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Meet James Geddes

I started working in pastels in 2009 after a brief introduction to watercolor which I still use for some of my under painting. After doing many pieces in 2009 and 2010, I decided to submit a piece in the 2010  Pacific Northwest Pastel Society International Exhibit. I was very pleased to find that one of my pieces was accepted.

I knew at that time that I needed a mentor/teacher. I took some classes on Whidbey Island which helped me get to the next level. Karen Schroeder is a very good instructor and the more I learn, the more I appreciate what she has to offer.  I can see the benefits of working with abstract shapes and composition and her teaching helps me even more now.



I began to better understand pastel application, the layering and subtleties . I started to develop a style but still felt as though I needed someone that I admired to help me over the next hump. That's when I found
Phil Bates. I immediately became enarmored with his ability to paint simplistically and beautifully. The way he captures light is exactly what I wanted to learn.

After some communications with Phil, he agreed to mentor me and invited me down for a three day one-on-one studio session. Most of our communication was done over email due to the distance. It was just the support I needed to keep going. I don't want someone to paint it for me... And I don't want to paint exactly like someone else. Phil offered suggestions and insight then let's me struggle to find the solutions. This helped me to resolve the challenges that arose in pieces that I attempted.  I enjoyed working with Phil when he could but his ArtBeats business proved to be too much to continue sharing his time.

 I attempt complex compositions. With unusual challenges like fog, sun rays and challenging aerial perspective. I also paint  portraits,  pets or animals in the wild. I try to stay true to my emotional connection, paint what  moves me emotionally with a palette that excites me. Some works are loose and impressionistic and others are  impressionistic realism... During the pastel journey I again found a need to seek professional instruction.



I joined
Ned Mueller's group  which helped me with composition and design.  Ned is a truly gifted artist and has helped me see shapes and values and their arrangement in my compositions. I also worked with Janet Hamilton who has a wonderful impressionistic style and excellent color concepts. I like her teaching style and she has so much to offer!



Now, 2015 & 2016 I am mentored by my friend and gifted pastel artist, Christine Swann PSA, who offers portraiture observations and suggestions about my work. Christine has won many awards! And has now agreed to mentor me. I must say, I have learned so much from her over the last 12 months... We went back to square one and started over, filling in the instructional potholes left by my inadequate self teaching method. I feel like I am on my way and owe all these wonderful teachers a vote of gratitude to putting up with me!

 

All these fine artists and my hard work have been paying off of late. I was juried into the member show in Hood River Oregon and I was also accepted into the 27th Annual International Exhibit for the Pacific Northwest Pastel Society in Tacoma Washington May-June 2013. I was also awarded the first annual Maggie Price Memorial Award for my painting, "Patricia Lake Reflections."

 2015, I had two pieces that have been accepted in the International Exhibit, May 9th - June 20th 2015. I will also receive my signature status at the opening ceremonies on June 9th.
I even made the announcement card with one of my images!

2016 I am fortunate enough to have made it into my 4th International Show with "Prayer Bubbles - Bhutan Monk"


 

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