Thursday, December 10, 2020

Featured Student Anne Allen


Moved by Music, 8 x 5 inches, pastel on sanded paper, paired with a Haiku poem by Yosa Buson, seventeenth century Japanese poet and painter.

H A I K U: Poetry and Pastel

Anne Allen, North Carolina

The Artist’s Workshop, a weekly zoom classroom with founder and owner Cheryl Kline, was the driving force for Anne Allen to develop a collection of small works based on the imagery in Japanese woodblock prints. Following a talk on symbolism in art, Cheryl asked why I thought Asian-inspired imagery was appearing in my artworks. “What is your story as an artist? What are you trying to communicate with your art?” Moved by Music, a poetic landscape in pastel, charcoal, and alcohol wash is the first artwork is Anne’s new collection, named H A I K U: Poetry and Pastel.

Japanese woodblock prints and illustrations flourished in seventeenth century Edo as Tokyo was called. Between weekly classes, Anne studied the art and culture of Japan and viewed Van Gogh & Japan, a British film produced by Exhibitions on Screen. “Colorful Japanese prints were often paired with poetry. Each pastel painting in the new collection is paired with a poem.” The pastels are showing at BlackBird Frame & Art, Asheville, NC.

Anne Allen lives in the Appalachian region of Western North Carolina and serves on the board of the Appalachian Pastel Society, NC. She is a member of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS). Anne participates in Kline Academy’s weekly critique and virtual presentation every Thursday at 11 a.m.


Blossoms at night,

and the faces of people

moved by music.

- Yosa Buson