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Susan Klinger

Winter Light


Soft Pastel


  • 3 x 6 each half of diptych, offset matting, 7.25 x 7 inches overall image
    Framed to 12.5 x 12 inches
    Warm dark brown wood, black sides

The first time I worked in pastel, I was intrigued by the direct application of pigment to the surface. Realism has always been my primary focus, yet pastel allows me to be expressive and bold in my use of color. I enjoy the challenge of manipulating color and value to create the illusion of reality on the two-dimensional surface. I enjoy painting many different subjects, with a special interest in reflections, whether on glass or water. Light, whether its creation of beautiful skies, or how it touches an object to define its form, or the unexpected shadow pattern it creates is also a favorite subject.

“Winter Light” was a case of being in the right place at the right time. There was a gray winter sky. Just before the sun went down, there was a break in the clouds behind me lighting up the trees in front of me as if they were on fire. The orange light on the trees against the dark blue gray sky & blanket of snow was breathtaking! It lasted only a moment. That night I did my best to capture the essence of what I had seen. The offset diptych is a design strategy I enjoy with some of my more abstract pieces.

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