Original Paintings by Valerie McKeehan

With their distinctive texture, lovely vibrancy, and charm, a soft pastel painting is sure to bring warmth to your home. Each painting is a one-of-a-kind piece of fine art created with layer upon layer of luminous, pure pigment elegantly held together in the tooth of sanded paper. I like to think about soft pastel landscapes as sidewalk scenes in Mary Poppins, inviting you to just jump right in!  They are pieces of my heart often the result of seeking peace and calm. I love connecting with you, hearing your stories, and helping you find the perfect piece to add to your collection. Email me here.



Cotton Field at Sunset No. 2

In October I traveled to Muscle Shoals, Alabama to film a soft pastel class. At the end of the filming day, we jumped in the car to find a cotton field. It was absolutely magical! I had never seen anything like it. We caught the last bit of light during sunset and it was setting the field aglow. I must have snapped 100 photos and enjoyed reliving the moment in soft pastel.

Size: 6 x 9 inches
This piece will arrive with a signature on the bottom corner.

Cotton Field at Sunset No. 1

In October I traveled to Muscle Shoals, Alabama to film a soft pastel class. At the end of the filming day, we jumped in the car to find a cotton field. It was absolutely magical! I had never seen anything like it. We caught the last bit of light during sunset and it was setting the field aglow. I must have snapped 100 photos and enjoyed reliving the moment in soft pastel.

Size: approx 9.5 x 11.5 inches
This piece will arrive with a signature on the bottom corner.


Lavender Sky – SOLD

Lavender fields just scream calm to me. Combined with majestic clouds, this painting is a little break from the loudness and chaos surrounding us.

Size: 8 x 10 inches
This piece will arrive with a signature on the bottom corner.


Pumpkin Picking Day

Our annual pumpkin picking day tradition is one of my favorites in the whole year. I was so inspired when I got home, I decided to create a spontaneous painting of the pumpkin patch. (For my local Pittsburgh friends, this was Shenot Farm). I hope you enjoy this depiction of a precious memory.

Size: 8 x 10 inches
This piece will arrive with a signature on the bottom corner.

Hopefulness

Clouds and skies always remind us to look up.
There’s something about them that makes me feel hopeful.

Size: 8 x 8 inches
This piece will arrive with a signature on the bottom corner.


Lavender Field – SOLD

Size: 10 x 14 inches
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Transition Is In The Air – SOLD

I’ve come to notice and appreciate how gently the change of seasons happen. Little hints of transition start to fill the air, allowing my heart to slowly transition, too. It’s a comforting and nostalgic rhythm, something to hold on to amidst uncertainty. The knowing that Summer will fade and Fall will soon emerge in all its glory. 

Size: 8 x 10 inches
This piece will arrive with a signature on the bottom corner.


Wildflower Meadow – SOLD

Wildflower meadow | Soft Pastel Painting by Valerie McKeehan | Original Art

My romanticization of the wildflower field continues…
Ethereal & tranquil, the blooms seem to shimmer in the sun.

Size: approx 8.5 x 10 inches


Fall Lookout – SOLD

I’m really enjoying this palette of blues/purples mixed with “happy little trees” in bright orange! Oh the start of Fall just makes me so happy!

Size: 6 x 9 inches


Imagination

Soft Pastel Painting by Valerie McKeehan | Original Art

A story of carefree imagination and play. A painting for those of us with our heads in the clouds.

Size: 8 x 10.5 inches
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Almost Fall, But Not Yet – SOLD

Soft Pastel Painting by Valerie McKeehan | Original Art

I took the photo for this painting in mid-September at one of my favorite places, North Park. We just moved into our new house and decided to go for a picnic and walk. It was a beautiful day and vivid memory. The green leaves on the trees told the story of Summer, but Fall was unmistakenly in the air. It’s that sense of anticipation right before a change. Something new is coming, I can feel it.

Size: approx 9 x 9 inches


Summer Field

Soft Pastel Painting by Valerie McKeehan | Original Art

Sun-drenched grasses in the field, the welcome coolness of the shade under a tree, a quintessential Summer day to escape to over and over again…

Size: 7.75 X 9.75
This piece will arrive with a signature on the bottom corner.


Dreamland

Soft Pastel Painting by Valerie McKeehan | Original Art

I was driving home one evening after the most beautiful day. The sky was lit with a pink glow and the earth felt serene. Since I was driving and couldn’t take a photo of the moment, I tried to soak in the feeling of the light. This simple composition was made up in my mind, but the colors from that evening I did my best to capture. My own Dreamland to escape into.

Size: 9 x 9 inches
This piece will arrive with a signature on the bottom corner.


Cut Flower Garden – SOLD

Soft Pastel Painting by Valerie McKeehan | Original Art

One of my favorite views from my cut flower garden lately. The flowers are exploding and changing so rapidly from day to day. All of the hard work is paying off and it feels amazing to get to witness the miracle of seed to bloom. There’s so much I want to say about what this little plot has meant to me and how much I’ve learned as a result. It has been healing and restorative.

Size: 8×10 inches


Melancholy Song

Soft Pastel Painting by Valerie McKeehan | Original Art

I can’t help but feel a little melancholy for this painting with its gray clouds and dark shadows, but the band of light sings a song of hope. The mix of the two gives an overall soothing quality that my heart craves.

Size: 9.5 x 11.75 inches
This piece will arrive with a signature on the bottom corner.


Where The River Meets The Road

Soft Pastel Painting by Valerie McKeehan | Original Art

If a vinyl record had an art medium equivalent I’d like to think it would be a soft pastel. Comforting, timeless, tactile, and a little bit scratchy. I remember this day so vividly. It was raining on and off- a little moody, but ultimately soft and comforting like putting on a good record.

Size: 7.25 x 9.25 inches
This piece will arrive with a signature on the bottom corner.


Nothin’ But Blue Skies

Soft Pastel Painting by Valerie McKeehan | Original Art

Simply a cheerful, happy day. Blue skies smilin’ at me, nothin’ but blue skies…
I cannot wait for you to see the richness of these blues in person!

Size: 8.75 x 10.75 inches
This piece will arrive with a signature on the bottom corner.
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Grass & Lace – SOLD

Soft Pastel Painting by Valerie McKeehan | Original Art

Queen Anne’s Lace is unruly, wild & absolutely magical to me. This piece was inspired by the Pennsylvania landscape in late Summer dotted with this charming wildflower that I love.

Size: 6 x 9 inches


Magic At Dusk Study – SOLD

Soft Pastel Painting by Valerie McKeehan | Original Art

I created this mini piece as a color study before painting “Magic at Dusk”. Oftentimes these studies are practice pieces because I find things I would like to change in the larger version, but not this one. This one was special from the beginning. A sweet painting to brighten a little corner or nook in your home.

Size: 4 x 6 inches


Magic At Dusk No. 2 – SOLD

Soft Pastel Painting by Valerie McKeehan | Original Art

Clouds and skies are endlessly inspiring to me. This particular scene had a magical quality about it with the glow of the evening light. This version has some unexpected pops of colors, which I love.

Size: 6 x 9 inches


Magic At Dusk – SOLD

Soft Pastel Painting by Valerie McKeehan | Original Art

Clouds and skies are endlessly enchanting to me. This particular scene had a magical quality about it with the glow of the evening light.

Size: 6 x 9 inches


The Lavender Farm – SOLD

Soft Pastel Painting by Valerie McKeehan | Original Art

Visiting a lavender farm = self care. That’s what this day was to me. The fields were in full bloom, bees humming all around, the glow of evening sun, snipping each stem was like a meditation, and of course, the intoxicating fragrance. It was a dream.

Size: 8.75 x 10.75 inches


Joy Comes In The Morning – SOLD

Soft Pastel Painting by Valerie McKeehan | Original Art

I took the photo for this painting from my living room window at sunrise right around the beginning of Spring. It was March and still cold, but the hope of spring was in the air. The clouds were moving so fast and I felt fortunate I was able to capture them at that very moment. That’s the thing about clouds, they are ever-changing and never to be repeated exactly the same again. Each day brings a new opportunity to see something in a way I never have before.

Title:Size: approx 8.5 x 11 inches


Sunrise in Pink – SOLD

Soft Pastel Painting by Valerie McKeehan | Original Art

I never thought I would be a morning person. But around January I decided to start getting up very early and use the time before Vienna wakes for myself. Since then I’ve fallen in love with the morning- the stillness and calm. But an added bonus: some of the sunrises I have witnessed have taken my breath away!

Size: 6 x 8 inches


Sunday Morning Peacefulness – SOLD

This is a sister painting to Walk With Me. I loved the color palette so much and especially enjoy the little bit of sparkle in the wildflowers.

Size: approx 8.5 x 11 inches


Walk With Me – SOLD

Walk With Me -Original Soft Pastel Painting by Valerie McKeehan of Lily & Val

Soft pastel paintings are built layer by layer, starting with the darks and then gradually working to warmth and light! There’s something magical that happens when the lights turn on and it changes everything. I wish to be part of this scene… on the path, headed into the light.

Size: 7.5 x 10.75 inches
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First Sign of Spring – SOLD

To me, the first sign of Spring is always the seemingly overnight explosion of forsythia bushes around Pennsylvania. They are anything but subtle and a welcome burst of cheerful color while we patiently wait for the leaves to return.

Size: approximately 9.5″ x 11″
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Clouds No. 3 – SOLD

Size: 9 x 9 inches
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Summer Memory – SOLD

This is one of my favorite scenes captured on a summer drive with Mak & Vienna through my hometown. I have such a clear memory of that day, how beautiful it was, how much fun we had. It feels nostalgic and wistful to me for that reason. I’ve painted this scene quite a few times now (and will probably paint it quite a few more) because it takes me to such a happy place.

Size: 9 x 12 inches


Clouds No. 2 – SOLD

Dark gray clouds hovering above (is it going to storm?) joined with white, fluffy puffs that tell of a happy day. Doesn’t this describe us sometimes too? The ability to be filled with both gloom and joy at the same time.

Size: 9 x 12 inches
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Sunrise Meditation – SOLD

Size: 6 x 9 inches


Grace & Calm – SOLD

The other night I couldn’t sleep because I had too much on my mind. Instead of fighting it, I decided to give in and head to my easel. As I painted this calming scene from my hometown this past summer, I kept telling myself “give yourself grace” over and over. Art can be therapy and this certainly was for me.

Size: 9×12 inches


Morning Dusting – SOLD

I’ve been going on morning walks a few days a week before the sun comes up. There’s something about a morning walk in winter that is simply invigorating. On this particular day, between the dusting of snow and the magical sunrise, I had to paint the moment.

Size: 6 x 9 inches


Morning Glow – SOLD

I painted this small piece in the morning hours while all was quiet and calm. It’s currently winter here, but it allowed me to escape to somewhere warm and bright. My favorite part is the glow in the water.

Size: Approximately 5.5 x 6 inches


Fairytale Path – SOLD

This painting has a very fairytale-esque feel. It just seems idyllic and peaceful, otherworldly almost. Maybe that’s because I painted it during such tumultuous times in our world and I was wishing for an escape. A dappled light path felt like the perfect place to start.

Size: 9 x 9 inches


Cotton Candy Sky – SOLD

I’ve been feeling a desire to paint scenes that have a fairytale-esque warmth – carefree and whimsical… landscapes that take me to another place. I think this painting achieves that with its cotton candy sky and colorful grasses.

Size: 6 x 8″


A Moment of Serenity – SOLD

This painting was inspired by a walk at North Park in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The sun was going down and the water was still and serene. It is the serenity I wanted to remember.

Size: 6″ x 5.5″ inches


Clouds No. 1 – SOLD

A bright, blue sky day! Such a breath of fresh air.

Size: 9 x 6 inches


Fire & Water – SOLD

We are in the peak of Fall in Pennsylvania and each new day is bringing new inspiration to paint! The blue and orange hues dance together in this painting. I love the warm and cool together.

Size: 6 x 9 inches


Autumn Glow – SOLD

Next to my childhood home there was a lane just like this with grand trees on either side. I spent countless hours on this lane. A simple memory, but a happy one that takes me to a comforting place in my mind. I hope the warmth and glow of this painting is a comfort, too.

Size: 9 x 12 inches


Pumpkin Path – SOLD

This painting was inspired by our annual pumpkin-picking visit to Soergel’s Orchard near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. There’s something magical about trapsing through the pumpkin patch and it tops the list of one of my most treasured traditions.

Size: 8 x 10 inches


Poppies – SOLD

Size: 8×10 inches


Last Of The Wildflowers – SOLD

It’s the end of August in Pennsylvania and the wildflowers are abundant, but with signs of running their course. Soon we will say goodbye to Summer.

Size: 9 x 12 inches


Lace Dreams – SOLD

Queen Anne’s Lace – unruly, wild & absolutely magical. This piece feels like a summer dream and was inspired by the Pennsylvania landscapes dotted with this charming wildflower.

Size: 6 x 9 inches


Another Time & Place – SOLD

Another Time & Place - Original Soft Pastel Painting by Valerie McKeehan

The old-fashioned feel of this piece just takes me to another time and place, a simpler, slower time. It was inspired by the beautiful place I grew up in rural Western Pennsylvania.

Size: 9 x 12 inches


Wildflower Walk – SOLD

It’s wildflower season! Lately, I’ve been paying close attention to the Pennsylvania landscape and the wildflowers everywhere are just so alluring to me. Like little dots of magic spread throughout, enchanting and unruly. This painting was inspired by a country drive through my hometown of Scottdale, Pennsylvania.

Size: 9 x 12 inches


Golden Entrance – SOLD

Cheerful golden flowers along a country path feels welcoming, warm and bright! I’ve been playing close attention to the Pennsylvania landscape and the wildflowers everywhere are just so alluring to me. Like little dots of magic spread throughout, enchanting and unruly. This painting was inspired by a country drive through my hometown of Scottdale, Pennsylvania.

Size: 6 x 9 inches