Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Emerging Light

"Emerging Light" 12x24 Pastel - $575

First Painting of the 2013!  

Looking to start this new year off with more paintings.  Spending more time painting and creating!  Click on my website link to view more paintings and how to purchase - www.christaforrest.com.  

Friday, September 7, 2012

Temecula Light - Daily Painting #70

I have been busy working on a few larger oils so I have not been focusing on daily painting in a few days.  This is really a big open door for me and I am trying to give it all I got to succeed.  I truly feel the new year going forward is going to be huge - as long as I keep up the momentum.

"Temecula Light" 6x6 oil on panel

Monday, September 3, 2012

Temecula Path - Daily Painting #69

I promised I would give away a small painting to a lucky person who took the time to sign up for my newsletter.  Well here it is - "Temecula Path"  I am happy I was able to get to my goal of getting 100 subscribers!   All of my hard work is paying off.  The winner will receive an email from me with details on shipping.  Congrats!!!

"Temecula Path" 6x6 oil on panel

Sunday, September 2, 2012

A Work in Progress - Fall Pathways II

Today I decided to start a larger format painting - 16x20 canvas.   I chose a scene I have painted a few times in Newtown, CT.   It was fall and the colors just glistened.

I started by toning my canvas with Indian Yellow and Rose Madder - I hate painting on that bright white canvas
I sketched out my scene using the same colors - I love when these colors peak out from the finished painting
Then I add color - try to get  the values right where I want them
Adding more color - I love color!
This is where I am right now - Got a long way to the finished product

Saturday, September 1, 2012

A Change in Plans

I have been so busy since I got back from vacation,  I have been slacking on my Daily Painting duties.  However, that is not too much of a bad thing!   Yesterday I helped prepare for an upcoming show "Journey of Peers" in Meriden CT at Gallery 53.  As I mentioned before, this show features everyone I traveled to Provence with sharing out memories of our trip.  What was fascinating was how everyone interpreted the same views and landscape and made it their own.  This is going to be a fabulous show with a great group of fantastic artists.

In addition to this show, I was approached by a gallery to feature some of my artwork.  This is exciting and so I will be focusing less on my Daily Paintings to work on creating pieces for the gallery.  Hopefully they are all accepted and another chapter of my passion will begin.   I will try to fit in some Daily Paintings here and there but this is going to be my main focus for the next month or so.  

Below is some of my artwork for the show:
"Out to Dry" 12x9 oil on canvas panel
"Shadow" 16x12 oil on canvas panel

"Entrance to the Abbey" 16x12 oil on canvas panel
"Behind the Abbey" 12x16 oil on canvas panel

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Upcoming Show "Journey of Peers"

Didn't get a change to work on a Daily Painting today.  Trying to finish up on a few paintings for an upcoming show "Journey of Peers".  This show will feature the artists I traveled to Provence with a year ago.  We have had a whole year to paint these beautiful scenes and this is a great opportunity to see them all in one place.  The show will be held at Gallery 53 in Meriden, CT and runs from September 1st through the 29th.

Gallery 53
53 Colony Street
Meriden, CT

"Behind the Abbey" 12x16 oil on canvas panel

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Death Valley Study - Daily Painting #68

Leaving Las Vegas we entered Death Valley.  A mesmerizing landscape of desert.  You can see miles of bright white salt flats in the distance and colorful sand dunes.  In many cases it just looks like a painting.  The colors or amazing - almost grayed out pastels with touches of gold.

"Death Valley Study" 6x12 oil on linen