Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Three Little Pigs

Three Little Pigs  11 x 17  pastel

It's been a while, but I am still in the barnyard. Took a drive the other day and these little pigs ran to greet me when I stepped out of the car to take their photo. They were backlit by the low winter sun which made their ears glow. 

I managed to take some shots during the process and thought I would share.

I used a fat marker to lay out my dark values on a rough coated gatorboard.

Then I just dove into the pig on the left.

Working my way across and starting the figure out the background.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Jed's Sow

Jed's Sow  5 x 7 pastel

I am on a barnyard kick. This gal had just gotten up from feeding her piglets. She looked really tired.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Jed's Ewe

Jed's Ewe  12 x 12 pastel  $600 (unframed)

Who's Jed you ask? Jed is our builder who lives on a wonderful farm about 2 miles from here. He has sheep, cows, pigs (litter just born), chickens, ducks and maybe other animals.

Stay tuned for the piglets, I am waiting for them to get a little bigger and less rodent-looking.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Till The Cows Come Home

Till The Cows Come Home  11 x 17 pastel

Maybe it's the weather that is keeping me in this grisaille phase, or the upcoming workshop I am taking with Robert Carsten on painting snow, but it feels like winter is creeping into our corner of the Champlain Valley.

The image for this painting was actually in fog, but I leave it up to your to decide if it's fog or snow. The cows don't seem to mind either way.

Monday, November 6, 2017


Empty 20 x 16 pastel

What a nice surprise to learn that Empty has received second place in the Vermont Pastel Society Annual Juried Show in White River Junction. This painting has had a few awards and "painted itself." 

Comments from the judge, Doug Dawson

I responded to the feeling in this painting. That feeling or mood is a product of the subject, as well as the unifying cool color.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Out of the Mist

Out of the Mist  5 x 7 pastel  $75

Took a drive on Sunday in the foggy, warm weather, and came upon this gal alone in a field. Actually, she was not alone, but I liked her best so I just didn't paint her pals. I love that this kind of day creates a grisaille.

A grisaille (/ɡrɪˈzaɪ/ or /ɡrɪˈzeɪl/; French: gris [ɡʁizaj] 'grey') is a painting executed entirely in shades of grey or of another neutral greyish colour.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Scottish Highland 1

Scottish Highland  6 x 6 pastel

A quick sketch, maybe a larger one coming.