Thursday, September 6, 2012

New Silk Paintings by Astrid Paustian



Details of some of my new silk paintings and scarves. On view at my studio and  on Friday, September 7th, 6-9 PM, during NoBo Art Walk, at Carol Silks Studio, 4593 N. Broadway, Suite 101B, across the street from Amante's in North Boulder.
I will be offering silk painting instructions for beginning silk painters. Paint your own small silk painting or scarf for $25. For more information about NoBo Art Walk and participating artists, please go to www.firstfridayboulder.comwww.
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Monday, July 30, 2012

"Bird of Paradise #4" by Astrid Paustian

                                            Oil on Gessobord, 8" x 10", $275.-
I was remembering our Kauai vacation last year while painting this Bird of Paradise blossom 3 days ago.
My husband and I had such a wonderful time on the beautiful Hawaiian island! We came home with many great memories and reference photos.
To view more of my paintings, please click here to visit my web site, or here to visit my painting blog.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

"Wild Rose" by Astrid Paustian

                                               Oil on Gessobord, 5" x 7", $125.-
Small flower and bird studies are a wonderful way for me to relax and meditate. I usually work from my own photographs. This one was taken during the early summer in out beautiful Xeric garden. The roses bloomed in gorgeous shades of yellow, orange and red, and they are relatively drought tolerant. This dry summer everything has been needing a little extra water, of course.
To view more of my paintings, please click here to visit my web site.

Monday, July 16, 2012

"Aspen Colors" by Astrid Paustian

                                             Oil on Gessobord,  5" x 7", $ 125.-
Before starting larger paintings, and sometimes just to loosen up, I like to do small color studies of subjects.  Going through my photos from last fall, I found this little Aspen Grove with the unusual bright orange hues in the trees. The hot temperatures of the last 2 months make me look forward to the crisp, cool Autumn days.
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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Silk Scarves by Astrid Paustian

Silk Scarves, details. I have been busy painting on silk as well as oil and pastel  during the past 4 months.
I must admit that silk painting holds the most appeal and excitement at the moment. It is such a  fast and colorful technique! Today I started taking photographs to market some of the over 50 scarves I have painted so far. Stay tuned for more information to be posted on my web site.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

"Young Gold Finch Study" by Astrid Paustian

Oil on board, detail of a large commissioned painting in progress.
I have been busy with many projects, a large commission of a bird and sunflower painting, among others.
This detail shows one of the juvenile Gold finches, the colors in his plumage not quite developed enough to tell if it is a male or female.
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Friday, June 8, 2012

"Orange Poppy 2012" by Astrid Paustian


Oil on Gessobord, 8" x 10", $ 275.-
This painting has quite a range of reds and oranges that the camera was not able to capture completely.
I had a lot of fun painting the poppy last weekend while working the front desk at the Art Center of Estes Park.
Poppies, like everything else in our garden, were in a real hurry to bloom during this hot and dry spring. So happy we've been getting some late day thundershowers recently.
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Thursday, May 3, 2012

East Boulder County Artists Studio Tour

I am happy to be participating in the East Boulder County Studio Tour the next 2 weekends, May 5-6 and May 12-13, 2012, 11-5PM. Please visit Katy Diver, Carol Garnand, Nancy Volpe, Barbara Kornfeld, and myself at Katy Diver's studio at 1286 6th Ave. in Longmont. For a complete listing of participating studios, and to download a map, click here to visit the EBCA web site.
"Poppy Ballet" by Astrid Paustian, oil, 12" x 12". www.astridpaustian.com

Thursday, April 19, 2012

"Gold Finch Study" by Astrid Paustian

Oil on Gessobord, 8" x 8", $175.-
A small Gold Finch painting in preparation for a larger commissioned piece.
I took the reference photo for this painting last August in our Sunflower patch. The Gold Finches visit every August in large flocks to feast and to teach their young ones how to pick the seeds while perching on top of the large flowers. It is quite a spectacle.
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Friday, March 23, 2012

"Sunset Meditation" by Astrid Paustian

Pastel, 15" x 19", matted and framed to 20" x 24".
Sold this week to a good home! I am so happy, it has been one of my favorite sky paintings, featuring one of the breathtaking Colorado sunsets, seen just outside our front door. Meanwhile I also finished and shipped a large commissioned painting to Florida 2 days ago. To view more of my paintings, please click here to visit my web site.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

"Trail Ridge Crow" by Astrid Paustian

Oil on canvas, 10" x 8", $325.-
Two of my bird paintings have been selected to participate in the "Capistrano Returns" show at Rabid Rabits Galeria in Longmont.
This beautiful show features an eclectic selection of bird art and runs through April 28th. Opening reception is today, from 10-3, 530 Kimbark Street, 1 block east of Main Street in Longmont.
Click here to check out the gallery web site, or here to see my web site.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

"Chick #8" by Astrid Paustian

Oil on Gessobord., 5" x 5", $110.-
I love chicks and birds in general. Nothing says Spring more than chicks and baby birds. They are beautiful and full of personality, even when they are just 2 days old, like this little one, when I took the photo. Our friends Michelle and Tim had just gotten an order of 30 chicks in the mail to start their little family farm, and I was happy to be invited to photograph them.
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Sunday, March 4, 2012

"Pink Lotus" by Astrid Paustian

Oil on gessobord, 12" x 12", $375.-
A recent oil painting that is now hanging at the Art Center of Estes Park.Click here to visit the Art Center web site.
I am currently working on a larger, 30" x 30" version of this painting, after finishing a 36" x 36" hibiscus painting for a client( not yet photographed).
I continue to enjoy painting tropical flowers during this long, cold and windy Colorado winter, happily remembering our vacation on Kauai last April, where the reference photos were taken.
To view more of my paintings, please click here to visit my web site.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

"Hello There!"

Oil on panel, 6" x 6", $125.-
A large flock of sparrows returned to our yard a couple of weeks ago. I can hear their happy chatter most mornings, a sure sign that spring is just around the corner!
I enjoyed working on a large commission during the past 4 weeks. Now I am glad to be able to work on some smaller, more spontaneous, paintings and studies again.
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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

"White Orchids on Blue" by Astrid Paustian

Oil on Gessobord, 12" x 12", $375.-
One more Orchid painting before turning my attention to other subjects.
Tomorrow I will begin work on a commissioned painting of a large Hibiscus flower.
What fun to paint tropical flowers in the middle of winter. It warms my heart!
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Monday, January 23, 2012

"White Orchids #2" by Astrid Paustian

Oil on Canvas, 12" x 12", $375.-
Another one of my new orchid paintings. What gorgeous flowers! I am preparing some orchid paintings for our next show at the Art Center of Estes Park in February and March. I bought this plant at a local supermarket 3 months ago and it has been a great joy to observe and paint during these winter months.
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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Art Opening Tonight

Tonight is the Opening Reception for our 3 person show at the Open Arts Gallery at Rembrandt Yard in Boulder. Rembrandt Yard is located at 1301 Spruce Street in Downtown Boulder, across the street from the Hotel Boulderado. The reception is from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, and it is free. There will be many beautiful paintings and photographs, see below. Hope to see you there! Astrid www.astridpaustian.com
Windswept, pastel, 19" x 23", framed to 22" x 28", at Open Arts Gallery, see above.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

"Red Onion" by Astrid Paustian

Oil on Gessobord, 8" x 8", $ 150.-
Brushing up on some painting skills. I am taking still life painting classes with Colorado painter Jake Gaedtke since December, and it is a lot of fun. Jake is a gifted artist and teacher, who generously shares his knowledge and experience with his students. Painting from life is an invaluable learning experience. It is honest, direct, and requires close observation. I hope the experience gained painting these little objects will reflect in my larger works.
To view more of my paintings, please visit my web site or my painting blog.