Thinking Cap

Part of the Graceful Masculine Series
Medium: Pastels on Pastelmat
Size: 15.5″ x 12″ (unframed)
Artwork Availability: Available


  • 1st Place Award,  Works on Paper for ‘Thinking Cap’, Arteast Ottawa’s Juried Awards Exhibition, 2023

There is such grace in a male body, with its subtle curves, lean muscles and veiny arms and hands. Whether he is a dancer, an athlete or just some regular Joe, if placed in the right position, with the right gesture, under the right lighting he becomes this Greek Adonis, a celebration of masculine beauty.

What on Earth is a Pastel?

Pastel as an artistic medium is pure pigment dust held together by a transparent binder and formed in a stick or encased in a pencil. Pastel works age beautifully, their brilliant colour does not fade with the passing of time.

This artwork was created with pastel pencils on Clairefontaine Pastelmat®, a paper card specially created for pastel paintings. The pastel pigments bind greatly with the Pastelmat, and no fixative is needed to secure the applied layers. However, pastel works should never be directly touched. They are best kept under a matted, glass-protected frame and away from high humidity, direct sunlight, or extreme heat.