Pastels in April with Marla Baggetta, Debbie Wardrope, Bonita Paulis, and Mary Lou Correia

As Spring is in full glory, Studio Seven Arts, found at 400 Main street in downtown Pleasanton, is bringing out the beauty of pastel paintings during April.

Marla Baggetta Plein Air Pastel

Marla Baggetta Plein Air Pastel

Plein Air Paintings will be displayed from noted landscape artists including Marla Baggetta’s landscape paintings have resulted in her being recognized as one of the west coast’s leading representational painters. Baggetta’s approach to painting reflects the formal art education she received at Art Center College of Design and her experience as a landscape painter. Baggetta stresses the fundamentals of painting; drawing, composition, color theory and the thought that paintings communicate an idea through this vocabulary.  Each of her original pastels is done on museum grade sanded pastel paper. Bagetta is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and the Pastel Society of Oregon. She has won numerous awards for her paintings including Arts for the Parks top 100 in 1999, Best in Show, Oregon Pastel Society 2003 and Bronze Award for the International Association of Pastel Societies Exhibition, 2000 and 2010.






Diablo Mustard by Mary Lou Correia

Diablo Mustard by Mary Lou Correia

The second featured pastel artist, Mary Lou Correia’s inspiration for painting arises from observing Nature and man’s gentle intrusion into it- the angular slope of an old barn, reflections in a quiet stream, the changing of light of a pastoral scene. Influenced by the Impressionists’use of brilliant, sensuous layers of color, she observes the grace and beauty of Nature to capture a vignette in time. Painting loosely with exuberant brush strokes, her vibrant color combinations express the changing moods of the landscapes. The subtle use of figures stirs the viewer’s imagination. Challenged by painting pure landscape with only the hint of human presence, her painting encourages the viewer to appreciate and preserve landscape for future generations.






Pastel painting of west coast landscape by fine artist Bonita Paulis

Painter Bonita Paulis specializes in pastel paintings featuring Lake Tahoe’s beautiful environs.  She hikes and explores to paint western landscapes, having lived in the Sierra Tahoe area for 30 years. She emphasizes the four seasons , colors, sky and ever changing weather.








Pastel painting "Diablo Poppies" by Debbie Wardrope

Pastel painting “Diablo Poppies” by Debbie Wardrope

Additionally, local Pleasanton artist Debbie Wardrope will be featured. She paints in wonderful pastels. Beautiful use of color here. She teaches classes as well.  Her pastel landscape paintings reflect the various valleys and hills that surround the Bay Area. Weather, distinctive topographical features, and sunsets as shown in the painting below highlight the California central coast.


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