Easter Hat Pastel Portrait

New pastel portrait – “The Easter Hat” – finished just in time to deliver it to her dad tomorrow. This adorable little princess is named “liberty”. This was a great challenge to render, but I hope I never have to do stripes on...

New Pastel Portrait Sketch

  Finally coming up for air after some hectic weeks of work. Yes, “Art” is a cruel and selfish master. I am driven by an insatiable desire to create, often to the exclusion of everything and everyone else around me. Been working on this pastel...

New Portrait Study

Working on new painting. This is a study of a model we had during a Justin Hess portrait painting workshop I attended recently. I have been working on refining this study to a more finished portrait, since we didn’t have enough time to do it at the workshop....

Importance of a Classical Art Education

If you are serious about being an artist, there is no substitute for getting a proper foundational education in the traditional methods. Being a self-taught artist has its limitations as far as being able to learn the correct ways of drawing or painting, handling...

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...