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Lopez Island Artists' Studio Tour 2011Thursday, September 01, 2011 by Steve Hill
On Saturday and Sunday, September 3&4, we will host several hundred guests and art patrons at our home, studio and Windswept Fine Art Gallery, at 783 Port Stanley Rd. Many new works from around the islands and special plein air painting trips in the Pacific Northwest and Europe will be displayed for the first time, in pastels and oils, as well as figurative works from my live model drawing sessions.
New smaller originals, ready for framing and offered at half-price (starting at $350) are also available this year. These pieces will be made ready for transport to your own framer, in special mats and protective glassine – an excellent way to save money and enjoy owning an original. Very affordable limited edition Giclee prints are also available

Illumination on Thatcher Pass
Illumination on Thatcher Pass
I will also have a few “live demo” pieces on easels, in the spirit of the studio tour, to show first hand the processes I use while working. A special showing of the works I am shipping to New York for my November opening and to Italy for The Florence Biennale (Dec. 3-12) are also on display. One piece from “The Best of The Best Worldwide Pastel Artists” book being published this fall (Kennedy Publications) is also on display.
The piece pictured here, was painted en plein air about one mile from my home, looking out towards Frost Island and Thatcher Pass, near Port Stanley, in early morning light.




First of the New England SeriesThursday, January 04, 2007 by Steve Hill
Portland Head Lighthouse
Portland Head Lighthouse
These are two of six pastels completed en plein air from our recent painting trip to New England in October '06. Both were painted in dry pastel, during late afternoon, in that thick creamy Atlantic coast light and atmosphere, which I think is created because the sun sets on the back side (west)of the landmass before the light actually strikes the water.



Otter Cliff, Acadia
Otter Cliff, Acadia
It's totally different than the Pacific Coast light at sunset, which feels crisper and harder edged, no doubt because the sun light is bouncing off the water before it makes landfall. It took me a while to adjust to that difference and realize why the disparity exists. While I'm painting, I think about these things, sort of in the back of my mind. It's like, "WHY is this light so different? I'm on nearly the exact same latitude as where I live!" It's just another reason to keep exploring the process and learn as I paint.




 
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