Two New Impressionistic Cityscapes in Pastel

Two New Impressionistic Cityscapes in Pastel
Alone in the City (pastel by Polly Castor)

Alone in the City (pastel) by Polly Castor

I have thoroughly experienced being alone in a quiet city, even before a pandemic, so I can imagine what it must feel like this last year of quarantine. This new painting above, titled Alone in the City depicts that. It is 12″x18″ and done in pastel. I am really happy with the composition of this one, with the patterned buildings, reverberating in dense and vertical shapes, the lavender sky, the quartet of greens moving your eye around, and the red bits circling the figure, drawing you into their experience.

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When looking at reference material for the above painting, I was reminded of a very opposite scene in the city, full of traffic and cars honking, echoing in a canyon of buildings. I remember being fascinated with the abstraction in the traffic when seen from blocks away, and wanted to capture that here. I  haven’t been in NYC now in quite a while, but lived there for seven years back in the day. Honestly, I’m not missing all the hubbub. How about you?

I painted this one below of rush hour congestion as a counterpoint to the quiet one above. I’m calling this one Looks Like I’ll Be Late, and it is also 12″x18,” and done in pastel.

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Both are very different than the forests I’ve been tromping in lately!

Looks Like I'll Be Late (pastel) by Polly Castor

Looks Like I’ll Be Late (pastel) by Polly Castor

I work to amplify good wherever I find it. I love color, texture, beauty, great ideas, nature, metaphor, deliciousness, genuine spirituality, and exploring new territory. I encourage authenticity, nurture creativity, champion sustainability, promote peace, and hope to foster a new renaissance where we all are free to be our most fulfilled, multifaceted, and terrific selves. Read more here.


  1. John gregory 3 years ago

    Love the latter city scape.

  2. Diana Rogers 3 years ago

    Gorgeous new work. I love the vitality of the city scenes and vibrant color palette.

  3. Sandi 3 years ago

    I love that you applied your inner artist thought and style to a new subject. Love these!

  4. Carolyn Emerson 3 years ago

    I so enjoyed last evening’s presentation for MAA. Thanks for sharing the list of prompts and the general philosophy of abstract painting. I’m eager to try it with my watercolor class when we resume meeting together again in March.

    Both of these cityscapes are compelling, but I’m especially drawn into Looks Like I’ll Be Late, and the ebullient jumble of vehicles. All of your work is eye and mind popping. I love it!

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      Polly Castor 3 years ago

      Thank you so much and welcome to the blog!

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