Jeri Salter presented the artist demonstration at the November 3 meeting of PSST. She may have let us in on all her secrets, from her plein air backing board set up (super neat) to her method of texturizing gatorforam. Although Jeri loves to paint en plein air, her setup allows her to paint within the car. This gives her the security of being safe and quickly mobile, as well as coverage from nature's wind and sun.
Nut picker to make lines into pastel, curved telephone lines, thin tree trucks
Pink eraser, cut into sizes you need and used to blend or push the pastel into heavily textured surface
Home Depot paint brush to brush pumice texture to surface, applied in different directions
Landscape artist Jeri Salter is the PSST demo artist for the November 3rd meeting. She is also conducting a mini-workshop after the meeting. Click here for more info on the workshop.
To introduce Jeri and to get a little jump on the meeting, her feature interview is now available on the PSST website. Jeri clues us on her favorite tool: "There is a weird tool I use a lot and it’s a nut pick (to lift color). The kind that comes when you have a nut cracker set. I use it to pull off spots that are hard to get at otherwise, and they are great for making a telephone line in the sky." Click to read the rest of her interview.
Jeri Salter, collectible Texas Pastel landscape artist, has agreed to do a demo and miniworkshop for us November 3, 2018. Signups will go fast, get on the list right away. There are only 16 spots. Click here to register.
The cost of the workshop will be only $40.00, and held from 12:45pm to 3:30pm or so, with cleanup by 4:00pm, at Texas Art Supply 2001 Montrose Ave, Houston, Tx. Please be there for the demo, because directly after the demo and just before lunch, we will make our substrates and let them dry while we have lunch. Her demo is an important part of the workshop.
"Capturing the natural world in a painting has always inspired me. It is and always has been my first love. Expressing emotion in a landscape is what I strive to communicate." Jeri Salter. Please check out her paintings and bio.
About Jeri Salter:
I am a landscape painter. I suspect I will always find that to be my center, despite whatever stray tangents present themselves. I am especially drawn to the vast beauty of open spaces, big skies and rolling plains across western landscapes, particularly Texas. It's exciting to find remnants of humanity captured in those scenes of derelict buildings and worn dirt roads. They evoke an emotional sense of "searching" that always pulls at me.
A turning point for me was a solo show I did for William Reaves Sarah Foltz Art Gallery in 2015. Bill Reaves suggested I take on the project of returning to many of the places in Texas that Frank Reaugh painted during his lifetime. Mr. Reaugh is considered one of the premier painters of the Texas longhorns and landscapes during the early years of Texas art. Trying to capture the scenes as they are today while doing it in my own way was daunting and fulfilling. My respect for Mr. Reaugh was greatly deepened as well as a love for the places he painted. It was an amazing journey for me which continues to inspire my work going forward.
No matter the subject, examining what draws us to do a painting, or to have a painting, gives us clues to our own thoughts and desires. Whether that be through symbols, or finding the beauty in grand landscapes or even the everyday scenes that surround us. I am continually amazed when the viewing of my work triggers an emotional response in other people. It reminds me that I am not just painting for myself but making a connection with others through a visual language.
A native of Richmond, Virginia, Jeri Salter has spent all of her adult life in Texas. She has lived in Houston, McAllen and Dallas but has been settled in the Austin area since 1994, where she and he husband raised two sons.
Primarily a self-taught artist, she has taken classes that have improved and inspired her work from the Collin Community College in Plano and the Alfred Glassell Art School in Houston. After working in oils for many years, she discovered pastels. They have become her favorite medium for their immedacy and vibrancy. Workshops with accomplished artists such as Bob Rohm, Kraig Kiedrowski, Susan Ogilvie, Colleen Howe, Anne Templeton, Liz Haywood-Sullivan, Dinah Worman, Desmond O'Hagan and Michael Workman have heightened her skills and influenced her approach to painting.
Jeri has had gallery representation since 2004 and has been honored with numerous awards. Her paintings, often multiple pieces, are held in private, corporate and museum collections.
Sherry Killingsworth, demo artist for September 8, 2018, meeting, Creating a textured underpainting.
Sherry paints two coats of Liquitex Clear Gesso on both sides of Gaterfoam. When dry, she draws the big shapes of composition and masses darks and lights in with NuPastel. Using a brush slightly dampened with Turpenoid, she brushes over masses, light to dark. Turpenoid dries fair quickly, especially en plein air. With a wet brush, she applies texture with Art Spectrum Colourfix, thinly in places, thick where she wants a build up of texture. When that dries, the surface is ready for soft pastels. Sherry learned this technique in a workshop taught by Richard McKinley.
The amazing Sherry explained her process and completed her painting in an hour!
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