Thursday, December 07, 2017

Low Tide Dinghy 2006 Reworked Pastel Painting

"Low Tide Dinghy 2006"
Soft pastel on Wallis Belgian Mist 8.5 x 8.5"

I'm doing some studio cleaning and changing some of my on-line presence for 2018. My art making has been in the back seat a bit for the past couple of years due to a number of reasons. But I'm excited about the changes and am looking forward to getting back to (almost) daily painting. 

Many of you know that I left my Provincetown gallery a year ago. I'm very happy about that. This past summer, I showed my work at the Red Inn and at my little shop, Northern Lights Hammocks.
I imagine that will again be the case for the next summer season.

I have left Daily Painters online gallery. I'm grateful to Micah and all the other daily painters for 10 fine years of being a part of the daily painters gallery. Trying to create a small painting a day improved my work tremendously. And I highly recommend it to any new, aspiring painters!

I'm staying with Daily Paint Works and will be continuing to sell older pieces, studies and sketches at very affordable prices through their auction and my online gallery there. Look for pieces like the one above. Low Tide Dinghy was started in 2006 but never finished until yesterday. Some serious portfolio cleaning is in store from now until the end of the year!

I'm getting my new FASO website ready to launch in just a few days. There you will find my larger pieces and gallery work. 

I'm in Gulfport, Florida for winters now so expect to see some tropical vegetation and some hotter colors in my work during the winter months. Perhaps some sky view pieces painted from my hammock!

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Wharf Light 2017 Pastel Painting by Poucher

"Wharf Light 2017"
Soft pastel on UArt 12x12"

Finally had a little time to get out on the water in my kayak and to make some art. Late afternoon light on MacMillan wharf with calm water. In real life this piece is a touch warmer and a little brighter.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summer Dunes Landscape Pastel Painting by Poucher

"Summer Dunes"
Soft pastel on Wallis Belgian Mist 9x12"

Still playing around with some of my older plein air pieces and adding some bolder colors.
I'm hoping to get out in the dunes today and practice yoga to welcome summer. But for now, I'm off to take the kayak to work at the hammock shop!

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Evening Dune Solitude Landscape Painting by Poucher

"Evening Dune Solitude"
Soft pastel on Wallis Belgian Mist 9x12"
Available at My Daily Paintworks

Still raining in Provincetown so continuing to rework these older pastels. I brush them off with an old toothbrush, leaving a ghost image and working from memory, I try and capture the mood of the time of day that I created the original but adding a bit more saturated color and highlights to make a more "finished" piece.

Friday, June 02, 2017

Warm Light in the Sand Dunes Soft Pastel Painting

"Warm Light in the Dunes"
Soft pastel on Belgian Mist paper 9x12"
Bid at my Daily Paintworks auction starting at only $50.

I'm really enjoying going back through some of my older plein air pieces and reworking them a bit. I try and recall the day, time of year, etc. The dunes are a favorite place to pastel. When I'm painting outside I try and realistically capture the colors but if it's not one of those magical times of the day the end result may be a good study to work from but maybe not an exciting finished painting. So in reworking, I push the color a bit, perhaps change some shapes and add some more exciting highlights. Hope you like them!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Dunes toward Race Point Cape Cod Seascape

"Dunes toward Race Point"
Soft pastel on Wallis Belgian Mist 9x12"
Bid at Daily Paintworks

We're back in Provincetown for the summer. Haven't had time to get out in the dunes with my pastels but brightened up this older plein air piece a bit to add to Daily Paintworks. I'm going to continue going through some of my older work, perhaps freshening them up a bit and offering them through Daily Paintworks auctions. Check it out. You might get a deal on something you like!

This one is from out in the dunes near the visitor center of the Provincelands, Cape Cod National Seashore, looking toward Race Point. It will be available tomorrow at Daily Paintworks. Opening bid only $50.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Outer Banks Pastel Beach Studies by Poucher

"Oregon Inlet Dunes"
About 4x7" on UArt paper
Available through My Daily Paintworks

We spent 4 days on the Outer Banks on our way back up to the Cape from Florida. Just did a few small studies along the way. Love the outer banks in the Spring and the Fall!

"Okracoke Campground View"

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Springtime Gulf Coast of Florida Pastel Painting by Poucher

"Springtime in Florida"
Soft pastel on paper 8.5 x 12"

Here is another plein air piece that I freshened up a bit. Will be auctioning this one through 
Daily Paintworks!

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Dunes and White Sandy Beach Coastal Pastel Painting by Poucher

"Dunes and White Sandy Beach"
Soft Pastel on Colourfix paper 9x12"

Here is another piece that I will be selling by Daily Paintworks auction. It will be available to bid on tomorrow, Monday, April 10th.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Sketch of Clouds and Water Soft Pastel by Poucher

"Blue Sky Vue"

Soft pastel on Wallis 4.5x9.5"

Did this little sketch while selling hammocks at the Green Bench Indie Market in St Pete. Clouds from life but water from imagination. Will be auctioning these little sketches through my Daily Paintworks gallery.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

St Pete Beach Yellow Umbrella Seascape by Poucher

"Yellow Umbrella"

Soft pastel on UArt 400 paper 8x10"

It's Spring break here and you don't find too many empty spots on St Pete beach but if you arrive early in the day this is the scene. Purchase here!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Gulf Coast Beach Art Fort DeSoto North Beach Painting

"Fort DeSoto North Beach"
Soft pastel on Wallis 9x12" plein air

I'm having my first ever portfolio thinning sale. When we travel back up north in May, my portfolio must fit in under our pop-top roof in our VW van and right now it is too fat! I'll be putting some of my plein air pieces up for auction on Daily Paintworks site.

You'll be able to bid on this piece starting tomorrow, Thursday, March 16th. Here is the link.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Ruby Sailboat 2017 Pastel Painting by Poucher

"Ruby 2017"
11x14" soft pastel on UArt 400 paper
Available through My Daily Paintworks

So, I guess it's already time to start making some art for this summer in Provincetown. Ruby is my favorite sailboat to pastel in Ptown harbor. Hope she will be back again this summer. Thinking about doing a series of red boats as people have been asking for them. Not sure where I will hang them perhaps at the Hammock Shop. We'll see.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Dancing Palms Florida Coastal Art by Poucher

"Dancing Palms"
Soft pastel on Wallis 9 x 4.5"

Painted these curvy palms while camping out at Fort DeSoto. They were just waiting for a hammock! This little study will be available tomorrow through the auction at Daily Paintworks.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Sky Vue Sketch from Hammock

"Sky Vue 1"
Soft pastel on Wallis 5x5"

View from my Ticket to the Moon Hammock at Hammock Con 2017, a hammock "convention" at Doe Lake, Ocala National Forest in Florida. I brought my 60 half stick set of Great American pastels along with some small scraps of Wallis paper. My art supplies along with my hammock weighed in at less than 2 pounds. Planning many sky studies in the near future!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Ibis Shorebird Pastel Painting by Poucher

Soft pastel on UArt 8x8"
Available through My Daily Paintworks

Most of the time making art is hard work. This was pure fun. There are about 20 or so Ibis just down the road from my house at Ibis Park. They pose quite well!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Gulfport Beach Sunset Pastel Painting

"Gulfport Sunset"
Soft pastel on UArt paper 8x10"
Available through My Daily Paintworks

This is the view when we walk from our little home in Gulfport, Florida to the beach at the end of our street. Gulfport is a sweet, little town without the highrise condos and strip malls that you find in much of Florida. Quiet, friendly, bike-able, artsy and close to all St Pete has to offer. And did I mention the sunsets?

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Gulf Coast Seascape Plein Air Reworked a bit

"Gulf  Island Seascape"
Soft pastel on paper 9x13"

Softened up this piece that I did up on the Panhandle at Gulf Island National Seashore. It will be available tomorrow on Daily Paintworks.

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Empty Boat Pastel Painting from No Walls Studio by Poucher

"Empty Boat 2017-1"
Soft pastel on UArt 400 paper

Happy New Year! Working on Empty Boat and emptying my boat. Many people have used my empty boat paintings on their blogs along with different versions of Chaung Tzu's parable. Here is Thomas Merton's interpretation..

“The Empty Boat

He who rules men lives in confusion;
He who is ruled by men lives in sorrow.
Yao therefore desired
Neither to influence others
Nor to be influenced by them.
The way to get clear of confusion
And free of sorrow
Is to live with Tao
In the land of the great Void.

If a man is crossing a river
And an empty boat collides with his own skiff,
Even though he be a bad-tempered man
He will not become very angry.
But if he sees a man in the boat,
He will shout at him to steer clear.
If the shout is not heard, he will shout again,
And yet again, and begin cursing.
And all because there is somebody in the boat.
Yet if the boat were empty.
He would not be shouting, and not angry.

If you can empty your own boat
Crossing the river of the world,
No one will oppose you,
No one will seek to harm you.

The straight tree is the first to be cut down,
The spring of clear water is the first to be drained dry.
If you wish to improve your wisdom
And shame the ignorant,
To cultivate your character
And outshine others;
A light will shine around you
As if you had swallowed the sun and the moon:
You will not avoid calamity.

A wise man has said:
"He who is content with himself
Has done a worthless work.
Achievement is the beginning of failure.
Fame is beginning of disgrace."

Who can free himself from achievement
And from fame, descend and be lost
Amid the masses of men?
He will flow like Tao, unseen,
He will go about like Life itself
With no name and no home.
Simple is he, without distinction.
To all appearances he is a fool.
His steps leave no trace. He has no power.
He achieves nothing, has no reputation.
Since he judges no one
No one judges him.
Such is the perfect man:
His boat is empty.”

― Thomas MertonThe Way of Chuang Tzu