Saturday, April 25, 2015

BonBon

"BonBon" (pastel, 12 inch circle) $575

I've been painting like crazy to fill out my tentative layout for the Rockport Art Center's Garden Gallery room, where my show will be next month. On the right hand wall, 16 ft in length, will be the circles. My 30" circle, "Old Nickelhead", in the middle, flanked by two 20" circles (yet to be painted) and eight 12" circles in between everything.

The circle profiles have been bouncing around in my brain for a couple years now, and I've done a small handful before this. I've sold three or four over the past year. But this is the first opportunity I've had to create so many to be all shown at once. I'm excited!

Here are some progress shots of BonBon:






Friday, April 24, 2015

King's Guard is the BOS!

 "King's Guard" (pastel, 8x6 inches) $1150

I was floored last evening at the reception for this year's Austin Pastel Society Juried Member Exhibition when I saw the giant purple ribbon next to my very own artwork! (This makes two years in a row for Best of Show, but I'm trying not to count for fear that people will begin to find me completely impossible to put up with!) Honestly, I'm just thrilled and riding the high of my good fortune, and thankful to Mike Beeman, who judged the show, for his choices. Literally, ALL the works in the show could have had top awards; the talent in this group of artists has been raising the bar higher and higher in the last decade. It's a great show, and still up in the Corridor of Art below the Chase Bank Bldg., 700 Lavaca, Austin TX., through May 3rd.
Here's my happy face with the King's Guard and big ribbon!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Shaggy

"Shaggy"  (pastel, 8x8 inches)  $375 framed

Well, the time has finally come that I'm reusing titles.
Here was my first "Shaggy", from 2011:

Today's Shaggy is really Iris the highland cow (Thanks to Frances of the Garden Gallery!) which I've painted three times now. But honestly, could there possibly be a better name for this face?

Here are some progress shots of today's Shaggy. (Be sure to scroll down to the very bottom for a sneak peek at my new batch of circle paintings exclusively for my show in Rockport!)






Aaaannnd... check out these new underpaintings! I'm having fun! (Many of these will be my posts over the next few days...)


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Don Curious

"Don Curious" (pastel, 8x8 inches)  $375 framed

If you haven't noticed, I've been naming the donkeys with the sound of "don-key" starting the name. I might have pushed it a bit on this one, but he does look curious!

This one may be slated for my show Beauty of the Beast at the Rockport Center for the Arts (May 14 - June 13, 2015) if he lasts long enough!

On another note, I have exciting news! My work was recently chosen for the cover of the Special Pastel Issue of the popular french art magazine Pratique des Arts! With a little help from Google Translate, I ordered some extra copies from their ordering page, and they arrived at my door a couple days ago!

That's my work in the center spread, accompanied by a very nice article (which I haven't deciphered yet) titled Beautiful Beasts.  ...Très approprié for my upcoming show, and showing "Bull Profile #1", which will be included!

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Squiggly

"Squiggly"  (pastel, 6x6 inches) $249 framed

Since I'll need some small ones in my upcoming show, and I don't know how many I'll have time to make, Squiggly is going right into her frame and will not be on auction.

I kinda went Fauvistic on the color here!








Saturday, April 18, 2015

Darby

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

This may be my last auction item for a while. Darby was the last remaining underpainting from my last batch of dailies before I decided that my upcoming show (at the Rockport Art Center) would be all squares and circles. Now everything I paint will be targeted for the show. I'm trying to plan a layout for the gallery and I've determined I need about 12 more works by May 9. Only problem is, people keep buying up the paintings, which keeps changing the layout plan, and adding more paintings to my to-do list! Ha! Good problem to have, and I'm very thankful!

Here are some progress shots:






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