Thursday, July 24, 2014

Timid Twins

"Timid Twins"  (pastel, 36x24 inches)  $3500 framed

Finally! This will be my newest large showpiece for the Beachcomber's Art Show and Sale, South Padre Island, TX, Convention Centre, this weekend July 26 & 27, 2014.

My large paintings have sold fairly well over the last 2 years. "Nibbling Sibling", which was slotted to go to The Gallery at Round Top since they sold "Familial Bliss", just sold to a client from Cactus Jack's this week! So I'll be trying to compose some new large works before October and the Bayou City Art Fest in downtown Houston. This one will probably go to Round Top if it doesn't sell this weekend.

Here are just a handful of the progress shots for Timid Twins (the background gave me the most trouble!):

 Above was my first stop to analyze. Thought it might be done. Looked just like the photo (!) but something wasn't right. (Probably because it 'looked just like the photo'! Duh!)
 Not enough contrast behind the calves' white hides. Also too even a distribution of lights and darks. It had no 'strength'. So away went the photo, and away went the background!
 Instead, I put in a barn wall and another grassy shadow. Also subtly neutralized the shadowed sides of the hides using violets and greens.
 Leaving just the one streak of light to illuminate the calves.
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I Got Y'r Back!

"I Got Y'r Back!"  (pastel, 16x16 inches) $975 framed

My latest!! This one will be with me at the Beachcomber's Art Show and Sale this weekend, South Padre Island, Texas, Convention Centre, July 26-27, 2014.


Monday, July 21, 2014


"Angora"  (pastel, 7x5 inches)  $245 framed

Another family member of Shaggy Ray and Jed, from the same photo shoot on the drive to Kansas. She's an Angora goat. Duh. I know, not a very imaginative title. Too busy this week to think.

This painting will be with me at the Beachcomber's Art Show and Sale, South Padre Island Convention Centre this weekend, July 26-27, 2014. No new auctions 'til I get back.


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Prince of Thieves - in HVAA Exhibit

"Prince of Thieves"  (pastel, 8x6 inches)  $1150

I'm happy to announce that this handsome thief will be going to the Salmagundi Club in NYC for the 82cd Annual Juried Exhibition of the Hudson Valley Art Association.
Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony: Friday September 26.
The exhibit runs September 20 - 26, 2014.

I won't be traveling up there this year, but wish me luck anyway!


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Big Red

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

Here's a handsome little rooster to start your weekend. I didn't get any progress shots of this one, but here's the photo and the underpainting:

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Duckling - in AIS Exhibit

"Duckling" (pastel, 7x5 inches)

This, one of those rare, fast and flowing works that painted itself last month, I decided to hold back from posting and entered it into an exhibit instead. I'm thrilled to announce it has been accepted into the 15th Annual American Impressionist Society National Juried Exhibition. Only 165 artists' works were accepted from 1330 entries!

The show will be held at Abend Gallery in Denver Colorado, Oct 2 - Nov 1, 2014.
Opening Reception/Awards Presentation, Oct. 2, 5pm-8pm.

The judge of awards is AIS Master Artist Clayton J. Beck III, who I happen to know appreciates small works and feels they are sometimes underrated.

OK, Clayton - here's one of my best small works to date... we'll see how it ranks with the rest of the amazing entries! ;) I'm overwhelmed to be included in the list of accepted artists, which reads like a Who's Who of American Impressionists!