Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Year Baby (Pencil Portrait)

"New Year Baby" (conte and pastel pencil, 8x10 inches)  sold

So here's my most New-Year-ish portrait for today's post. Isn't she adorable? This is the newest Great-Niece of a client who has several portrait drawings from me over the years. I've changed the baby's name here to protect her privacy.

I hope that the New Year brings all of you much Health, Happiness and lots of Power-Naps!

(For information on commissioning a portrait like this one, visit RitaKirkmanDrawings.com)

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Monday, December 30, 2013

Familial Bliss in Southwest Art Magazine

"Familial Bliss"  (pastel, 22x28 inches)

Here's my other painting in Southwest Art this January 2014 issue! This one I submitted for my half-page paid advertisement that was part of the 'deal' for the half-page editorial and publishing of the award-winner "4 And a Half Sheep". But hey, it was a two-for-one at a really good price!

"Familial Bliss", my latest large cow painting, is on page 86.

I have progress shots on my first post of this painting, Here.

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

4 And a Half Sheep in Southwest Art

"4 And a Half Sheep"  (pastel, 16x16 inches)  sold

My goodness, where did December go?? I'm so rusty at posting I'm getting tongue-tied (key-tied?) Anyway, I had a busy month of pencil portrait commissions (some of which I will post in the next days) and I have no new pastel animal 'dailies' yet, but I wanted to brag about my painting in Southwest Art Magazine.. "4 And a Half Sheep" is included in their Juror's Choice section highlighting some of the winners of the Artist's Magazine Annual Art Competition (mine was a Finalist) and is on page 64. I got a Half Page with some editorial!

You can order the issue at northlightshop.com. (in print or instant download!)

PS: I'm happy to report that my collarbone is healing up as expected. The bone is well-knitted and time will straighten it out. I've begun the process of rejuvenating the muscles which seems to be as long and slow a process as the bone healing was. They have me using the pulley, and will start me on some real exercises on Tuesday. But I feel slight improvements each day, and tonight was able to wash my hair with both hands!

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