Tuesday, March 21, 2017

R is for Roadrunner

"R is for Roadrunner"  (pastel, 10x10 inches)  $475, framed

What? I'm still on the Alphabet Series? Yeah, kinda got stuck last year after Quail. I thought I had more photos of a roadrunner, including some more angles poses, but couldn't find them. I do like the light on this one though.

Roadrunner will be with me at the Bayou City Art Festival in Houston's Memorial Park this weekend, March 24-26, 2017. Find me in booth 941 on Birch (turn left after coming in the main entrance!)

See some progress shots:






Here he is in the frame:


Monday, March 20, 2017

Newborn

"Newborn"  (pastel, 12x9 inches)  $495, framed

Thought it was time for another young deer, in honor of the first day of spring! This one will be with me at the Bayou City Art Festival in Houston's Memorial Park next weekend, March 24-26, 2017. Find me in booth 941 on Birch (turn left after coming in the main entrance!)

Progress shots:






 And in the frame:

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Hank

"Hank" (pastel, 7x5 inches)  $195 unframed for a limited time, or $250 framed.

Finally got in some small frames to replenish my inventory. I just realized this is only the third mini I've done this year! (the others have been 6x8 or larger.) Hank will be with me at the Bayou City Art Festival in Houston's Memorial Park next weekend, March 24-26, 2017. Find me in booth 941 on Birch (turn left after coming in the main entrance!)

Here are some progress shots:





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Friday, March 17, 2017

Boo (and the videos!)

"Boo"  (pastel, 8x6 inches)  click here to bid or buy

Here he is, the star of my latest YouTube videos! (In case you haven't seen them, I've attached them below...)

Boo (short for Sir Funny Bunny Boo) is also one of the adorable bunnies from the generous and friendly members of the House Rabbit Society group on Facebook. (Thank you to Jennifer Scott for the reference photo!) 10% of the sale of this painting will be donated to the House Rabbit Society.

If the auction gets no bids by about Tuesday, I'll be ending it early so I can frame Boo and take him to the Bayou City Art Festival in Houston next weekend, March 24-26. If you're in the area, come by and enjoy the festival! See me in booth #941 in Birch (turn left after you come in!)






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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Transience of Innocence

"Transience of Innocence" (pastel, 26x19 inches)  $3600

I'm thrilled to share the news that this, my latest large figurative painting, will be in two prestigious exhibits one after the other this spring and summer. Later next month she goes to the Hudson Valley Art Association' 84th Annual Juried Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club in New York City, returning in time to drive with me to the International Association of Pastel Societies 4th Masters Circle Exhibition in Albuquerque, NM.

Here's her itinerary:
HVAA 84th Annual, April 30 - May 5 at the Salmagundi Club Gallery, 47, 5th Ave, NYC
IAPS 4th Masters Circle, June 7-10, 2017, at the IAPS 2017 Convention, Albuquerque, N.M.


The idea for this painting started with a photo of my daughter from one of the many vacations from years past. Audrey was curled up on the hotel bed as was her habit, and (as these things usually start) I was attracted by the light and put my camera into action.


Well, this shot caught my eye again last year when digging deep for ideas in my photo files. It probably stayed buried for as long as it had because of that absolutely hideous bed spread!

Looking with fresh eyes, I realized it just needed some cropping and some new drapery. I thew a sheet across my own bed and experimented with various swags...




...and introduced some onto the photo,
until I found an arrangement I liked, then tested some color variations...

I stuck with the deep red, adjusted shadows and highlights, and stretched the fabric part of the composition to fit the frame I had in mind. When I was done composing, I liked standing-on-end egg shape and the powerful red color, which I was sure could lend some symbolism to aid in my title search. (This one didn't present me with it's title until after the painting was finished; sometimes it happens that way.)

All that was left was the painting! Starting with the underpainting:



And the pastel:







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Friday, March 10, 2017

Milly Mop

"Milly Mop" (pastel, 10x8 inches)  click here to bid or buy

This is another adorable bunny from the generous and friendly members of the House Rabbit Society group on Facebook. (Thank you to Dawn Connor for the reference photo!) 10% of the sale of this painting will be donated to the House Rabbit Society.

The House Rabbit Society is an international, nonprofit animal welfare organization which rescues abandoned rabbits and finds permanent adoptive homes for them, and through education, seeks to reduce the number of unwanted rabbits and to improve bunnies’ lives by helping people better understand these often misunderstood companion animals. Visit their website at Rabbit.org to learn more!



For information on how to commission a portrait of your house rabbit (or cat or dog or mouse or iguana or...) see samples and pricing on my website at ritakirkman.com.

Meanwhile, here are some progress shots of Milly Mop:






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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Petunias in a Glass

"Petunias in a Glass"  (oil, 8.5 x 5.5 inches)  click here to bid or buy

My first oil painting in 3 years, and the first flowers I've ever painted in oil!  (Possibly the first flowers I've ever painted from life, in any medium..) Thanks to Stephanie Birdsall, our workshop instructor this past weekend for the Austin Pastel Society. She works and teaches in oil as well as pastel, and four of us decided we wanted to do oils.

Scroll through my progress shots and see a quick speed video I made of Stephanie's oil demo!

my subject setup... painted from life!








And... Stephanie's oil demo! Very inspiring!

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