Monday, October 27, 2014


"Rasputin"  (pastel, 6x6 inches)  click here to bid 

This name came to me as I was checking my lists for "R" names suitable for roosters. I have "Raspberry" listed, but thought that would be better for a hen. Then this one popped in to my head and wouldn't leave. Since history was never my strong subject, I looked him up. Grigori Rasputin was a Russian peasant, mystic, faith healer and private adviser to the Romanovs in the early 1900's. Images show him with a piercing stare and his short biography on Wikipedia mentions that he suffered from physical tics and jerking limbs.
Hmmm... Kinda' fits.

I started off taking progress shots, but finished the next day and neglected to take more..

Friday, October 24, 2014


"Agave"  (pastel, 7x5 inches)  click here to bid

This cute longhorn calf is one of the twins from my recent large painting "Timid Twins" and who's cousins from the same herd are in "Double Trouble". I named this one Agave because she looks like a "Honey" to me, but I've already used that name, and I just bought some agave nectar at the store today. Lately my title thought-processes are becoming very fast, intuitive free-associations, almost like pulling something out of a hat. Lol.

Finally, some progress shots again!

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Little Mister Chicken

"Little Mister Chicken"  (pastel, 6x4 inches)  click here to bid

This one to compliment Little Miss Chicken, of course! Cock-a-Doodle-Do!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Little Miss Chicken

"Little Miss Chicken"  (pastel, 6x4 inches)  click here to bid 

 This young chicken is from Fry's Fun Farm - home of the amazingly cute bunnies, and other young animals!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Road Sketch #33

"Road Sketch #33"  (pastel on Canson Mi-Tientes Touch, 6.5 x 11.5 inches) click here to bid

My last demo from the workshop in Marble Falls, TX. I had decided to do a landscape but had no more paper or boards of my own to work on, so someone handed me an odd-sized piece of black Canson Mi-Tientes Touch. I've seen this paper, and I think I have some somewhere, but had never used it before so it was an adventure. On first application it feels as though the pastel won't hold on very well, but in fact it holds very well! I probably could have layered up a lot more pastel than I did, but I'm used to working with light glazes.

I chose a twilight road scene for this black paper (which was actually more of a dark charcoal gray) so my main challenge here was keeping the values all low-key, in the mediums and darks. The tiniest bit of light yellow for the headlights of the oncoming truck, and medium-light gray for the road lines.

This painting is suitable for custom matting, and in fact would look quite nice in a simple black 12x18 inch frame with a medium off-gray mat, 6x11 opening. Or even double matting with a dark green or violet inner mat.

Monday, October 20, 2014


"Twinkie"  (pastel, 7x5 inches)  click here to bid

Here's my second demo from the weekend's workshop in Marble Falls. This one I had already primed up as an underpainting and I told the class I wanted no questions, so they could see how I work un-interrupted as in my own studio. I think the pastel took me about 35 minutes on this. Unfortunately I forgot to have anyone take pics, so no progress shots.

Instead, I'd like to mention my next workshop, coming up quickly next month, November 7 & 8! It's in Victoria, TX at the Victoria Art League. Click on the poster below for a quick view, or visit my workshop page for more info and a registration link!