Thursday, November 25, 2010

Fall Colors Painting Demo

I spent a weekend with friends at a cabin about a month ago.
  The colors, photos, weather and friendship were perfect that weekend. 
I used one of the photos to do this 9x12 inch watercolor 
as a demonstration for my watercolor students. 
We talked about the layers of a painting and how to show direction and depth. 
It is good to identify the layers in a busy image so that you can paint with a plan.
The color was fun too.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Portrait Session

A wonderful portrait session yesterday.
 I have a ton of pastels and I take them, all of them, 
when I go to these model sessions.  
I don't need them all. (You knew that.)
So, I forced myself to use only a small selection of color for this one.
Painting was easier, not confusing or overwhelming,
 and I like what happened.
Pastel, 18 x 22 inch sanded paper.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Workshop Day Two

I can't say enough about how much I got out of the workshop.
 Anatomy is so important.
So is observation, angles, planes...
And a good pair of bifocals. 
(Will be making appointment this week.)
Also having your materials organized and prepared.
I dropped my pastels, that were in pizza boxes, in foam sections, 
(which work really well in my studio, not for travel), 
and they got mixed up.
(Will be looking into a new storage system.)
This is my pastel on 18x24 wallis paper from day two 
of the Judy Carducci workshop. 
I needed to stop fifteen minutes before to leave 
the hands and bottom looser, or need fifteen minutes more 
work time to tighten it up some.
Another thing to learn.

Sunday, November 14, 2010


I spent the weekend at a Judy Carducci portrait workshop.
And I learned so much. 
And know I still have so much more to learn.
And what fun I will have on the journey.
She demonstrated a gorgeous value portrait on the first day.
So I chose to do the same. This is my effort.
Vine charcoal and white pastel on 18x24 inch canson paper
drawn from live model... so fun!

Monday, November 8, 2010


This is one that I just want to take home with me.
I enjoy painting these dog portraits. 
Each dog has as story and a personality.
Check out my Etsy shop if you would like one done of your own.
Or for a friend...