Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Fun Day at the Beach, Pastel Portrait


I just finished this portrait of a day at the beach. 
Looks like they are having fun!
Pastel on mounted Wallis paper 16 x 20 inches. sold

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Watercolor Poinssettia

We usually paint a poinsettia in December during the adult watercolor class.
This year we are doing two small paintings. The students will cut and glue them to see what kind of abstract patterns they can come up with.  They did some wonderful work and I feel a little bad that we will be cutting them up, but I also know that the end result will be full of another kind of fun discovery.
My demo is 6 x 8 inches 

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Pastel in Progress

I guess this is far enough along to post. 
This is a captured moment that truly expresses the personalities of these boys.
I plan to keep the bottom portion of the painting loose to keep the focus on the faces.
But how loose remains to be scene. Stay tuned.
pastel on 16 x 20 inch Wallis paper

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Santa Watercolor Portrait Demonstration

Ok, so last week I started a Santa demonstration and ended up painting the inspiration image of a man with a red beard. This week I followed my lesson plan and modified the image to be more Santa-like. 
Everyone in class was in the best mood.... I think Santa makes us happy.
Quick demonstration in watercolor on quarter sheet cold press paper

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

How to finish... watercolor portrait

Quick 20 minute demonstration for my adult class. 
We started out doing Santa portraits using this bearded man as inspiration. 
But I just had to paint him with the red beard. 
I will do another Santa demo for the class later. 
So now I have to rethink the hat and story. 
Maybe a lumberjack.... Any ideas?
watercolor on a quarter sheet