Category Archives: oil pastel

Bring May Flowers a Little Sooner

Three buckets of flowers for sale on the street corner, just waiting to be painted. I chose oil pastel for this painting because of all the techniques I’ve learned to use with it. The background of the flowers was really dull and I wanted to be able to create something interesting from it. I like […]

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Two Cats After van Gogh, Anniversary Discounts

It’s hard to believe it’s been six years since I saw the exhibit “Van Gogh Up Close” and came home with a head full of ideas—and that evening sketched Giuseppe and Mr. Sunshine on the landing for my first “Cats After van Gogh” sketch, a theme and style that’s stayed with me for over a […]

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Register Before January 31 and Choose a Free Matted Print of “Cool Morning Bath”

I like to thank each person who signs up for an account on Portraits of Animals. Each new member receives a thank-you gift not only as an honest thanks from me for signing up, but also so that you can see a sample of my art and the quality of my merchandise, even if you’ve […]

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January Feline Desktop Calendar: Cool Morning Bath

Mimi twisted and turned in the diffuse morning light at the door, all those delicate shades reflecting warmer on the floor, cooler on her, but still all in greens and blues and a very pale yellow, the light swirling around her. I liked this sketch a lot when I painted it in 2013, and I […]

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Autumn Still Lifes in Oil Pastel

I got to visit a few of my original paintings a few weeks ago when I visited a customer/friend’s home with some framing. These two paintings are “Squashes” and “Green Apples” painted in oil pastel back when I was first experimenting with them almost 20 years ago. It’s always interesting to see earlier works and […]

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September 2017 #30PaintingsIn30Days Review

Thirteen new paintings in one month is not bad, especially when they’re images I’ve been intending to paint either for only days, or for decades, and I really like each one of them. One thing I caught myself doing this time was putting my goal of a variety in medium and subject, size and style […]

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#30paintingsin30days, Day 25: Flowers For Sale, Oil Pastel

Three buckets of flowers for sale on the street corner, just waiting to be painted. I chose oil pastel for this painting because of all the techniques I’ve learned to use with it. The background of the flowers was really dull and I wanted to be able to create something interesting from it. I like […]

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Fifth Anniversary of Two Cats After van Gogh

It’s the fifth anniversary of this piece of artwork. It’s hard to believe it’s been five years since I saw the exhibit “Van Gogh Up Close” and came home with a head full of ideas—and that evening sketched Giuseppe and Mr. Sunshine on the landing for my first “Cats After van Gogh” sketch, a theme […]

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November Feline Desktop Calendar Wallpaper, “Cat With Fruit”

My November desktop calendars always feature warm colors, earth tones, and the idea of giving thanks, feeling safe, warm, comfortable, well fed, with family or loved ones. I also try to vary them from one month to the next in style and medium. That narrows the field down pretty far in what I have on […]

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Autumn Showers, the Magic of Birches

From the time I met the paper birch in our front yard I have always been attracted to the delicately detailed white bark of birch trees which seemed to emit its own faint light in any season. Here, in the darkness of the woods, the grouping of white trunks looks like a crowd clustered for […]

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