When I shared our visit to Petoskey in July, you might recall that we stopped at Crooked Tree Arts Center's beautiful gallery. The featured exhibit was Michigan artist Heidi Marshall and I fell in love with every piece of hers that I saw. This forsythia was a favorite. Just look at how those colors pop!
I wish I'd taken more photos! For that matter, I wish I could have afforded one! She works in pastel, a medium for which I have absolutely no talent, much to my regret. If I did, I would aspire to be as good as she is. I love how she combines a realistic style with enough of an impressionistic feel to really tell a story in every piece. They have such energy.
Wouldn't you like to live here? I would!
I find painting snow is very tricky. I'm sure it's no easier for a pastel artist.
And yet she nails it in every piece.
I also have trouble really capturing the energy of water. And yet this one looks like so many of our Michigan water areas -- multiple colors of blue in the water, crashing waves and whitecaps, shockingly beautiful clouds that one feels might burst at any minute.
But we can also have very calm days, with blue skies and puffy clouds where the waters are calm. She gets that, too.
Marshall grew up in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan and in Dusseldorf, Germany and comes from an artistic family, her father having been an artist for the Detroit News and a painter as well. At one time a writer and an advertising professional, she now works as a plein air pastel artist, focusing on nature and the landscapes of Northern Michigan.
I leave you with another of my favorites. This campfire just seemed to jump off the page, as though if you touched it, you might burn your finger. The intensity was powerful.
I hope to see her work again. And again, and again.
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