Rain Pastels with Charcoal by Robert Rhodes

Robert Rhodes, who lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, often paints the surrounding countryside that has remained undeveloped, mostly due to the Amish, since William Penn and his heirs first chopped down the forests and began farming there. There is something about the beginning in this artist’s work as well.

It’s been raining a lot in Pennsylvania. A rain storm recently ripped out a road that runs from Lancaster County into Lebanon County through the South Mountain. Sudden torrential flooding tore up the highway and left it impassable for days.

Venturing out in rain, and back in rain, and even when inside watching from the window, Robert Rhodes has been chronicling these uncertain times with pastels and charcoal that I find honestly remarkable and hopefully sublime.

If you happen to be in the area, some of his new work can be found at Prince Street Cafe. Stop by and check it out.


Windows: Fog in the park. Pastel, charcoal and water on paper.

Melancholy landscapes: I think it’s going to rain today. Pastel, charcoal and water on paper.

Early morning: Rain excavations. Pastel, charcoal and water on paper.

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