horses in pastel


I hadn’t thought about it until today but my recent paintings have all been about relationships. This new painting is no exception. I have loved the photo since the first time I saw it. the photo was taken by Jamie Mammano, an excellent photographer. And she captured a tender moment between a young woman and …

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Using Less Than Perfect Photos

if you work from photos , sometimes you will come across a reference that you love but that isn’t quite right.  What do we do to fix that less than perfect photo? That is the subject of this weekend’s pastel workshop. below is the photo reference for my painting: This photo by Ron McGinnis portrays …

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Portrait Workshop

The portrait workshop went very well. It was a challenge but all the participants eagerly tackled it  and did exceptional work. The first day, we all did a “face study” of a little girl to get familiar with the features and colors used in portrait work. Each person received a box with all the pastels needed …

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New Workshop Added

I am so excited to announce  a new workshop, Painting a Snow Leopard in Pastel on Feb 21-23, 2014. We will be using a photo reference by Jamie Mammano for our painting. If you would like to sign up send me an email at or call me at 540-325-3327.

Horse Video

My good friend Sherry Long made this video at our horse workshop last year. She edited it and added music. I so appreciate her doing that. Now you can see a workshop demo. 🙂 I hope in the future we can have a speed video of an entire painting. That would be very cool! Horse Video   …

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