Monday, January 30, 2017

Colmer Elevator

I grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan very near where this elevator stood at the time.  It is no longer there and hasn't been for a very long time; but someone sent me an old photo of it and so I attempted to paint it. Good memories.

Title: Vanished Giant
Oil on canvas
Size: 20 x 16 inches
For Sale:

Sunday, January 29, 2017

A Blue Door and Another Wolf

I have finished a couple more pastel paintings and am working on a couple of oil paintings as well.
So here are the finished pastel paintings.

Title: Wolf
Soft pastel on pastel paper
Size: 10 x 8 inches matted to 14 x 11 inches
Sold Pending Pick Up

Title:  Blue Door
Soft pastel on pastel paper
Size: 10 x 8 inches, matted to 14 x 11 inches
For Sale:

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Soft Pastel

I find quite often that people don't understand the medium of Soft Pastel and seem to compare it to the chalk that children use. This is not so, Soft pastel as an art medium has been around for hundreds of years and many famous artists used pastels and these works still look beautiful hundreds of years later and hang in many of the most prestigious museums and galleries throughout the world. There are pastel paintings from the 16 th century that are still as beautiful today as the day they were painted.

Pastels are a PURE pigment that are formed into sticks with a small amount of binder and have a wonderful luminescence. It has no liquid binder that may cause other media to darken, fade, yellow, crack or blister with time. Good quality artist pastels are as costly as artist quality paints in other mediums, so it is not a "cheap" medium to work in.  Pastels can either be purchased by the single stick or in sets. The paper or board used for pastel painting also is comparable in cost to good artist canvases.

Some famous artists who used soft pastels were: Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet, Eugene Delcroix, Maurice Quentin de la Tour, Jean Francois Millet, Jean-Baptist-Simieion Chardin, Mary Cassatt, Berthe Morisot, Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec, Auguste Renoir, Paul Gauguin, Edward Munch, James McNeil Whistler, Jean-Etienne Liotark, Rosalba Carriera, Leonardo Da Vinci, Auguste Rodin, William Rothenstein and James Whistler.

So there you go, more information about Soft pastel than you really wanted to know. :) Have a great day.

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Friday, January 20, 2017


Working on a couple of elevators in oil; but am waiting for them to dry a bit before moving on with them.
So the last few days I worked on a Wolf in pastels in between the usual daily stuff.

Title:  Wolf
Soft pastels on pastel paper
Size: 10 x 8 inches, matted to 14 x 11 inches.
For Sale: Can be purchased matted, mounted and framed if so desired.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Prairie Ghost 1

Seeing as these beauties are so quickly disappearing from our horizons I thought I would paint a couple of them.  They bring back memories of growing up on the farm.

Title: Prairie Ghost 1
Oil on gallery wrapped canvas
Size: 16 x 20 inches
For Sale

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Update From A Lazy Blogger

I have been lazy about blogging and painting over the holiday season; but am back at it again.
I have a couple of finished ones to post,so here they are, the newest ones first.

Title: Marsh
Soft pastels
Size: approx. 11 3/4 x 8 inches, will be matted to 14 x 11 inches
For Sale:

Title: Foggy Autumn Morning
Soft pastel
Size: approx. 11 3/4 x 8 inches, will be matted to 14 x 11 inches.
For Sale:

Title: Winter Field
Soft pastel
Size: approx. 10 x 8 inches, will be matted to 14 x 11 inches
For Sale