Monday, October 6, 2014

A Pastel of a Rabbit

"Wild Hare"
6" x 5"
pastel on UArt sandpaper

I picked up some UArt sandpaper in a sample package. This, and
the last pastel were done on the 240 grit, which
is the largest 'tooth' in the selection.
I don't think I like it for detail, it doesn't let the pastel get
down into the tooth without lots of scrubbing.
I think I need to downplay that 'purple' that shows up in this
photo, around the neck...it doesn't show up so much
on the easel - but it might.

800 grit, is supposed to be the 
smoothest and finest.

I have read lots of artists like the 400 grit...maybe I will 
try it in between today's and the 800.



A Pastel of a Chicken

"Then a Hen"
6" x 6"
pastel on sandpaper

This is my bossy hen, Harlough. She is now 3 1/2 years old and is 
beginning to show her age. This girl has
always been bossy and queen of the
chicken yard.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Changing Colors ~ and Not the 'Fall' Kind

"Color Screamer"
6" x 6"
oil on Raymar canvasboard

Chameleon's are an interesting lizard.  
Their 'ability to change color' is 
the most amazing adaptation.
I don't think I have ever painted a lizard before.
This one was full of interesting patterns and strokes.
Just like the chameleon, this painting was about
creating the illusion of scaly skin and light.

Being an insectivore, it would be more
than welcome at my house.
I don't know anyone who has one, do you?