Category Archives: Pastels

Kansas City Plein Air 2017 – Penn Valley Park


Overcast Morning Bridge, oil, 14×11, ©Chris Willey

Morning Tree Grove, oil, 12x24, ©Chris Willey

Morning Tree Grove, oil, 12×24, ©Chris Willey



Pink Accents, pastel, 14×11, ©Chris Willey

Sentinel, oil, 11x14, ©Chris Willey

Sentinel, oil, 11×14, ©Chris Willey

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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

Also posted in Landscapes

STEMS Plein Air Event

The STEMS Plein Air Painting Event just wrapped up. I went out painting almost every day and created at least 14 paintings. That doesn’t mean I’m displaying all 14. Lots of days I did some stinkers or just never finished them. But ALL were great learning experiences. Here are some that I’m willing to post.

Giverny in Kansas, oil, 24×24, ©Chris Willey
2nd Place, Oil, STEMS Plein Air Painting Event 2013

Giverny in Kansas is a 3 day plein air. It is larger, more finished than most plein air works, but it was fun to do. I did two smaller plein air paintings of this view. The first two were unsuccessful paintings, but successful studies for this one.

Overland Park Florist, oil, 12×16, ©Chris Willey

Arboretum Vista, oil, 11×14, ©Chris Willey

Dragush Produce, pastel, 12×16, ©Chris Willey

Red Bushes, acrylic, 11×14, ©Chris Willey






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Summer Sales

Well the weather has been dreadful, but painting continues on. Four paintings sold this summer. I’m happy.

SOLD! Brush Creek Sanctuary, oil, 12×16, ©Chris Willey


Brush Creek Sanctuary won an Honorable Mention from the Brush Creek Art Walk Juried Show, now showing at the UMKC Art Gallery. It sold that night. Yay!

SOLD! Paris Gossip,24×24, ©Chris Willey


Paris Gossip sold through Strecker-Nelson Gallery. Thanks Jay and Barbara.


SOLD! Farmers’ Market, oil, 12×12, ©Chris Willey


Farmers’ Market was created at the Overland Park Farmers’ Market and finished in my studio. It was purchased by Pat from Hastings Greenhouse — thanks Pat.


SOLD! Fall Evening Vista, pastel, 18×24, ©Chris Willey


Fall Evening Vista was the first place winner for Symphony in the Flint Hills. It was auctioned off and purchased that evening, and I was very pleased. What a wonderful event. Posters of this work are available through the Symphony in the Flint Hills website.




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