Sunday, October 4, 2015

Sugar Bun

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

Thought it was time for another bunny.

Here are progress shots:

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Donna Kylisha

"Donna Kylisha" (pastel, 6x4 inches)  click here to bid (coming soon)

A very young mini-donkey!

Progress shots:

Friday, October 2, 2015


"Midge"  (pastel, 6x8 inches)  click here to bid

Another from the best little herd of Herefords, right next to my kids' high school. I love getting shots there in the mornings!

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Don Keoki

"Don Keoki"  (pastel, 6x4 inches) click here to bid 


I have a painting to post every day of this weekend and into next week! Yay!

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Calf Stretch 2

"Calf Stretch 2"  (pastel, 6x6 inches)  click here to bid

I love the compact arrangement a calf makes when folding in on itself to reach a distant itchy body part.

This one was reminiscent of my first "Calf Stretch", which earned an Honorable Mention in the Pastel 100 Competition in 2013.
"Calf Stretch" (pastel, 5x7 inches)
Here are a few progress shots of Calf Stretch 2:
2 layers of the gold primer
 I first underpaint using acrylic-based pastel primers. The first layers are gold colored. This is Quiacridone 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.
3 layers of the gold primer.
 The next (and sometimes final) color of primer is the Art Spectrum (brand) Pastel Primer in the terra cotta color. I lay it into the darker 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 underpainting.
the terra cotta primer added
In this case I also used some of the black primer (Art Spectrum brand again) since the calf has lots of black fur.
the black primer added
 After all this the job's half done!
starting in with the pastel

finishing with the pastel
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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Just Hangin' and Snackin'

"Just Hangin' and Snackin'" (pastel, 12x6 inches)  click here to bid

Been a bit lazy myself, just hanging' and snackin' after recovering from a bout of icky stomach bug last week. Getting back into the routine of things and (trying) to catch up with all the overflow. I do have a nice batch of new underpaintings ready which I'm going to (try to) pastel on tomorrow! This one I finished on the weekend. This was a little challenging for me with it's softer cool light / warm shadow arrangement.

On another note, I'm excited to say that I am the Featured Artist for the first annual Wimberley Alive Music and Arts Festival, October 24 & 25, 2015, in Wimberley TX. Celebrating Wimberley's spirit and benefiting the Barnabas Connection for Wimberley Flood Recovery.