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.