Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Some things you do for love - not money.

These three pastels are just that – done for love – not money. 

These first two were done for two different physicians who went way beyond the call of duty.  They treated my daughter recently when she had been receiving very poor medical care elsewhere for a broken wrist and torn tendon causing her to be out of work for 3 weeks and lapsing on her health insurance payments. 
Texas Horned Toad

The Hand

Both doctors are orthopedic surgeons. One is a TCU alumni, hence the purple tinted Texas horned toad.  The other is a hand specialist in the same office who sometimes deals with rodeo hand injuries.  I really couldn’t say thank you enough to either man for the love and care they showed my daughter and didn’t know how to repay the help they had so freely given – so I turned to what I love to do and created these pastels for them.

This last one was for my dear Sister/Friend who recently lost her beloved 20+ year old cat. Losing one of our fur kids is hard and it is was my hope to ease the loss for my friend just a little bit by giving her something to remember her by.


Love.  It is something special and you really can't put a price on it.  In all of these situations love was shown, received and also returned. It is interwoven and has probably touched those lives involved on many different levels for a lifetime in some way or another.  I know it has mine.

John 3:16 (KJV)
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Monday, January 28, 2013

All My Marbles - Published Twice

All My Marbles
Towards the end of last year I was approached by Dirk Schulze, from a well known German blog, wie-malt-man, which publishes instructions, tips and tutorials for painting and drawing.  He stated many of their readers had visited my website tutorials and requested a German translation for them.
After visiting the blog, I decided to give my permission to post my tutorial in German.  It is kind of cool to see something I've written posted to a German blog.  Check it out by clicking here.
Then back in 2001, I was asked by Quarto Books to submit several of my pieces to be considered to be included in a book by artist Donna Krizek on art tips and techniques.  Late last year I received a complimentary copy of the book and they used the same pastel - All My Marbles!


It's quite an honor to see my work published and being used by other artists - after all that is the way I started - following other artists and learning from there tutorials, books and demonstrations.
John 8:12 (KJV)
12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Sea Horses - An Original Pastel

I'm sure you have looked up in the sky to see shapes of clouds that look like dogs, cats, horses, people's faces and the like, but have you seen those same things in the ocean's waves as they come crashing to the shore? 

I thought it might be fun to try my hand at it.

Sea Horses
20" x 16" (50.8cm x 40.7cm)
Pastels on Velour
$300 plus $10 shipping and handling in the US
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What do you think?  How many horses do you see?
I had a whole lot of fun doing this.  I'm going to have to try my hand at it again - maybe with clouds next time.
James 4:10 (KJV)
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Looking At Ya - A WIP

It has been a long while since I've posted but thought I'd share one of my latest pastels as I worked on it - in a WIP (Work in Progress). This is a photo of my horse Billy Bob that I took not long ago - I used it as my reference.
I then made a rough sketch on my pastel paper of choice - velour. I always start with the eyes - only because I can't stand to see eye sockets staring back at me while I work!

Here is my progress after about 90 minutes.  I call it the "ugly stage because it is all I can do to keep from throwing it away at this point!

Here I have about another hour or so into it and decided to leave it until the next day to see what I can do to finalize it.

And finally here is the final version.  I tweaked the lights and darks and added a few small details and called it finished!

Looking At Ya!
11" x 17"
In a private collection

Philippians 4:8 (KJV)
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.