Here’s one of my latest drawings. I created this picture using pastels on watercolor paper. It isn’t the easiest combination to work with, sanded paper would have been so much better. But, it was a fun project nonetheless. This little mouse is based on a character from one of my future books, Huckleberry Pie. I can’t wait to illustrate that story and begin the journey toward publication! If I could just get enough artistic inspiration to finish illustrating it!
The art show is coming up! I’m looking forward to it! Of course, lazy bone that I am, I’ve saved just about all of my preparing to the last minute. There’s lots to do tomorrow! Anyway, here’s what I’ll be taking!
My latest pastel drawing, “A Faithful Friend”
And my three children’s stories, “A Baby in the House”, “Always Ask Before You Do”, and “Yours and Mine” I think the book signing is my favorite part of the art show! My stories are colorfully illustrated and focus on teaching children important lessons.
Here is my latest piece of art! I really enjoyed working with chalk pastels to capture the look of sweetness and friendship in this Blue Tick’s face. I’m really glad that I finished this drawing in time! The local art show is quickly approaching and I couldn’t stand the thought of going without something new to display. I have this original drawing up for sale on Etsy.com! And soon I’ll have it available as a fine art print as well.
I have been shamefully lax in the area of art! But life has been good. The last two paintings I made were both gifts for two friends. The first was a watercolor painting of a horse, but sadly I forgot to take a picture of it before I gave it away. This pastel painting was inspired by the beautiful Varied Thrush which came to sit in my maple tree. He was so cold! It was definitely freezing that day!
I’m rushing to get some new artwork finished before a local art show in February. While thumbing through some of the photographs we took last winter I found this little guy. He was the smallest lamb in his herd of Big Horn Sheep. I’m so glad we snapped this darling picture. When I look at God’s creations I am struck with awe and joy; it’s amazing to think that our powerful Creator has the tenderness of heart to form sweet, tiny things like this lamb. Thank you Jesus! This was one of the funnest drawings I’ve done in a long time, I got to try out some new sanded paper and experience pastel’s full potential. If you’re interested in working with pastels, let me tell you it’s a joy! It’s one of the easiest mediums I’ve tried so far and it has a beautiful ability to blend. Although I’m just starting out in pastels, I will offer a few tips. First of all, don’t go cheep. If you buy cheep pastel paper you might be disappointed (I was). Cheep pastel and charcoal paper usually has a honey comb texture which patterns your drawing and leaves it looking very amateur. Search for “sanded pastel paper”, it works so much better! Second, I place a piece of scratch paper down on the portion of my picture I’m not working on. This keeps my hand out of the chalk and protects my artwork from being smudged as I work. You can purchase prints of my work from Fine Art America.com. Just click the picture above to see my gallery. Thanks for stopping by!