Original artwork capturing the beauty of nature 

Hi and thank you for checking out my online website gallery.  All of my pastel paintings are unique, one- of- a -kind and affordable.  I donate all proceeds to The Pay It Forward Backpack Project, a grassroots effort which provides backpacks filled with winter essentials for Boston's homeless population.  This is my way of paying it forward and  giving back while also giving you, my audience, the opportunity to look at my work, buy a piece if you're moved by it or consider buying a piece to give away to someone who would love being the custodian of it. I hope you enjoy viewing these as much as I enjoy painting them.  

I love the process of creating art and I've always been fascinated by how artists, whether they are painters, musicians, writers or anyone who uses their creative side to create 'art,' work through their creative process. I'm fascinated that the process of creating art is different for every artist, regardless of their medium.  

My process for painting with pastels looks like this:  I start with music, which has always inspired me.  My musical tastes are wide and varied, everything from  Classic Rock to Classic Sinatra, from  Jazz and Blues to Funk and Gospel.  After cranking up the tunes, I then select a photograph I've taken or if I am moved by someone else's photo, I will ask if I can make a painting from it. I create a notan, which is a sketch of the painting.  This part of the process is critical as I use it as a guideline for correct perspective as well as a compelling composition.  I then draw my sketch again, this time on a  fairly gritty piece of pastel paper.  I then lay down my first layer of colors using  alcohol to set the color in place.  This is the 'underpainting.' This part of the process is also critical.  If I can get this part right, the final step comes easy.  That last step includes laying down layers of color on top of the underpainting. I often let the underpainting peek through which gives my final peice a lot of depth.  People often ask how long it takes to paint a painting.  Some take days of study, correction, reflection and others are finished and done in a single sitting. 
 
My paintings reflect the things that I am drawn to.  I am heavily influenced by nature:  ocean, sky, forests, marshes, and meadows.  I'm also inspired by cities and architecture.  For me, the most fasicinating 'accident' of painting is that I now see the world in an entirely new light...literally.  I see light and shadows everywhere I look and I see color very differently.  Who knew there were so many shades of green in a meadow or a forest?  I'm  constantly asking myself how it is that I've never really noticed the shadows cast by a tree at 2:00 pm or the way the shadows change the color of snow or sand or grass.  It wasn't until I started painting with pastels that my awareness of light and shadows became so pronounced for me.  Now when I look at things in nature, I look through a very different lens and I'm always asking myself 'what would I use for the underpainting on this or that scene?'  This new found perspective has helped me to see everything around me in a totally new light (pun intended!) and I now have a much deeper appreciation for colors, light and shadow, all of  which I love to reflect in my paintings.  When I'm not painting, my other love is traveling with my family and friends.  This is a great way for me to experience other cultures while also gathering source material for future paintings.  

I hope these paintings on the next pages resonate with you.  If you are interested in purchasing any paintings, please send me an email to carpedina@gmail.com.   If you would like to talk about commissioning a piece, let me know.  I have kept paintings that are sold on my site.  If you see one that you love, I am happy to recreate it for you with its' on unique qualities and flair. Thank you again for viewing my site!   

Dina 

carpedina@gmail.com
You can also contact me at 617 686 2744.  I  paint commissioned work as well so if you have a favorite photograph you would like me to paint, give me a call or send me an email to discuss further. If you are interested in learning more about any of these paintings, including prices or pieces that are sold, please contact me. Any paintings that are sold or aren't the right size to meet your needs can be recreated!