submitted by PSST member Ed Meanley:
"I really enjoyed the Jenifer Evenhus demonstration during the PSST February 2021 Zoom meeting. I had seen her work before and tried to emulate it – just once. I am now encouraged to try again.
I first encountered her work in the February 2013 issue of the Pastel Journal, page 83. Her painting “On Guard” was in the Animal and Wildlife section among the Honorable Mention awards of the Pastel 100 Competition sponsored by the Pastel Journal.
In 2014 I painted my cat Solomon in my usual representational style. After seeing Ms. Evenhus’ painting “On Guard”, I decided to try my had at her style. I liked the result, even though it was not quite so expressive as her painting. See the before and after painting of Solomon. My attempt had bolder colors and strokes, but did not seem as spontaneous as the painting by Ms. Evenhus
I had only guessed at how Ms. Evenhus achieved her result. After seeing her demo, I appreciate how carefully she approaches her subject. Her bold abstractions are carefully orchestrated. There is method to her “madness”. I shall try again. (Click images for full view)
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