Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Stella, a pet portrait commission

"Stella" (pastel, 8x10 inches)  sold

Finished with a commission of a dog over the weekend. This is not it. I never post new commission work until after the 'surprise'. I might post it later. Instead, this one's from last year, and was one of my favorites so I'm happy to finally show it off!

I will generally do pastel pet portraits if the photo is good, for the same retail price as my other animal paintings of the same size, starting at only $200, unframed! See a more complete price list on my website here (and scroll down for pet portraits.)

Meanwhile, I found progress shots of Stella!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Bubba Bunny (Real-Time Video!)

"Bubba Bunny"  (pastel, 12x9 inches)  click here to bid

Bubba was underpainted at my Rockport workshop earlier this month. The students really wanted to see me finish him, but we just ran out of time with everything else. So I made a video while I worked on him today.
I got the 40-minute painting edited down to 12 minutes in the video, but it's real-time, so you can see a lot of the actual pastel technique.

Let me know how you like it!


Saturday, September 17, 2016

J is for Jaguar

"J is for Jaguar"  (pastel, 8x10 inches)  click here to bid

I started this one in my workshop last month in Little Rock, but the lighting in the photo was a bit more challenging than I was up to for a workshop demo, so I put it aside for later.

I got in the groove with it today in my studio, listening to Pandora on my new iPhone. I think it worked.

Here are progress shots, from underpainting at the workshop to the finish in studio:

(The color balance that my camera was catching was way off... the finished image at the top is the scanned painting, and quite accurate!)

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Flamingo 2

"Flamingo 2" (pastel, 12x9 in.)  sold

This was a request from a client who missed out on the "F is for Flamingo". I like revisiting the same subject (as if you didn't know...) and sometimes when I've done something very new to me, I'm happy to have an excuse to paint another one right away!

Here are some progress shots:

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Thursday, September 15, 2016


"Macaw"  (pastel, 12x6 inches)  click here to bid.

I was pleasantly surprised to find such a great shot in my photo files, after someone asked my if I had done any parrots, and I realized I had only done one parrot painting many years ago:
"Two of a Kind" (pastel, 12x9 in) 2001
So I threw this one into my latest batch. It's fun to see my changing style. I got into the zone with this one and it flowed really well!

Here are some progress shots:

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Hillary (speed demo!)

"Hillary" (pastel, 7x5 in.)  sold

Another demo from last Friday. One of my girls from the workshop (who happens to be a Democrat)  bought Hillary and Bernie, and so she had the privilege of naming them! I file my artwork by title, so I was happy to have two names that I'd not yet used.

I had some good video footage of Hillary, so here's another speed demo!

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