Saturday, July 29, 2017


"Flossie"  (pastel, 7x5 inches)  sold

And here's the last of the triple back-to-back demos from my Ann Arbor workshop. Flossie was snatched up by one of the students, so she got to name her. I'm always amazed at how many original titles come from my students when they purchase a demo!

Here are Flossie's underpainting progress shots:

And here's Tuesday's group shot of the Ann Arbor workshop. I was thrilled to have gathered 5 new students all in the weekend before! I started on this trip with 12 in the workshop, and ended up with 17! Cool! (The art fair helped!)

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Benny the Bunny (and an upcoming workshop!)

"Benny" (pastel, 7x5 inches) click here to bid

Benny Bunny is another of the three back-to-back demos I did earlier this week at the Ann Arbor workshop. And speaking of workshops, when I get back home to Texas I have another one coming up quick, and there are still spaces available!

Kerrville, TX. August 9-11, 2017. Beginner to Advanced

Enjoy the hot Texas days of summer INDOORS in a studio workshop! Improve your grasp of color, value and temperature in a relaxed and fun atmosphere! Click the flyer for a closer look, or contact Teri Valentine at to register, or visit (and scroll down to my listing)

Please share this with your artist friends who might like my workshop! Thanks!

And by the way, here are a couple shots of Benny's underpainting in progress:

Wednesday, July 26, 2017


"Denny" (pastel, 6x4 inches)  click here to bid or buy
This little duckling was from Fry's Fun Farm at the Georgetown Texas 4th of July event. I finally got to visit them again, and got a bunch more cute shots of ducklings, chicks and bunnies!

This was one of my three back-to-back animal demos at the Ann Arbor workshop this week.
See some shots of the progress:

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Miniature Sunsets

Miniature Sunsets (pastel, 2x2 inches) $50 each, framed. Today at the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair I've been doing some tiny paintings. I revisited some of my early sunset paintings and translated them into a 2x2 format for some cute old gold frames that I had bought in bulk ages ago from Hobby Lobby, had used a few, and then the rest disappeared into the depths of the garage. I found the box of them right before this trip. Here's how they look in the frames!

Friday, July 21, 2017


"Cokolada" (pastel, 7x5 inches) $265
I finished this one today here at the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair. 

I'm really getting low on the black/brown cow names. "Cokolata" means "chocolate" in Slovenian.

Here's the underpainting right before the black primer went on, and a shot about halfway through the pastel:

Thursday, July 20, 2017


"Braithwaite" (pastel, 6x6inches) $265

I'm here at the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, which goes on through Sunday in Ann Arbor, MI. Find me in booth 145 on Washington! I'm trying to be good and work on some little paintings while I'm out here. This is from earlier today.

(The sun was at just the right angle to my board when I was done, and I caught the finished shot showing the little shadows from the pastel texture. Wow! I might try that instead of scanning from now on, at least for the small stuff.)

This image is one that I had composed a while back, and had the underpainting ready for the pastel. It's one of my daring compositional attempts, with the eye in the exact center of the painting. I like when I can "break a rule" and still get the other lines, angles and shapes in an image to lay themselves out in a strong way!

Here are a few progress shots and how Braithwaite looks in his frame:

The Photo:

This was the only pic I had of the underpainting. It shows three layers of the gold primer, which gets darker on each application. The terra cotta and the black primers went on next. You can kind of see the finished underpainting under the pastel in the next shot...

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


"Ruger" (pastel, 7x5 inches) sold

Here's the last one of the triple-demo from the Milwaukee workshop. I pasteled Ruger along with Atir and Henry, all in a row on Sunday, after doing simultaneous underpaintings the day before. This gives the students an idea of how I work my "asssembly-line" method of painting when at home in the studio!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017


"Henry" (pastel, 7x5 inches) sold

Henry is another of the three consecutive demos from the Milwaukee workshop. I underpainted all three of them simultaneously as a demo on Sunday morning, then painted (pasteled) them in a row on Monday.

Here are some shots of the underpainting "assembly line" demo, and a couple closeups of Henry. I didn't get shots of the pastel part. I'll post the little Hereford calf soon!

Monday, July 17, 2017


"Atir" (pastel, 7x5 inches) sold

This was one of my triple demo this morning. That's when I paint the pastel on three underpainted images in a row, with no questions or talking. The students get a good show of how I work in the studio. Unfortunately I also forgot to have anyone take progress shots with my camera. But tomorrow I'll have time to post the "assembly-line" underpaintings from the Sunday morning demo, one of which was this one!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Park Trail #40

"Park Trail #40"  (pastel, 6x6 inches)  $200 unframed for the next two days, or $265 framed

Today's afternoon demo in the Milwaukee workshop. I almost have yesterday's demo done, and will have at least 3 new paintings by tomorrow, which I underpainted today.

The workshop is going very well; it's a very talented bunch and they're all having fun!

Here are some shots from my demo, and some of my students at work on their own paintings from today and yesterday: