In the fall of 2014, I had a wonderful sabbatical as I drove west on my own to draw at fifteen national and state parks. I created dozens of small works on site and then larger works later in my studio. This work is from the Grand Canyon.
More recently, after a trip to Japan in July 2015, I have begun experimenting with ink atop the pastel.
Studio tour: Columbus Day Weekend, Oct. 10-11, 2015, 10-5, in the southern Monadnock region of New Hampshire. For more information, see the Rindge section of the Fall Foliage Art Studio Tour website at http://www.fallfoliageartstudiotour.com/Home.html for my own studio or the Monadnock Art/Friends of the Dublin Art Colony tour: http://monadnockart.org/index.php/art-tour for fifty more studios.
There was a kind article about my work in relation to the Faculty Show at Fitchburg State recently. Bonnie J. Toomey, Sentinel and Enterprise, WEEKEND BEST BETS Q & A With FSU Faculty Artist Susan WadsworthThursday January 23, 2014
My works are pastel on paper inspired by landscapes that I have visited over the past three to four decades. I think of them as “experiential” landscapes because they reflect my personal experience in these places: out west, abroad or in my own back yard with my children. Although the outlines look simple, I often rework those shapes and lines until they are just right, playing a good deal with negative spaces. Then I apply up to twenty layers of pastel, rubbed by hand until smooth. Then I redo the lines, often more freely than the first time. I am interested in lines working as contour, texture and energy all at once while the layered colors also move in their own way.
I am having technical difficulties putting sizes and prices into this website. Please write me at firstname.lastname@example.org for prices and availability. These unframed works are not expensive and most are available. The smaller works, often from a “walk and draw” experience, c. *10″ x 13″ are about $150 while the larger, studio works at *26″ x *31″ are $650.