Two New Abstract Paintings in Pastel (Quite Different)

Two New Abstract Paintings in Pastel (Quite Different)
Igniting Orbs of Hope, pastel painting by Polly Castor

Igniting Orbs of Hope, (pastel) by Polly Castor

After painting small and more stylistically representational recently, I was itching to go larger and more abstract. The weather was fine over the weekend, and warm enough for me to return to my easel set up on the side driveway. It was a delight to be out. With the practice and phone unusually quiet, maybe with everyone else happily outside too, these two paintings are the result of two full days of intense release.

Above find Igniting Orbs of Hope, which is 22″x30″ and done in pastel.

I’ve been listening to a book on the divergent opinions on how to avoid the end of the world when population explosion exceeds the carrying capacity of the earth. (It will be another couple weeks before I finish it and review it.) The painting catches my simplistic, middle of the road solution, based on joy, respect, mindfulness, and inspiration. I chose beatnik colors to emphasize the idealism expressed. The result is a happy, if not naive painting.

You can purchase the original painting here.

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The painting below is titled Dark Matter, which is also 22″x30″ and done in pastel.

I have often thought what the physicists are terming “dark matter,” is an unfortunate euphemism for what I think of as God.  I did some experimental layering here that I find rather exciting, and utilized a limited split compliment color palette, to catch here more of their concept than mine.

You can purchase the original painting here.

Obtain prints or merchandise of this image here.

Which one do you prefer?

Dark Matter, painting by artist Polly Castor

Dark Matter (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. Dilys 3 years ago

    I like the Dark Matter.

    Apparently scientists only know what a very small percentage of the universe consists of! Interesting! Maybe that’s because we can’t “know” it with our five senses!

  2. Sue Krevitt 3 years ago

    Dark is my fave….lots going on there… bursts n atoms and bubbles… oh my!

    First one is fun, of course!

    Interesting book you’re listening to… affects the paintings, no doubt. Eager for the review…

    Such the blessing you are! 😄💞

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