Posts tagged “pastel

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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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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)