The Dark Side

Greetings Friends,

My 30% off summer sale continues with FREE shipping within the US! It’s your opportunity to take advantage of great prices on all of my paintings and collages through June 30th. A big THANK YOU to everyone who has already purchased work! I so appreciate your support.

I thought I’d highlight a few of the paintings that sometimes get overlooked — paintings that are on the darker side. These are pieces that predominantly feature black or dark gray, and they’re uniquely beautiful in their own way.

Click on the images below for more information about each piece.

The first painting is “Dark Night of the Soul,” shown below. It’s a painting about despair, but it’s also about hope. Often there is no rebirth, renewal or change without first going through a dark night where things fall apart and we are forced to let go. Only then can we restructure our lives in a better, and perhaps more meaningful and sustainable way.

The colors and texture in this piece are amazing. I like to hang each painting in my house for a while once it’s finished, and I loved seeing this one in the bedroom when I woke up each day. It’s the kind of painting I can stare at for a long period of time because it engages my senses.

Cassandra Tondro art

Cassandra Tondro art

“Dark Night of the Soul,” 30 x 40 inches, $1,050 now $735

Next up is “Monkey Mind,” an intrictate piece of many layers. Monkey mind is when the same worrisome thoughts keep cycling over and over through our minds. Even though we know that this obsessive thinking is not productive, we’re unable to stop or control these thoughts.

I’m especially fond of the texture on this piece, achieved through many layers of painted patterns and sanding back. Even though the painting is primarily black, there are so many other colors and designs giving it a whimsical feel.

Cassandra Tondro art

Cassandra Tondro art

“Monkey Mind,” 24 x 36 inches, $850 now $595

Then there’s “Shadow Self,” from my Transformation series. It’s about the darker side of our nature that we don’t like to acknowledge or see. Yet recognizing it can be a pathway to healing and an authentic life.

The line work on this piece gives it an air of mystery. The grid was created using charcoal, and it obscures the details of the painting underneath. Looking closely, you can see blues, pinks, corals and purple peeking through, creating a shadow effect.

Cassandra Tondro art

Cassandra Tondro art

“Shadow Self,” 30 x 24 inches, $725 now $507.50

And last but not least is “Crossroads,” a handsome piece from my Rusty Rebar series. It was created by laying rebar on raw canvas and letting it rust. Every few days I moved the rebar to create an intricate crosshatch of rust marks. When the rusting process was done, I folded the canvas into a small square, tied it with string to create areas that resist, and dyed it in logwood. Logwood is a purple-ish plant dye, but it turns black in the presence of the iron from the rebar.

When you see this piece in person, it’s impressive! It has subtle variations of blacks and purplish grays accented with rust colors from the rebar.

Cassandra Tondro art

Cassandra Tondro art

“Crossroads,” 36x 48 inches, $1,450 now $1,015

You can see all of the paintings and collages that are on sale through June 30th by clicking here.

How do you express your darker side? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.

With love and appreciation,


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