Just finished this pastel painting titled “Reverie”, which is part of my contemplation series. The subject for this portrait of a young woman is Katrina Sherwood, who had posed for me last year. I hope I did her justice, as she has the perfect look for a madonna painting. This piece took me a long time to finish, which was my fault for not planning the drawing and finished image as I should have. I used a reference photo of Katrina, but had to pose for the drapery pose myself. Lots of revisions as I struggled with how best to portray the subject and make all of the elements work together.
I am over the moon!! Just got word that my pastel painting “The Writer” has been accepted into the IAPS 28th Juried Exhibition to be held at the Salmagundi Club in New York City. To have my work exhibited at such a prestigious salon like the Salmagundi Club is beyond my wildest dreams.
A new work that is part of my “Contemplation” series.”Flight of Fancy”, 18.5 x 26 pastel on Canson sanded paper. This is the largest pastel painting that I have ever done, and it was quite a challenge.
Detail of work in progress. This is the largest and most ambitious pastel piece I have ever done. Lots more work to be done on this. My self doubt and struggle to render the image realistically has been slowing me down, but I keep working through it. It’s funny that when I plan and start each piece I feel that it will be relatively easy and not take me much time, but the reality is always different.
Just received the exciting news that my pastel painting “The Rose Tattoo” has been accepted into the Triton Museum of Art Salon 2016 from more than 1450 entries. The exhibition will run April 16 – May 29, 2016 at the museum in Santa Clara, CA.
Introducing “The Rose Tattoo”, which is part of my contemplation series. This was a lot of work and I have gained a great respect for the tattoo artist who designed the model’s body art. I have always wanted to do a painting of a man with a tattoo. The biggest challenges, of course, were to make the figure three dimensional and have the tattoo appear like it was on his skin.