Letting Loose: Pastel Gallery by Desmond O’Hagan

"They say that less is more and that’s essentially the premise behind my painting approach," O’Hagan says. "With detail mostly implied, I free myself to focus more on shapes and bold strokes to create pastels that possess a loose, painterly appearance akin to brushwork. A major element in my paintings is the impact of light. I’m always attracted to those unique effects that draw a viewer into the painting. Whether it’s a stream of light casting shadows in a crowded restaurant or the reflections of headlights in a busy intersection, it all triggers my enthusiasm."


Alcaniz Courtyard, Spain


Evening at Thorndykes


Light Rain, Paris (9×12)


Market Demo (9×12)


New York Vendor


The Seine at Dusk (12×9)

Check out O’Hagan’s step-by-step demonstration of an urban landscape painting in the December 2010 issue of The Pastel Journal.


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