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A Penny For Your Thoughts

Patricia Prendergast
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11" h x 14" w |0 lbs. 2 oz.

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Quiet morning on a Northern California river. A heron basks in the warm sunlight. "After I determined my composition in a thumbnail sketch, I blocked in the major dark and light shapes with a hard pastel," explains artist Patricia Prendergast. "Then I brushed on isopropyl alcohol to liquify the pastel to establish an underpainting. I loosely applied many layers of pastels for the vegetation and water, leaving the finer details for the heron."

Patricia Prendergast

Sacramento, California

Patricia Prendergast is known for her series of pastel impressionist drawings of Sacramento and the natural landscapes of California. Patricia spends hours walking alongside the river near her home, studying the light and colors and collecting source photos. She paints en plein air on her walks and also works from her home studio which opens onto a patio allowing the nature in. After retiring from her first career as a computer programmer, Patricia reflects how her craft has changed her perspective, “everything is more vivid - the beauty of light and shadow in the trees, the subtlety of the color of clouds, the sparkle and reflections in water.” To achieve her technique, Patricia may use a watercolor underpainting that is slightly visible in the final works, and she applies soft pastels to the sanded surface for an atmospheric effect. For a finishing touch, she may create 'splatters' of pastel dust by shaving the pastel onto the paper. Her landscape series is tied together with a Romantic mauve undertone and a haziness that suggest these pastels are just one moment in a larger natural rhythm. Her work as been exhibited in solo shows around California.

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