Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Summer 2017

I try to get out as often as I can in the summer because winters around here go on forever.  Here's a sampling of what got done.

Blue Sky - 8x10 Available

Valley View - 12x16 Available

Goldenrod - 8x10 Available

Violet Hills - 5x7 Available

Break Through the Trees - 5x7

Conesus Morning - 8x10 Available

Shady Grove - 6x8 Available

Greece Performing Arts Garden Tour 2016

The Greece Performing Arts Society has had a garden tour every summer for many years as part of fund-raiser.  Part of the entertainment is to have an artist working on a plein air painting of the garden during the tour.  I had the good fortune to do this for the last few years.  It's a lot of fun and I've met so many nice people.  This photo of the painting in process is of the side porch on the house.  NFS


These were both done very early this spring.  The leaves weren't out yet, so it must have been in April.  It's really a beautiful time to paint, especially after being cooped up during the nasty winters we have around here.

Early Spring Creekside - Available

Highland Park Sycamores - 11x14 Available 

A Bunch Of Recent Work

Because I haven't posted for such a long time, I will put a bunch of them up on in one post.

Fall Colors - 8x10 Available
Dawning Light - 5x7 Available

Canoe - 8x10 Available

Summer Heat - 8x10 Available

Dappled Light - 8x10 Available

Winter Sunshine - 8x10 Available

How Long Has It Been?

A friend reminded me that I hadn't posted anything new on the blog in a long time.  He is correct, of course, but it's hard to do when you can't remember your password.  That problem solved, here we go...

Friday, July 01, 2016

Summer Class 2016 Schedule

I have a great opportunity to teach Pastel Painting in 3 different locations and on 3 different days this summer.  My hope is that I will be able to pass on my love of this wonderful medium to as many students as I possibly can. I will be teaching in Canandaigua, Penfield and Irondequoit, on Saturdays, Mondays and Tuesdays.  Hopefully, these dates and locations will allow you to join me for one of these summer sessions!  Details on dates, classes, times and locations are listed below.  Please feel free to contact me at cmsavage31@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Irondequoit Community Education
Pastel Painting I                Mon. July 11, 18, 25, Aug 1, 6:00-8:30 pm
Pastel Painting II                     Mon. Aug. 8, 15, 22, 29, 6:00-8:30 pm
Plein Air Painting for All Mediums       Sat. Aug. 13 and 19, 10:00 am
Call for more info (585)336-3154

Pat Rini Rohrer Gallery 71 S. Main St. Canandaigua, NY 14424
Exploring Pastels                 Sat. July 16, 23, 30, Aug. 6, 10:00-12:30
Plein Air Painting for all Mediums          Sat. July 16 and 23, 2:00 pm
Call for more info at (585)394-0030

The Art Stop 1822 Penfield Road, Penfield, NY  14526  
Exploring Pastels       Tues. July 26, Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23 6:30-8:30 pm
Call for more info at (585)872-5710

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Summer Madness - June Through August, 2015

I paint whenever I can, which is NOT any where near to how often I want to.  During the summer, I have so little time and I am not nearly as religious about posting here.  But I've got to get out while the weather is decent.  So here's a smattering of what I accomplished this summer (only the good ones though, not the duds. lol)

"Marsh Sunset" 6x8" pastel  Available

"Summer Glow" 5x7" pastel  Available
"Cerulean Skies" 12x16" pastel  Available  
"Beautiful Morning on Anthony Road" 9x12 pastel  Available

"Through the Trees" 9x12 pastel  Available
"Hamlin Beach II" 4x6 pastel  Available
Mendon Ponds Mood" 12x16" pastel  Available

"Hamlin Beach I" 4x6 pastel  Available
"Distant Haze" 9x12 pastel  Available

"The Warmth of the Sun" 12x16" pastel  Available

"Violet Ribbon" 9x12 pastel  Available

"Wendi's Garden" 8x10 pastel  Sold

"Too Much Rain" 9x12" pastel  Available

"Squaw Island Visitor" 5x7" pastel SOLD 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Clouds Building

Clouds Building - pastel, 9x12"  SOLD
After teaching my first plein air class, I was all pumped up and ready to paint! 

Hot, humid day though, so I headed to the beach.  I wanted to avoid the crowd however, so I found this area off the beaten path.  Loved the big bank of clouds that changed continually as I worked, and that lone little bush on the side of the hill.

Done on Uart paper which I recycled from a dud of an earlier painting.  Lol, waste not, want not!

Summer Sunset

Summer Sunset - pastel, 12x16" SOLD
Hot steamy days usually add up to great sunsets.  I headed out at the last minute with a prepared panel in hand to a favorite spot.  I wasn't sure what I was looking for, but noticed this clump of trees in the distance with the far off hazy blue trees.  Perfect!  Thank goodness for bug spray though.  The mosquitos were voracious!

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Neil's Garden

"Neil's Garden"  -  8" x 10"  NFS
Over the years, I have had some wonderful opportunities to meet some fascinating people and to paint in so many beautiful places.  I am so in awe of the beauty that surrounds us, of which we may be totally unaware.  This incredible iris garden is an example.

The other day while at my friend Kerin's home, she showed me her neighbor's garden which consisted of row upon row of irises in full bloom.  It was nothing shy of spectacular!  Then she insisted that we walk over so that I could meet the gardener himself.

I was awe-struck by the incredible variety of color, texture and shapes of the blooms once we could see them up close, and out came my camera.  Neil's iris garden is beyond compare.

My friend suggested to Neil that perhaps he might allow me to come and paint in his garden in the next few days.  I was delighted when he said yes.  I came back a couple of days later and despite heavy rains, the irises were gorgeous.  I thoroughly enjoyed the couple of hours I spent in Neil's garden surrounded by a little piece of heaven.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

It's That Time of Year!

"Summer Song" -  8"x10"  pastel
Available and currently hung at the Pat Rini Rohrer Gallery in Canandaigua, NY
Wow!  Things are really starting to get busy.

Just found out that I will participating in the Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival and Competition during the week of June 10 - 14, in Canandaigua, NY.  This is a fantastic competition which gets better and better each year.  The staff and volunteers really know how to treat an artist.  The caliber of artists participating is top-notch - making me a bit nervous to be painting along side of them!  However, I will do my best to try and blend in.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Pastel and Plein Air Class Schedule

I am happy to announce that I will be teaching pastel painting this summer.  I love sharing the knowledge I have gained over the years, and teaching has given me the opportunity to spread that joy to a wider audience.  If you would be interested in learning about painting in pastel, please consider signing up for one of my classes.

In Pastel Painting I, I teach the basics - from testing papers and a wide variety of pastel brands, right on through to framing techniques, along with everything else in between.  These classes meet on five consecutive Monday evenings from 6:30 - 8:30 pm, July 20, 27 and Aug. 3, 10 and 17th.

Pastel II is for those of you who have some experience with pastel, but would like to experience pastel in more depth by trying new techniques.  Classes will take place on Thursday evenings, 6:30 - 8:30, July 23, 30, and August 6, 13 and 20th

Lastly, I will be teaching a beginner's class in plein air.  If you've ever thought you might like to try painting outdoors, on location, but felt unsure about what to expect, consider joining me on Saturday, July 18th and July 25 as we venture outside together.  All mediums are welcome.

All classes are through Irondequoit Community Education.  Their course description brochure will be up on-line any day now.  Click on the link to be directed to their home page.   Irondequoit Community Education or contact Barb Reardon at (585) 336-3014 for more information.

Summer is the perfect time to try something new.  I hope you'll consider learning with me!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Pink Flowering Crabapple

"Pink Flowering Crabapple"  -  4 x 6"  Sold
I love the colors of all of the trees that are in bloom here in May - every shade of pink and white.  The crabs are especially beautiful, but are so short-lived here.  I had to paint at least one!

Unfortunately, due to work and other commitments, I had to do this one after dark in the studio, from memory.

I'd have rather been out on site, but as long as I'm painting, I'm happy.

Click on the link below for more information.
My Etsy Shop

Sunday, April 05, 2015

"Over-Look"     pastel, 8x10"
I did this painting as a demonstration for one of the art groups I belong to.  I love going up to the shore of Lake Ontario.  I always find something of interest there.  I enjoy just watching the water!  It's no wonder that I chose this particular scene to paint.

To purchase this item, please click on My Etsy Shop.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Pastel Painting Classes

Last summer I began to teach pastel painting through Irondequoit Community Education.  I have presented it in the fall and winter session too.  It has been a wonderful experience which I have thoroughly enjoyed.  I am glad to announce that I will be teaching it again this spring, beginning on April 20th.

This class is geared toward all skill levels and encompasses a wide variety of subjects as they pertain to pastel painting.  It is a fun learning experience and if you have ever wanted to try pastel, but weren't sure how to get started, this will be right up your alley!  I include everything I can think of, starting with choices in paper and pastel brands, techniques and how to apply pastel, all the way to how to frame a finished piece.

If you'd like to learn about this exciting and versatile medium, I hope you'll consider taking my class.  You can call Irondequoit Community Ed more info at (585) 336-3014, or take a look at the course catalog online at http://www.eastiron.org/news/adulted.htm (scroll down the page until you come to the link)

Friday, February 20, 2015

Sultry Sunset

"Sultry Sunset" - pastel  8x10
The winter has been brutal this year.  Never-ending snow and the temps have been in the single digits for what feels like weeks.  There is no place left to put the new accumulation of daily snow.  I needed a break from it all, so my mind wandered off to a late summer evening where the humidity is thick and juicy, making the distant trees look blue.  The weeds are tall and dry, grasses are still lush.  The sky is a warm salmon pink.  Off in the distance crickets chirp.

I know those days will be back again before I know it.  Six more months to go.

This painting was done from my imagination in the studio.  Too cold to go outside.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Busy, Busy, Busy!

"Lakeview" -  11x14", pastel SOLD  
Pat Rini Rohrer Gallery, Canandaigua, NY
Holy cow!  I have a lot shows coming up over the next month and a half.  Been working like crazy and been painting up a storm.  I like being busy, so it's all good.  I might just relax during January though.  I think I'm going to need it!

Here's the list of shows for the rest of November and December 2014.

Livingston Arts
4 Murray Hill Drive, Mount Morris, NY 14510 - just east of Letchworth
This boutique-style show and sale is held in the New Deal Gallery.
Now through Fri., November 11th -14th, 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Thurs., November 13th, 12:00pm - 7:30pm
Saturday, November 15th, 11:00am – 3:00pm
For more info go to www.livingstonarts.org

Pat Rini Rohrer Gallery
71 South Main St., Canandaigua, NY 14424
The gallery is filled with incredible art as well as holiday items.
November 15th – January 4th    

Show and Sale at the Mall at Greece Ridge Center
Suburban Rochester Art Group
Located in the Mall near Macy's and Old Navy
Fri., Sat. and Sun. - November 21st – 23rd

Morgan Manning House
151 Main Street, Brockport, NY 14420
The beautifully restored mansion hosts this annual holiday show and sale just in time for the holidays.
Fri., December 5th,10:00am - 9:00pm and Sat., December 6th 10:00am - 5:00pm

Greece Olympia High School, 1139 Maiden Lane, Rochester, NY 14626
I am supporting my alma mater by participating in this show for the first time.  I'll be in the cafeteria, Booth #49
Saturday, December 13th, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Pastel Painting Classes

I probably should have put this in here a long time ago, but better late than never.  I am teaching a class in pastel painting starting this Monday, September 22 at Irondequoit Community Education.  I will cover all things to do with pastel. We will meet for 5 weeks.  If you are interested, please click on the link below or contact me at cmsavage31@gmail.com.  Hope to see you there! www.westirondequoit.org/community-education.htm

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Summer Vacation Paintings: Up-Close and Personal

Thought you might like to see the paintings I did over the summer individually.  Click on the images to see them even larger.

"Spring Creek" pastel, 9x12
"Chasing the Clouds Away" pastel, 8x10
"Marsh View" pastel, 5x7
"Marsh Memories" pastel, 5x7
 "Pond Study" pastel, 4x6
"Changes" pastel, 8x10
"Cool Day at the Beach" pastel, 8x10 SOLD
"Beach Walkers" pastel 4x6 SOLD
"It's Cool In The Shade" pastel , 5x7
"Irondequoit Creek in Summer" pastel, 8x10