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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"
2020
Soft Pastel on Sennelier pastel board
Framed, 11" x 14"
$2,000 + taxes and s/h

Original painting available at

The Corner Art Gallery

on the Plaza in Las Vegas, NM

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