Mother and Baby Pastel Portrait

The finished portrait of “A Mother’s Joy” is shown here with a studio mat that I use to get an impression of how the final image will look once it has a mat and is framed. It helps to see it this way in case there are any color or value changes that...

Mother and Baby Portrait

The third sitting went faster for another four hours. I’m not a fast painter, as I prefer to take my time in making judgements about the colors and strokes needed to get the effect I want.  Blocked in the background and started to finish off the details of the...

Madonna Pastel Portrait

This is the second sitting of the pastel painting, which was another four hours. Developed the baby’s face and started the mother’s hands. I am trying to capture a very realistic look, so lots of layering to build up the flesh tones. I am working from a...