Monday, September 19, 2011

Great time at Target Children's Book Festival

Thanks to everyone who came out last weekend for the Target Children's Book Festival at Hyland Park in Bloomington!  It was great seeing everyone come out (even though it was super hot) and support both Susie and I with out book.  It is really wonderful to have such great friends and family!  Here are a few shots from our time on stage!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Pastel study with amazing new surface!

After many years working in Pastel outside for street paintings, I have decided to bring it into the study and work with the medium smaller scale.  It has been a rather interesting process since most of the times I do not create images in pastel that are smaller than 10ft x 16ft.  So doing studies with pastel at 18"x24" is quite a change of pace.  But, I am enjoying it with an amazing product I found called "Unison Gator Premium Pastel Board" made by Richeson Art.  It is a great surface that comes either on heavy duty watercolor paper or applied to a acid free gator board.  It seriously is like painting on sandpaper and is fantastic.  The image I did here is a hour and a half study of "Boreas" by Waterhouse and loved the way the pastel took to the board and the effect it had.  It really held a lot of pastel and still is very workable.  I would highly recommend it if you are into pastels

Here's the finished sketch.  About 2.5 hours worth