Our featured artist for today, Edy Stoughton, is an artist from northern Michigan who paints pastel scenes of the local landscape, sometimes using a plein air approach. These plein air pastels capture all seasons of the countryside that Edy lives in, finding beauty in each different scene.
Pastels are something of a less common fine art medium, but Edy uses them masterfully. She captures subdued colours of snowy landscapes, as well as brighter highlights and shadows in her drawings of man-made subjects such as buildings. I like the way Edy combines blending techniques with visible drawn lines, particularly in her trees, where the strokes of pastel colour become the bark or individual branches.
Edy’s drawings capture a pure love for the environment in which resides, as well as a love for capturing it through her favourite artistic medium. You can even send Edy an email through her website – www.northerndunesart.com – and ask to have her capture a memory of your own in pastel.