Friday, February 1, 2019

The Girls - a Double Doggie Portrait


"The Girls" (pastel, 10x8 inches, from client photo) sold

Another favorite commission form the Holiday Season, these two little Schnauzers were a sweet combo! The client liked the reference photo pose just how it was, with the clingy Maya closer and braveheart Sasha more independent.

The gift recipient loves it and sent me a pic today:





And I got some good process shots of this one too:
 The first under-painting layers are my gold-colored primer (which is the Golden brand Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold fluid acrylic color mixed into Golden (brand) Fine Pumice Gel at about a 1/4 color/gel ratio.) and the Art Spectrum (brand) Pastel Primer in the terra cotta color. The terra cotta acts an my mid-tone.
On this painting I also used a higher-color mixture of some ultramarine blue (Golden brand) fluid acrylic color with the pumice gel to catch the darker values. I love how this blue mixture (being semi-transparent) remains bright over the gold color, but becomes quite deep over the terra cotta!

 My final under-painting step was to go back and tweak the light and mid-values with more gold and terra cotta where needed.

 Then, the pastel, starting on the darkest, and the lightest...
 ...then everything in between. When the under-painting has the image and values accurately, the pastel part is so much easier!




Thanks for watching! To commission a pet portrait for yourself or a loved one, visit my website ritakirkman.com. Feel free to share!

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

Baby - a Pastel Kitty Commission

"Baby" (pastel, 7x5 inches) sold

Another favorite from the Holiday Season, for a client who has, between her and her sister, some of the sweetest kitties! Sadly, Baby passed away from lymphoma shortly before Carrie commissioned this for her sister.

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Sir Duke - a Pet Portrait Commission

"Sir Duke" (conte and pastel pencil, 10x8 inches) sold

This beautiful 7 year old Scottish Rough Collie was adopted from a kill shelter in
2014 by Bill and Arlene Wimp.

Sir Duke is now a certified Comfort/Therapy Dog with the PAWS for Service Comfort/Therapy dog organization. He is also a San Antonio Airport Ambassador with the Pups and Planes program.

Sir Duke spread's doggie joy and love to all he meets!


See more portrait samples at RitaKirkmanDrawings.com.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Buster - a Pencil Pet Portrait Commission

"Buster" (conte and pastel pencil, 10x8 inches) sold

One of my favorites from the Christmas season. I've been hibernating most of this month with paperwork and pecking away at some brand new award-winning (knock on wood!) pastel competition pieces for some looming show deadlines, so meanwhile I'll post a few of December's drawings.

See more pencil portraits at RitaKirkmanDrawings.com. (Good time to order for your Valentine!)

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

You are invited to the Goodnight Invitational Art Show!

"Sumac" (pastel, 8x8 inches) $425
"Cluck Kent" (pastel, 8x6 inches) $350
I'm proud to say that I have again been invited to participate in the Goodnight Barn Invitational Exhibit and Sale, January 19 - March 10, 2019, at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo, CO.

Two of my paintings, "Sumac" and "Cluck Kent", are included in the show. Last year, my painting "Thankful Turkeys" found a buyer at this event!

This year, "Sumac" was one of the paintings chosen for the advertisements!

Please come out and see the show if you're in the area, and enjoy the reception on February 1, 2019, 5-7pm.


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Land Studies 3 and 4 (Summer Twilight and Winter Morning) - now at The Carriage House Gallery

"Land Study 3" (pastel, 3x3 inches)
"Land Study 4" (pastel, 3x3 inches)
I had originally done six little studies in a workshop with Marla Baggetta - super fun! From our own photos we picked one scene but painted it several times with variations in colors, values, etc. These are the two I did while thinking of extremes in value scales. My "dark" scheme made me think of nighttime, so I added some fireflies. My "light" scheme I think of as a misty winter morning.

So, my personal subtitles for these are "Summer Twilight" and "Winter Morning"! They make a great pair, and are now available at The Carriage House Gallery in Boerne, Texas! Come and see them at our reception this Saturday, January 12, 2019, 4-8pm.

The Carriage House Gallery
110 Rosewood Ave., Boerne, TX

Both are classically framed, 8x10 with 8-ply museum matting!

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