Featured Artist in August - Breeze By!

My time as Featured August Artist in the Exhibition Series begins Monday. Before then, catch the final days of  Megan Coyle's show and read this review about her collages. My show will be about half pastels and half photographs, with a few new pen and inks with watercolors and a smattering of oils, all featuring summery themes and a lot of the outdoors.

I'd check it out just to read the quotes. One favorite is, "Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it," by Russel Baker.

See you at the Opening on Thursday, August 4! Breeze By!


Welcome to Half Moon Cay

This beautiful arch created en plein air at Half Moon Cay, Bahamas, was our introduction to a day of kayaking and a lot of laughs. A cay essentially is a key, except that a cay supposedly has nobody living there. Turns out that Half Moon Cay, err, Key has 34 people as inhabitants. It's a private island owned by Holland America and Carnival.

Welcome to Half Moon Cay
Pen and Ink with Watercolor


Remains to Be Scene

In commemoration of 150 years since the Civil War began, the Manassas Art Guild has held a juried art and photography show concerning both the event and lush Virginia. I entered five pieces and had four accepted.

The show runs at Hylton Center at GMU in Manassas from July 13 to August 13. Gallery hours are 12-6pm Wednesday through Saturday.

The entire show is seen here on Facebook. My photography blog can be visited here: bfbutlerphoto.blogspot.com.

Blandford's Arch
Metallic Ink Photograph


Lily Pads 1 & 2

The plein air trek last week was to Mason Neck State Park to see the lily pads in bloom. There were no blooms in sight, but we found these quaint, miniature lily pads to paint instead. These tiny paintings remind me how much fun it is to glaze watercolors, although outdoors things dry very quickly!

Currently on display at The Loft Gallery on Mill St in Occoquan:

Lily Pads 1 & 2
Pen & Ink with Watercolor


Get Away - San Juan

Get Away - San Juan
Pen and Watercolor


Pastel Society of Virginia

NOTE: Look to the tab above for the latest on the Pastel Society of Virginia, our exhibits and membership.


This topic gets a good number of hits here daily and, b/c our PSV website is still under construction, I will offer up some details here.

Bottom line: I wish I had a nickel each time someone told me this project was overdue or that they had wanted to create this society themselves! With everyone's help, we will fulfill the dreams we've all had for so long.

We meet to paint/critique/support on the third Thursday evening and fourth Tuesday morning at the Springfield Art Guild Community Room at Springfield Mall. In the future, we'll mix it up with some weekend and plein air opportunities. Everything is flexible and we ask for patience as we get our groove. Meeting topics will develop in time as we develop additional structure. Further, we intend to be a major stop on the workshop circuit to draw big name pastelists, b/c Virginia has been long neglected.

Our goal is non-profit status when someone steps up to pursue it. We also have IAPS membership to come. Most of us are located in Northern Virginia, so we meet locally by default; however, if others want to join us or to extend our reach to other areas of Virginia, all is in the realm of possibility. It takes many hands and not all will be mine!

For the record, I am more of a start up personality, so I like to brainstorm and see what can happen to develop possibilities. Hence, I am not the administrative, maintaining sort, so others will need to step up into positions of leadership.

Very exciting, our first exhibit will be in the SAG room and runs from August 27 through October 1. The Opening will be Sunday, August 28 from 2-4p.

Any Virginia or local dry pastelist is invited to hang; we will have over 25 slots. To share the load, all participating artists will need to volunteer during drop off/hanging, reception food/set up/clean up, reception demo, and/or pick up.

Please comment with additional questions or email me from the sidebar link. We currently communicate through several mass emails a month; let me know if you would like to be included on our email list.

Bonnie Ferguson Butler, Founder
Pastel Society of Virginia


Leaving Miami

Pastel and oil kits can be cumbersome, especially for someone like me who acts as if every expedition is like car camping.

Expanding my repertoire with a much more portable medium, the next few plein air paintings were created with Sakura pens and a WN travel watercolor set.

Leaving Miami
Pen & Ink with Watercolor