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Evening Light: Pastel and Painting by Michael Gaudreau

A painting of a trail of footprints in the snowCold Frosty Morning - Marcy Field, oil

Michael Gaudreau is an artist currently living in Bel Air, Maryland. Creating landscape artworks that seek to replicate delicate, early morning and evening light, Michael spends much of his time outdoors in Bel Air in the Adirondack mountain range of New York.


A painting of early morning light breaking over a pondDawn on Chapel Pond, pastel

Working frequently in pastel, Michael does a great job of capturing the particular type of lighting that he seeks. The medium works well for creating images that have a slightly softened, impressionist appearance. Many of Michael’s landscapes show trees and forests in an autumnal state, which I find works beautifully with the dramatic lighting – pops of orange and yellow foliage emerge from darkened, almost muddy foregrounds to create very dynamic images.


A screen capture of Michael Gaudreau's art websiteThe front page of Michael's portfolio website


Michael doesn’t only paint nature – his portfolio also includes numerous human figures and man-made structures like buildings and cars. Some of his most recent works include a pastel rendering of a fire truck. It’s great to see the technical differences between Michael’s drawing of a smooth, metallic surface and softer, feathered tree leaves and water.  


A pastel drawing of an antique fire truckBig Red

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Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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