Sunday, July 23, 2017

Miniature Sunsets

 
 
 
 
Miniature Sunsets (pastel, 2x2 inches) $50 each, framed. Today at the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair I've been doing some tiny paintings. I revisited some of my early sunset paintings and translated them into a 2x2 format for some cute old gold frames that I had bought in bulk ages ago from Hobby Lobby, had used a few, and then the rest disappeared into the depths of the garage. I found the box of them right before this trip. Here's how they look in the frames!
 
 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Cokolada









"Cokolada" (pastel, 7x5 inches) $265
 
I finished this one today here at the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair. 

I'm really getting low on the black/brown cow names. "Cokolata" means "chocolate" in Slovenian.

Here's the underpainting right before the black primer went on, and a shot about halfway through the pastel:






Thursday, July 20, 2017

Braithwaite

"Braithwaite" (pastel, 6x6inches) $265

I'm here at the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, which goes on through Sunday in Ann Arbor, MI. Find me in booth 145 on Washington! I'm trying to be good and work on some little paintings while I'm out here. This is from earlier today.

(The sun was at just the right angle to my board when I was done, and I caught the finished shot showing the little shadows from the pastel texture. Wow! I might try that instead of scanning from now on, at least for the small stuff.)

This image is one that I had composed a while back, and had the underpainting ready for the pastel. It's one of my daring compositional attempts, with the eye in the exact center of the painting. I like when I can "break a rule" and still get the other lines, angles and shapes in an image to lay themselves out in a strong way!

Here are a few progress shots and how Braithwaite looks in his frame:

The Photo:








 
 
 
 
This was the only pic I had of the underpainting. It shows three layers of the gold primer, which gets darker on each application. The terra cotta and the black primers went on next. You can kind of see the finished underpainting under the pastel in the next shot...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Ruger

"Ruger" (pastel, 7x5 inches) sold

Here's the last one of the triple-demo from the Milwaukee workshop. I pasteled Ruger along with Atir and Henry, all in a row on Sunday, after doing simultaneous underpaintings the day before. This gives the students an idea of how I work my "asssembly-line" method of painting when at home in the studio!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Henry

"Henry" (pastel, 7x5 inches) sold

Henry is another of the three consecutive demos from the Milwaukee workshop. I underpainted all three of them simultaneously as a demo on Sunday morning, then painted (pasteled) them in a row on Monday.

Here are some shots of the underpainting "assembly line" demo, and a couple closeups of Henry. I didn't get shots of the pastel part. I'll post the little Hereford calf soon!







Monday, July 17, 2017

Atir


"Atir" (pastel, 7x5 inches) sold


This was one of my triple demo this morning. That's when I paint the pastel on three underpainted images in a row, with no questions or talking. The students get a good show of how I work in the studio. Unfortunately I also forgot to have anyone take progress shots with my camera. But tomorrow I'll have time to post the "assembly-line" underpaintings from the Sunday morning demo, one of which was this one!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Park Trail #40

"Park Trail #40"  (pastel, 6x6 inches)  $200 unframed for the next two days, or $265 framed

Today's afternoon demo in the Milwaukee workshop. I almost have yesterday's demo done, and will have at least 3 new paintings by tomorrow, which I underpainted today.

The workshop is going very well; it's a very talented bunch and they're all having fun!

Here are some shots from my demo, and some of my students at work on their own paintings from today and yesterday:


















Friday, July 14, 2017

Who, Me?

"Who, Me?" (pastel, 10x8 inches) $400

This one will be with me at the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair in Ann Arbor, Michigan, July 20-23, 2017. Find me in booth #145 on Washington Street!





Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Bovines

"The Bovines" (pastel, 35x48 inches) $6900

Well, here it is, the largest painting I've ever done! I've had this on my mind for years, ever since I took the reference photo, which I haven't edited in any way except for some color enhancement. These cows were a hoot! A large mixed herd on a beautiful sunny afternoon on the way to Victoria TX. The Brahman on the left was an attention hog and wanted to be the star of the show. She kept following me down the fence line, with her four friends trailing along. These five were the friendliest of the entire herd. They were so photogenic I was happy to let them monopolize the entire photo shoot.
the photo

Here are just a few of the many progress shots:









 Well, one small edit: I decided the flipped back ear was ambiguous, so re-painted it frontwards...

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