A revisit to the Mountain

It has been 2 years ago since creating a series of abstract paintings that came out of nowhere. I was to exhibit at Undercroft gallery. I let my mind take a vacation, let my hand be free to any color of pastel…exploring what my intuition wanted to say (see.) The series I coined; Mountain Pantone’s.This oil series took on an identity of its own. Rectangle shapes, long jagged lines, skinny horizons float in the distance. I felt like I was somewhere else, an interesting land Which was foreign to me.

Mountain Pantone series | Oil pastel on board | 12×12

With each stroke I felt like I was creating colorful mountains, caves, adventures unseen. I painted using the hand held jumbo Sennelier Oil Pastel on MDF board. The tones chosen held an earthy and spiritual vibe. A mixture of purples, blues, browns, Chartreuse, mac n’ cheese yellow, orange, black and white. I’ve only created 6-7 pieces from the abstract idea I held. I feel theres more left within me. I Untapped Oil painting techniques unexplored. More possibilities. This must be what it’s like to know about a buried treasure. I made sure to itch the nagging feeling today. I am so Ecstatic with the results!

-“I can taste color” (3 panel oil painting on board)

I wrote a poem below. And I know I am not a poet or the best writer…but I enjoy writing one to Occupy a finished piece.

Mountain Pantones

An idea sketched

I color in…

The hips of the hills

Bare bones

Mountain pantones

Call me in

Colors of the desert

No rest until

Crevasses unseen

Are now painted

-Ashton

Maybe Arizona flowers will be next… stay tuned!

Warmth of Winter

River City Gallery located in downtown La Crosse Wisconsin is having a “Warmth of Winter” open house today! I will be live painting from 11am-1pm. Today I’ve chosen to use oil pastel on casein painted paper. Appreciate the art that warms our homes, handcrafted wood, pottery, rugs, lamps and more! Enjoy our “Winter Wonder” feature wall. Enjoy hot cocoa.

Winter Days- January 21-22  
Save 10% – 20% +more on select art
Meet artists and see demonstrations on Saturday, January 22 by:
Ashton Hall and Mary Lou Ferguson: 11-1 pm
Colleen Shore: 1-3 pm
Featured Artist Wall: Johnathan Lawson and Elise Boam
Hot cocoa refreshments.

“Winter Wonder” Featured Artists:
Phyllis Martino- Watercolor Painter
Linda Steine- Mixed Media Painter
Colleen Shore- Oil Painter
Lynne Burgess- Printmaker
Kathie Wheeler- Oil Painter
Paul Bergquist- Oil Painter
Penny Stroening- Watercolor Painter
Johnathan Lawson- Acrylic Artist
Jason Ray Stuempges- Photographer
Todd Bye- Photographer
Marcia Thompson- Printmaker
Amanda Mc Connell- Figurative Painter
Mike Martino- Sculptor and Painter

Saturday Art Market

October 10th 10-3pm 2020

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I will be exhibiting outdoors between the herons at the Main Street Plaza, in Downtown La Crosse WI. Come browse some oil pieces I’ve created along with other local artists. I will have my square handy for card payments as well.

This event is hosted by downtown Main Street Lacrosse and the Pumphouse Regional Art center. This event is FREE. Please wear a mask and enjoy browsing and buying local original works of art!