Periodically I switch from oil paints to pastels. It's a good way to freshen my perspective. With the pastels I work more quickly, focusing on composition and flat areas of color. I like to use black mat board as my surface. I try to avoid smudging my strokes and allow some of the black to show through. It gives the painting a graphic quality I like, similar to a linoleum cut. With this series I decided to try a wide format. I have one of my mom's paintings hanging in the space between the kitchen counter and the overhead cabinets. I enjoy looking at it as I'm working in the kitchen. That space was the inspiration for the proportions of these paintings.
"Apples & Glass Bowl", 8"x18", pastel on board
"Carrots & Tomatoes", 8"x18", pastel on board, Sold
"Peppers & Knife, 8"x18", pastel on board, Sold
"Pots of Primroses", 8"x18", pastel on board