Saturday, April 20, 2013

A Redhead is Born

Olivia is my seventh great grandchild.  At the time of this painting she was not a week old yet and weighed less than five pounds.  She was very tiny but caught up quickly.   I wondered if I could do portraits in oil pastel and I selected this image thinking it would be easy.  Is wasn't.  But it did demonstrate that I can do portraits in oil pastel.  This paintings is 8"x11" using oil pastels on Colorfix primed hot pressed watercolor paper.


Kaetlyn, my oldest great grandchild, is seven years old and trying her hand at the guitar.  This colored pencil painting is 14"x10" on PastelMat.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


My oldest great grandson, Clayton, proved to be a great subject for this portrait taken from a candid photograph.  It was a challenge because a white tablecloth just under his face was reflecting light upward onto his face.  Also, the big smile pulled his nose up on the left (his right).   It is 10"x12" using colored pencils on illustration board.                                                     

Sunday, June 3, 2012

"Nancy" Receives 3rd Place Ribbon

The colored pencil painting of my daughter, Nancy,
received a 3rd place ribbon at a local show yesterday, June 2, 2012.
It also received a glowing critique from the judge.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


This is my beautiful daughter, Nancy.  I am pleased with this painting since the likeness is exact.  Soon I'll learn if she agrees.
It is 14"x10" on Crescent Illustration Board using multiple brands of colored pencils.

This is the initial drawing using Terra Cotta colored pencil.  I work with Terra Cotta until I feel that I have the likeness and then I add color.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Scratchboard Art

I tried my hand at creating scratch art.  Using scratch board which is clayboard coated with India Ink, I scratched the image into the board with an Xacto knife and other sharp tools.  On Happy Hoppy, I used colored pencil to tint the the white clay that was uncovered with the scratching.  As you can see, I need some practice scratching my signature onto the board.

                                                      Happy Hoppy
                                          Scratch Art with Colored Pencil
                                                        7x5 inches

Scratch Art
7x5 inches

Monday, January 30, 2012


This January, I did two colored pencil pieces after taking a break from the medium for a few years.  This is one of my great grandchildren modeling my hat.  She's a real charmer.  9X11 inches