Friday, August 28, 2020

Warm Fuzzy #40 - La Moomba

 Warm Fuzzy #40 - "La Moomba" (pastel, 10x10 inches) click here to bid or buy

I painted this fat mama cow from another reference pic several years ago as a 5x7.

("Corabelle" 7x5, 2013, sold)

Sometimes it's nice to go through my old photo files to see what other images can be used in a new painting. 

I painted La Moomba at a one of my Virtual Open Studio days last week, and have posted the full length demo video on my Patreon Page here (for my Bunny Buddies and Moo-tastic Muses!) You might want to consider subscribing if you love watching informative demo videos; you can find this one and many more like it among my Patreon posts.


Saturday, August 22, 2020

"Morning's Kiss" (with reference photos and video!)


"Morning's Kiss" (pastel, 18x24 inches) $1750. Now available at Art Connections Gallery

I caught the reference photo of this mama and baby longhorn on one of my trips out to Round Top Texas to the Gallery there (sadly, now closed.) I'm always excited to find beautiful animals showing affection with one another. 
original reference photo
 original reference photo
refernce photo
 edited reference photo
This pastel painting has been featured in a couple of my Virtual Open Studio days. All in all, this painting took about 13-15 hours from start to finish. 
Here is a short 8 minute compilation video showing a choice selection of bits from the start to finish process of this painting:

You can watch almost the entire process through this series of videos on my Patreon page (the real-time videos, with narration and live Q&A, available to my Patreon subscribers at the Bunny Buddies and Moo-tastic Muses levels.)

The Underpainting, first part: (speed demo - free) 

The Underpainting, second part:  

The Pastel, part 1: 

The Pastel, part 2:

The Pastel Finish: (speed demo - free)

Monday, August 17, 2020

Warm Fuzzy #39 - Maurice


Warm Fuzzy #39 - "Maurice" (pastel, 8x8 inches, sold)

Sometimes a client will see and want a painting that has sold, and I'll offer to paint another from the same reference photo. This happened with the recent Warm Fuzzy #31 - "Moondust" (pastel, 6x6):

So I sent the client who missed out on Moondust to my "pet portraits" price list and let him pick a size! He decided on an 8x8, and "Maurice" was painted during my last Virtual Open Studio days.

When I have to "repeat" a painting like this, I like to make sure I don't refer back to the original painting too much, but instead start fresh from the reference photo. I don't want to make an exact COPY of the painting (which I have had to do once or twice in the past, and it's not much fun..) but instead this assures that the new painting is a unique piece of artwork in itself with the colors and strokes. That's usually what the client likes too.

(Reference photo):

Have you ever had to 'repeat' a painting for someone, and how did it come out? Did you enjoy the process?

I invite you to join me on Patreon, where you can watch the underpainting and pastel process videos in these links!

Underpainting (along with a fat mama Hereford): 

The pastel:


Friday, August 14, 2020

Warm Fuzzy #38 - Fable


Warm Fuzzy #38 - "Fable" the fawn (pastel, 7x5 inches) click here to bid or buy
The last of five little underpaintings that I pasteled last month at the Carriage House Gallery. Watch a public speed video of Fable's process on my Patreon page!

Wednesday, August 5, 2020


"Winter/Spring" (pastel, 10x22 inches) $980

I just love how white wooly sheep look in late sunlight. This is my 4th or 5th medium/large sheep painting, all from the same "photo shoot" of a beautiful herd that I discovered on the way home from somewhere a few years ago. It was abut 5 o'clock and the light was fantastic, and the sheep were a wonderful mix of young and old, shorn and thickly unshorn. I must have taken over a hundred photos as they milled about. Sometimes I'll use various photos for my compositions, but these two happened to be standing next to each other just like this when I snapped the photo.

I loved the contrast of shapes and the challenge of using an even number of subjects in a composition.  I decided to crop it long and narrow to fit this gold frame. 

This one will be going to the Art Connections Gallery in La Grange Texas on Friday for my featured wall this month. I'm so excited to have been found by this gallery right after the Gallery at Round Top had closed. Serendipity!

You can see me working through most of the pastel process of these sheep (in real-time) in this post on my Patreon page (the Bunny Buddies level.)