Pastel art conjures up images of muted and pale colors. The pastels of Silver Lake artist Nancy Popenoe, however, are anything but washed out. Instead, many of Popenoe’s pieces are filled with intense colors as she captures street scenes – often at night – from Atwater, Echo Park, Los Feliz, Silver Lake and other neighborhoods nearby. Popenoe, who works out of her garage, explains her interest in the night time scenery:
“I paint what I’ve grown to love about Los Angeles, it’s cafes and businesses, the bungalows from the ’20s and ’30s that were built to house the immigrants looking for the sun and glamour of Southern California. My subjects range from the everyday to the eccentric but they all have a character that compels me to rescue them. Night scenes are illuminated by the city lights and are often haunted by the shades of their inhabitants.”
Photos by Jesse Saucedo
*Note: In a previous life, The Eastsider owned a gallery that exhibited Popenoe’s work.