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It breathes colors like a never ending fire
Pouring forth speech
To the fathomless sky
Its bride, its source and companion

Those who stumble by can only gasp
And feel the surrender
To one greater that knows
So many secrets

A witness to endless stories told beneath boughs and leaves
Tethered in time
To such an anchor
That raises all its arms in defiance of the ordinary

All has been seen – even giants, beings of time and space
Of lovers below its wings
Writing a script
Of life under the giver of life

How we long to know the whole of wisdom
The spectrum of courage
The purples and fierce shades
That stand ever ablaze over shepherds and Kings

Abounding in one colossal testimony to greatness
To everything proud
To determination and light
That provides over each one of us who understands – an eternal watch

Doug Gustafson

My abstracted translation of Meike Boynton’s stellar photograph Backlit for Sojie 16.

11 × 16 Mixed Media ( acrylic and pastels ) on canvas

Featured in Contemporary Pastel Painters
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leslie gustafson, tree, abstract, acrylic, pastels, mieke boynton, backlit, gold, purple sojie 16 landscape light, eternal watch

Leslie Gustafson is a traditonal artist passionate about creating Art That Feels – an outgrowth of her work as a psychotherapist for the last 20 years. Working in all media, with a special interest in pastels, her art is both realistic and focused on expressing and prompting feeling. Rich color, Christian and Relational themes as well as Portraiture play a large role in her gallery here at RedBubble.

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  • Dianne  Ilka
    Dianne Ilkaabout 2 years ago

    I love this Leslie! You’ve captured the light beautifully :)

  • Aww thanks Dianne !!

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zrobackabout 2 years ago

    It’s a beautiful pastel Leslie….

  • Thanks Janis! Its both acrylic and pastel :-) It was different working on canvas with these two – it gave it a more rugged texture than paper.

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • Kathie Nichols
    Kathie Nicholsabout 2 years ago

    Just gorgeous Leslie, lovin’ this heaps! Mieke will just love this!!!!

  • HI Kathie! Thank you! This one was quite fun with all the colors! In answer to your Q about fixative. I fix at the end but not along the way – I suppose I could, I just never thought if it and the pastels were binding fine to the acryliced canvas, albeit with alot more texture than on pastel paper. I have never tried this combo before and liked the texture. Thank you again. Its been great workshopping with you Kathie – you are so positive:-)

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • Robin Webster
    Robin Websterabout 2 years ago

    Leslie this is wonderful! Gorgeous colours and light! Congratulations on your finish!

  • Thanks Robin!!! :-)

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • Fiery-Fire
    Fiery-Fireabout 2 years ago

    Pure stunning – Im surly inlove with this one – great palette choice, love the curves you got, and the more abstractive background, make this translation very very unique & highly up to my liking :)))

  • Thank you Iwona – that means alot coming from you!:-)

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • Terri Maddock
    Terri Maddockabout 2 years ago

    Wonderful painting Leslie – the colours are unreal!

  • They are unreal aren’t they – great fun with the color this time! I had fun just throwing in marks of bright pink at the end! Thank you Terri! I really appreciate it:-)

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • Mieke Boynton
    Mieke Boyntonabout 2 years ago

    What a gorgeous artwork, Leslie! I absolutely love the colours! And what an incredible poem. Wow!!

  • Im so glad you like it Mieke!! Like I said, it was perfect to being with and that gave me all I needed and more!! Thank you!!

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • Qnita
    Qnitaabout 2 years ago

    I love the neon glow in the picture… :-)

  • Thanks Qnita! It does have a very bright yellow and green it.:-)

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanabout 2 years ago

    a beautiful translation of the photo Leslie….lovely light and lots of texture and interest…

  • Thank you Linda! When are you going to join us in the workshops – they are very fun, though hard to carve out in the business of life for sure!:-)

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful palette and work, Leslie. I love how these tree branches support the entire structure of the image— so strong; and, yet, overall, the work is loose and expressive. Linear abstraction, multi-directional slashes, composition and color, all work together to gorgeous effect.

  • You always say such rich and affirming things Frannie – what a gift! Thank you so much!!. I really enjoyed this piece, throwing in bright color to the finish!:-)

    – Leslie Gustafson

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