Sanhill Crane Quartet

Sanhill Crane Quartet
OIl on 18x24 inch canvas

Monday, January 22, 2018


This pastel, "Conversation", was executed with soft pastel block and pencils on black Canson pastel paper.  It took three days to complete and I enjoyed everyone of them, vascilating between wanting to finish the piece and wanting it to go on forever, or at least a little longer.  Some people think pastels are messy and, to a certain extent, they are the only thing that gets messy are my fingers and my blending stumps.  That's what soap and water is for. Not the stumps. I sand the stumps.  Water warps the paper.

This drawing is about 18 x 24 inches. I had to trim down a larger piece of paper. And here it is.....

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The following photos are the progression of my work from almost beginning to end.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Standing Flamingos

Standing Flamingos.

After several failures with mixed media this weekend, I just went to the best of the basics-pastels. I used Derwent Soft Pastels on a 9 x 12 inch green sanded pastel paper. I would like to have done a larger piece for detail and of course I will in the future but I am pleased with this study. What's nice about using a tinted paper is that it cuts down on the need for background painting and adds a natural contract to the work.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Flamingo Couple

A video of the painting's progression follows. 

Flamingo Couple, oil over acrylic on a 14 x 18 canvas. I used a method of glazing beginning with a gray tone under painting using acrylic paint and covering it with oil glazes. The following are the photos I snapped as the painting evolved.