Pastel Painting of two Mustangs. 24″ x 18″. Nature’s Paints.
This is the largest pastel painting I have attempted. I was drawn to these to Mustang horses in the reference photo taken by Mustang Meg, who I friended on Facebook and have been following her wonderful Mustang images. She has allowed me to use her images as reference photos. My plan is to do a series of Mustang paintings and once they sell, I will donate a portion of the sales to various Save the Mustang groups in honor of my first horse, Shilo… who was also a Mustang.
This painting will be entered in a series of art shows, and will at that time be for sale. In the meantime, I will have prints available soon.
Animal Portrait Gift Certificates now available.
I now have a limited number of Gift Certificates available in any of the following amounts.
$145 for 5″ x 7″
$185 for 9″ x 12″
$235 for 11″ x 14″
These gift certificates are for a single animal head portrait with a simple background and include glare free glass and backing… ready for framing. The recipient may upgrade their order to include a frame, an additional animal and/or a larger portrait.
I am limiting the number of gift certificates I’m willing to sell to how many portraits I feel I can complete in the year 2013. So don’t delay.
I am happy to offer my first calendar featuring dogs from y favorite club, Western Agility Group… WAG… where Jasmine and I have run many fun agility courses, and Sierra is beginning her agility training. Located in Elk Grove, CA, WAG is host to agility trials of different venues throughout the year. It’s a wonderful place to spend a weekend playing with our dogs… watching their goffy antics as they run through the courses. And what a great place to find beautiful dogs to paint!
Each month features a different dog painted in pastel. Most of these were done as commissions throughout the year, with the owners allowing me to feature them in this collection. Calendars are 5.5″ x 4.25″ and $10 each, which includes tax and shipping. A certain amount also feature the dates of all the known trials being held at WAG throughout the year. Gets yours now before they run out!
“Born Free” … Portrait of a Mustang Colt; reference photo by “Mustang Meg”, used with permission. 14″ x 11″ Pastel on Velor. Original framed and For Sale $550. 12″ x 9″ print matted $35.
This is a pastel painting of a Mustang colt. The reference photo is from the collection of “Mustang Meg”, who I friended on Facebook. I have been enjoying all the beautiful photos she takes of wild Mustangs in their natural surroundings. Her goal is to help save the Mustang from BLM roundups, where many of these beauties go to slaughterhouses. I will be donating a portion of the proceeds on the sale of this painting to one of the Save the Mustang groups.
I really enjoyed painting this guy and tried a few new techniques that I’ve seen my mentor, Lesley Harrison, do with her paintings. I feel really good about the outcome.
This is one of my two entries for the 2012 Equine Art Show at the Draft Horse Classic in September.
Also… I am attending the High Hand Art Fest in Loomis, CA starting tomorrow (June 23 and June 24). This is my very first art show where I will be showcasing my paintings. I will have 15 originals on display, including “Born Free.”
UPDATE: 10/22/12: Born Free won first place in the pastel division at the Draft Horse Classic Equine Art Show. It was truly and exciting moment. This original pastel painting is for sale. Prints are also available.
Sadie, 8 x 10 Pastel on Velour
I completed another commission portrait. This is Sadie Lynn, the Border Collie. She is from the same family as Achilles the Doxie. I really wish the images that I post were of the same quality as the original. The colors are close, but the softness of the velour paper never really pops in the digital image. Sadie Lynn was a joy to paint and really just came alive on her own as I applied more layers of pastel. All that black in her coat has layers of dark blue and purple under it, which creates the rich black color. To just apply black causes a more flat looking coat on the dog. There are more than eight layers on this dog.
Achilles, 8" x 10" Pastel on Velour
It’s been awhile since I posted anything. Shamefully, when I’m in school it seems I never have time to paint. But schools out for Summer… and I’m back to digging in to my pastels. This is Achilles the Dachshund. This little guy was great fun to paint. I loved that blue eye… I believe my first experience painting a blue eye. My biggest challenge with Achilles is the fact that his coat is mottled with spots and I wanted to make sure I got them all in the right place. This was also the first time I had not met the dog in person and worked entirely off a client’s provided image. I’m delivering the painting to Achilles’ owner tomorrow morning all framed and ready to hang. Perhaps I’ll get to see Achilles in person at that time.
Siggi, 9" x 11" pastel on velour
Siggi is another talented Sheltie who runs agility with Dave at WAG. Some of Siggi’s championship titles include N-ATCH, C-ATCH AND C-ATE, from two different agility venues. Quite and accomplishment for this gentleman… especially since he had to overcome some difficulties from his younger years. Siggi runs with a signature head tilt, but never lets that stop him from putting on a great performance in the agility ring. This painting, which was completed in December 2011, was a bit of a challenge as Siggi has such a dark, silvery blue colored coat. His eyes are the darkest of any dog I’ve ever encountered and he sports a crooked blaze. There are more layers of coat painted on this boy than most I’ve worked with. It was fun to watch him come to life in this painting.
Duncan, 12" x 14" pastel on velour
It’s been a long time since I last posted any art… so I thought it was high time I get another piece uploaded. This is Duncan. I painted him specifically to enter at the 2011 Draft Horse Classic Equine Art Show. The painting not only made it through the jury selection, but actually won a 3rd place ribbon… to my delight and surprise. I took the reference photo of this gentle giant at the 2010 Draft Horse Classic with my new digital SLR camera. I will soon be starting a few paintings from the reference photos I took at this years Classic… to enter in next years show.
And why have I not been painting for the last few weeks. Well… my excuse is that I’m taking a couple of classes at the local Jr College… and I just got a new puppy. So there should be a puppy portrait of Sierra coming soon. Stay tuned!!!
Jag, 8" x 10" Pastel on Velour
Here is my latest commissioned portrait. This is Jag. He’s an awesome Australian Shepherd, owned by Justine, with some 14 championship titles in Agility. According to Justine, “His latest ones are C-ATE (almost to C-ATE2), ADCH, PDCH, NATCH#3 and versatility NATCH#3, Sach, jch, tm-bronze, c-Mex, bronze-sm, Mx and mxj. The bronze ones are USDAA and the c-Mex is DOCNA (which are different venues in Agilty).”
I first noticed Justine and Jag running in Agility at the CPE Nationals in 2006. Jag’s enthusiasm bounced off of him and I believe he received one of the highest scores of the entire 3-day trial… and to watch him run today is no different. I enjoyed painting him with all the wonderful colors and that happy expression that is simply Jag!
Nitro, 9" x 12" Pastel on Velour
This is Nitro… asleep on his favorite pillow, which is located in the office at WAG (Western Agility Group) in Elk Grove, CA where he spends his time waiting for his turn to run in whatever agility trial he happens to be entered in. Nitro belongs to Susan Rappillus and has some impressive Agility titles, such as: CATE, CATE-2, NATCH 7, Vers. NATCH 7, MX, MXJ, MAD. Although he looks so serene in this painting, he’s a lightning fast little dog on course .
Nitro's painting on his pillow
Here is a cute photo that Susan sent to me of Nitro’s painting on the pillow from his painting. Too cute!