Wednesday, November 30, 2016

30-in-30 Goal Accomplished!

My 30 paintings of November!

I've discovered that PicMonkey has added some new features since the last time I used their free collage maker. Most notably the ability to download your finished collage at higher resolutions! I may be able to get this printed up to 16x18 at a pretty good clarity... I might send it off for posters if I get some interest.

I've recently learned about this great new collage maker tool called Canva, check it out!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Day 30 - Vanilla or Chocolate?

"Vanilla or Chocolate?" (pastel, 10x10 inches)  sold

Day 30 in my 30-Paintings-in-30-Days of November! Whew! An amazingly productive month; I should do this more often!

These bunnies were a request from a client who loved my painting from a couple years ago "Chocolate or Vanilla?" but missed out on purchasing it. So I flipped the photo reference and did another for her, "flipping" the title as well. ;)

After my workshop in Brenham Texas this weekend, December will be immersing me in my usual portrait drawing business, with the fine craft show at Rolling Oaks Mall in San Antonio Dec 9-24. Expect a few portrait posts in the coming weeks (and maybe a few more bunny paintings too...!)

Meanwhile, some progress shots of "Vanilla or Chocolate?"

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Day 29 - Q is for Quail

"Q is for Quail"  (pastel, 8x6 inches)  click here to bid or buy

Day 29 in my 30-Paintings-in-30-Days of November. Almost there!

Coming along nicely in my Alphabet Series as well. Lucky that I had at least one half-way decent reference photo of something starting with a Q!

Some progress shots:

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Day 28 - P is for Prairie Dog

"P is for Prairie Dog"  (pastel, 6x6 inches)  click here to bid or buy

Day 28 in my 30-Paintings-in-30-Days of November.

Though the prairie dog is native to North America, I've not seen many 'in the wild', but I have a few good shots from the many zoos I've visited over the years. I couldn't resist this little gal's roundness.

Here are some progress shots:

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Day 27 - O is for Orangutan

"O is for Orangutan"  (pastel, 10x10 inches)  click here to bid or buy

Day 27 in my 30-Paintings-in-30-Days of November. I've been wanting to paint a primate for quite a while. This Alphabet Series has provided me with the perfect intro!

This one was my demo last Friday at the Brenham Fine Arts League. I didn't quite finish it at the demo, so I finished it today. Next weekend (Dec 3-4) I'll be giving a workshop there. I think there might still be a space or two left, but I'm not sure. Find contact info on my workshop page here!

Photographer Michael Mallory got some great shots at the demo, including some short video clips which he posted on his Instagram! Check them out!

Here's where I continued at home:

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Day 26 - N is for Nutria

"N is for Nutria"  (pastel, 10x10 inches)  click here to bid or buy

Day 26 in my 30-Paintings-in-30-Days of November.

The Nutria, or Copyu, is a large semi-aquatic rodent native to South America, that is actually considered a pest in many of the coastal United States. It was brought here for it's fur in the late 1800's, but when that market later collapsed, thousands were released into the wild.

I never knew any of that 'til I decided to add this cute fellow to my Alphabet Series. This one lives in Landa Park, New Braunfels, and had just snagged some water grasses to take home for dinner.

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Day 25 - M is for Meercat

"M is for Meercat"  (pastel, 12x6 inches)  click here to bid or buy

Day 25 in my 30-Paintings-in-30-Days of November. Back to the Alphabet for a few days...  If you're new to my Alphabet Series, you can read about it here!

Here are a few progress shots:

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Day 24 - A Texas Tradition

"A Texas Tradition"  (pastel, 36x36 inches)  $5180

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!

Day 24 in my 30-Paintings-in-30-Days of November. So here's what I've been working on in between all those little ones. I was a week ahead with my postings and now I'm not (lol.) I pushed on through with this one all this past week. Since my last two large cow paintings sold in October, I wanted to get this one done before the rush of the Holiday Season.

Last week I posted the underpainting, here it is again along with just a few of the many progress shots I took...

 At this point I decided I didn't like how the daddy's feet were disappearing into the grass. It didn't allow for enough depth between him and the mama in the middle distance.
 So I wiped them out with a wet rag,
 and redrew them.

Then finished the grasses and the rest of the final tweaks to the painting...

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