Gretha Lindwood started showing at the Cannon Beach Gallery last summer as part of our Shared Oregon Visions exhibition. Since then, her miniatures have become a sought after item by gallery patrons. Lindwood just delivered a group of eight new pastels, 6″ x 6″ in response to this insatiable demand for her elegantly rendered pastels.
These paintings are created with pastels, a dry medium made of pure pigment with just enough binder so that the pastel sticks hold their shape. I usually work on acid free artist grade sandpaper which is made specifically for use with pastels.
Intrigued by the challenge of how to paint varied landscapes such as snow bedecked mountains, undulating fields of grass, high desert plateaus, clouds, and water in a convincing manner, I have chosen luscious oil paints on canvas or buttery soft pastels on sandpaper as my materials.
By painting in the traditional plein air style and by using an impressionistic touch, my landscapes invite the viewer into the scene. These landscapes can bring to mind the smell of sage after a rain in the desert, the feel of soft mist from a foggy morning on your cheek, or the taste of a salty ocean breeze on your lips.
Crisp, refreshing, and vivid are words that have been used to describe my paintings. The use of vibrant color and strong design are hallmarks of my work which I developed during my career as an illustrator and graphic designer. As a lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, I cherish our unique landscapes honed by water and time and delight in capturing their beauty in the lush colors of pastels or oils to share with the viewer.