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Antiquity of the Soul – Steven Paul Carlson

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Antiquity of the Soul – Pastel 16” x 20”

One can see and feel the history etched into this man’s face and antiquity its-self reflecting in his eyes. I had great fun painting the bright colored head cloth with its intricate patterns, wrinkles and folds juxtaposed with his face and the similar intricate patterns. This is one of my all time favorite portraits.

I met an individual at an art show who was from this part of the world.  He told me that the head wrap they wear, the colors and patterns, tells you what region the person is from.  Fascinating!

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Faerie III, Woodland Opus – Steven Paul Carlson

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The Harp Faerie, as she has been affectionately nicknamed, and like its pair Faerie I, feature the Matrifaerie, a mature, dignified and sophisticated faerie captured here while creating upon the woodland harp. The woodland harp, unlike any other musical instrument, is a living entity. It grows from out of the ground, blossoming and even bearing fruit. Its gossamer, web-like strings produce a sound that few are able to hear. Only the truly ingenuous spirit can perceive its atmospheric musical air. Sylvan dwellers are drawn to the magical recital and a rare, ethereal appearance from a musical muse can be seen if you look quickly.

The artistic and musical collaboration of Steven & Patricia inspired this beautiful title song which appears on Mrs. Carlson’s Creative Harp CD ‘Woodland Opus’.


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Summer Girl – Steven Paul Carlson

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Summer Girl – pastel 16” x 20”

Flyaway blond hair, freckles, and that faint smile easily makes this one of my favorite portraits.

It’s mid February and I have spring fever! I was hoping this beautiful summer image might hasten the coming of warmer weather.

But then…
“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” – John Steinbeck,

There are no prints of this piece only the original.


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India – Steven Paul Carlson

India – pastel 16” x 20”

This stunning face still captivates me; it was an absolutely wonderful portrait to paint. It is one of those rare pieces of my own art that actually hangs in my house. 😉

The textures here also intrigued me; the necklace, the embroidery on her clothing and then creating the sheer effect of the veil.

Like the Viking portrait this too is rendered with pastels. It’s an intricate layering technique using different pastels with a final detail finish of pastel pencil. This layering process gives the portrait an oil painting, oil glaze look.

There are no prints of this work only the original.


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The young son of Bor – by Steven Paul Carlson

The young son of Bor - by Steven Paul Carlson

The young son of Bor – by Steven Paul Carlson

He was the young son of Bor, the father of the gods.  He was a shapechanger, usually appearing as a vigorous man of fifty with long hair and braided beard, wearing the skins of animals and carrying his unfailing weapon called Gungnir.  Here he is, in the ages before he gave up one of his eyes and before sacrificing his life in exchange for greater wisdom.  Before the time when the other mighty gods would serve him as children serve their father, before he became the god most favored by the Vikings.  His name is Odin, the god of the Norseman!

19” x 26”  Pastel (LE prints available)


Twig – The Faerie’s Secret

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The Faerie’s Secret
16”X20” Mixed medium
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Twig Oaklyn Flewinia Thistlebottom…
Whew! That’s quite a name.  Fortunately her friends know her simply as Twig, the fun, whimsical, magical faerie that graces the renaissance festivals.  The young at heart, who are fortunate enough to meet her, often find themselves sprinkled with faerie dust and presented with a magical gem!   But be aware, if you ask what the secret is in her hands, she will only answer with her flute.  I hope you are fluent in double piped aulos.


Wizard III – The Family Portrait

Wizard III – The Family Portrait
Graphite on board 16” X 20” – printed on parchment

A rare moment of relaxation for a Wizard; pictured here in repose with his extended family, this Wizard, though very old, is an imposing figure. Even seated he exudes the unmistakable power and wisdom of a Wizard of the highest order. Standing to his full height he would reach seven feet. His magical wolf and owl companions are also considerably larger than their kin. Only his feline companion, T. Thomas Tiger, Esq., is natural in size. The hidden images of faeries, raptors, dragon and wizard faces enhance the magic and mystique of this limited edition creation.Steven Carlson wizard