Traveling with Art Supplies

This weekend I went to Indianapolis and I packed all of my art supplies that I thought I would need. I learned some valuable lessons that will serve me well on some later, longer, airplane trips this year.

The biggest thing I’m discovering is you have to pack for who you are and where you are at. I am NOT a 6’2″ strong young man who can carry lots and walk forever. I’m a 5’4″ 61 year old woman who is in good shape, but I don’t have the legs, heart, lungs, strength of a young man. I always see those people as the spokesperson for what to pack.

I took pastels on this trip. Whenever I see what people pack for workshops, they have a nice wooden box with lots of colors. Pastelists LOVE their colors. I have been very proud of how much I edited down my color selection. This selection would be fine if I had just a little walking to do. But it will not be working for my long trip, where I like to walk around and look at the scenery before I decide. I will not have the luxury of driving to a spot and unloading. I discovered that my very edited down selection was still pretty darned heavy if I was doing much lugging around. So I have edited down quite severely.

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Pastel Boxes, gradually downsizing

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Small box of edited pastels.

Slik F740 Tripod, Easel Butler Shelf, plastic box lid, Coulter Easel Holder, 11x14 paint panel, box of pastels.

Slik F740 Tripod, Easel Butler Shelf, plastic box lid, Coulter Easel Holder, 11×14 paint panel, box of pastels.

I’m going to take a piece of gatorboard for a rigid backing, several sheets of UArt 400 or Wallis paper. I’m taking 11×14 and 9×12 size paper, my box of pastels, a small watercolor set, small vitamin bottle filled with water, a small container of rubbing alcohol, a rag, a pencil, eraser and a pocket camera.

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For painters: Kathy’s cheap easel, plastic clipboard w/ 9×12 disposable paper, portable stool.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One Work Accepted in to the Symphony in the Flint Hills Juried Art Exhibition

Yippee! One work accepted in to the Symphony in the Flint Hills Juried Exhibition.

The ninth annual Signature Event will be held at the Rosalia Ranch in Butler County on June 14, 2014.

The Kansas City Symphony plays in the beautiful Flint Hills. A Field Guide book is produced. And beautiful Flint Hills themed art is displayed and sold. At the end of the symphony a cattle drive takes place way behind the symphony as a finale. It is breathtaking

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Evening Grace, oil, 36×36, ©Chris Willey

 

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Reworks

oil, 16x24, ©Chris Willey

Christine Relaxing, oil, 16×24, ©Chris Willey

New Mexico Arroyo, pastel, 11x14, ©Chris Willey

New Mexico Arroyo, pastel, 11×14, ©Chris Willey

 

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One work accepted into the 2014 Pastel National

I had one pastel accepted into the 2014 Pastel National at the Wichita Center for the Arts. The show runs from March 28, 2014 to May 11, 2014. The reception is March 28 from 5-7pm.

I entered three works. I like this piece, but it was my third choice. It was their first and only choice. You never know.

Pastel, 9x9, ©Chris Willey

Pastel, 9×9, ©Chris Willey

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Two Works Accepted in to the Heartland 2014 National Juried Show

Giverny in Kansas, oil, 24x24, ©Chris Willey, $1575

Overland Park Giverny, oil, 24×24, ©Chris Willey, $1575

Spring Bog, acrylic, 18x24, ©Chris Willey

Spring Bog, acrylic, 18×24, ©Chris Willey

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Figure Studies

I attend a weekly figure drawing class. I highly recommend it if you want to maintain your skills. I notice when I miss a week or two I backslide. And over time, my work grows. Still.

Kent, 10 minute,  pastel on Strathmore 400, ©Chris Willey

Kent, 10 minute,
pastel on Strathmore 400, ©Chris Willey

 

Kent, 10 minute, pastel on Strathmore 400, ©Chris Willey

Kent, 10 minute, pastel on Strathmore 400, ©Chris Willey

Anna w/Shawl, pastel on Strathmore 400, ©Chris Willey

Anna w/Shawl, pastel on Strathmore 400, ©Chris Willey

 

 

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Finalist in “The Artist’s Magazine” March 2014

"The Artist's Magazine", March 2014, p. 4

“The Artist’s Magazine”, March 2014, p. 4

I am a finalist in the Over 60 category, in the March 2014 issue of “The Artist’s Magazine. See my work on p. 4

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Three Works accepted into the MVIS 3rd Annual Juried Show

Three works have been accepted into the MVIS (Missouri Valley Impressionists Group) 3rd Annual Juried Show. The show will be exhibited at the Albrecht Kemper Musuem, St. Joseph, MO  and will run from January 17 through April 6, 2014. Awards Ceremony and Reception is January 17 from 4-6. Hope you can come.

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Urban Table, oil, 24×24, ©Chris Willey, MVIS 3rd Annual Show 2014, Albrecht Kemper Museum

Summer Market, oil, 24x24, ©Chris Willey, MVIS 3rd Annual Show 2014, Albrecht Kemper Museum

Summer Market, oil, 24×24, ©Chris Willey, MVIS 3rd Annual Show 2014, Albrecht Kemper Museum

Russell Reading,acrylic, 24x18, ©Chris Willey, MVIS 3rd Annual Show 2014, Albrecht Kemper Museum

Russell Reading,acrylic, 24×18, ©Chris Willey, Honorable Mention 2014 MVIS 3rd Annual Show 2014, Albrecht Kemper Museum

 

 

 

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Flint Hills Again

Flint Hills November, pastel, 9x16 (framed, 18x24), ©Chris Willey

Flint Hills November, pastel, 9×16 (framed, 18×24), ©Chris Willey

I love this little piece. I loved this site. When we drove over the hill I was struck by that patch of green field against the drier grasses in the foreground.

As it often happens, this was just going to be a study — just play,  but as I worked, it became the finished piece. It often works best when we have no emotional or financial investment in the work, but we just are exploring. This was going to turn into an oil, but I think if that is what I want to do, I’m going to have to do an oil study. This is a case where pastels just work too differently.

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September/October Plein Air Events

• September 20 – October 6:  Parkville in Art Plein Air Event. Paint out

    October 10 – 31: Exhibition (Cathy Kline Art Gallery, 173 English Landing Drive, Parkville, MO),

    November 21: Auction ( Auction at KCAI, 1801 NW Platte Rd., Ste 275, Riverside, MO)

Downtown Parkville Afternoon, oil, 11x14, ©Chris Willey. 2nd Place, People's Choice Award, 3rd Place, oil category, Parkville Plein Air 2013

Downtown Parkville Afternoon, oil, 11×14, ©Chris Willey. 2nd Place, People’s Choice Award, 2nd Place, oil category, Parkville Plein Air 2013. SOLD!

 

Rush Creek Sun Streaks, oil, 11x14, ©Chris Willey. 2nd Place, oil category, Parkville Plein Air 2013

Rush Creek Sun Streaks, oil, 11×14, ©Chris Willey. 1st Place, oil category, Parkville Plein Air 2013. SOLD!

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• September 13 – 15: Brush Creek Art Walk Plein Air Event. Work will be on exhibit at the Bruce Watkins Cultural Center on October 3rd, 2013

West Plaza Brush Creek, oil, 14 x11,©Chris Willey

West Plaza Brush Creek, oil, 14 x11,©Chris Willey

East Brush Creek Marsh, oil, 9x12, ©Chris Willey, 2nd Place, Zone 3

East Brush Creek Marsh, oil, 9×12, ©Chris Willey,
2nd Place, Zone 3, Brush Creek Art Walk 2013. SOLD

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