Monday, January 31, 2022

28-in-28 for February - Painting #1


"Birds on a Wire" (pastel, 10x8 inches) click here to bid or buy.
Here's my first posted painting for February. I'm using the lenient rules I learned from Leslie Saeta years ago when she used to host monthly challenges, which was that you are allowed get a head start on your month, as long as what you're posting has not been publicly posted before.
So, this is the fun bird painting I did as a demo for the Southwest Florida Pastel Society on January 18th. You can watch the video on their website Scroll to the bottom and click on "Programs".
If you'd like to set your own painting goal for February, I invite you to post on my Facebook Daily Painting Challenge group!

Sunday, January 30, 2022

Another Big Chicken


"Another Big Chicken" (pastel, 10x10 inches) sold

This was a fresh take on an older photo that I'd painted before, read the post for that one here.

See a quick speed video of "Another Big Chicken" here!

Friday, January 21, 2022

Sunday, January 16, 2022


"Krissy" (pastel, 16x16 inches)

Here's a quick progress GIF of "Krissy", the subject of three of my VOS days last year.

Subscribers to my Patreon can see the rest of this cute doggy portrait in Episodes 75, 77 and 78! All others.... Join my Patreon and watch dozens of demos and hear many more tips, conversations, and art advice during my Virtual Open Studio days!

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Wimby Kitty

"Wimby Kitty" (pastel, 8x8 inches)

Here's Wimby Kitty, the adorable little cat from last month's VOS Episode 80! Subscribe to my Patreon to watch the full video with commentary here!

Wimby is a friend of CallieCal, another black and white kitty I painted a while back. They look very similar but are no relations.

See a quick speed video here!

Tuesday, January 4, 2022



"Willow" (pastel, 12x9)

Here's a quick speed video of Willow (12x9), the handsome dog commission from last month's VOS Episodes 82 and 84. Subscribe to my Patreon to watch in real time with commentary!

The photo of Willow was a lovely portrait shot, with ambient lighting... different from my usual strong sunlight, so her contrasts became more about the value patterns of her dark and light fur. And the shadows on those different values were more subtle.

I also rotated her slightly to straighten her up so that she'd fit better in the 9x12 size.

First reference photo of Willow:

and another one:

See a quick speed video here!