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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Thursday, July 7, 2011

"Cosmos #2" by Astrid Paustian

Pastel on Wallis Paper, 9.25" x 7.75", matted and framed to 14" x 11", $150.-
Bringing out the pastels for some fun and play. I did the underpainting with some dark Terry Ludwig purples and some light blues and pinks to break it up a little, then washed the whole thing down with some rubbing alcohol. The cosmos where loosely painted on top.
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Saturday, July 2, 2011

"Poppy Ballet" by Astrid Paustian

Oil on board, mounted and framed to 12" x 12", $375.-
I recently put all of these little painting together in one frame, and I like the look. Still having fun with these little Icelandic Poppies, which are blooming now and gracefully sway in the breeze, reminding me of ballerinas in a ballet.
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