Betsy Payne Cook paints exclusively with pastels, & is acknowledged as a Juried Master Artist at the Cape Cod Art Association. Betsy's paintings depict her impressions of the landscape & its abundance of colors. She paints both en plein air & in her studio; & conveys her love of the outdoors n each painting.
"Keep Searching" opens up my world: purpose, knowledge, adventure and love.
We aspire to live a life that is full. I am very lucky and wouldn't change a thing, the past has delivered me to where I am.
Keep Searching was accepted into the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod's For Pastels Only National Pastel Exhibition 2018 on display at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod June 20- July 15 2018 . Previously accepted into the Connecticut Pastel Society Renaissance in Pastel 2017
A good friend will always help you out. I was plein air painting in the gardens at Roath Park and with one simple request Helen went to stand in the sunlight section of the path. That is all the scene needed, a great friend and a pop of red.
Expecting a riot of colors I took my pastels plein air set up when I visited the Wicked Tulip Farm in Johnston, RI with my artsy friends. The farm is surreal with colorful rows of tulips all for the picking. I loved the contrast of the last sign of winter in the background colors of the trees, a true sign that the tulip is welcoming pop of color!
On display at the Cotuit Center for the Arts "Bloom exhibit" through June 11, 2018.
I love to travel with my pastel set-up and being prepared with supplies means I am ready for any painting opportunity that arises. One day my friends sent me off to the perfect location within walking distance of their home in Trowbridge, England. Sunset was approaching and I had about an hour before the light would change. The landscape was softened by the warmth in the sky, the water and the reeds balanced all those greens. Those greens!
The subtle variations of site specific greens can pose a challenge when I am traveling. My pastel box is typically set up for the seasonal greens on Cape Cod. To prepare, I refer to photos of my destination and choose pastel sticks that represent the local colors. Greens are the most difficult, so I make sure that I have a selection of warm and cool pastel sticks in a range of values. I often improvise by enhancing the greens with the other colors of similar values, and will skim neutral colors to soften greens that look garish.