Monday, December 28, 2020
Monday, December 21, 2020
I hope you all are doing well and ready for Christmas.
I recently finished this commission of a precious little girl for a wonderful lady. It is her granddaughter and she plans to give it as a Christmas gift to the parents.
It was a fun piece to work on and kind of challenging at the same time with those cute little fingers involved. I caught myself counting them constantly to make sure I got them right.
Here is the WIP (work in progress):
All framed and ready to be delivered:
I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and remember the reason we celebrate the season.
Saturday, November 21, 2020
I can't believe it, but it is about time to start thinking about sending out Christmas cards! This year's card is a really cute one even if I say so myself!
The process can be time consuming, but I start off by picking my reference photo. This one came from Pixabay.
Once finished with the pastel, I use my computer software and create a print in the appropriate size for the card. For these cards, the 4" X 5" print is printed on fine art paper creating a suitable giclée print for framing - making it two gifts in one - the card and the print!
The giclée print is then cut out and mounted with photo corners on 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" card stock. As you can see there are a lot of steps in creating these cards and they can be time consuming but my customers love them!
Here is the finished 2020 Christmas Card. "He was born in a manger!"
7And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes. and laid him in a manager.
11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
Saturday, September 26, 2020
This pastel, like my Spent Roses, is looser than I normally do but it was just as much fun. It was a challenge in its own way in trying to keep it loose, catching the lights and darks, and overlapping colors.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1 | KJV
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Friday, September 11, 2020
Sunday, August 9, 2020
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
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?
Stay safe and well!
Tuesday, January 14, 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.