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.

Monday, July 7, 2014


winged abstract pastel drawing artist janine aykens
"Winged" Pastel 6" x 6"
A small, abstract piece in pastel on a heavily textured surface.  I started to see wings forming, and maybe even a Phoenix...?

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Tree Line

tree line abstract non objective landscape charcoal pastel drawing artist janine aykens
"Tree Line" Charcoal and Pastel 5" x 3.5"
An abstracted landscape piece that began as a non-objective drawing...took some fussing and fighting to get this one to develop.  Very limited palette for this piece...

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Pale Flowers in Pot

pale flowers in pot contemporary still life pastel drawing artist janine aykens
"Pale Flowers in Pot" Pastel 4" x 6"
Small, contemporary still life in pastel.  This one come together very quickly; I did not have a specific subject or reference in mind, rather just some random scribbles of charcoal and my imagination.  I just love when a piece sort of draws/paints itself!