Bird Flowers

Bird Flowers
"Bird Flowers" Pastel 30" x 40" $4,200.00 Available in my studio

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

More Pastels


"Prairie Glory"

There is nothing like the drama of Texas skies.
This one is over the prairie country of the Panhandle.
Late dusk. The final triumphant shout.
Pastel is particularly effective at capturing
these subtle nuances of light.
This painting has sold but sunsets are a continuing theme. 
Contact me to view more paintings like this in my studio.

"The Cartoonist"
28" x 28"
My great-nephew Kolby, working on his cartoon book,
Alien Invadors, on a rainy summer afternoon. I love the toe,
and the bright red reflection of his ear.
It's all about the light!
This painting is on view in my studio.

"Collected Things"
30" x 24"
Unusual items collected on a window ledge in my studio.
Each afternoon in winter I waited for the shadows. This
image came to life in bits and pieces, adding and taking away
elements, but always preserving the rhythm of the composition.
I had the most fun painting the cicada at the bottom, trying to
get its wings to look transparent. 
This painting is for sale in my studio.
Hi Friends,

I am just starting to build my Blog. I am a novice at this and since I am on "dial-up" it takes those hamsters inside my computer a very long time to make anything happen. Ha! I am hoping to have things going so I can post new ideas and events in my studio in a quicker way than on my website:  kathleencook.com.

Pictured is one of my latest pastel paintings,"BirdFlowers". An example of the rich beauty of the pastel medium. Pastel can be worked very large and very small. Famous for its rich, vibrant color, pastel has been my favorite medium for a long time. I love to paint complicated fabrics and textures, so these iridescent peacock feathers and the paisley drapery were wonderful subjects. I guess this love comes from those years spent as a fashion illustrator long ago.

This painting is available at my studio and you can also visit my art at martastaffordfineart.com. This lovely gallery is hosted by Marta Stafford. She is welcoming, informed and makes every visitor feel special. Worth the drive. About an hour from Austin, 1-1/2 hrs from Fredericksburg on Hwy 281.