Iris on Linen

this is an 11 by 14 inch, oil pastel on linen.  I used clear gesso on the backside of gessoed linen because I wanted the natural look of natural linen for my background.  The clear gesso proptects the surface and the clear gesso provides extra tooth for the oil pastels.

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Hal

About Hal

I'm a geezer:  retired Air Force Pilot, retired corporate accountant, and I have squeezed painting in, when I could around my day jobs.  I paint in acrylic and pastel primarily and I've been painting for 37 years.  I've had a few college art courses and studied with various artists, some nationally prominate via workshops too numerous to list.  My favorite activity is painting plein air. 

I am or have been member of numerous artist associations: ASMA, NH Plein Air Society, NH Pastel Society, I'm a past president of the Seacoast Artist Association of New Hampshire.  I have shown in a number of local galleries, and was president of a co-op gallery for a number of years.  I decided that the co-op gallery was too much work.  Now I show in local venues and local art fairs.  Last year, 2012 my oil pastel "Texas Gothic" took first place in the Oil Pastel Society's, 2012  Member's Show (associates division).

Awards range from best in show (alas only once) through the full range down to numerous honorable mentions.

My avatar is of Gus and me.  He's the first dog I've had since childhood.  I had forgotten how wonderful dogs can be and I love this one more than I realized was possible. 

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