Monday, October 20, 2014


daisies contemporary floral still life pastel artist janine aykens
"Daisies" Pastel 4" x 8"
A small, contemporary floral in pastel on primed foam core.  This piece was drawn from life, if you can believe that!  Yes, clearly I had my way with it...

The original is available for purchase from my Etsy shop.  It is conveniently matted to 11" x 14", so all you need to do is pop it into a standard frame and it's ready to display!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Tulips and Tumbler

tulips and tumbler pastel drawing painting contemporary floral still life artist janine aykens
"Tulips and Tumbler" Pastel 4" x 6"

Small, contemporary still life in pastel, featuring a vase of flowers next to a tumbler.  The glassware, not the gynmast...

I've framed this piece in a find from the thrift store, and I offer it for sale at my Etsy shop.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Little Pink House

little pink house original abstract drawing painting artist janine aykens
"Little Pink House" Pastel 5" x 3"

This little abstract piece began as a sort of monoprint.  I was working on another piece and got a little overzealous on the fixative, so I figured I'd soak up some of it with a primed bit of foam core...the resulting stain inspired this piece.

The original art may be purchased at my Etsy shop, all matted and ready to frame!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


askew geometric abstract pastel drawing painting artist janine aykens
"Askew" Pastel 5" x 5"

A small, original abstract work in pastel...all about geometry, though a bit askew...

The original artwork is available at my Etsy shop, matted and ready for a standard 8" x 10" frame.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


smokestacks original abstract pastel drawing painting artist janine aykens
"Smokestacks" Pastel 8" x 4"

Small abstract urban landscape in pastel.  Working with a very limited, neutral palette...the suggestion of smoke or maybe fog inspired the title.

The original artwork is available at my Etsy shop, matted to fit a standard 14" x 11" frame.  Just pop it in a frame and hang; easy-peasy!

Monday, September 8, 2014


totem original abstract non-objective pastel drawing painting artist janine aykens
"Totem" Pastel 11" x 17"

An original, non-objective/abstract pastel on paper.  The paper I used is designed for use with oil paints, actually, but I thought it offered a nice, subtle texture for pastel.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Mixed Messages

mixed messages abstract graphite black white pencil drawing artist janine aykens
"Mixed Messages" Pencil 16" x 10"

Abstract black and white drawing in pencil.  Some areas were treated with a bit of alcohol wash, some were crosshatched...inspiring the title.

The original is available via Saatchi Art, where you can also order prints on demand.  They also have a really cool feature where you can see how the art would look in a room...