Donna Heslip Fine Art




Photo by D.Mitchell

"Natural Rythms"     18.5 x 18.5 Soft Pastel

One would think that setting a clay pot on a woven blanket would create a simplistic image. Not so. The blanket’s stripes multiplied as they reversed direction on the burnished pot to become the primary players in the scene. It’s all about the craft of two artisans: one making a woven blanket, the other producing a clay pot. The blanket is Navajo-made in norther Arizona while the pot was created at northern Mexico’s Mata Ortiz pueblo.


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January 16, 2019


"Cut down and out - do your hardest work outside the picture and let your audience take away something to think about."  Frederic Remington, 1903


Artist's Statement

Rising to new challenges is at the core of all my art.  Each new still life set-up calls for exploring the dynamics of light and shadow in relation to color and composition.  In addition, there are the complexities of integrating drawing and application of the medium.  All must come togther successfully to represent the actual three-dimensional images within two-dimensional limitations.  The desired outcome: to convey my passion for the subject and cause the viewer to linger.


About Soft Pastel

Originating in 16th century Italy, soft pastel is a drawing material consisting of a stick of color made of ground pigment mixed with just enough gum or resin to bind it together.  Pastels produce bright, pure colors which, unlike paints, do not change color as they dry out.  Distinguished artists who worked in pastel include Degas, Cassatt, Renoir, Redon, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Whistler.  Their works are as fresh today as the day they were completed.