I have been a fan of Robert's artwork for many years and I have really enjoyed the times when we have had a chance to visit at the shop. This was, however, the first time that I had a chance to watch him create a pastel. As he worked on his painting, he chatted about what he was doing, gave suggestions for color and composition, and answered questions from those of us who were watching. Meanwhile, my eyes were focused on the hands of a master artist as I watched his pastel painting unfold before my eyes.
Pastels in my hands will produce a scribble (trust me in this one!). Pastels in Robert Knudson's hands produce a masterpiece. I could not help but think of the song about the violin that was to be sold at auction. It was thought to be worthless until a master musician played it. At that point, it became priceless. The violin did not change, but the master did.