Saturday, February 19, 2011

Mountain Chickadee - Original Pastel - Wilderness Art Challenge

Mountain Chickadee
5" x 12" (12.7cm x 30.5cm)
Pastels on Velour
$75 plus $10 shipping and handling in the US
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This is little Mountain Chickadee study took me about an hour.  I wanted something quick to do this morning and remembered that Gary Keimig had this as part of his art challenge blog, Wilderness Art Challenge.  Be sure to check out Gary's blogs and artwork and the submissions to his art challenges.  Thanks Gary!

These little birds are so cute and must be pretty tough to survive the severe winters across the western United States.

Psalm 84:3 (New International Version, ©2010)
3 Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young—
a place near your altar, LORD Almighty, my King and my God.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Sofie - My Latest Commission

12" x 12" Original Pastel
Not For Sale

This is my latest commission - Sofie. Sofie is a beautiful Miniature Poodle who belongs to the wife of my boss. 

I almost panicked at first glance and thought "oh no - she is black - how will I get the details?"   I knew better though.  Sure enough as I began to study her and paint her I was excited to find she had lots of beautiful colors and shades of blues, browns, rusts, pinks and grays that enhanced her black coat - so I tried to emphasis those colors to get the details and depth needed. 

Isaiah 32:17 (King James Version)
17And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.