‘Summer Clouds- Black Balsam’ Painting Goes to AIS Show

Summer Clouds-Black Balsam by Virginia Pendergrass

A plein air oil of the Black Balsam trailhead, titled “Summer Clouds- Black Balsam,” by Trackside Studios painter Virginia Pendergrass was selected for AIS’s “Impressions: Small Works Showcase.”

This juried exhibit of 200 small works by top-flight impressionist artists will be at the Randy Higbee Gallery in Costa Mesa, CA  March 11-25.
The Black Balsam trailhead parking area just off the Blue Ridge is a favorite spot of Western North Carolina landscape painters.  A Western North Carolina summer presents some painting challenges, however.  One NC artist noted that summers here are green, green green- no surprise in our huge Pisgah National Forest.  He joked that he knew NC artists who moved to California in order to escape mixing greens.
Pendergrass solved the problem of greens with her tricolor palette (red, blue and yellow + white).  “Yellow and blue make a green mother pool.  Adding more blue to some of the original mix results in a cool green. Adding more yellow produces a warm green.  Adding a little red to these mixes warms and dulls them.  Adding white lightens and cools all the mixes.”
Pendergrass is a signature member of AIS.  Her paintings can be seen locally at Trackside Studios in the Asheville River Arts District, Silver Fox Gallery in Hendersonville, and Art Works in Brevard, NC.  More of her art is available online atwww.virginiapendergrass.com.
To see online images of the entire “Impressions: Small Works Showcase,”  go to the American Impressionist Society’s website at https://aisi.wildapricot.org.
About Shelby Harrell
Shelby Harrell is the editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for seven years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.