Monday, August 30, 2021

Little Brown Pig - Day 21 of 21-in-31

"Little Brown Pig" (pastel, 6x6 inches)
Yay! I did 21-paintings-in-31-days of August! That was a lot easier than 31 paintings for sure. In fact, I actually did a little bit more but haven't posted everything. There were two pencil portraits of young sisters half-way through the month, and I still have the landscape demo from the workshop to post.
Maybe I can keep up the momentum and post 20-in-30 for September...

See a quick GIF of this little pig here!

 On auction for one week only at Dailypaintworks!

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Fiesta Llama - Day 20 of 21-in-31


"Fiesta Llama" (pastel, 12x6 inches)

This llama has very dark fur, but in the sunlight somehow it all got very colorful. I guess that happens sometimes with my paintings.

See progress pictures here!

On auction for one week only at Dailypaintworks!

Friday, August 27, 2021

Screech Owl - Day 19 of 21-in-31


"Screech Owl" (pastel, 8x6 inches) 

This cute little guy was a model for a demo I did years ago in Ohio. A bird rescue place volunteered to show us their residents, and since I have a soft spot for Screech Owls, they let me take some quick pics of this one to paint from. (I wasn't going to try it from life, lol!)
This painting is ever so very slightly larger than life size though. Screech owls are the cutest!

See a quick progress video here!

On auction for one week only at Dailypaintworks!

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Who You Calling Chicken? - Day 18 of 21-in-31


"Who You Calling Chicken?" (pastel, 6x4 inches)

I painted this rooster once before, and I was drawn to his bright palette. You can view that painting here, on the post for "Bruiser"!

Click here to watch a little GIF of this painting's process!

On auction for one week only at Dailypaintworks!

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

"Monke" - Day 17 of 21-in-31


"Monke" (pastel, 6x6 inches) On auction for one week only at DailyPaintworks.

This would have been the third painting in my workshop triple-demo, if I had finished it then. I finished it today instead. I'm not quite sure what kind of monkey this is, but my son and I think he looks kinda like a monk (in a homespun cowled hood) so we're calling him Monke.

Watch a quick GIF here!

Monday, August 23, 2021

Brahms - Day 16 of 21-in-31


"Brahms" (pastel. 12x6 inches, sold)
My opening demo for the workshop this past weekend. I like these half-face compositions sometimes, it really makes one look at the lines and value patterns. I even came back in from a short break partway through and for a half-second could not recognize what it was! 😂

The workshop was exhausting and wonderful and it was great to get back into some real life in-person communication!
Enjoy this speed video of Brahms the Brahman steer.
Here's a group shot of my talented students and me!

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Chickiepoo - Day 15 of 21-in-31


"Chickiepoo" (pastel, 4x4 inches) sold

This is the second painting from my triple demo in my weekend workshop, the third one not being completed yet. 

Click here to watch a quick speed video of "Chickiepoo"'s painting process.

Here's a photo one of my participants took of me painting!

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Today's Horse - Day 14 of 21-in-31


Today's horse. (pastel, 7x5 inches)

One of my triple-demo from the workshop today. Second day of my first F2F workshop in 19 months! We've been so busy in the workshop that I forgot to take more progress pics. But here's what it looked like in the first underpainting stage. This cute little miniature horse also has no title yet because she's already sold, and I like to let my buyers have the titling honor on brand new paintings. 

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Red McComb - Day 13 of 21-in-31


"Red McComb" (pastel, 8x6 inches)

This was the star of my rooster paint-along! On auction for a limited time at Dailypaintworks!

Here's a collage of some participant paintings. They really caught the glow!

Click here to see a little GIF of "Red McComb" in progress.

For a $10 pledge, you can watch the full painting process with commentary on my Patreon!

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Nance Family Portrait


"Nance Family Portrait" (conte and pastel pencil, 24x36 inches)

This was a super duper family portrait commission from last month. 13 faces from 10 photos! Watch a (slightly slower) 7-minute speed video of this portrait process, along with some conversation about my portrait career, here!

For info on how to commission a pencil portrait like this, visit

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Little Beggar - Day 11 of 21-in-31


"Little Beggar" (pastel, 5x7 inches)

I met this young deer at a wildlife refuge on my travels, and she was begging for food at my car window! I thought the foreshortened pose would be interesting to paint.

Click here to see some progress pictures of "Little Beggar"!

On auction for a limited time at Dailypaintworks!

Friday, August 13, 2021

Red Red - Day 10 of 21-in-31

"Red Red" (pastel, 10x10 inches)

Here's the horse portrait I mentioned yesterday on the post for "Sa Sa". This makes a complete set for this client!

"Sa Sa" (pastel, 12x9 inches)

"Tuan Tuan" (pastel, 10x10 inches)

"Dot Dot" (pastel, 8x6 inches)

Watch a quick speed video of Red Red's painting process here!

Sa Sa - Day 9 of 21-in-31


"Sa Sa" (pastel, 12x9 inches)

Yay! My client told me the names of her pets! This one is "Sa Sa". I've really enjoyed doing these dogs for her. It's been such an interesting variety of lighting from her photos.
Tomorrow I'll paint the horse, Red Red!

See a quick speed video of Sa Sa's painting process here!

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Chihuahua - Day 8 of 21-in-31


 "Chihuahua" (pastel, 8x6 inches)

Here's the Chihuahua portrait I mentioned yesterday on the Fuzzy Puppy post. I've got two more portrait commissions for this client, and I'm hoping she gets back to me on their names so I don't have to call them "Horse" and "Golden Retriever" 😂

Click here to watch a quick speed video of this little dog's painting process!

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Fuzzy Puppy - Day 7 of 21-in-31


"Fuzzy Puppy" (pastel,  10x10 inches)

 This fuzzy puppy is one of four pet portrait commissions for a client this month. I finished her Chihuahua a couple days ago, and have another dog and a horse to go! Hopefully I'll get to post the Chihuahua tomorrow.

Click here to watch a quick speed video of this pup's painting process!

Sunday, August 8, 2021

Poppy - Day 6 of 21-in-31


"Poppy" (pastel, 7x5 inches) bid or buy here

Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas to me! I found this painting that had not been posted yet. Somehow it got overlooked in the computer for months! I had finished it at the last minute before delivering several small paintings to my solo show opening in March, and it just got swept up with the others and somehow missed being posted. 

SO! Since it's still available I've decided to count it towards my 21 paintings to post this month. Poppy will take the place of a painting I did today that I probably won't be posting because it was a "copy" of another recent painting that a client wanted me to paint for them because they missed out on buying it first. I don't do copies very often, but when I do, I don't really like to post them if they're from a painting that was recent.

See a nifty little GIF of Poppy here!

Friday, August 6, 2021

Gothart - Day 5 of 21-in-31


"Gothart" (pastel, 8x10 inches) bid or buy here

This was one of the underpaintings I had in my last batch. I hadn't finished a painting in a couple days; I've been working hard on more underpaintings for several commissions. This face has been calling to me because I really was pleased with the freshness of the underpainting and I thought I might be able to get the pasteling done fairly quickly too... so I jumped right on it after completing the commissions' underpaintings. It wasn't quite as quick as I'd hoped, but I'm happy with the result anyway.

BTW, here's a peek at most of the underpaintings I've got going now.... The dogs and horse and dove are commissions:

I'll probably be pasteling one of these at Monday's Virtual Open Studio, Aug 9. If you'd like to join us you can register on my site here!

And visit this page to see some progress pics of Gothart the goat!


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Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Minty - Day 4 of 21-in-31


"Minty" - Day 4 of 21-in-31 (pastel, 8x4 inches)

This little Minty green parakeet was Tuesday night's Virtual Open Studio demo. My Zoom guests got to pick which underpainting I pasteled. The little parakeet won the vote! All these intense greens were a bit challenging after so many brown cows, but I think I pulled it off.

See a quick progress video here!

On auction for a limited time at Dailypaintworks!

Little Red - Day 3 of 21-in-31


 "Little Red" - Day 3 of 21-in-31 (pastel, 6x4 inches)

  I painted this little chicken during my last virtual online studio day, at the same time as Guertie.

See a quick GIF of Little Red's painting process here!

On auction for a limited time at Dailypaintworks!

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Guertie, Guernsey Cow - Day 2 of 21-in-31


"Guertie, Guernsey Cow" - Day 2 of 21-in-31 (pastel, 5x5 inches)

This little cow was painted during my last Virtual Online Studio day, but I'm counting it towards my goal because it hasn't been publicly posted before now.

See a quick GIF of Guertie's painting process here!

On auction for a limited time at Dailypaintworks!