Blending Tip

First, whether you are working with pastel, charcoal or graphite, apply strokes lightly so as not to score the paper or embed the medium too heavily into the surface. This will help you when adding subsequent layers, and makes it easier to use an eraser to lighten or...

New Charcoal Drawing

This is "Study in Gray" an 11x14 charcoal portrait drawing on Strathmore gray 400 series paper. Getting the slight tilt of the head was a bit challenging. Doing a drawing like this helps me to keep up my drawing skills, so I like to do one periodically. Your comments...

Richeson75 Small Works Award

Totally shocked and honored to have won second place in the Richeson75  Small Works 2017 show for my pastel still life painting "Sea of Textures". The image is 12" x 12".  It is so inspiring to receive recognition for my work!  Also, I'm happy to see pastel recognized...

Still Life Painting

Just received the February/March issue of International Artist magazine, and was thrilled to see my pastel painting of a sea shell "Sea of Textures" as a finalist in the Still Life competition. That is just so amazing to me because for years I've read this magazine...

Male Muse Painting

What a great start to the new year! Received notice that my pastel painting "The Writer" was selected to be featured in the February "Male Muse" issue of Poets and Artists magazine. It is a beautiful multi-interactive publication focusing on art; and poetry. The two...

Dichotomy of Philosophy

This is my last painting of 2016. "The Dichotomy of Philosophy" is an 18 x 24 pastel painting on sanded board. It is based on a previous painting I had done of my favorite model. This figurative work has an unusual theme, but I wanted to make a statement about the...

ARC Salon 2016 Finalist

It's been almost a year since I chose to become a full-time artist, quitting my day job and throwing caution to the winds. Today I was stunned to find out my pastel painting "The Rose Tattoo" was officially selected as a finalist in the Figurative category of the 2016...

Born Genius or Born Lazy?

To be successful, artists need to overcome the foolish notion of a “born artist” and hone their skills by practicing and studying the work of other masters in your medium. Sign up with for workshops with master artists, courses at an atelier or art school in your area. Being in a class with other artists will open up a whole new world for you, as well as getting advice from the faculty who are professional artists. It’s a valuable investment in time and money, but you will benefit greatly in being able to meet your artistic goals.

The Horror of Being an Author or Artist

Being of an introverted nature, you would think that I would not wish to expose myself to all manner of slings and arrows of social criticism. But that is exactly what every creative being - author, painter, poet, musician, etc. - must do if they seek to establish a...

First Place in Richeson 75

Wow, I am gobsmacked!! Just found out that my pastel painting “The Gold Bangle” won First Place in the Richeson75 Figure/Portrait 2016 Competition. Really appreciate what the judge, William Schneider, said about my work. Thank you to my lovely model Katrina Sherwood. I am greatly honored to be included among such great artists in this prestigious competition.

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