Katahdin Bark with Lichen and Moss (Large New Plein Air Pastel)

Katahdin Bark with Lichen and Moss (Large New Plein Air Pastel)
Katahdin Bark with Lichen and Moss (large plein air pastel) by Polly Castor

Katahdin Bark with Lichen and Moss (pastel) by Polly Castor

This 18″x24″ pastel painting was painted in plein air. I was fascinated with the abstract quality of all this this texture on the tree bark, and I painted it larger than life to draw attention to what is too often overlooked or ignored. It was blissful to focus so closely on a small thing.

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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

    I used lichen as bushes in my my prehistoric landscape created on a table (turned sand box) in Mr Walker’s 5 th grade class at Elm Grove Elementary School, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. TMI?

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      Polly Castor 3 years ago

      My 5th grade diorama was encircled covered wagons in the Rocky Mountains. The teacher (Mrs.Pitts) loved it so much she kept it in her classroom for a decade until she retired.

  2. Sue Krevitt 3 years ago

    I like lichen, too.

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