Paul Birchak


“The Violinist”
18x26 Inches

This pastel painting was created from a perfect Autumn day in which my sweetheart and I were on a walk through the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, Colorado.
The young maestra violinist was playing a very wonderful take on Vivaldi’s four seasons. Very impressive as she was perhaps 11 or 12, I was captivated. Taking notes, sketches, and photos I knew immediately that this was a great composition. The first version on this composition I created for a class in which I teach all mediums ( oils, watercolor, pastel, acrylics, etc.). That demonstration was a pastel, the pastel medium really allows for a lot of spontaneous marks, emotion, color and more.
I loved the demonstration results and decided that a studio version with all of the previous elements I learned was going to be a wonderful pastel portrait painting.
In the studio I was able to abandon myself to the picture, I had a very good feeling for the composition and story, the rest simply came to me, the picture truly guided me.
I really love this pastel painting,
I hope you do too. Thank you all for your wonderful comments.
Have a beautiful, creative day.


High Quality signed limited edition giclee prints of the “The Violinist” are available in sizes 18” x 24” and 12” x 16”, including framing options. Starting at $400.00.