Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Mini Sunset 6

"Mini Sunset 6" (pastel, 2x2 inches) click here to bid or buy

Here's the last of this batch of little sunsets that I made for these cute gold frames I found!

The other two were posted on the previous two days.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Mini Sunset 5

"Mini Sunset 5"  (pastel, 2x2 inches)  sold

These are fun! This one sold already!
The third one (on the right in the group shot) will be posted tomorrow.

This batch of three. #4 was posted yesterday. #6 will be posted tomorrow!

Monday, August 14, 2017

More little Sunsets!

"Mini Sunset 4" (pastel, 2x2 inches), framed.  click here to bid or buy

By popular demand, I have made a few new little sunsets to fit the old gold frames I found last month.

And here's today's little group of three. The other two will have their own posts in the next couple days!

Sunday, August 13, 2017


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

And the last of Thursday's triple-demo from my workshop in Kerrville.

Speaking of workshops, there are still spaces available in my "Pastel in Miniature" workshop in Wimberly TX this November. It's an amazing All-Inclusive Art Retreat Experience hosted at the Creek Haven Inn, a secluded paradise on the banks of Cypress Creek!

See my workshop page for more info and a registration link.

Meanwhile, here are some progress shots of Remy:

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Miss Plum

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

Another of the three in my triple-demo from Thursday in Kerrville.

Some progress shots:

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Friday, August 11, 2017


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

This little cutie was the first of my triple-demo at the Kerrville TX workshop this week. See progress shots below:

 For the morning demo, I underpainted three little animals at the same time, in my assembly-line process. Each underpainting gets two additional layers of the gold colored pastel primer (this is Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold fluid acrylic color mixed into Golden (brand) Fine Pumice Gel at about a 1/4 (color/gel) ratio.) The gel is clear, so the color mixture is semi-transparent, and gets darker on each application.
The final layer of the underpainting is the Art Spectrum (brand) Pastel Primer in the terra cotta color. I lay it into the darkest areas, then scrub and dry-brush it into the medium values of the gold to continue the value scale and add more depth to the monochromatic underpaintings. 
 When in my studio, I do these underpaintings in batches of 6-8 or more at a time. Working each layer on each little of the paintings before moving on to the next layer on each painting.
 I like to do a demo like this with three paintings, to give students a better idea of my studio process.
 Here's little Moonshine's complete underpainting.
 In the afternoon, I demoed the pastel part of all three paintings, one after the other, with no talking, and my Pandora station playing to get me in the groove.

I'll post the other two little paintings in the next couple days.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017


"Edwina"  (pastel, 10x10 inches) click here to bid

Edwina is my first demo from my Kerrville workshop this week. 10x10 is just a little bit large for my usual opening demo and I didn't quite get all the way done, so I finished her today at lunchtime. I also did my triple demos today (primed in the morning and pastelled in the afternoon) so I'll have new little ones to post in the next few days!

Here are some progress shots:

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Young Satyr (and the IAPS silent auction)

"Young Satyr" (pastel, 8x6 inches) sold

This was my donation to the IAPS silent auction, that I'm finally getting around to posting after a busy busy summer! IAPS (the international pastel convention) has a neat little silent auction called Pastel Pics, and all the donated paintings are un-signed until after the auction. This way, no one really knows who painted what (but plenty of people can guess!) My regret is that I was so busy with other workshops I was taking on that Saturday and Sunday after the auction ended, that I completely forgot to go sign my Young Satyr! Thankfully, they do plan ahead for this, and include a signed certificate for each artwork.

I did find out via Facebook who won the bid on Young Satyr, and soon hope to get a photo of how she framed him!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Park Trail #41

"Park Trail #41" (pastel, 10x10 inches)  click here to bid

I try to do at least one landscape demo in each of my workshops for small paintings. Here's one from the Ann Arbor workshop. I painted this scene a couple times before: 
"Park Trail #25" 2012, sold

"Park Trail #9" 2009, sold (flipped photo reference)
Park Trail #9 is one of my all time favorites, though I do like the soft warmth and varied viewpoint of the current #41. It's fun to revisit the same scene as one's style and technique evolves over years.

Here are some progress shots of Park Trail #41:
 I used my usual single-primed Gatorboard with one coat of the gold-toned pumice gel, then washed in a pastel underpainting (also warm-toned) with alcohol.

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