Saturday, May 21, 2016


"Squirrelly" (pastel, 7x5 inches) sold

Another demo from my last workshop. This one sold quick, and I miss it because I really like how it came out!
This was when I did two demos in quick succession with not much talking, to show the students some of the assembly-line production process I utilize at home.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Park Trail #37

"Park Trail #37" (pastel, 6x9 inches)
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This one is a little different from my usual Park Trail. It was a cloudy, drizzly morning in late September. The photo for this painting was taken just as the clouds were thinning and the mist was beginning to evaporate. I can still remember the clean, moist air and the smell of the dewy grass...

I know I've been kinda silent lately. My son is graduating from high school on Sunday. Very soon he will be a working, driving, independent adult... but it hasn't happened yet. Tomorrow morning he's taking his driving test and then we're shopping for a suit for all of those summer job interviews. My daughter is finishing her sophomore year and has exams next week and a violin recital the Saturday after.

I've been filling my life with the little things that seem to fill up my calendar day after day and keep me out of the studio. But that's ok. I think I've needed the time off and I still have loads of ideas that have been brewing all winter and very soon I'll be breaking out with new work!


Meanwhile, this is a sneak demo from my last workshop, done over a watercolor underpainting that had been sitting around in my studio for a couple years. I took it along, and while everyone was busy working on the last workshop day, and not needing much of my help because they had gotten so GOOD, I started in on this. One of the girls noticed and caught some photos.

 (If you notice here, at the end of a landscape, I like to turn off my reference, and let the painting tell me what it needs...)

Anyway, after framing everything for the two art fairs this month, I'm thinking I might start offering a few select framed paintings at special prices, to make room for the new paintings which are crowding my head and to create space in the corner of my studio where these rest in boxes. (And, ok, to be honest, my son's a bit short of his college tuition, even with his scholarships, so I'll be in "income mode" all summer!)

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Castor and Pollux to Cottonwood

"Castor and Pollux"  (pastel, 32x32 inches) $4100

I posted this last October when it was done, but because of an art fest reschedule it went straight into a gallery for the winter and has never seen an art fair! I've just pick this one up along with several other recent paintings (small, medium and large!) to fill my booth at the Cottonwood Art Festival this weekend, may 7&8, 2016.

This will be my first time juried into Cottonwood and I've heard great things about it from every artist I know who's been there. I'm excited!

Cottonwood Art Festival is a semi-annual event that features works from the nation's top visual artists. Located in scenic Cottonwood Park in Richardson, Texas (map), this prestigious art show has been a part of Richardson life for over forty years. Come check it out! Admission is free!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Deep Sheep going to NYC!

"Deep Sheep" (pastel, 28x25 inches) $2800

I've posted this one before but just have to brag that it's been accepted into the IAPS (International Association of Pastel Societies) 28th Juried exhibition, to be hosted at the historic Salmagundi Club in New York City! The show dates will be from June 6th to17th, 2016. The awards reception is Thursday June 9th, 6-8pm, and several other events (tours, a demo, and a brunch) will be happening throughout the exhibit dates.
Keep an eye on the IAPS site for upcoming details!

I also found a few progress shots hidden deep in my photo files somewhere, that I hadn't yet posted:

Wednesday, April 27, 2016


"Bosco" (pastel, 7x5 inches)  sold

One of my demos from the workshop earlier this month. Sold to and named by a student. When I sell a fresh, untitled demo I ask the buyer to title it and I'm always amazed that they're able to come up with titles I've not ever used before... and good ones too! Sometimes I say to myself "I wish I'd thought of that one!"

applying the pastel primer

the photo, the underpainting, and elbow

imparting random bits of wisdom during the demo

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Prince (the cat)

"Prince" (pastel, 12x6 inches) sold

In honor of Prince (the musician) who passed away today, I'm happy to show off one of my demos from last weekend's workshop in Lee's Summit, MO. This cat, coincidentally also named Prince, belonged to one of the workshop students and she graciously allowed me to use her photo to make a portrait of him.

I used three colors of pastel primers for the underpainting; the gold, the terra cotta, and the black.

 The gold is Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold fluid acrylic color mixed into Golden (brand) Fine Pumice Gel. The gel is clear, so the color mixture is semi-transparent, and gets darker on each application. I do about 2 more layers of this to start the value-scaled underpainting.
(The initial layer of gold I usually spread across large pieces of Gatorboard, then cut to size and transfer my drawings, working in 'batches' of 6 to 8 at a time.)
 The next layer of primer is the Art Spectrum (brand) Pastel Primer in the terra cotta color. I lay it into the darkest areas, then scrub and dry-brush it into the medium values of the gold to continue the value scale and add more depth to the monochromatic underpainting.
 Then, on some subjects that contain a considerable amount of black (fur, or clothing, etc) I apply a final layer using the Art Spectrum pastel primer in the black color.

On the black, my first pastel application is Terry Ludwig's famous Eggplant! Darker than black! haha!

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