Tag Archives: oil pastel

October Nature Desktop Calendar: Birches 1, Autumn Showers

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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Harvest Still Lifes in Oil Pastel

I got to visit a few of my original paintings from the 90s last year 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 20 years ago. It’s always interesting to see earlier works and […]

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Featured Artwork: Warm Winter Sun ~ The Creative Cat

Namir is in that blissful feline “don’t bother me while I’m in my sun puddle” state, which is exactly what I wanted to capture. This painting is in oil pastel, and painted in 2000, my first successful oil pastel painting. One thing that marks this painting as being a part of my personal portfolio is […]

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Autumn Showers, the Magic of Birches

Near me, the leaves are beginning to change color in earnest, and autumn rain has been falling. In this experimental oil pastel from 2000, using oil pastels with turpentine to soften and blend them, I tried my best to capture that sense of the blazing white trunks and leaves against the woods darkened by overcast […]

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Autumn Still Lifes in Oil Pastel

I got to visit a few of my original paintings from the 90s last year 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 20 years ago. It’s always interesting to see earlier works and […]

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Flowers for Sale, Framed Original

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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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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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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