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!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Peony (and the Marble Falls workshop!)

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

Here was my first demo of the workshop at the Highland Arts Guild Gallery in Marble Falls this past weekend. I started this one from scratch to show how I build up the primers before adding pastel.

The workshop was a great success. A very talented group of artists. They did amazing things! Here are a few of the ladies at work, and a few shots of completed work I managed to get at the end, before the rest of them packed up...

Thanks for a fun weekend, y'all!