Sunday, April 22, 2018

Dusty

Pastel, 9x12 on UArt 600


This is a portrait of my friend, Dusty.  My goal was to capture the kind, quiet, gentleness of his character.  His wide eyes and open expression reflect his constant interest in whatever I am doing.

This painting is not for sale, but I would be delighted to talk to you about doing a similar portrait of your pet.  Please contact me for details.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Daily Painting, April 13, 2018

Pastel - Daily Paintings 4x6 in double mat


I have taken a challenge to paint a number of small pastels that can be mounted in mat to fit a 5x7 frame.  This is the work of day 2 - the second set of this series, Salt Marsh. 
I have deliberately chosen a limited palette to be used in each of the paintings for today.  That will keep the colors coordinated and keep the set unified.  This idea for this small study is the openness of the marsh through the stately pines of the scattered hammocks.
These paintings will be available through my gallery - Georgia Nick Gallery in St. Augustine, or they may be purchased from me directly.  Please see my web site for details. Rick Petersen Artist.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Daily Paintings - April 12, 2018




Pastel - Daily Paintings 4x6 in double mat

I have taken a challenge to paint a number of small pastels that can be mounted in mat to fit a 5x7 frame.  These 4 paintings are my first set of this series. 
I have deliberately chosen a limited palette to be used in each of the paintings for today.  That will keep the colors coordinated and keep the set unified.  I selected 4 very different  views of the beach, water, and dunes in order to express the variety of scenery and yet show the unity of the experience.
These paintings will be available through my gallery - Georgia Nick Gallery in St. Augustine, or they may be purchased from me directly.  Please see my web site for details. Rick Petersen Artist.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Cleo

Pastel, 12x9 on Canson paper

This is a portrait for a friend of a pet that had passed.  

Cleo was a European Burmese, cream with a darker undercoat.  My goal is to capture a true likeness of a good friend with an emphasis on the personality and nature of the subject.  

Click here to see this painting on my web site - Rick Petersen Artist

If you would like a portrait of your pet, please contact me for details.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Waiting, not Waiting

Pastel, 9x12 on Wallis

As the tide comes in, the gulls often wait at the edge of the wave ready to grab any morsel of unwary fish that comes.  They seem almost made of stone until the moving tide encourages them take wing.  The sense of quiet and unhurried patience of the gulls belies the breaking waves only a few yards away.
The "original" that was posted yesterday bothered me - it was somehow incomplete. Decided to add the sanderling and change the title - now the picture tells a story.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Pastel Workshop GNG St. Augustine, FL


Rick Petersen Pastel Workshop

Georgia Nick Gallery, St. Augustine

Mondays, 1-3 PM, March 12 - April 16, 2018


This workshop is offered to with two objectives: 
1. To help you turn photographs into "keeper" paintings
2. To take the mystery out of pastels so that you will be comfortable working with them

The class size will be small with only a maximum of 6 places so that I can give every participant special attention.  I welcome all skill and experience levels, so if you have never tried pastels or if you would like to expand your exposure, this could be the class for you.

The workshop is being offered at $125 for 6 sessions with a make-up if it is desired.  Since space is limited, a $25 reservation fee will hold our place.

To make a reservation or for information, please contact me by comment or by e-mail.  I would love to hear from you.


Thursday, January 25, 2018

First Light, Vilano Beach

Pastel, 9x12 on UArt 400

In the early morning as the light of day begins to grow, the reflected pink and golden clouds bath the wet sand and breaking waves with wonder.  A few gulls seem to question the presence of any who venture into their world of wonder.