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.
Haven’t done a charcoal drawing in awhile, so I decided to do the spider conch shell. This is an 8×10 charcoal on Strathmore toned gray paper. I wasn’t sure the paper was going to be able to handle my usual abuse, but much to my surprise it has a really good tooth and stood up to several layers and erasures.
Fine Art America is the site that I use for prints of my paintings. I was rather impressed by their range of products that images can be applied to. My two seashell paintings look rather nice as decorator throw pillow cushions. They also offer greeting cards and tote bags. If you are interested in cushions or prints, go to:
I decided to do a floral painting, as I had not painted flowers in a long time and I wanted to do more still life paintings. This is “A Rose For The Little Lady”, an 11 x 14 pastel painting on sanded paper painted from life. Actually, the lady bug was not planned. I added it because I thought the picture needed some red to balance the overall color scheme. That gave me the idea for the title.
Finally finished “Sea of Textures II”, which is a companion piece to my previous sea shell pastel painting. It feels like I picked the most complicated sea shell on the planet! It has an incredible amount of little shapes and markings that drove me crazy. What was I thinking?!? Although I finished a couple of days ago, I kept looking at it and making minor adjustments, as is my usual practice. When there are no more adjustments to be made, then I consider it finished.
Just received the most incredible news. I was stunned to find out my pastel painting “The Gold Bangle” was selected as the Overall Winner (Best of Show) of the ASC People 8 online competition out of 407 submissions. It’s kind of funny that I had started think that maybe the painting was not good enough and I should work on it more.