Monday, April 28, 2014


"Rosie"  (pastel, 12x9 inches)  sold

Rosie is in Trade. She helped me acquire a tree that I admired for quite a while by an artist that I also admire.

Here's the tree painting (by Enid Wood) hanging in my office right above other landscapes by Jeri Salter and Virginia Vaughan.

And here are progress shots of Rosie (who also happens to be my first painting done exclusively with my new Terry Ludwig full set! - see my nicely cleaned off worktable so the set would fit?)
primer underpainting

 Here you can see what colors I used. I will have to reorganize all of these by Value and Temperature (in x and y coordinates,) as I'm used to. I had a fairly difficult time finding what I needed in these perfectly organized boxes of individual hues and values...
Oh, but it was so lovely to have all the colors I need in one set, and I just love the squared shape of TL's.
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Monday, April 21, 2014

Don Kiwi

"Don Kiwi"  (pastel, 12x6 inches)  click here to bid

This was one of my demos on Saturday of the Ulysses, Kansas workshop. (I've been so busy with life that it's taken me this long to post it!) The majority of students had been at my workshop in 2013 and were more interested in new color and surface experiments, but two attendees were new to my workshops and wanted to see how I've been working for the last 2 years, aka, my gold and terra cotta primer underpainting method. So this very young donkey was done as usual with 3 layers of the gold primer (Golden brand Fine Pumice Gel with Quiacridone Nickel Azo Gold acrylic color added at a 2/1 ratio) building up a value scale through the light and mid-values, and Art Spectrum pastel primer in terra cotta brushed on for the darkest values.

Unfortunately I have no progress shots. But this post (Flamenco) has a good description, with photos, of my underpainting process with the primers.


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Easter!

"Reverent Chick"  (pastel, 6x6 inches)  click here to bid

Rejoice, for He is Risen! This little chick is filled with awe at the miracle.

(And why isn't that called "awefull"? I never understood why "awful" has an opposite meaning from what it logically should ... Food for thought.
 ...But I decided not to call this "Awefull Chick")

Here are some progress shots to enjoy on this happy Easter morning (or afternoon, or the day after...)

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Wildflower Field #33

"Wildflower Field #33" (pastel, 6x8 inches)  sold

Here's the other field from the same photo as yesterday's. This was a demo to show how surface and underpainting variances can affect the finished painting. This one had a watercolor underpainting on white Wallis paper. Below is the reference photo (greatly enhanced in Photoshop) and the other painting, which was on my usual gold-primed gatorboard with a warm pastel underpainting. In both cases, I allowed the underpainting to influence my application of pastel and color choices in the finished paintings.
enhanced photo

"Wildflower Field #34" pastel, 5x7
 A couple shots of me working on the underpaintings... (#34 is on top, #33 is below it)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Wildflower Field #34

"Wildflower Field #34" (pastel 5x7 inches)  click here to bid

Here's one of two landscapes I did from the same reference photo, as a demonstration of how different surfaces and underpaintings can affect how a finished pastel painting will look.

This one was on my usual gold-primed gatorboard, and then had a pastel underpainting in warm tones washed in with alcohol. Tomorrow I'll post the other one, Wildflower Field #33, which I sold to one of the students.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Beach Date #4 (and the KS Workshop)

"Beach Date #4" (pastel, 6x6 inches, on Art Spectrum Suede)  sold

I snuck this one in between demos last weekend at my pastel workshop in Ulysses, KS. The Main ARTery (I just love that name!) owner, Jeani, bought it on Sunday, so I didn't have time to think up a more unique title.

I've painted this scene 4 times now (hence the #4 title) and maybe this image will never be in official 'retirement'.... It keeps sneaking back into my radar.

Here are the other three...
"Beach Date" (pastel, 6x6 inches, 2011, on Wallis Belgian Mist)

"Beach Date" (oil, 6x6 inches, 2011)

"Beach Date" (#3) (pastel, 8x8 inches, 2011, on Wallis Belgian Mist)
Tomorrow, I'll try to have time to post some photos and notes from the workshop on my Art Journal Blog.


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Safe Haven in Salon International 2014

"Safe Haven"  (pastel 18x28 inches)

I'm thrilled to announce that this, my third painting of my daughter, was accepted into the 13th Annual Salon International hosted by the Greenhouse Gallery in San Antonio, TX. The exhibit will feature original paintings in oil, acrylic, pastel and watercolor selected from artists submissions across the country and around the world. Renowned Master artist David A. Leffel will be serving as the exhibit judge.

The Reception is Saturday April 5, 5-8pm.

View the exhibit online HERE.

This is the first year the Salon has accepted more than just oil paintings into this prestigious exhibit. 

 Below are some progress shots:

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Elfling won Best of Show!

"Elfling" (pastel, 8x6 inches)  $1150

Just found out on Sunday that my newest painting in my Renaissance Portrait Series has won Best of Show at the Austin Pastel Society's Juried Member Exhibition. The show continues at the Chase Bank Building Corridor of Art, at Seventh and Lavaca, Austin TX, through April 26, 2014.

A video of Elfling's creation progress is posted on YouTube Here.