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...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Yellow Brick Road

yellow brick road abstract pastel drawing painting artist janine aykens
"Yellow Brick Road" Pastel 7" x 5"

Small, non-objective abstract in pastel.

I have framed this piece and offer it for sale at my Etsy shop, please take a look!

Monday, August 18, 2014


storefronts original abstract urban landscape pastel drawing painting janine aykens
"Storefronts" Pastel 8" x 4"

A small, abstracted urban landscape in pastel.  A non-objective start with some geometric shapes, it began to suggest buildings...

You may purchase the original artwork from my Etsy shop.  The piece is matted to a standard 14" x 11" for easy framing!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Both

the both original abstract pastel painting drawing artist janine aykens
"The Both" Pastel 6" x 4"

Small abstract in pastel...began as a non-objective piece and started to suggest two pieces of fruit...Granny Smith apples, perhaps?  Composition rules say that odd numbers look better, but I think two is just right.

As far as the title, since I'm a fan of the collaboration of Aimee Mann and Ted Leo, also I may or may not have heard their song "Milwaukee" during the creation of this piece, I figured it was apt.

You may purchase the original artwork, matted and ready to pop into any standard 8" x 10" frame.  Find it at my Etsy shop!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Still Life with Tulips (Orange and Blue)

still life tulips orange blue original pastel drawing painting contemporary floral artist janine aykens
"Still Life with Tulips (Orange and Blue)" Pastel 6" x 6"

This small, contemporary still life was created with soft pastel on Ampersand Aquabord, a panel made for working in watercolor.  (That is the brand name, hence the misspelling of "board.")  I thought the textured surface might work well for pastel, and I was not disappointed.  I do love working on my homemade surfaces, but sometimes it's nice to change things up...

The original pastel painting is available at my Etsy shop, matted and ready to pop into a standard 11" x 14" frame.  You can also find it there in a giclee reproduction print version.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Red Fields

red fields original abstract pastel drawing painting artist janine aykens
"Red Fields" Pastel 8" x 4"

Considering how difficult is is to accurately capture the reds and oranges in pieces like this and Abstract in Red and Orange, you'd think I'd move away from using those palettes...

This original abstract in pastel is available for purchase at My Etsy shop.  It is conveniently matted to fit a standard 14" x 11" frame: no fuss, no muss!