Wrangling Chicks

10″x8″ pastel on sanded paper

I have been playing with abstraction in my art. I find simplified color and detail to be so beautiful and pleasing to the eye. I love how a few swipes of color can suggest a chick.

My impression of Evening Primrose

10″x8″ pastel on sanded paper

There is beauty all around us, often mixed up in things that are not very beautiful. I paint exactly how the flowers feel, without the power lines, or houses, or cars. As I enjoy this year’s wildflowers I remember this quote from Monet:

“Try to forget what objects you have before you – a tree, a house, a field, or whatever. Merely think, ‘Here is a little square of blue, here an oblong of pink, here a streak of yellow,’ and paint it just as it looks to you, the exact color and shape, until it gives you your own impression of the scene before you.” -Claude Monet

Appreciate the beauty, ignore, or deemphasize the rest: That might be good advice to apply beyond landscape paintings.

Twilight – a time of pause

10″x8″ pastel on sanded paper

“Twilight – a time of pause when nature changes her guard. All living things would fade and die from too much light or too much dark, if twilight were not.” -Howard Thurman