Thursday, July 30, 2015

"Last Light" A pastel painting demonstration...

I love to share my painting techniques because I have learned so much from other artists who have been so gracious to share.  Please enjoy this video of my painting "Last Light" and don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Painting by Black Light... a fun experiment!

Painting by Black Light

Quite by accident I discovered that many of my paintings look neat in black light.  So, I decided to try and paint in a black light setting.  This was really fun and it does look quite dramatic under black light. It doesn't convey very well via these photos, but it's very cool in real life.  This was a pretty fast experiment taking less than 2 hours. 

Black Pastel Paper
Canson Mi-Teintes Touch / a slightly sanded surface.

My black light on my easel...

Choosing pastels that light up neon in black light....

Getting ready to start....

Under black light...

Under normal light...

The final under normal lighting....

"Walk with Me" Trying to keep a dreamy feel in this pastel painting.

This field was so inviting. I wanted to keep it loose and engage the viewer 
to visually join me in exploring this colorful field. 

"Walk With Me"
13" x 10.5"

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

A demonstration for keeping it loose with pastel painting.

"Beach Seduction"
Keeping it Loose

Keeping it loose is a common struggle for most artist. I find working quickly and blocking in basic shapes and values helps to create a loose and painterly feel. 

I used a tinted Colorfix sanded surface. 
 I chose my pastels for the color palette to suit 
the mood of the painting and added
additional colors as I worked.
 I did a quick sketch ahead of time to get 
the general composition.
 Here we go...
 Working out basic shapes and layout.

 Determining lights and darks.
 It's starting to come together.
 Basic painting coming to life.
 Darkened the mood a bit.
 This is pretty much the final, but I will 
add some more sea grasses. 
Hope you enjoyed!

Friday, July 3, 2015

I'm so excited to have my book "The Mountain Queen" now available on Amazon! I pray it is a blessing and many hearts will be drawn to the King of the mountain.

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