Curiosity is painted with Pastel Pencils on Pastelmat, it is matted and framed in a black studio frame measuring 11×14 inches. The colors are lovingly layered with increasingly lighter hues to produce the feeling of depth and highlights in the piece. When needed, some hard edges are blended to appear softer and others are outlined in black ink to have them stand out from the rest of the piece.
Something has made a sound outside this old farm’s ruin. A shy and beautiful Barn Owl peeks out of her safe haven to see what is going on. Her deep, dark eyes searching for a sign of life. I wanted this piece to remind the viewer of an older style of painting, the strokes of my pencils imitating the brush strokes in an oil painting. Her face is highlighted in a way to play on the softness of her feathers, the shadow of the doorway reflected on one side as she peers out. The beams are warm and weathered while the stones show wear and hardness. This piece has an abundance of different textures that I felt were important to showcase.
I come from a family of artists. My Great Grandmother was a successful artist who had her work showcased in Boston in the early 30’s. She has left her legacy to most of her descendants with just about all her grandchildren having some degree of artistic abilities. Whether it be with painting, photography or textile art, we certainly all seem driven to put our mark on the world, small as it may be.
I was born in Toronto but moved to the Maritimes when I was a child. Living in rural New Brunswick for the bulk of my life has encouraged my creative instincts. For as long as I can remember, I have been drawing, painting and creating. With family and career taking up the majority of my time and energy I hadn’t been able to focus on my art as a ‘real thing’ until after I retired and most of the children had fled from the nest. That was in February 2021.
I am extremely fortunate to be able to dedicate myself to my art now full time. I am constantly learning and challenging myself to improve. However, when I discovered Pastel Pencils, something clicked and I haven’t looked back. I currently sell commissioned pet portraits as my bread and butter and paint wildlife portraits with every available free moment. I strive for realism but also want to make sure my work is identifiable as a painting. It gives me great joy to be able to bring life to a blank page.
In the past year, I have illustrated for a children’s book. In addition, I am currently in the process of publishing my own book highlighted with my illustrations. If all goes well, it will be in publication this fall. I have donated pieces to the local animal shelter and to our local Ukrainian group in neighboring Saint John, NB to help raise funds. You can check out my work on my Facebook page Animal Portraits by Carol. I am working on setting up my own tiny gallery in a shop in my home, but I would love to see my work on display in a professional gallery at some point.
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