Sunday, August 19, 2018

"X O" has a New Award!

"X O" (pastel, 12x6 inches) $1350

I'm very excited to brag that my painting "X O" has won the Dakota Art Pastels Award at the Pastel Society of the West Coast Pastels USA 32nd Annual International Open Exhibition. That's $500 worth of pastels!! Whoo hoo!! I get a dream shopping spree!   :D

A huge thank you to show judge Lorenzo Chavez!

This is the second award for my biker Santa. Read about his first award and see some progress shots on his original post here!


Friday, August 17, 2018

Daddy's Girl (and the Large Project Workshop)

"Daddy's Girl" (pastel, 36x36 inches) $5180

So here's what I've been working on since I got back from the summer workshop trip. My son is composing a short video of the ENTIRE process of this painting, literally from start to finish, including the photo shoot of my friend's longhorns, how I combined photos to make the composition, and the complete painting process, all with voice-over description!

But I just couldn't wait to post this new piece!! So instead of the video (which is still in the works) here's a peek at a few of the still shots from the process. Stay tuned to my social media channels (YouTube, Facebook, etc) in the next week or so for the finished video.

UPDATE: Here's the video! 

And some still shots:

"in the field..."

 The two photos I ended up using...

Grid for the drawing:
A start on the underpainting:
Finally, the pastel:

"Daddy's Girl" finished and framed!

Thursday, August 16, 2018


"Mozzarella" (pastel, 7x5 inches) click here to bid or buy

Mozzarella will be my donation to the Museum of the Southwest Silent Auction at the Septemberfest Art festival, Midland TX, September 7-9, 2018. The Auction will be part of the Friday night Preview Party. Click here for more info and tickets!

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018


"Fuchsia" (pastel, 6x6 inches) click here to bid or buy

One of my last little leftover paintings from my summer workshops. This mama, some kind of horned Hereford mix, was one of my triple-demo from Gastonia NC in July.

I'm focusing now on my next workshop, in Ulysses, KS, Sept 13-15, which will be all about working LARGE! You can learn more about composing a "WOW" of a showstopper with careful planning and an eye on the design... Click the flyer below for more details, and contact Tracy at to register!

Monday, August 13, 2018


"Habanero" (pastel, 7x5 inches) click here to bid or buy

Another of my triple-demo from the Painted Views Ranch workshop last weekend. I put extra texture in this fur!

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Sunday, August 12, 2018


"Begonia" (pastel, 6x6 inches) click here to bid or buy (coming soon)

One of my triple-demo from my workshop in VA last month. I just love the medium-brown cows; they have such great options for shadow and highlight colors!

Here are a couple of progress shots:

I'm currently working on a new LARGE painting, to advertise my Large Project Workshop in KS next month. Here's a sneak peek at the under-painting... I'll be starting on the pastel today!

Read more about my "Large Project" workshop on my workshop page here!

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Road Trip 101

"Road Trip 101" (pastel, 7x10 inches) click here to bid or buy

Since I'm into some landscape posts, here's the last one from my recent summer workshop road trip (done from a photo of Hwy 101; unfortunately California wasn't on my schedule this year.) This was my landscape demo from Gastonia NC last month. A student let me try her watercolor pad, which I spread my Golden fine pumice gel and Quinacridone nickel azo gold color onto. It worked out pretty well. Has a slightly different texture to the paper; not as rough as cold-pressed.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Park Trail #45

"Park Trail #45" (pastel, 8x6 inches) sold

Here's my landscape demo from my recent workshop at Painted Views Ranch in Florence TX. This was a slight variation on my usual underpainting technique; this time I used pastel washed in with rubbing alcohol. A method I learned from Terri Ford.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Park Trail #44

"Park Trail #44" (pastel, 6x8 inches) click here to bid or buy

Finally getting around to posting my last few straggling demos from my summer workshop trip. This was my landscape demo for the VECCA in Woodstock VA. I didn't catch progress shots, but here's a pic of us all in the workshop, the students showing off their work!

Monday, August 6, 2018


"Guppy" (pastel, 6x6 inches) sold

This young Pygmy goat was one of my triple-demo from the last workshop of my summer trip, at Painted Views Ranch in Florence TX. I'm home now and catching up on all the tediousness of ordinary life... At least I have a few more little paintings from the trip to post this week, and won't need to get back in the studio until the weekend.

Here are my students from Florence enjoying the workshop!

If you think you or anyone you know would enjoy one of my workshops, pass this along, and take a look at my schedule on my website here!

Saturday, August 4, 2018


“Marvin” (pastel, 12x6 inches) $350 unframed for a limited time, or $430 framed.

My opening demo for my workshop at Painted Views Ranch in Florence TX this weekend. Wasn’t quite finished yesterday so I tweaked him today.

Here are some progress shots:

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