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Third in my series of Black Paper Pastels is an example of what artists, cinematographers and photographers call the Golden Hour. The late afternoon sun is warm, and the side illumination picks out shapes not usually seen. A mundane and ordinary setting may thus be transcended by this effect. I came upon this particular scene while walking in the old and picturesque village of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, on Montreal’s West Island. Glowing shapes have emerged from the deep but colorful shadows; I find that my black paper is a real help in capturing this effect.

Starting out on black paper means my colors can only go up the value scale. Pastels are made from rich and vibrant pigments which I've stroked joyfully over the contours and shapes of this 7" by 5" painting.

This is an original painting, NOT a print. I believe that original art should be affordable. Art is not a luxury, but a necessity. It has the power to make us feel better about our world and ourselves, and what is more important than that?

To read more about this painting, the ongoing series of Black Pastel Paper Paintings, my other artwork, and my creative process, please visit my blog, http://donnakazo.wordpress.com, and my website, www.donnamcvicarkazo.com.

This double-matted painting has a 5” x 7” opening, sized to fit in a readily-available 8” x 10” frame. I’ve custom-cut a raised mat to add vertical dimension, and to help protect the painting from being touched.

I do not believe in using fixative, so this original pastel will smear if the surface is touched. Pastel pigment is made up of microscopic crystals, which give it that unique rich appearance. Spraying fixative spoils a pastel painting by flattening the crystalline structure and darkening the painting.

I wrap these little gems in plastic and all you have to do to frame them is remove the plastic and pop them into the frame. Just make sure the frame’s “rabbet” is deep enough to accommodate the whole “sandwich” of glass, raised mat, and backing, and you are good to go! I have framed my clients’ paintings for over thirty years, and want you to be utterly satisfied. Convo me with any questions.

Although I’ve matted these paintings to suit them, if you want to change to a different mat, please convo me. I may soon be offering my original paintings on Etsy already framed, using shatter-resistant acrylic glazing, so keep checking back!

I've also included a photo of this painting in a typical 10" by 8" tabletop frame, to give you an idea of how nicely it will fit into your own homescape. (Frame not included.) The photo was taken without the glass in the frame so as to avoid distracting reflections.

Every computer monitor displays colors differently; rest assured, the colors of my Black Paper Pastels are rich and vibrant, and look even better in person!

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Lightstruck House Original Pastel Painting


  • Materials: paper, pastel pigment, matboard, framing tape, archival glue
  • Only ships within United States.
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