prudential California Realty, 1790 First St., Livermore, CA hosted by Cher Wollard.  I am one of the exhibiting artists in a show that runs through April 30, 2012  from 9 to 6 weekdays.  Here is a poem by Alice Kight on the same subject as my painting, Daffodil Hill .

 Welcoming Committee by Alice Kight

 Hello! Hello! Hello!

The daffodils at the edge of town

are in full bloom, exploding

 into a golden tumble

of  joyful celebration.

 The sight of that happy hillside

cheers many a weary heart,

smoothing out sharp edges of  time and circumstance. 

A hopeful crowd, they promise

spring will always come again.

They glow and dance and shout,

Welcome home!

Come in! Come in!

12 Easels + 1

12 Easels + 1.

12 Easels + 1

 It was three days with 12 artists at their easels…and pastelist Tina Moore leading a workshop for the Pleasanton Art League…plus more pastel sticks with names like Terry Ludwig, Great American, Rembrandt, Girault, Sennelier, and NuPastel.  Setting aside time to devote to learn new techniques, exchange art ideas, experiment with new materials, and get individual attention while working on a painting is the strength of attending an art workshop with an accomplished artist.  Tina was especially good at one-on-one coaching at the easel.

I have been fortunate to have attended some great workshops in the last few years with Clark Mitchell, Kim Lordier, Terri Ford, Teresa Saia, and Doug Dawson in pastel and Bryan Mark Taylor, Sylvia Miller, Joyce Faulknor, and Susan Cornelis in a variety of  media.  Some have met on location in vineyards, arid hillsides, by a river, or in the studio. Why so many workshops?  I am workshop chair for my art league which now hosts three workshops a year. It’s my job.  So many of the skills of one media are relevant to other media.  It’s all ART!

Tina Moore Demonstrating

Clark Mitchell on Location

Kim Lordier On Location