Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Cape Cod Fishing Boats in Provincetown Harbor painting by Poucher

"Morning Calm"
Soft Pastel on Museum Wallis paper 10.5x14.5"
This piece is not quite so green in real life just a hint cooler. It's a studio piece done from a photograph that I took from my kayak in the harbor.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Flowering Crab Apple Trees study at the Minnesota Arboretum

"Crab Apple Trees"
Soft Pastel on Wallis 8.5x11.5"
I spent a beautiful Earth day afternoon at the Minnesota Arboretum. With the warm weather that we have had in Minneapolis the trees were nearly in full bloom and the tulips were gorgeous. I hope to get back to paint the pink crab apples.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Peace Park Spring Tree Study for Earth Day

"Peace Tree"
Soft pastel study 8.5x11.5"
I discovered a sweet park in Minneapolis, yesterday. Peace Park next to Lake Harriet is named well. The crowds running and biking around the lake don't seem to have the time to take a break in this tranquil little space. Luckily, I had the time and my pastels.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Grayton Beach State Park, Florida Plein Air Painting by Poucher

"Grayton Beach State Park"
Soft Pastel on Wallis 11.5x9"
99% plein air from a trip to Florida a couple of weeks ago but removed a tree that I didn't like from the right-hand side of the composition. I had used vine charcoal for the tree so I was able to sweep it away with a stiff oil brush.

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Boat Hull Reflection Pastel Painting by Provincetown Artist Poucher

Soft Pastel on Wallis Museum grade paper 11x14"
This is the Provincetown fishing boat "Blue Sky". This photo does not show the vibrancy of the colors. I'll try and take another shot when the light is better.

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Tree Trunk Pastel Study, William O'Brian State Park

Plein Air by the St Croix River
Soft Pastel 5x7" on Belgian Mist Wallis paper
Just a little study to post today. The weather was warm this week (I'm in Minnesota) so took a little camping trip to William O'Brian State Park on the St. Croix river. I've whittled down the number of pastels that I bring with me when I'm hiking to a cardboard box of 60 Ludwig soft pastels and a few dark nupastels. It's great to always have my pastels with me but without the weight of a large wooden box, easel, etc. And I feel freer to create a little study rather than the more difficult task of a finished work of art.