Sunday, August 9, 2020

Sarge - A Companion to "Mom's Horse"

Earlier in the year I did a commission of  "Mom's Horse."  You can read the post, see the WIPs and finished pastel if you scroll down a few posts to January 14th. 

Shortly after the delivery of the commission I was contact by the horse's owner.  She was very pleased with how the pastel turned out and asked me to do another pastel of her other horse, Sarge.  Needless to say I was extremely happy to do so, however, somehow somewhere along the line I didn't get it posted to my blog.  For that I apologize. 

Sarge is a beautiful horse and was a lot of fun to work on.  Have I told you lately that I love horses?

Here is the reference photo, WIPs and final pastel.


8" x 10" Pastel on Velour

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Latest Pastel Commission - Sam

I had the privilege of doing this pastel of my client's grandson, Sam. 

He is just precious.  You've got to love those cheeks!

I have to admit I was a little concerned about finding a frame, especially during this pandemic, but I found a great frame on line at Hobby Lobby.  They got it to me in a very timely manner and the packaging was excellent - no damage at all to the frame.  It is a high quality frame and I love the color!  I think it really sets the pastel off great - don't you?

The pastel is 8" x 10" on velour paper.  Here are a few of the WIPs (work in progress) of this pastel:

Please contact me at if you'd like a pastel done of one of your family members.  I'd love to do one for you! 

Stay safe and well!

New Pastel Commission - Missy Bella

I had a couple of new pastel commissions recently and this is one of them.  It is of Missy Bella - a very beautiful Australian Shepherd.  She is much loved and is a sweet companion.

This pastel is 11" x 14" and was done on velour paper.  Here are pictures of my work in progress (WIPs).   

. . .and here it is framed . . .

. . . and hung.

I'm very pleased with the way it turned out and so was my client!  

Hope you enjoy looking at them and if you ever want a pastel done of your pet please be sure to contact me at

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

First Pastel & Commission of 2020

I hope all of you are having a great beginning to this new year and new decade.  It's hard to believe it is 2020!

I was very happy to start the new year with a new pastel commission.  My client had wanted a pastel done of his mom's horse and gave me a couple of photos to work from.  He didn't want anything too large so I cropped the original photo so that most of the picture would be of the horse and not the barn.

I wished I had taken more pictures of the WIP (work in progress) but once I got started I didn't stop to take many photos at all.  I will try next time to take the time and photograph the WIPs. They can be  interesting to look at when the pastel is completed.

As always, somewhere in the middle, it gets really ugly when working on it and can be rather intimidating even after all these years of doing pastels.  I'm always happy and relieved to work through the ugly parts and get to a pastel that I'm happy with.

I can say I'm happy with the results and most importantly so is my client.

Here is the reference photo, a couple of WIPs, and the final pastel.

Mom's Horse
8" x 10" Pastel on Velour