Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Where the Gravel Ends

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(Last of the trio images shown here as "works in progress" Scroll down to see beginning of work.)
Size: 5"x 7"
Soft Pastel on Canson paper
Status: SOLD
Entry for the 2008 International Small Works Show, Fairfield, IA. For more info about show go to http://www.artlifesociety.org/
My husband and I decided to check out the gravel roads that surround our small community. This particular road turned to dirt after a few miles. You can see the wagon wheel marks caused by the horse drawn buggies of the local Amish.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Early Morning Light

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(2nd painting completed from trio of images shown here as "Works in Progress". Scroll down to see beginning.)
Size: 5"x7"
Medium: Soft Pastel on Canson paper
Status: SOLD
Entry for the 2008 International Small Works Show, Fairfield, IA
Date: Nov. 14, 2008 thru Jan. 6,2009

Friday, October 24, 2008


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Size: 5"x7"
Medium: Soft Pastel on Canson paper
Status: SOLD
This is the 1st painting completed from the trio I've been showing the progress on.
Entering this piece in the 2008 Small Works Show, Fairfield, IA. For more information about the show, go to following link: http://www.artlifesociety.org/ If you have any questions about this piece, just make a comment below and I'll answer as soon as possible. Part of the growing process as an artist is the feedback I get from you, the viewer.

In progress#2

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I'm halfway thru working on these paintings here in this photo.
I have two easels at home.....one with pastels as you see, the other with an oil painting. I also have been able to put in a few hours for the stained glass studio I work part-time for. My hand is healing slowly (after surgery Aug. 8th) and I've been practicing enough with my other hand to feel comfortable and confident enough to "share" the creating process between the two. I can apply brush strokes with my right and do stipple work with my left and still maintain control of how I want my strokes to look. Yes, I'm VERY happy about this development. As my music instructor in elem. school used to drill......Practice! Practice! Practice!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Work in Progress #1(beginning)

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Size: Each image 5"x7"
When working on small paintings, I sometimes put up to 3 on my easel at a time. I wanted to share with you the progress on this series of landscapes I'm considering entering in a Small Works Show I've been invited to participate in. Since I don't have a photographic memory, I use photos I've taken as reference material to create with if I'm not working on location.
As you can see, a favorite tool of mine is the small color wheel. I can become too excited sometimes when using my pastels and want to use so many different colors. Having the color wheel handy helps me stay focused on the inital color scheme I want to use in a work.
For information about the Small Works Show, go to http://www.artlifesociety.org/

Monday, October 13, 2008

Me at 53

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Size: 20"x16"
Soft Pastel on Canson paper(dark green)

I did this pastel sketch from a digital image that was recently taken of me. 3/4's of this work was done with my left hand. I only used my right hand for touching up small details. I know I keep going on about the use of different hands, but I've never thought of being able to use the opposite of my dominate side. It's taking a long time for my hand to heal after it's injury and surgery. The tendon is taking a long time to calm down so progress is slow. I keep the use of my hand to a minimum so what damage that has been done will not remain perminent. I haven't picked up a brush yet. Working with pastels seems alot easier for me to control the movement of my hand. I still have to "think" my actions thru instead of the strokes or writing coming automatically. I'm just happy to be able to do something related to art. Reading or watching TV/Movies have occupied most of my time. It feels good to put something down on paper.

Friday, October 10, 2008

In the Wind

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Size: 4"x6"
Soft Pastel on 100% rag paper

This is part of "The Southern Iowa Series" I've started this fall. I believe this old windmill was used for target practice. Thinking of how the wind can sometimes gust up to 50 miles per hour when storms come rushing thru our part of the land, my husband said I should title it "What was that?" If you have any questions about this piece, please don't hesitate to contact me. ginlammert@yahoo.com

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Work in Progress

I wanted to show my easel while working on "White Pumpkins".
I do my share of working from photographs. I've come to rely on my digital camera more and more.
I have to stress though, I wouldn't be satisfied with my work if I didn't have the experience of working from life. I stress this to my students everytime we start new projects.