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New Mexico New Home

Pastel painting

This was my first painting on my own (no guidance from my teacher and mentor Nancy Lucas-Williams). My husband and I were living in New Mexico and it was the holidays. I wanted to find something in nature that was specific to that time of the year. In our backyard there is a juniper tree and it was loaded down with tiny blue juniper berries. I cut off a couple of twigs and put them in a vase I found at a local thrift store. 


The vase is gold which I thought looked very holiday-ish. And I had fun painting all the light and shadow reflected in its shiny surface. 


For the background I used a black cloth and positioned a single light above so that there were interesting shadows cast. In fact, those shadows were my favorite part! 

"New Mexico, New Home"
Soft Pastel on Sennelier pastel board
Framed, 11" x 14"
$2,000 + taxes and s/h

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