Paint Around MPS

Today was so much fun, minus the rain and torturous driving. Glad to have learned of their quarterly meeting, I joined the Maryland Pastel Society as an Artist and I hope to earn the juried Signature designation ASAP. There are only 45 slots in their upcoming January show at the Dennis and Phillip Ratner Museum in Bethesda and I am glad to join in time to be able to submit for jury.

The last portion of the meeting was a shared Paint In, so to speak. With five easels in a circle, each artist had 10 minutes to work on their reference photo with their pastels on their easels. When time was up, they slid right to the next person's work and put in 10 minutes using those materials. As it turned out, each used a different kind of sanded paper. After making their way around the loop, they each had 10 minutes to work on their own again.

The slideshow, below, begins with me drooling over some beautiful pastel sets. If you've been reading, mine are heaped together cozily in a French Companion. It'd have been fun to participate and torture others with my set up. Newbie or not to the organization, I was all ready to paint along side them.

Included artists were Jean Hirons, Deborah Maklowski, Barbara Steinacker, Jack Pardue, and Lisa Mitchell, if I got them all correctly.

Put your feet up and watch the progression of each painting...

Or see the album here:
MPS Paint Around

Be honest. Would you like to have done it?


Anonymous said...

I think is such an interesting exercise! Honestly, I think it would have pissed me off if another artist came behind me and screwed up my vision :) .

Much love,


Anonymous said...

I think THIS is such an interesting exercise.....

can't type

Anonymous said...

ha i thought it said the notorious pms. I am a poet not a painter and would not want my words changed and even more so with paint since most paint cant be erased like words.

Bonnie said...

Hey J, good to see you! They mentioned having seen it done at IAPS (http://www.pastelinternational.com/) and perhaps elsewhere, so they borrowed this nifty concept.

Anon, pastels on sanded paper can be erased largely like words. Never thought of that being in common with a poet before, perhaps I'm lucky to not erase very often.