Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Pastel Paintings By Richard McKinley

Today I want to introduce to you, friends, an American artist who paints with pastels.  His name is Richard McKinley.




McKinley, now a renowned pastel artist, was born and raised in a small forest town in Oregon, USA. A fairly remote area with picturesque landscapes and in the immediate vicinity of Crater Lake National Park - a paradise for artists.




Pastel is a drawing or painting done with a soft, chalk-like pastel "stick" composed of powdered pigments. In appearance, the pastel stick essentially looks like a piece of chalk, although it is actually somewhat softer and smoother.




However, the charm of the landscape drew him outwards - and it was here that McKinley developed his own kind of artistry, capturing the fleeting beauty of nature, especially the fleeting qualities of light, water and sky.







In the open air, the artist often returns to the same place over and over again to put up his easel and paint the surroundings. "It's different. And the result is always different. My goal is to capture the spontaneous dance of light on the palette of nature,” says McKinley.







He became a teacher as well as a highly respected pastel artist known for his landscapes, created with an appreciation for the ever-changing, intricate tones of nature.




I first got acquainted with McKinley's work recently and I liked his paintings
especially the way he paints water, reflection. His works subtly convey the beauty of nature. Which picture did you like? 
 
Perhaps you're interested in pastel painting by Richard Savoie.

31 comments:

  1. WOW all the pictures are so beautiful, I like them very much, great art.

    Hugs
    Anke

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    1. So do I Anke. I love pastel painting.
      All the best.

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  2. I understand your fascination. It is hard to choose just one picture, but number two is so rich in color that it could be my favorite. I would like to sit there.
    Lisbeth

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    1. I see Lisbeth. My favorite is the third one -'Rain'. You can see the falling drops of water.
      Hugs.

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  3. They are all beautiful Nadezda, and it's impossible to choose only one of them. Nr.4 and nr.7 are my favorites.

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    1. Marit, I agree all these painting are interesting. The #7 amazes with its colors.

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  4. They are all very beautiful, Nadezda. My favourite is the second one, although I would be happy to own any of them.

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    1. This second picture shows peace and quiet on the river, David. I also love the reflection in the water.

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  5. So beautiful! I love his style and my favourites are all those with water, for example a lake.
    Thank you for the interesting post. Stay well!

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    1. You're welcome, Sara. I do love pastel painting as well.

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  6. Boa tarde Nadezda. Todas as pinturas são impressionantes e lindas também. Artista maravilhosa.

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    1. Luiz, si el artista es maravilloso.
      Un abrazo.

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  7. Dear Nadezda,
    what an interessting artist. Love the third one most. It's like the sky floats into the landskape. No border only mother nature.
    Happy days and a wonderful time
    Elisabeth

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    1. Elizabeth, the third painting is 'Rain'. You are right - there is no border between sky and field, grass. Water droplets bring the whole picture together.

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  8. Preciosas amiga. Bien capta la naturaleza. Me encantan el segundo y el cuarto. Se aprecian los reflejos en el agua.
    Buen fin de semana Nadezda.
    Un abrazo.

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    1. También me gusta el cuarto cuadro, Laura. Este río fluye y serpentea entre campos y bosques.
      Feliz domingo!

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  9. O, interesting works! Thank you for introducing the artist.
    I googled and found his work collections on the website http://mckinleystudio.com
    The artist also has paintings in oil, and you can buy his works.
    Thank you, Nadezda!

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    1. Irina, I'm glad you liked the McKinley's works. I like his pastel paintings the most. This is a complicated painting technique.

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  10. Son unas pinturas preciosas, Me gustan mucho. Besos.

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  11. I didn't know the artist, wonderful paintings, I especially loved the first one. Thanks for sharing.
    Have a nice week.
    Hugs and all the best

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    1. I got acquainted with McKinley's work recently as well Maria. Glad you liked his works.
      Hugs!

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  12. The river with the trees reminds me of where I grew up.

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    1. I'm glad these pictures reminded you of your childhood, Sandi.

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  13. I like the first two the best. Pastels were a favourite medium for the children to use when I was teaching.

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    1. I love them too Sue, nice reflection in the water.

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