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Jenny Willigrod Pastel Artist

All of my pieces are created with chalk pastels on black paper. Pastels are a great medium for my work for they allow me to achieve the bright and bold colors I desire.  Pastels are created with a simple combination of pigment and binder, so their colors riemain brilliant and can last long after oil paintings begin to crack and fade.

My artwork has been labeled “Southwest Whimsical” as I love bright, bold colors and my subjects are images from scenes of the Southwest and Mexico.   In this area of the world, the land can be harsh and the desert can be a muted pallet of browns and grays.  It never fails that amidst all of the dullness, a bright spot of color exists.  I am inspired by these burst of colors in our landscapes such as in the brilliance of a bright pink cactus blossom or a shimmering adobe wall under the desert sky. My art allows me to reflect on a simpler and happy time in my life.  I know when a piece is done when I sit back and smile.

All pastels need to be framed and kept under a glass as they will smear.  I do use a fixative on my pieces, but just very lightly as the fixative can dull the pigment. 

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