Saturday, December 31, 2011

"Winter Willows" by Astrid Paustian

Pastel, 11" x 15", sold. Available as limited edition print, $75.-
One of my favorite winter paintings, done from a photo taken near Granby, Colorado.
I love this area of Colorado and the beautiful red Willow bushes along the creeks in the winter.
It was a lot of fun to paint the contrast between the red Willow bushes, the blue of the thawing creek and the many nuances of white in the snow. The pastel strokes were layered over a bright orange background, which still shows through the shrubs.
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Thursday, December 29, 2011

"Spread Your Wings And Fly" by Astrid Paustian

Oil on canvas 24" x 24", sold.
Spread Your Wings, detail.
Home for the Holidays! The buyer brought this painting over today to be varnished.
It had been sold fresh off the easel during last year's Open Studios. I did not even have a photo of it. I like it. This is a different, looser approach than most of my paintings. It is nice to have it home for a couple of days.
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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

"Orchids #4" by Astrid Paustian

Oil on Gessobord, 5" x 7", $125.-
It seems that I just can't get enough of these orchid paintings. My beautiful white orchid plant seems to be enjoying the attention and put out new buds during the past week. Many of my orchid and bird paintings can be seen at the Canyon Gallery of the Boulder Public Library during the Boulder Solstice Holiday Exhibit and Sale. Please see the flier below. Also, please view my web site for more images and exhibits.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

"Steller's Jay #2" by Astrid Paustian

Oil on Gessobord, 10" x 8", $ 275.-
Another bird painting for the upcoming "Solstice Holiday Show" at the Boulder Public Library, opening next weekend at the Canyon Gallery. Thank you again to Cal and Cheryl Whitehall for the beautiful reference photo.
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Friday, November 25, 2011

"Steller's Jay" by Astrid Paustian

Oil on Gessobord, 7" x 5", $ 150.-
I have had fun painting birds and flowers this past week in preparation for 2 upcoming shows. Thank you to my friends Cal and Cheryl Whitehall for letting me use the photograph of this beautiful bird!
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Thursday, November 17, 2011

"Lotus Flower" by Astrid Paustian

Oil on Gessobord, 5" x 7", $125.-
I took the reference photo of this Lotus last spring while on vacation in Kauai.
We were visiting the beautiful Allerton Botanical Gardens. The plants and flowers were amazing! It is fun to look through the photos on this chilly morning.
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

"Orchids" by Astrid Paustian

Oil on canvas panel, 8" x 8", $175.-
Another orchid study in preparation for a large tropical flower commission.
What fun to do "research" purchasing one of these beautiful plants, observing and painting it from different angles. I wonder if maybe a trip to a tropical destination would be in order to do further research...
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Thursday, November 10, 2011

"Orchid #2" by Astrid Paustian

Oil on Gessobord, 5" x 7", $ 125.-
I bought this orchid at the grocery store last week to prepare for a tropical flower painting. It was a wonderful way to escape the cold and snowy weather. I am learning a lot about these flowers while working on small studies and could not be enjoying it more.
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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

"Hibiscus #2" by Astrid Paustian

Oil on Gessobord, 6" x 6", $95.-
Relaxing with some tropical flower studies while preparing for 3 holiday shows and another one to follow in 3 weeks. It is a special treat to paint tropical flowers and look through reference materials from exotic destinations while the weather has turned quite cold and wintry outside here in Colorado.
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Monday, October 31, 2011

"Hibiscus" by Astrid Paustian

Oil on panel, 8" x 8", $ 175.-
I was painting Hibiscus last week in preparation for a large tropical flower painting.
I found it a little difficult without any live plants to observe or photograph, instead relying on friends to forward me some of their photos. It was comforting though, to paint tropical plants and remembering our wonderful vacation to Kauai last May, while watching it snow outside.
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

"Aspen Leaves #5" by Astrid Paustian

Oil on gessobord, 5" x 5", $95.-
A few more Aspen leaf studies before they are all gone for the year. This wonderful autumn is coming to an end as the first major snow storm approaches the Colorado Frontrange. Next I'll be warming up with some tropical flower studies for a large commission.
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Thursday, October 20, 2011

"Aspen Leaves #4" by Astrid Paustian

Oil on Gessobord, 5" x 5",$ 95.-
I am taking a breather between some big art shows to paint small, meditative pieces of leaves. I just love the way light reflects and shines through these delicate structures, so colorful during the last autumn days and so brief.
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Sunday, October 16, 2011

"Autumn Pastures #3" by Astrid Paustian

Oil on Canvas, 8" x 10", $175.-
A quick study in oil of one of my favorite places, the pastures of Boulder Valley Ranch in Boulder, Colorado. After a hectic, but fun and rewarding, Open Studios during the past 2 weekends I am ready to enjoy and paint these precious days of autumn.
I just love the warm colors of the trees and grasses, the brilliant Colorado sky, and the intense light that makes everything glow!
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Friday, September 30, 2011

Open Studio Invitation 2011

You are invited to my home/studio during
the annual Boulder Open Studios,
weekends, October 1 & 2 and 8 & 9, noon to 6 PM.
I will be showing many new paintings in oil and pastel.
Astrid Paustian Fine Art
4390 13th Street in North Boulder (S/E corner of Violet Ave. and 13th Street, 1 block east of Broadway)
phone 303-440-3770
website: www.astridpaustian.com

Thursday, September 22, 2011

"Aspen Leaves #3" by Astrid Paustian

Oil on gessobord, 5" x 5", $85.-
A trip to the Maroon Bells last weekend inspired a new series of Aspen and Aspen leave paintings.
What a gorgeous landscape. The Aspen are just starting to turn and promise a spectacular Autumn display.
To view more of my paintings, please visit my web site, or come to my studio during the annual Boulder Open Studios, October 1,2,8,and 9, 12-6 PM. For more information, click here.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

"Last Days of Autumn" by Astrid Paustian

Pastel, 19" x 15", sold.
Autumn. My favorite time of the year. It can be disappointingly short here in Colorado, if we do get an early snow. My hope is that it will be as long and beautiful as the Fall we experienced last year. It just kept going, one beautiful, crisp Autumn day after another. Oh, so much to paint!
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Thursday, September 15, 2011

"Fall is in the Air" by Astrid Paustian

Pastel, 11" x 14", sold. Available as limited edition giclee,
matted to 16" x 20", $75.-
Fall has certainly been in the air these past 2 days, and brought some welcome moisture to Colorado. The Aspen trees are starting to turn in the High Country and we are looking forward to hikes and plein air painting in the cool, crisp air.
Pictured here are cottonwood trees. They grow in the foothills and on the plains of Colorado, and grace many rivers and canyons with their beautiful foliage.
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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

"Sunflower" by Astrid Paustian

Oil on gatorbord, 6" x 6", $125.-
I am painting some small bird and flower studies while working on some large landscapes every day in preparation for the Boulder Open Studios, early October.
Please check out the web site at www.openstudios.org.
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Monday, September 12, 2011

"Longs Peak Sunset" by Astrid Paustian

oil on gessobord, 5" x 7", $125.-
Sunset study from a photograph taken last month from Blake's Auto Salvage Yard in Erie, Colorado. It's the most artsy place. Interesting arrangements of old cars, car parts and very old buses. I took many photos, but omitted the beautiful wrecks from this painting, emphasizing a perfect sunset.
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Friday, September 9, 2011

"Stormclouds over the Sangre de Cristos" by Astrid Paustian

Oil on gessobord, 6" x 6", $125.-
I am currently working on some small studies for larger paintings. This is another version of a reference photo taken near Westcliffe, Colorado. I love this time of the year. Clear, crisp Autumn days with spectacular sunsets and cloudscapes in the afternoon and evening!
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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

"Autumn Path" by Astrid Paustian

Oil on panel, 8" x 10", framed in a simple, elegant, black frame, $225.-
This painting depicts one of my favorite walks, around Wonderland Lake in Boulder.
This large Cottonwood tree is a beautiful sight in Autumn, especially when back lit.
It seems like an old friend, providing shelter from sun and rain, quietly witnessing people and pets walking, children playing, and families growing up in this beautiful place.
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Sunday, September 4, 2011

"Aspen Leaves" by Astrid Paustian

Oil on gallery wrapped canvas, 5" x 5", $85.-. Painting continues around the 2 " deep edges.
September is here and with it we welcome cooler temperatures and the beautiful, changing colors of the Colorado Autumn. This week I will be working on some Aspen studies and other landscapes in preparation for the Boulder Open Studios, the first 2 weekends in October. Click here to check out the website for this wonderful artist studio tour.
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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

"Blue Columbine #3" by Astrid Paustian

Oil on archival board, 5" x 7", $125.-
Blue Columbine #2
Oil on archival board, 5" x 7", $125.-
Blue Columbine #1
Oil on archival board, 6" x 6", $125.-
I just finished the third little painting in my Blue Columbine series, at the top. I like to paint in a series and sometimes arrange the paintings so that they relate to each other. It gives me a chance to explore the subjects a little bit closer and, suddenly, there is a story. This is the story of a wonderful July weekend in Grand County, Colorado. The wildflowers were especially abundant after all the spring rains.
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Monday, August 29, 2011

"Chickadee and Quince" by Astrid Paustian

Oil on archival board, 6" x 6", $125.-
I painted this little chickadee this weekend while working at our gallery, the Art Center of Estes Park. It is always fun to work on a small painting while staffing the gallery. Patrons love to see art in progress, and to learn about the process.
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Friday, August 26, 2011

"Apple A Day" by Astrid Paustian

Oil on archival board, 5" x 5", $75.-
Turning to fruits and vegetables for small studies about light and color. I do like to exaggerate color in some of these paintings, especially in the background, see how far I can push it.
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Thursday, August 25, 2011

"Ghost Ranch Sunrise" by Astrid Paustian

Oil on canvas, matted and framed to 9" x 12", $125.-
A view of Mount Pedernal from Ghost Ranch, New Mexico. Ghost Ranch is one of my very favorite painting destinations. What spectacular scenery and wonderful hospitality!
I won't be able to visit again this September, but plan to return next year.
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

"Endo Valley Aspens" by Astrid Paustian

Oil on gallery wrapped canvas, 10" x 10", Painting continues around the 2" deep edges, $275.-
During this long stretch of very hot days, I am thinking Aspens. I look forward to the beautiful, crisp days of the Colorado Autumn. What a fantastic Autumn we had last year! I hope we'll see another one like that again this year.
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Thursday, August 18, 2011

"Now You See Me" by Astrid Paustian

Oil on linen panel, 8" x 8",$225.-, framed.
Still watching, photographing and painting the goldfinches during their annual visit and feast in our sunflowers. It is a beautiful and fascinating spectacle as the young goldfinches accompany the adults and gradually learn to feed themselves while swaying on top of the large flowers.
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Monday, August 15, 2011

Young Gold Finch" by Astrid Paustian

Oil on archival board, 7" x 5", $125.-
One of the juvenile Goldfinches that are visiting our yard with their parents to feast on the sunflowers. I love to watch the fun as the little Goldfinches learn to balance on the flowers and feed themselves. I am fascinated with the delicate colors of their plumage, sometimes having to guess if they are male or female.
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Friday, August 12, 2011

"NaPali Coast" by Astrid Paustian

Oil on linen panel, 8" x 8", $ 125.-, unframed.
What an amazing vacation we had in Kauai this spring! The landscape was breathtaking. The water was such an incredible blue-green! I hope that I will be able to remember it and do it justice in my paintings. This is a quick study of the NaPali coastline, done from one of the many reference photos we brought back from our trip.
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

"Kauai Rooster Quartet #2" by Astrid Paustian




Kauai Roosters #6,#7,#8,and #9, details, 12" x 12" each, to be mounted on a 30" x 30 canvas.
I have been working on a larger version of my Kauai Rooster Quartet for an upcoming exhibit. Photographing these paintings has been a challenge, so I decided to put them directly on my scanner, which left me with details.
Still having fun with the roosters we encountered during our vacation in Kauai earlier this year!
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Friday, August 5, 2011

"Chickadee with Cherryblossoms" by Astrid Paustian

Oil on archival board,6"x 6", $125.-
I guess it's bird week at my studio! I do love these amazing creatures. I admire their beauty, grace and resilience!
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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

"American Goldfinch" by Astrid Paustian

Oil on archival board, 7" x 5", $125.-
The Goldfinches have returned to our yard for their annual feast on our red sunflowers.
I was lucky enough to get a photo of this little guy yesterday morning, and had to paint him right away. I do enjoy watching these beautiful birds as they perform their acrobatics, swaying on top of the heavy sunflower blossoms to extract the seeds. It takes the young goldfinches a few days to learn this skill, under loud protest, since it is so much easier to be fed by their parents.
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Monday, August 1, 2011

"House Finch" by Astrid Paustian

Oil on archival board, 7" x 5", $95.-
This little guy was sitting in our Ash tree last week. One of many finches that inhabit our yard. The young finches have left their nests and they are learning (under loud protest, directed at their tired parents) to feed themselves. The first Goldfinches are arriving also, to feast on the Sunflowers.
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Friday, July 29, 2011

"Blue Columbine #2" by Astrid Paustian

Oil on archival board, 5" x 7", $95.-
The second painting in the Columbine series painted this week.
I am having fun with close-ups of flowers and birds, before working on some larger paintings this weekend. It is always a joy to have a closer look at the little treasures of our natural world.
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Thursday, July 28, 2011

"Blue Columbine#1" by Astrid Paustian

Oil on board, 6" x 6", $95.-
I have been painting small close-ups of flowers and birds during the past 2 days.
I found this Columbine a few weeks ago near Rocky Mountain National Park, where the wildflowers were especially abundant this year due to the recent rainfall.
It is a great privilege to live in this beautiful area with it's many natural treasures!
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

"Poppy Study in Pastel" by Astrid Paustian

Pastel, 8" x 8", matted and framed to 12" x 12', $175.-
I am painting flowers in pastel and preparing to teach a pastel class through Open Arts in Boulder tonight.
I do enjoy the soft edges and vivid colors this medium provides!
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Monday, July 25, 2011

"Ghost Ranch Burro" by Astrid Paustian

Acrylic, 12" x 9", $ 175.-
I painted this piece from a photo taken at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico.
What a magical place! I have traveled to Ghost Ranch twice now and can't wait to get back there to paint and enjoy the spectacular scenery, it's creatures and the wonderful hospitality.
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Friday, July 22, 2011

"Bird of Paradise #3" by Astrid Paustian

Oil on panel, 6" x 6", $95.-
I am getting ready for a new show at the Art Center of Estes Park, starting in 2 weeks.
This is the third painting of this beautiful plant, found during our recent vacation in Kauai. Also working on larger paintings of my favorite Kauai Roosters. So much to paint, I love it!
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Thursday, July 21, 2011

"Chickadee Pastel Study" by Astrid Paustian

Pastel, 6"x 5", matted and framed to 10" x 8", $95.-
I am exploring different pastel techniques as preparations for teaching a weekly pastel class through Clementine Studios in Boulder. I am enjoying the process.
In this painting I started with a background wash of pastel with rubbing alcohol on UArt paper.
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

"Backlit Tree" by Astrid Paustian

Pastel, 15" x 11", matted and framed to 20" x 16', $275.-
I have been painting trees this week, as part of of the pastel class I am teaching through Clementine Studios in Boulder. What a talented group of students!
It is a lot of fun to share my love of painting and pastels, and I am learning a lot myself.
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Sunday, July 17, 2011

"Enchanted Valley' by Astrid Paustian

Pastel, 13" x 18", matted and framed to 18" x 24", $325.-
I have been painting in pastel again this week, in preparation for a pastel class that I am currently teaching through Clementine Studios in Boulder. We had fun painting clouds this past Tuesday and will explore landscapes with trees next week.
Some step by step demonstrations are in the works and will be posted soon!
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Sunday, July 10, 2011

"Freya" by Astrid Paustian

Oil on canvas panel, 6" x 6", sold.
I painted the portrait of this little cat about 2 months ago and sold it during an outdoor art fair yesterday. I enjoy painting pet portraits, always starting with the eyes and trying to capture the individual personalities.
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