Pastel Artwork in New York City

It is an honor and I am thrilled that my pastel painting, Ages Upon Ages was juried in to the Pastel Society of America’s 45th Annual show, Enduring Brilliance! and is currently on display at the National Arts Club in New York City!

Below are a few photos of the work in progress. This painting was created with pastel on 24″ x 18″ Ampersand Pastelbord, sand color.

Normally when working in pastel or oil, I prefer to establish lights and darks and block in major shapes with an underpainting. However, because the tone of the board was already a medium value, I didn’t feel an underpainting was necessary, so I skipped that step and just dove right in after the initial drawing of the major shapes was finished.

Please note: Minor adjustments are often made to colors as the work progresses, but in this case, after the sky was completed (second photo) the color was not changed. The variations in the photos are due to the different lighting conditions when the photos were taken.

Ages Upon Ages work in progress by Kristen Doty - Pastel 24" x 18"

Work in progress of Ages Upon Ages

Ages Upon Ages by Kristen Doty - Pastel 24" x 18"

Ages Upon Ages | Pastel on board | 24″ x 18″

Currently on view

Pastel Society of America

45th Annual Exhibition, Enduring Brilliance!

The National Arts Club

15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY

For more information: Pastel Society of America


Thanks for your interest!

Best Wishes,


More information about the subject of this painting is in the previous blog post.

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Hello! This is all new. The Website is new. This Blog is new. It’s the very first time I’ve ever blogged and I’m so excited… and, a little scared. This whole platform is quite daunting for me, and I’ve been reluctant to start a blog. What do I have to say? Would it be helpful to anyone? My hope is I will have something to share and that it will be helpful to someone. Maybe you?!


Even after the frustration of not knowing what I was doing, I really enjoyed the process of modifying this WordPress theme and finally pulled it all together. Elegant Themes has produced some wonderful tutorials (thanks so much – ET). It seems I’m happiest when I am learning new things—challenging myself—and creating this Website was no exception.

The year has started, fresh and new, and the days are already getting longer. I’m looking forward to a great 2017. Last year was a bit of a tough year, ending with my mother passing away just before Christmas. I am deeply saddened by the loss, but know there is peace there, too. She will be missed very much. RIP, dear sweet Mom.

Currently, I’m working on a series of paintings for an upcoming solo exhibit titled, Questions of Significance to be held in Durango, Colorado March 3 – April 29, 2017.

Below is the latest work in the series just off the easel. This painting was created with pastel on Ampersand Pastelbord, sand color.

Ages Upon Ages by Kristen Doty - Pastel 24" x 18"

Ages Upon Ages | Pastel on board | 24″ x 18″

The title, Ages Upon Ages, alludes to the fact that nearly every rock layer in Grand Canyon is represented in this one painting. This view is from the South Kaibab trail, just below the Tipoff, at the beginning of the final steep descent to the river. Considered one of the top natural wonders of the world, Grand Canyon is an awesome place that truly lives up to its name.

For more information about the exhibit and workshop, click here:  NEWS & EVENTS

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Thanks for reading!   —   Happy 2017!

Best Wishes,