Princess

FOR SALE

20X16 original pastel on sanded paper, framed, $475, plus shipping

I strive for impact with enough clarity to identify (her face) but a little looseness to seem unfinished (the fan).  It is kind of like getting dressed up, but having untamed hair or shoes with unmatched socks.  Texture is key for me as an artist and as a person.  I had a kid in my art room today and halfway through his lesson, he jumped around the room and his handed landed on a white chair that looks like lambs wool but is synthetic and a lot softer.  He said “ahhh.”  I get that.  I am tactile too.  Since pastel paintings are not to touch, I like to make them as if they are, revealing varying textures and plenty of pastel strokes.

Here are some up close and personal shots.

 

Magnolia 9

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12×9 original pastel on sanded paper, framed, $225, plus shipping

Different angle.  Different background. Same subject.  Can you tell I like magnolias?

Royalty

FOR SALE

20X16 original pastel on sanded paper, framed, $475, plus shipping

When I look at this outfit fit for a princess or queen, I realize that I was never cut out for such a position. The headdress alone would do me in, never mind the heavy tapestry and satin layers in the dress. I painted a greyish-glue background so nothing would detract from her highness.  I started with a drawing in charcoal.  Then I blocked in the midtones.  Afterward, I offered the darks to clarify the midtones, followed by highlights.  I did this in many layers until the painting emerged.  She looks attentive, yet soft.  Ready to propose a toast to the royal court.

Magnolia 8

FOR SALE

9X12 original pastel on sanded paper, framed, $240, plus shipping

I do not eat left overs.  They are not fresh.  Food is at its peak right off the stove. I paint in like manner.  I get bored easily.  My study of magnolias is not boring though.  The more I study them, the more I am getting to know them.  I plan on painting the flowers in all stages, all seasons, all styles, all colors, all textures and all angles.  This one is slightly turned, like a profile of a person.  There are more to come.  We will test my creativity and ability to probe a subject.  Enjoy.