Rural Art in Soft Pastel by Artist Lynda Baxter

It became evident to me that I should paint RURAL ART after living in rural Alberta for more than two decades! Highland cow paintings, rooster and chicken paintings and of course the rural landscape that surrounds us!

Rural Art by Lynda Baxter in Soft Pastels

Rural art by Lynda Baxter. 

Lynda is inspired by her surroundings! She paints Alberta's landscape and farm animals using the neighbouring livestock as her never-ending source of inspiration!

"I love to paint cattle, particularly highland cattle. Bison, roosters, chickens, and of course the rural landscape that surrounds us are also high on my list of subjects to paint.

When we moved to Stettler County in 2022, I was intent on finding moose, taking their photos, and painting them! After a year of driving around this beautiful countryside and capturing only 8 half decent photos, I decided to paint what I was completely falling in love with, and saw plenty of! Cattle. 
 
I've been blessed by many wonderful neighbours, and even by people I've never met before, who have welcomed me onto their property to show me around, and to even drive me around in their pastures to get some great reference shots! Those moments will always be etched into my memory, and it makes painting their animals all the more personal for me.
 
Soft pastels are my medium of choice. My work has shown and sold in Etobicoke, with the Pastel Artists of Canada where I am a signature member, as well, I show and sell with the Federation of Canadian artists in both Vancouver and Edmonton."
 

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What can I say! Soft pastels are my new love. The vibrant colours, the silky smooth way they go on the paper, oh, and the choices of paper you can get! Tinted, sanded with different grits, and of course, I can use my watercolours with clear gesso and make my own! I'm surrounded by RURAL everything! I wouldn't have it any other way. I see beauty everywhere I go and in everything little thing. I'm constantly striving to challenge myself and am enjoying all of the people I meet along my way who invite me into their way of life so I can take zillions of reference photos! I'm utterly grateful for them, and all the cow, rooster, chicken, pig, and sheep facts they teach me while I'm there. I'm feeling  truly blessed.

When we moved to central Alberta, I was completely intrigued by the local moose! I still am. I spent countless hours driving back roads trying to spot them. The perfect bull moose. Antlers dripping with water from the many sloughs we have, and of course back the perfect photo would be backlit!! All I ever found were cows. I feel in love with them. They replaced my moose habit in a heartbeat. When I discovered I had neighbours with Highland cows, I suddenly had a new passion, subject and I was in for a whole new learning curve!!

 

"The eye should not be lead to where there is nothing to see." ~ Robert Henry

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“If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.”
– Edward Hopper

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“Creativity takes courage.”
– Henri Matisse

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“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent van Gogh

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“The richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration.”
– Claude Monet