Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Easter!

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

Rejoice, for He is Risen! This little chick is filled with awe at the miracle.

(And why isn't that called "awefull"? I never understood why "awful" has an opposite meaning from what it logically should ... Food for thought.
 ...But I decided not to call this "Awefull Chick")

Here are some progress shots to enjoy on this happy Easter morning (or afternoon, or the day after...)

Happy Easter! Please share the happines!


Friday, April 18, 2014

Wildflower Field #33

"Wildflower Field #33" (pastel, 6x8 inches)  sold

Here's the other field from the same photo as yesterday's. This was a demo to show how surface and underpainting variances can affect the finished painting. This one had a watercolor underpainting on white Wallis paper. Below is the reference photo (greatly enhanced in Photoshop) and the other painting, which was on my usual gold-primed gatorboard with a warm pastel underpainting. In both cases, I allowed the underpainting to influence my application of pastel and color choices in the finished paintings.
enhanced photo

"Wildflower Field #34" pastel, 5x7
 A couple shots of me working on the underpaintings... (#34 is on top, #33 is below it)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Wildflower Field #34

"Wildflower Field #34" (pastel 5x7 inches)  click here to bid

Here's one of two landscapes I did from the same reference photo, as a demonstration of how different surfaces and underpaintings can affect how a finished pastel painting will look.

This one was on my usual gold-primed gatorboard, and then had a pastel underpainting in warm tones washed in with alcohol. Tomorrow I'll post the other one, Wildflower Field #33, which I sold to one of the students.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Beach Date #4 (and the KS Workshop)

"Beach Date #4" (pastel, 6x6 inches, on Art Spectrum Suede)  sold

I snuck this one in between demos last weekend at my pastel workshop in Ulysses, KS. The Main ARTery (I just love that name!) owner, Jeani, bought it on Sunday, so I didn't have time to think up a more unique title.

I've painted this scene 4 times now (hence the #4 title) and maybe this image will never be in official 'retirement'.... It keeps sneaking back into my radar.

Here are the other three...
"Beach Date" (pastel, 6x6 inches, 2011, on Wallis Belgian Mist)

"Beach Date" (oil, 6x6 inches, 2011)

"Beach Date" (#3) (pastel, 8x8 inches, 2011, on Wallis Belgian Mist)
Tomorrow, I'll try to have time to post some photos and notes from the workshop on my Art Journal Blog.


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Safe Haven in Salon International 2014

"Safe Haven"  (pastel 18x28 inches)

I'm thrilled to announce that this, my third painting of my daughter, was accepted into the 13th Annual Salon International hosted by the Greenhouse Gallery in San Antonio, TX. The exhibit will feature original paintings in oil, acrylic, pastel and watercolor selected from artists submissions across the country and around the world. Renowned Master artist David A. Leffel will be serving as the exhibit judge.

The Reception is Saturday April 5, 5-8pm.

View the exhibit online HERE.

This is the first year the Salon has accepted more than just oil paintings into this prestigious exhibit. 

 Below are some progress shots:

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Elfling won Best of Show!

"Elfling" (pastel, 8x6 inches)  $1150

Just found out on Sunday that my newest painting in my Renaissance Portrait Series has won Best of Show at the Austin Pastel Society's Juried Member Exhibition. The show continues at the Chase Bank Building Corridor of Art, at Seventh and Lavaca, Austin TX, through April 26, 2014.

A video of Elfling's creation progress is posted on YouTube Here.


Saturday, March 29, 2014

Bull Profile #1

"Bull Profile #1"  (pastel, 15" circle)  $875 framed

Here's the first of several bulls I photographed at a local rodeo festival. They were moving restlessly about in their small pen, so I was able to get a lot of various angles. But even then I had a suspicion I would be wanting to do profiles soon.

I just love the floppy horns.

Here are some progress shots:

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Friday, March 28, 2014

No Bull! (at the Bayou City Art Festival)

"No Bull!"  (pastel, 36x36 inches)  $5000

This lovely Longhorn cow is my largest pastel painting to date! I worked long hours to get this one ready for the Bayou City Art Festival in Houston, TX, this weekend (March 28-30. I am in Booth #5 near the main entrance.) I like to have at least one large show-stopper at an art fair, and since last year I sold 4 of my largest paintings (2 of them at this Memorial Park BCAF) I was due for a new one. I recently found out that the Art Glass my framer gets is in fact available larger than 32x40, so I measured the back opening of my truck, added the frame width, and said "I can make a painting 36" wide!"

So I did.

Here are just a handful of the many many shots I took during the painting process, just to show a quick progression:
the gold and terra cotta primer underpainting

here with the photo on my iPad, gives a sense of scale!

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Thursday, March 27, 2014


"Pumpkin"  (pastel, 12" circle)  $550 framed

Pumpkin will be with me at the Bayou City Art Festival in Memorial Park, Houston, TX, this weekend March 28-30, 2014. I'll be in booth #5 near the main entrance.

Saturday's forecast for Houston: Sunny, with a high near 77. Can't beat that!!


Wednesday, March 26, 2014


"Chocolat" (pastel, 12" circle) $550 framed

I was able to squeeze in a couple more circle paintings before packing for the weekend. Chocolat (pronounced with a french accent) will be with me at the Bayou City Art Festival in Memorial Park, Houston, TX, this weekend March 28-30, 2014. I'll be in booth #5 near the main entrance. (I might also have some chocolates...)


Tuesday, March 25, 2014


"Pennyroyal"  (pastel, 10x10 inches)  $435 framed

Another darling deer. I had to give up on the "D" names since I had already used "Daisy" on a white calf, and this deer doesn't look anything like a daisy anyway. So I looked up some names for purple flowers.

I'm beginning to like the look of the dull, foggy, cloudy days in my reference photos, because in Photoshop this is what I can do with them:
original photo

photo - cropped and adjusted in Photoshop!
It would be fun to give a workshop sometime on Photoshop basics, although I'm no expert. I just know how to do what I do with it. And everyone there would need a computer and Photoshop, which isn't cheap...  But it would still be fun! The composing with PS is the first 'creative' step I take in every new painting's process (unless I'm working from life, which is a whole different mode...)

"Pennyroyal" will be with me at the Bayou City Art Festival in Houston's Memorial Park this weekend, March 28-30. I have booth #5, right up near the front entrance.


Monday, March 24, 2014


"Tangled"  (pastel, 8x8 inches)  $325 framed

Ok, here's my other Casey Klahn workshop painting that didn't turn out too badly. I did a few improvements on it right before scanning it.

...And I just discovered I never took a photo of it earlier... oops. Well, take my word for it, it looks better now.

Tangled will be with me at the Bayou City Art Festival in Houston's Memorial Park this weekend, March 28-30. I'm in booth #5, right up near the front entrance. Stop by if you're in the area!