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Guymon, Oklahoma, United States
I am blessed to live where my grandfather homesteaded, to have three beautiful daughters who are my best friends, to have six delightful grandchildren who live nearby, to be married to my sweetheart of 35 years and to thrill to the special magic of creating my own works of art. I'll never cease to thrill to witnessing new ideas and images come to life from the point of a pencil or splash of a brush. I am blessed.

Sunday, March 07, 2010

"Pepper Trio"

"Pepper Trio"
7" x 13" pastel on Canson MiTienes Paper

I'm usually not a fan of warm colors so I rarely use bright yellows and oranges in my work except for highlights but I thought these three bell peppers needed a bright environment. 

My process for doing these little still life paintings has been to set up my subjects with a good, side light on a bright piece of paper or colored fabric and photograph them from a variety of different angles.  I then load those images on my little netbook computer and stew over which composition I prefer.

While I paint, I sometimes have my netbook image up on the computer beside me, a print-out of the photo I liked plus (and most importantly) I have the actual subject (in this case, the peppers) set up in front of me. 

Sounds complicated but the three sources each give me a different view that I can manipulate to create my painting.  I can also digitally "pump up" the highlights and shadows if I want.  Sometimes I don't pay attention to any of the resources and just play.  I'm not really interested in absolute realism but more in these paintings being very simple and filled with vivid color choices. 

Leonardo daVinci loved to use the technology of his day.  I tell my students to do the same.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

"Little Cowboy"

This 13" x 22" pastel on Canson MiTienes paper was started a couple of years ago as a companion piece to the following pastel portrait.  It is one of the many Skelton grandchildren.  I've been using this piece as a demonstration piece while teaching a pastel portrait unit to my second year students and decided it was about time to finish.

I took a number of photos of the Skelton/Mayer clan waiting for the annual Pioneer Day parade.  I thought they looked so cute dressed up in their western wear.  I did eliminate the candy sacks they were holding and substituted reins and ropes.

This is the first pastel I did which is now owned by the family living in Dallas.  I just loved his expression.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

"Red Grapes in a Clear Bowl"

Michael is on the road at the District Tournament which is the doorway for his speech students to get to the National Forensic Speech Tournament so I have a rare, quiet evening to finish this pastel painting.  I took a bunch of red grapes, draped them in a clear, glass bowl and went to work.

There were a few challenges here and I couldn't resist using a wide variety of colors.  I also had problems resisting eating my subject.  I think this will be a nice addition to the OHMS collection.

This is another piece on Canson MiTienes paper and measures 9.5" x 8.5"