Yellow rose pastel painting

Yellow Rose with Leaf Shadows
5 x 7 inches
pastel on board

On the occasions that I paint in pastel, I mostly do landscapes. But I thought it would be an interesting experience to do a study of a rose using that medium. In retrospect, it might have been a little easier if I had worked larger, but I was mostly just having a good time, experimenting and keeping a loose feeling while enjoying the patterns and complementary colors. I used both hard and soft pastels in this, working my way from the Rembrandts and Holbeins to the Senneliers and Unisons.

The rose is an old rose in the Descanso Gardens Rosarium.

The Sunday show in Malibu was a really fun event. Not only did one of my landscapes (a pastel) go home with a new collector, but I had the pleasure of meeting a lot of new people who expressed interest in seeing more of my work, something very nice to look forward to.


  1. Leslie Saeta
    March 30, 2009

    Congrats on a great painting and a great show! Glad you sold one to a new collector and made some new fans. That is wonderful news!

  2. Orange
    May 25, 2010

    These painting are wonderful. I hope you’re selling some in Laguna Beach.

  3. Rob
    May 27, 2010

    this is a very nice painting i love to use pastels this is a great example of well executed pastel work.

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