Saturday, September 16, 2017

Salisbury, and the West Virginia workshop

"Salisbury" (pastel, 10x8 inches) click here to bid or buy

This handsome bull was my opening demo for my workshop in Lewisburg, West Virginia, earlier this week. Another excellent workshop with a very talented and fun group!

I'm on the road home now and mapping out my route to see how many zoos I can see on my way... my favorite perk of traveling!

Meanwhile here are some progress shots of Salisbury:

(Thought this was done here, but when I saw the thumbnail on the computer, the stunted ear really jumped out at me! So... I didn't post him on Monday night so I could fix him on Tuesday, and then the rest of the week flew by in a blink! But finally here he is...)

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Saturday, September 9, 2017


"Fredrika" (pastel, 7x5 inches) sold

This was one of my triple-demo today at my workshop withe the Ohio Pastel Artists League in Alexandria, OH. It was a great group of talented artists. We all had a lot of fun and learned a lot!

My triple demo is when I build up the primer layers of the underpaintings on three small drawings simultaneously in one demo, then later in another demo, I paint each one with pastel, one after another, with no accompanying lecture, just as if I was at home in my studio. The students get this chance to see how I "really" work when I have uninterrupted time at home.

Here are some progress shots of Fredrika:

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Locke at the Ohio Wildlife Center

"Locke" (pastel, 8x6 inches) sold

My demo yesterday for the Ohio Pastel Artists League was held at the Ohio Wildlife Center in Powell OH, on the north edge of Columbus. Elyse, the caretaker there, brought out their permanent resident screech owl, Locke, as a charming visual aid to her presentation about the Center, and by the way, as a subject for me to paint!

The lighting in the room wasn't ideal, so instead of working from life, I took some photos by the window earlier in the evening.
I was thrilled to paint another screech owl, after keeping one of my own paintings from years ago, of another screech owl I fell in love with from a rescue place in north Texas.
"Portrait of a Screech Owl" (pastel and pastel pencil, 7x5 inches) 2007, collection of the artist..

I didn't quite get the demo done last night, but finished it this afternoon. Here's a shot during the underpainting process:

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Mini Sunset 12

Mini Sunset 12 (pastel, 2x2 inches) $55 framed

These are the last of the bunch! #12 on the left, and #14 on the right. (Ok I've succumbed to superstition and skipped #13...) I'll share 14 in it's own post in a day or two!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Mini Sunset 10

"Mini Sunset 10"  (pastel, 2x2 inches) $55, framed

It's been a heartbreaking week with hurricane/tropical storm Harvey wreaking devastating loss and destruction to homes, businesses and entire communities throughout southeast Texas. Recovery has just begun and is likely to take many months.
I am fortunate that New Braunfels survived with mere heavy rainfall and high winds. I am now committed to supporting the recovery effort and will be donating a percentage of my September sales to the Harvey Disaster Relief and Recovery.
Please consider a purchase this month, if not from me, then from any artist or gallery or business that you know of in the Houston and surrounding areas. With your support, you can help speed the recovery of local artists and businesses affected by Harvey.

Thank you.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Mini Sunset 11

Mini Sunset 11 (pastel, 2x2 inches) $55 framed

The little gold frames are starting to run low, just a few more left! Here are mini sunset 10 and 11 in their frames. I'll show off #10 on my next blog post!

Saturday, September 2, 2017


 "Firstborn" (pastel, 12x12 inches) sold

 A blast from the past!  I am working on a couple more commission pieces for  the client who purchased this painting years ago (which began her collection of my work!) and when I looked up this image to reference some color notes, I also came across the progress shots and realized that this was one of my very early warm toned under paintings (maybe even the first one!) - right before I started using the quinacridone nickel azo gold color.

 For this one I used Golden (brand) transparent red iron oxide Fluid Acrylic color mixed into the Golden fine pumice gel for the base layer, then the Art Spectrum terra cotta pastel primer for the shadow areas. Really just a two-toned under painting, but definitely catching the light and shadow patterns.

I'm tempted to use this same method for the new commission works I'm preparing for my client, and try to get the same look.

See progress shots below:

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Mr. Frost

"Mr. Frost" (pastel, 7x5 inches) $265 framed

This frosty white goat, which I remember as one of my demos in Ann Arbor last month, somehow slipped through the cracks on my return, so I'm happy to post him now, while I've been caught up with bunches of other little things and not had much time to paint.

I'm preparing now to do caricatures at the WestFest in the little town of West, TX, this weekend, and immediately upon returning home monday, I will be unloading that festival stuff, and reloading for my two workshops up north in OH and WV in September, and hitting the road again!

On impulse today, I tried out my phone's panorama setting, and took this shot of my studio from the doorway (the messy side!) One of these years I'll clean it all up again. As soon as I fill all those frames with paintings! Ha.

Here's a shot of Mr Frost in his frame:

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Mini Sunset 9

"Mini Sunset 9" (pastel, 2x2 inches) $55, framed

I'm having fun with these tiny sunsets and using them to fill the ancient (10 year) discontinued gold frames from Hobby Lobby that I found in my garage over the summer!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Mini Sunset 8

"Mini Sunset 8" (pastel, 2x2 inches) $55, framed

Tried some delicate blending on this one... I like it!

Here's a shot of the beginning:

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Mini Sunset 7

"Mini Sunset 7" (pastel, 2x2 inches) $55, framed

A new little batch of three mini sunsets (Message me for a deal on all three!)

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Mini Sunset 6

"Mini Sunset 6" (pastel, 2x2 inches) click here to bid or buy

Here's the last of this batch of little sunsets that I made for these cute gold frames I found!

The other two were posted on the previous two days.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Mini Sunset 5

"Mini Sunset 5"  (pastel, 2x2 inches)  sold

These are fun! This one sold already!
The third one (on the right in the group shot) will be posted tomorrow.

This batch of three. #4 was posted yesterday. #6 will be posted tomorrow!