5X7 original pastel on primed mat board

My first art teacher as an adult was a watercolor artist full of passion and freedom.  She illustrated for me the art of subtlety.  Paintings just need to “read” the subject without overkill.  This painting satisfies my objective to sketch and not overwork.  It “reads” my daughter Audrey, it “reads” discovery and beach.  I have been influenced by Degas and Mary Cassatt.  Their mastery of pastels is incredible and I put their works on my phone and computer and zoom in on their strokes.  Such freedom!  These teachers are alive and well.