Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Patchwork II

Patchwork II original abstract pastel drawing painting artist janine aykens
"Patchwork II" Pastel 6" x 5"

Another small abstract in pastel.  A little more organic, perhaps, than the last Patchwork piece, and a subtler palette.  Starting to suggest trees, maybe something in the birch or poplar family, with the splashes of white...

This one-of-a-kind, original artwork is available for purchase at my Etsy shop. Thanks for looking!

Monday, July 28, 2014


Patchwork original abstract pastel drawing painting artist janine aykens
"Patchwork" Pastel 4" x 6"

Small abstract in pastel, all about geometry.  The palette is a little all over the place, but I like how it came together nonetheless.

I've popped this piece in a thrift store frame and offered it for sale at my Etsy shop; I'd be thrilled if you'd take a look.  Thanks in advance!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

White Flowers

white flowers contemporary floral still life pastel drawing painting artist janine aykens
"White Flowers" Pastel 4" x 6"

A small, contemporary floral/still life pastel on Sennelier LaCarte.  

This piece was 100% completed in one day, from creation to framing to posting for sale at my Etsy shop.  I felt so productive!  It might have something to do with the small size, but I'm sure Jedi Master Yoda would disagree...

Monday, July 21, 2014


fields original hand drawn pastel painting drawing artist janine aykens
"Fields" Pastel 6" x 4"
Small abstract landscape in pastel...thinking about farm fields seen either from a distance on the ground, or perhaps from an airplane.  Who doesn't love that?

This piece started out with a layer of reds, over which I added greens and blues...I like the areas where the red is still peeking through and sets off the compliments.

The original artwork is now available for purchase via my Etsy shop.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Abstract in Blue and Brown

abstract blue brown original hand drawn pastel drawing painting artist janine aykens
"Abstract in Blue and Brown" Pastel 8" x 4"
Small abstract work in pastel, complimentary blues and browns, with just a little purple thrown in for fun.  Playing with geometric forms, and some interesting effects from the under-painting.  By "under-painting" I mean a layer of pastel that was sprayed heavily with fixative and allowed to run.

You can purchase the original artwork at my Etsy shop; thanks in advance for checking it out and spreading the word!

Monday, July 14, 2014


meadow abstract pastel artwork janine aykens
"Meadow" Pastel
This piece has been lingering in a drawer for a while, one of my very first forays into abstract work, inspired by the colors I found in a pile of pastel dust sitting below my easel.  I sprayed a scrap of black pastel paper (Canson Mi-Tientes, to be exact), with fixative, then pressed it onto the pile of dust to make a sort of monoprint.  After tweaking some of the values and shapes, it became this abstract landscape.

Thursday, July 10, 2014


hacienda abstract pastel art janine aykens
"Hacienda" Pastel
Abstract pastel on paper, using a "hot," southwest-inspired palette.