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It's a Sunny Day

Patricia Prendergast
Ugallery 5345194872 UGallery

Pastel artwork on Sanded pastel paper New

Finished white edges


Signed on back


9" h x 12" w x .25" d |0 lbs. 2 oz.

In stock $375



A tranquil scene from a stretch on the American River in Sacramento, California. Artist Patricia Prendergast painted this piece by enlarging a smaller plein air painting. "When I got home, I reworked the composition a bit and then blocked in the major shapes with pastels," shares Patricia. She continues her process by soaking the pastels with rubbing alcohol, making sure for drips to form to create texture. "Once it was dry, I added layers of pastels while trying to allow some of the underpainting to show through." Patricia suggests framing the painting under glass.

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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