Sunday, August 19, 2018

"X O" has a New Award!

"X O" (pastel, 12x6 inches) $1350

I'm very excited to brag that my painting "X O" has won the Dakota Art Pastels Award at the Pastel Society of the West Coast Pastels USA 32nd Annual International Open Exhibition. That's $500 worth of pastels!! Whoo hoo!! I get a dream shopping spree!   :D

A huge thank you to show judge Lorenzo Chavez!

This is the second award for my biker Santa. Read about his first award and see some progress shots on his original post here!


Friday, August 17, 2018

Daddy's Girl (and the Large Project Workshop)

"Daddy's Girl" (pastel, 36x36 inches) $5180

So here's what I've been working on since I got back from the summer workshop trip. My son is composing a short video of the ENTIRE process of this painting, literally from start to finish, including the photo shoot of my friend's longhorns, how I combined photos to make the composition, and the complete painting process, all with voice-over description!

But I just couldn't wait to post this new piece!! So instead of the video (which is still in the works) here's a peek at a few of the still shots from the process. Stay tuned to my social media channels (YouTube, Facebook, etc) in the next week or so for the finished video.

(Or better yet, just register for my "Large Project" workshop coming up Sept 13-15 in Ulysses, Kansas, and receive customized, personal instruction for your own Large Showstopper Painting!)

"in the field..."

 The two photos I ended up using...

Grid for the drawing:
A start on the underpainting:
Finally, the pastel:

"Daddy's Girl" finished and framed!

Thursday, August 16, 2018


"Mozzerella" (pastel, 7x5 inches) click here to bid or buy

My last little straggler from my summer workshops! One of my demos from Painted Views Ranch two weeks ago. I didn't cool down the background much; instead I liked the warm contrast.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018


"Fuchsia" (pastel, 6x6 inches) click here to bid or buy

One of my last little leftover paintings from my summer workshops. This mama, some kind of horned Hereford mix, was one of my triple-demo from Gastonia NC in July.

I'm focusing now on my next workshop, in Ulysses, KS, Sept 13-15, which will be all about working LARGE! You can learn more about composing a "WOW" of a showstopper with careful planning and an eye on the design... Click the flyer below for more details, and contact Tracy at to register!

Monday, August 13, 2018


"Habanero" (pastel, 7x5 inches) click here to bid or buy

Another of my triple-demo from the Painted Views Ranch workshop last weekend. I put extra texture in this fur!

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Sunday, August 12, 2018


"Begonia" (pastel, 6x6 inches) click here to bid or buy (coming soon)

One of my triple-demo from my workshop in VA last month. I just love the medium-brown cows; they have such great options for shadow and highlight colors!

Here are a couple of progress shots:

I'm currently working on a new LARGE painting, to advertise my Large Project Workshop in KS next month. Here's a sneak peek at the under-painting... I'll be starting on the pastel today!

Read more about my "Large Project" workshop on my workshop page here!
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