For this painting, Patricia Prendergast wanted to share her spectacular northern California vantage point - where one can see the dry grasses at their feet, the cumulus clouds floating overhead, and a farm and the hills behind it in the far distance. "I blocked in the sky and clouds with warm pastel colors that were washed in with water to make a permanent underpainting that could take layers of progressively lighter pastels," says Patricia. "This gives the sky and clouds a touch of luminosity and shimmer. The warm details in the foreground create the depth for the cools of the far valley."

- Patricia Prendergast

Clouds over the Valley

Pastel artwork on paper

Ready to frame

Signed on back

11" h x 14" w 
0 lbs. 2 oz.



Patricia Prendergast
Sacramento, California

Getting to Know Patricia

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.