Saturday, January 24, 2015

Bull Creek Escape

Bull Creek Escape began with a lovely day's walk and paddling in the water with the puppies. I took several photos this day which was back in the summer months.

I think everyone knows how I love painting water in any form, so this will not come as a surprise to see.

However, that being said, this is done on BLACK VELOUR paper! A double whammy!
I challenged myself to do the black paper, not a color I usually choose for a pastel, and especially not velour paper.

One has to be very sure of the drawing, hence I chose water as my subject. At least I am very comfortable painting this action type of painting which will also be in my book in step-by-step form.

The format is 25.5" x 10.5" (unframed)
$450 plus S/H

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

It Takes A Village

This pastel is in step by step form in my new book.

I did this one on sanded Sennelier paper which is becoming my paper of choice again.

It's a little rough on the fingertips until the grain of the paper gets filled. (yikes)
Although as a rule, I don't usually smudge and merge the pastel unless the painting is a skyscape or seascape.

The sunset is merged with my fingers. I 'sculpted' the clouds this way.All other areas of this painting are not smudged.

This is an unframed pastel 25.5" x 19.5"

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Maui Blue

 I am having a lot of trouble uploading my photos to this site so here goes nothing, hope it works!

This image will be in my new How To Pastel book coming out very soon.
The scene is Hookipa on Maui, a world  famous windsurfing beach.

I have tons of photos of this area however I did make up the foliage on the left  to give a better lead into the scene.

This is a pastel on dark green sanded paper 25.5" x 19.5" unframed
$485 plus S/H

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Tuscany Hills

After a little thought I am now in the midst of publishing another HOW TO  book. This time it will be on the art of PASTEL painting and will be completed in a week or so.
The image above was done as a part of this book.
I walked this track times while in Tuscanny, the light was just magical!
This is a 25.5" x 19.5" unframed pastel on sanded paper.
$485 plus S/H
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Monday, December 22, 2014

Lavender Paths

This is an unframed pastel on the new (ish) Canson mixed media paper.

I never use watercolor under my pastels, but decided to try this technique with this new paper.

I used liquid acrylic as a base, just flopping color into the main areas as a base for my pastels.This was totally an experiment for me.

I kind of liked the process, but I am not overly rapturous.

I think it was this paper I was not that in love with. It's pretty smooth to the touch, not a lot of texture.

It seemed laborious to work the pastel over the top They did not glide onto the surface as I am so used to with velour paper.

Of course my color choice of the paper might not have made it easy for me, it was a soft yellow sand, very light in value.

So anyway here it is, I hope you like, it was a lesson learned for me and I might try the process again, but not in the near future.:))

This is a 21" x 29" pastel unframed
$450 plus S/H

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Soft Focus has been changed

This painting had worried me after my last post and looking at it in my studio I thought, what the heck, I think I can make it better.

Ever been there, done that?

As you might have noticed, I loved that blue violet color, and in the older version I had a LOT of it.

Of course it was a demo and I had only about an hour or so to get to that point, so I was okay with what I had done in that time, but adjustments were needed I felt.

I am leaving this up to you. Which version do you like best?

Of course it's a done deal now, can't go back now. I think this version has more GUTS to it and I personally like that.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Soft Focus

This is a demonstration piece from a recent workshop I conducted for Central Texas Pastel Society last week.

Thank you to all the people who braved the cold snap and rain to came to the demo and the workshop. I saw some lovely work from you all, and hope you all had as much fun as I did.

This is a pastel on sanded paper (rust colored) ..It is unframed and 25.5" x 19.5"
$450 plus S/H

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