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Grateful Notices: Last Colors, pastel

Pastel on Sanded Paper, 12" x 18" Exhibited: Sorelle Gallery, New Canaan, CT

I enjoyed the challenge of this pastel. It didn't come easy but once I let go of the outcome, the magic appeared. My thanks to the collector that took it home.

This is all about a singular color and how to keep it interesting. I don't typically work monochromatically but the idea was to catch the greens lit up by a setting sun. Everything was kept a bit rough at the edges so that the extra detail would add to the complexity. As the pastel progressed, the contrasting colors away from the sun looked best as red-browns and blue-greens. The harmonies were kept tight by using a minimum about of brights and darks. I'm thinking all the pieces worked together successfully because my eye keeps circling around the pastel, taking it all in.

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