Bill Littlejohn Exhibit
A Pastel Path – Solo Exhibit by Bill Littlejohn
After studying with several great art teachers including Tim Hulstrom and Curt Winnega (Roseville Schools), Fred Attebury (Wayne State University), and August Gloss (Starkweather Alley Gallery) Bill Littlejohn attempts to continue their strong tradition of being an artist and a teacher. Littlejohn teaches studio art, photography and computer graphics at De La Salle Collegiate High School. While at Wayne State he earned a Master’s Degree in Art Education with a concentration in watercolor painting.
The images that Littlejohn likes to interpret are those that can be found around any corner – from a snow covered field in St. Clair to traffic lights; from an American flag on his front porch to interesting shadows found on a building in Mt Clemens; from a train graffiti to rowboats in Lakeville. These scenes are observed, then filtered through his sense of composition and use of color. Littlejohn enjoys the challenge of taking subjects that people see everyday and working with them until they are something more beautiful than might be seen at first blush.
The working method Littlejohn uses is in line with historical traditions. Working from dark to light and from hard (pastel) to soft is typical of most pastellists. Lately, he has been doing some interesting experimentations unifying his paintings by using one color family over a strongly colored under painting and working in black and white. The black and white work is very unusual for a pastellist.
Littlejohn finds the first-hand observation of light, color and his subject matter to be inspirational. He hopes you find a little inspiration, enjoyment and connection in his pastels.
The St. Clair Art Association is pleased to exhibit the pastel paintings of Bill Littlejohn. His works were on display in the Art Center Exhibit gallery during the month of August, 2013.
Below are some photographs of the exhibit – click on a photo to view a larger version.