First Place in Richeson 75

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.

Sea Shell Pastel Painting

Sea Shell Pastel Painting

Whew! Just finished this in time to make the deadline for a competition. This is “Sea of Textures” pastel on Canson sanded paper. I wanted to do something different for this competition, as well as just to take a break from doing people. Originally, I was just going to do it in shades of gray, but I love the combination of gray tones with bits of color. Also, I felt that it needed several colors to create the look of the inner shell with that glossy translucent quality.

Bold Brush Award

Bold Brush Award

Excited to find out that my pastel painting “The Rose Tattoo” was chosen as Outstanding Pastel in the Bold Brush Competition for March 2016. See exhibition at http://faso.com/boldbrush/winners/178.

New Contemplation Series

New Contemplation Series

One oContemplation-old man-web_03.02.16f the most distinctive abilities that humans have is to contemplate, which has always fascinated me. Contemplation is to think profoundly and at length, meditate on, ponder, reflect on, consider, muse on or deliberate over. I am working on a new series of paintings that is inspired by contemplation in its many forms.

Contemplation Pastel Painting

Contemplation Pastel Painting

I just completed this new pastel portrait “Contemplation”. It is part of a series I am working on having to do with contemplation in its various forms. Is he thinking about his youth? Is he thinking about a lost love? Or just contemplating the beauty of the rose? This is a 14×18 pastel painting on Sennelier La Carte Pastel Card.

New Pastel Drawing

My new drawing “Awakening” is finished. The dramatic lighting was what really intrigued me. I tried to make it as realistic as I could. It makes me want to do more drawings like this, as I really like the contrast of white and grays against black paper....