Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Invitation, WIP

Pastel on Wallis, 13x20

Second photo of work in progress. Looking now for values, consistency, and faithfulness to my original objective and motivation.

First photo of work in progress.  Railings were put in with calculated accuracy to insure the perspective.  Darkest values are hard pastel set with denatured alcohol. Sky and water are basically done.  Values in the sand were put in to set the tone and perspective.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

My Branch

The photo above is of the revision done 12/26/14 with some suggestions from Lyn Asselta.  I believe it is much improved from the original photo published earlier and shown below.


Pastel on Wallis, 9x6

This painting started as a "daily" work, but I spent parts of two days on it - holiday interruptions.
This is my first bird in a long time – edited from a photo of a cardinal with attitude – “My Branch, My Tree.”

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


Let's talk painting....

I love this photo for its overall appeal, graphic quality, color, and movement.  I have started a medium size work and realized that the picture has no specific focal point.  There is nothing special upon which the eye can rest.  I have a plan for what I will do, but I'm opening this to comment and suggestions.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Nursery Violas

Pastel on Wallis, 6x6

Daily painting of yellow violas we purchased for the garden. They are still in the plastic nursery pot.

I changed the background on this small piece a number of times looking for the right balance of tone and temperature.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Dune Shadows

Dune Shadows 

9x12 Pastel on Multimedia Artboard

This is my first painting on Multimedia Artboard.  The surface holds layer after layer of pastel, which I like.  Because the surface has some texture, I can render interesting nuances of tone and personality.