Saturday, March 27, 2010

Corgi puppies

How can you resist these cute little faces? Our little Corgi, Rosie delivered 5 cuties Feb 15. Here they are at 5 weeks!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Simplicity of red charcoal

I have not created a conte (con-tay) sketch in a long time but really enjoyed doing this one! The colors are warmer than my more traditional black charcoal on a blue/gray background.
Conte is a reddish colored charcoal medium that, when combined with white conte for the highlights, creates that soft, almost ethereal look in a portrait. ......and I just love it!
I had this photo from a series that I took when creating this young lady's portrait along with her sister, in pastel. It is a 16 x 20 portrait so the image size is consider "three quarter" life size. That's a wonderful size to have on your wall. Any larger can be a bit "too much in your face!"
All art stores carry the Conte sticks-pick up a pack and try them as a fun alternative to charcoal!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Bridal Portrait created in Pastel with Bride and Groom

Sometimes it's hard for clients to visualize the sizes of paintings, so it's always a good idea to include images that do display the sizes. 
So here I have a recently created  Bridal Portrait. The completed size is 28 x 40 and it is created in pastels.  In the original reference photo, the bride and groom are flanked by other individuals but I  added the ocean which was indeed, behind them!

A beautiful, heirloom portrait that the whole family will enjoy for generations!
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