Shades of Blue

Daily Palette Double Feature

A Celebration of Pastels

All this week the Daily Palette will be celebrating some of our favorite pastelists from across the state.

Shades of Blue, pastel on sanded paper, 28" x 42", 2014

Nancy Thompson was born and raised in Iowa and she currently resides in Ames.  She received her BFA in Drawing/Painting/Printmaking and her MFA in Visual Studies from the College of Design at Iowa State University.  She is now a full time Lecturer at ISU and she teaches foundation drawing and color theory in the College of Design. 

Nancy has been painting and drawing for over 25 years and a major portion of her work has been devoted to the Iowa landscape, as well as the power of the weather and the impact it has on the Midwest sky.  Her work has received many awards and she regularly submits her work to regional and national juried shows.  Nancy most recently received the First Place Overall Award at the 2015 Iowa State Fair Juried Exhibition.

"Every artist who finds success in their medium has gravitated to those subjects that touch them, that move them, that give them pleasure, and from which they continually find new and exciting inspiration.

Natural landscapes and natural scenes are the subjects that I gravitate to, and I have drawn my inspiration from them for as long as I can remember.  My desire to become a visual artist has been influenced heavily by my desire to express this love of landscape and nature to others through my artistic gifts.

In the landscape there are endless possibilities and combinations that spark my creative interests, like the meandering and flowing line of a river or path, the sharp contrasts of light and shadow on a sunny day and the abstract patterns that they create, the awesome and constantly changing shapes and colors in a sunset or a stormy sky, and the delicate coloring of a flowering plant.

My goal as an artist is to constantly improve my ability to train my eye, my hand, and creative insight in order to share this inspiration with others through my art, and to share this love and inspiration with those who love art and those who aspire to be artists themselves." -- Nancy Thompson

Nancy Thompson's website

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