Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Ivan and the Red Rod

Pastel on paper - 9" X 11" $100

This piece was inspired by a picture I saw on Facebook, taken by a friend of a friend. As I was flipping through the photo memories of her recent camping trip at Coyote Creek, I was captivated by two pictures of her son Ivan in this tall grass with this red fishing rod. I especially love the composition of this one, and felt compelled to paint it. I was still drinking my morning coffee, so I took out my pastel pencils and spent the next couple of hours transported somewhere between my kitchen and this tall grass.

Thanks to Rhonda and Ivan for the inspiration, and the great reference photo.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Calla Lilli Study 1

Calla Lilli Study 1 - 6" X 9" 6B pencil on Strathmore paper

This is a first study drawing of a calla lilli from a reference photo taken by Jan Prchal, and may be in preparation for a commissioned larger oil painting.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Hot Seat

Pastel on paper 18" X 24" $200 unframed

Being a cyclist, when I saw this photo I knew I had to paint it. Pastels are a more managable medium for me when I am feeling sick, because I can create while sitting, and it isn't as time consuming as oils. I can start and finish a piece in a couple of days since it doesn't require drying time. I enjoyed this subject and have Pam Langford Fast to thank for her brilliant reference photo.

Spring Fling

Pastel on paper 18" X 24" SOLD

I took the reference photo for this pastel in my backyard. The first roses of the spring are always breathtakingly beautiful, and make great specimen for bouquets, photographs and paintings.