"Cactus Flower"; Scratchboard (archival); 16" x 20"
Archival Scratchbord panel features the Texas Prickly Pear bloom and its spiny, succulent leaves (cactus pads), 16" x 20" original drawing. Part of a series of drawings featuring spiny (dangerous), yet beautiful Flora and Fauna.
"Brown Pelican: Curacao"; India inks on Claybord; 10" x 8" image
This is a scratchboard drawing using colored India inks from the very start, on a white Ampersand brand Claybord. It is a reminder that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as the saying goes. The lines and coloration of this bird are attractive to more than the passing pelicans!
"Butterfly Dance: Circa 1920"; India inks on Claybord; 11"x 14" image
Before the modern Shawl Dance became popular as a competitive dance among the younger Native American women, this dance featured the older women, dancing like a fluttering butterfly, bringing the spirit of healing to her family and tribe. This dance honored the fragile and ephemeral beauty of the older women and their healing presence in the tribe.
"Grape Hyacinth, Robed in Splendor"; Pastel; 7"x 5"
Pastel drawing, a study of complementary color; part of the "Consider the Lilies" Series based on Matthew 6 parable from Jesus Christ.
Detail of "Song of Joy" (work in progress); scratchboard
"Song of Joy" (detail from 18"x 24" piece) -- Scratchboard drawing, a work in progress fall 2014, by Nell Bednarz
"Below Mulholland Drive"; India ink and acrylics; 11" x 14"
Just below the scenic drive, south of Calabas, the view lifts up out of the clouds. This piece serves as a memento of a lovely week in June in the area north of Malibu, California.
"Consider the Lilies #6"; Pastel; 7"x 5" Image
Oh, we of little faith, God clothes the flowers of the field, so He will do this and more for us! Matthew 6.