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