Monday, August 23, 2010

Re-discovering pastel

For nearly four years, I worked almost exclusively in soft pastel.  I had stopped using it for several reasons, but the main reason was that I became tired of the cost and effort of framing.  A couple of nights ago, I pulled my soft pastels out once more.  I have been enjoying working with them, and I thought I would share a couple of the paintings with you.  As you can see, these are a continuation of my series of paintings of the Joshua Tree.  Each tree has a distinctive, unique shape, which is emphasized by the silhouette against an evening sky. 

Grand Finale.  Pastel on paper, 10 x 8 inches.
Last Rays.  Pastel on paper, 10 x 8 inches.

I am busy getting new work ready for the fall opening of JTAG in Joshua Tree.  We will have an opening on Friday, September 3rd from 6 to 9 pm.  I am most likely going to show a collection of drawings, but that is subject to change, since I cannot seem to make up my mind what to show.  I also have to prepare for October, when I will be traveling to Ventura, California for Arts in the Park there on October 16th and 17th.  The following weekend is the weekend I will be opening my studio for the Open Studio Art Tours here in Joshua Tree.  I have a lot of work to do!  So if you are wondering at my long silences, it is because I am sticking to a strict regimen of painting, painting, painting.

6 comments:

Abby Creek Art said...

Both of these are beautiful, Karine...I especially love the second one. Good luck with preparing for the show!

Paula said...

And I especially love the first one ... great work Karine

Cynthia Anderson said...

Wow! Beautiful!

Patricia said...

Your strict regimen is bearing beautiful fruit. Amazing how much energy it takes to create continually, isn't it? Good luck with all your shows-

Cynthia Schelzig,,,,Cynnie said...

What wonderful color...and I love the Joshua Tree....ahhhhh the memories of the the "dry heat" :)

Farah said...

these are stunning pastel artworks! simply beautiful...