Two New Non-Objective Paintings in Pastel

Two New Non-Objective Paintings in Pastel
Coming Into Your Power (pastel) by Polly Castor Coming Into Your Power (pastel) by Polly Castor

I have tried alcohol washes in landscape and plein air work and I do not like the results, preferring stronger, clearer mark-making. But I wanted to try it in abstract work because I thought the contrast between sharper edges and the softer ones created by the wash might be effective.

As I tried it with these two, I really liked the result. I also painted here directly into the wet alcohol wash for the most direct contrast. This is exciting, partly because you can’t know exactly what you have until it is dried; you have to trust the logic and process of the unfoldment instead, which creates an immediacy to these that I love.

These are both 9″x12″ and are done in pastel on dark (above) and light (below)  UART paper respectively. These are my two new favorite images for things offered my merchandise shop. A phone cover or puzzle anyone?

Coming into Your Power:

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Nervous Energy:

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What do you think? Which one do you like better?

Nervous Energy , painting in pastel, by Polly Castor Nervous Energy (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.

2 Comments

  1. John+gregory 5 months ago

    Thank you. Your colors are always so vibrant.

    My first thoughts;

    First piece….”trouble with the air mattress”

    Second piece..,” The coming of GOD’

    My mind at work. Keep up your good work!

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      Polly Castor 5 months ago

      This made me laugh out loud!

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