It’s the first art call of 2023: I dropped off submissions at the North Hills Art Center for an exhibit at Northland Library. It’s not a juried show, just artwork that will hang in the library and is for sale.
Exhibits usually have a three-year limit for submissions, meaning works you’ve created within the past three years. But this one had no dates so I could pull from some older paintings that I thought a local audience would especially like that turned out to feature both summer and winter.
From now until March you can find each of these paintings at Northland Public Library in the Adult Section on the second floor. All sales benefit the library.
Facades, North Side Pittsburgh
It was indeed a hot July afternoon when I was on this street high above the North Side in Pittsburgh. I love something about rows of houses, and these houses with their different colors and conditions after well more than a century of providing shelter for people were irresistible.
I liked the photo, but even as I stood on the street I could imagine using one of the flat edges of my pastels for the windows, which colors I’d use for the paints, bright on the fronts and darkened in the shade on the sides, and keeping the facades with a bit of an unfinished look, leaving some of the paper color to show through.
Then when I was working on the painting in 2018 I came to love the tracery of utility lines and their shadows, and the heavy shadows of the buildings across the street.
You can find this painting here on this website.
I recently featured this painting as one of my favorite winter paintings, painted almost a decade ago en plein air, meaning I was standing in the snow on that January afternoon at Scott Conservancy’s Kane Woods trails. The scene was so rich with detail in the shadows, the scrub, branches and trees, and then the reflections on the water that I remember the need to give it a once-over when I got home because the sun had moved too much and the light had changed. But I love the way it turned out.
I’ve looked at this curve in this single line of tracks all my life, in all sorts of weather, and I’ve walked them more than once too. On this particularly snowy day with the flat overcast sky above, there were no colors, and few shadows, even the darkest areas were charcoal-colored, which made this sketch perfect for rendering in charcoal. I think I parked and hopped out of my car to get the photo and decided to include it in one of the painting-a-day challenges in 2017.
You can find this sketch here on this website.
From now until March you can find each of these paintings at Northland Public Library in the Adult Section on the second floor. The library is located at 300 Cumberland Road, Pittsburgh PA 15237. All sales benefit the library.Other items with the same art or design To find all items on this site with the same art or design, use the search box for the name of the artwork and you'll find all that's available.
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