Friday, February 15, 2013

Black Crow, My Grand Canyon Friend

I love to paint this crow. There is something about this bird that is so quirky. I took many photos of him as he posed for me while at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, thus I call this  6 x 8 Pastel, " Canyon Crow" I have painted him in oils and very large in Acrylics too. I never tier of painting him.

Here he is in 16 x 20 Acrylics.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Southeastern Pastel Society Competition

 Had to put my acrylics aside to get down to the business of painting 3 pastel painting for the up coming  dead line for our Georgia Pastel Society Competition. Here are the 3 I entered and will keep my fingers crossed that at least one gets in. Hope you find them worthy.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

No Glass Over Pastels -Hummmm!

   Don,t you just hate having to put glass over pastels, the cutting of glass, the cleaning and not to mention the weight. Here are a few small pastels that I experimented with using wax melted with a heat gun. As we know any liquid will alter the colors so it is best to use very vibrant colors when doing this.This way the colors will not darken down so much.
I purchased some wax beads, painted a few small pieces and gave it a shot. As I said, I have a heat gun, inexpensive ( with a Hobby Lobby or Michael's coupon ), I sprinkled the wax beads on top and held the heat gun at a distance till the wax started to melt. The blower of the heat gun will move the melted wax around. It created an interesting look. I don't think this will work on a large painting but if you have a painting that is not a keeper then give it a try. It was fun to play.

The first one is the most successful.

Hope you enjoy the images.