Saturday, March 17, 2018


 "TruffleBun (pastel, 6x4 inches) $225 framed

This one was begging for a very small size!
TruffleBun will be with me at the Bayou City Art Festival March 23-25, 2018, unless he sells first.


TruffleBun framed
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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Sugar and Jasmine - a Serendipitous Commission

"Sugar and Jasmine" (pastel, 10x10 inches) sold

I've been wanting to post this one for a while. It was a serendipitous commission from Christmastime. Jasmine's parents had come to my craft show location wanting a portrait of her pooch, and we looked over several photos...
And then they asked me about drawing them both together and showed me this photo on their phone:
I was, of course, immediately taken by the light! (Not the light rays though... what a nightmare that would be!) And I told them they should really consider pastel! I guess I was convincing because after we discussed the price tag they told me they'd think about it (I thought, oh well, lost that one...) but then came back within the hour and placed the order!

They even ordered a pencil one of Sugar by herself, in black & white:
"Sugar" (conte and pastel pencil, 10x8)

Here are some shots of my progress with Sugar and Jasmine's portrait. I used the same warm underpainting that I enjoy doing for most of my pastel work:

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Bunnyboo in International Pastel Exhibition!

"Bunnyboo" (pastel, 7x5 inches)

I'm excited to brag that my little pastel "Bunnyboo" will be a part of the 32cd International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) Juried Exhibition! This puts me one point closer to Eminent Pastelist status (10 points above the Master Circle, which I achieved in 2007 -- I haven't added up the points lately, but I think I'm getting close!)

A big thank you to the jurors of selection Marla Baggetta, Willo Balfrey, and Jennifer Evenhus!

The show will be held at the American Art Company gallery, Tacoma, WA, March 16 - April 30, 2018. The Reception and Opening, April 7-8, 2018.

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See progress shots of Bunnyboo on her original post here!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

"Golden" won First In Show at APS

"Golden" (pastel, 12x9 inches) $1350

I've posted Golden before, but I wanted to brag about her latest achievement! She is currently showing in the Austin Pastel Society's 2018 Annual Juried Members Exhibition, and has won First in Show!

(And look what I got! :D )

The exhibit continues at the Chase Bank Building Corridor of Art, 700 Lavaca Street Lower Level, Austin TX, through April 30, 2018.

Golden has become quite the world traveler. She snagged her first award at the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod annual exhibition For Pastels Only on Cape Cod last year, then spent a couple months in Italy at  the PASIT Pastellisti Italiani First International Exhibition of Pastel Painting in Rome! She'll still have another year or so of competition life in her (most competitions require a work to be under 2-3 years old to compete) unless she sells first...

You can view progress shots of Golden on her original post here:  

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Sir Hops

"Sir Hops"  (pastel, 12x9 inches) $425 unframed for a limited time.

I've had bunnies on my mind lately. Sir Hops will be with me at the Bayou City Art Festival March 23-25, 2018, unless he sells first. My studio assistant is gone for spring break, so I'll probably be framing Sir Hops and the other last minute paintings in a mad rush just before the festival.

Here are some progress shots for your enjoyment!

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Thursday, March 8, 2018


"Tika" (pastel, 7x5 inches) sold

Tika is the beloved pet sheep of a good friend. Tika was Kaye's first sheep, which she bottle-fed by hand and raised with affection. Having met Tika enough times to have an abundance of photos, I can attest to her friendly nature (and her super-soft coat!)

Kaye also has Longhorn cattle, Boer goats and Pigmy goats. I've painted quite a few of her animals over the years (many paintings of which are now in Kaye's extensive art collection!) Here are some that I recall while browsing through my image files:

"Gable" (pastel, 6x6)
"Gracie" (pastel, 7x5)
"Lilbit" (pastel, 7x5)
"Sesame" (pastel, 7x5)

"Patches" (pastel, 8x8)
"Dry Bath" (pastel, 8x8)

"Safety Zone" (pastel, 16x16)
"Lunch al Fresco" (pastel, 18x14)
 Btw, I just installed nifty little articulating camera mounts in my studio, and was able to get video of the entire painting process of Tika. My daughter will be working on the editing, and will post on my YouTube channel when it's done. Keep an eye out!

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