Pastel Landscape Painting | Lee McVey

A move to the Southwest proved to be the perfect prescription for painter Lee McVey, who translates the landscape’s famous light into radiant pastels.

When the opportunity arose to relocate to the region following her retirement from a career in teaching, McVey embraced it. “I knew I could live a stagnant life of familiarity, or I could choose to take a risk and move to the sunshine, an artist community and new opportunities,” she says.

McVey shares her enthusiasm—for her Southwestern surroundings, her plein air process, and her mountain-, mesa-, canyon- and desert-inspired paintings—in the August 2013 issue of Pastel Journal.

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Afternoon Light on the River (pastel) by Lee McVey

Afternoon Light on the River (pastel) by Lee McVey

 

Arroyo Wall With Shadows  (pastel) by Lee McVey

Arroyo Wall With Shadows (pastel) by Lee McVey

 

Moving Clouds (pastel) by Lee McVey

Moving Clouds (pastel) by Lee McVey

 

Red Rocks, Shadows and Tree (pastel) by Lee McVey

Red Rocks, Shadows and Tree (pastel) by Lee McVey

 

Road Near the Hill (pastel) by Lee McVey

Road Near the Hill (pastel) by Lee McVey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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