Tuesday, June 27, 2017

"Walking the Dogs" - Brooklyn, NY (9" x 12")


A quick sketch of a Brooklyn street, from a photo taken a few years back.  I worked quickly, got the mood down, and Rae stopped me from overworking it.  Done:)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The "L Train" (15" x 18")

Today in class, we talked about whether it's kosher to take pictures of people without their permission, to use as a subject.  I hope so... because I've been traveling to BOND Studios in Brooklyn every week, and my favorite part of the trip is riding the subway. Some days it's hot, but no matter what the weather, you can't beat the people watching.  

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

"Sam", the Rescue Dog (Cocker Spaniel x Golden Retriever Mix)

Samantha is a 6 year old cocker spaniel/golden retriever mix. As the cliche goes, she's a rescue dog, but in reality, she rescued me.

We have no idea what she was doing in a South Carolina kill shelter, but she became a part of our family a year ago this month, and is a real sweetheart!

Anyway, Sam's portrait was today's project -- and since I go to Rae's class each week with a very limited set, it results in some odd color choices. Of necessity, I shoot for value over color.  And while she isn't this purple (or this dark) in real life, I'm happy with the result.

PS - Here's the value of a great teacher. My instructor (and master pastelist) Rae Smith makes a few precise suggestions, and keeps me from overworking things.  I'm so lucky to be in her class.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Tempus Fugit. (Scott) - 18" x 24"







The last time I painted Scott, he was a lot younger. No mustache, with a dimpled smile that lit up a room.  Happily, he let me take his picture yesterday, and it became today's painting in Rae's class.

She's back.


After 8 years, 1 month and 5 days (and over 200 B2B blog posts, but that's another story), I returned to the easel.  

Rusty, yes. 

But to my great good fortune, Rae Smith is still teaching pastels at the Katonah Art Center.

And to my surprise, it's a bit like riding a bike.  You feel a bit wobbly, but the pleasure is just the same.