Tuesday, April 26

Thai Baby

Thai Baby
11"x 14"
Pastel on toned paper

One of my dearest friends lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand. She has a great eye for photos, and I asked her to send me some pictures, and she graciously uploaded an entire album for me!

Every New Year's in Thailand, there is a giant water fight. This sweet little girl was with everyone standing around throwing water on the cars and people going by, and she decided she was cold, and climbed into the bucket to stay warm!

I struggled with this painting. The paper seemed to grab the pastel in chunks, and I could not layer it up like I usually do. I don't know if it was the paper, the new pastel pencils I was using which seemed more waxy than before, or what, but I really fought the drawing this time. So, in the long run, I decided that I had brought up the image enough, and retired it to the archives. You win some, you lose some.

Wednesday, April 20

La Mirada

"La Mirada"
Pastel on paper

This was a commission that I just completed and had the privilege of presenting to the mother of the eventual owner this afternoon. What an experience for me. This was my first completed commission from contract to payment, to delivery!

I loved the process: I got up early in the mornings to work on this precious girl, and then I would take an hour in the afternoons, then after the kids went to bed I would work again on her, all the while praying for the young lady to whom it would be given.

I have a friend, Gem, who is a gifted photographer, and a while ago I asked if I could use this photo as a future reference for a drawing or a painting. What a gift!

The little girl she froze in time in the photo is from a poor part of Santo Domingo. Gem was able to catch such a soulful look in her eyes, and I hoped to capture her in the painting. It's the eyes that draw you in, so I called it "La Mirada" (The Look). I hope you enjoy her as much as I do.

Sunday, April 10


Pastel & Charcoal on toned paper

My friend Cynthia has the most photogenic kid. This little guy was the gift of a lifetime to his parents. They had waited for a long time for a child of their own, but then Liam came into their lives, born from different biological parents, but so destined to be Cynthia and Doug's. He even looks like Doug! Liam is a precocious, sweet little guy who knows that he belongs in his family, and that he is a treasure to his parents.

Monday, April 4

Myrna's Boots

Acrylic on canvas

Last week we were in Prince George, B.C. and we visited a ranch where my husband and brother-in-law used to work. We called it a "field trip" for the kids, but really, I think I was more excited even than they were.

Then we went and visited an old friend, Howard, and his wife, Myrna, whom we had never met before. They have a number of head of cattle (and a calf born 10 minutes before we arrived!), and Myrna runs a horse ranch. We heard a story that Howard offered to build her a bigger house, but she refused, saying she wanted a horse arena instead. So cool.

Anyway, as soon as we arrived, I noticed Myrna's boots, and asked her if I could take some pictures of them for a painting. She wanted to go and change into her new, clean boots, but I wanted the dirty, loved, full-of-character boots with the long spurs!

Thanks, Myrna. Your boots are awesome, as are you!

Friday, April 1

La Indígena de Veracruz

So it's been a long time since I last posted. A lot has happened--a quick couple of trips, an art show, and lots of ideas getting tossed around in my mind--all adds up to not much blogging.

Anyway, this is a drawing I did for a very good friend of mine. It was a thank you for a sweet friendship, one that has lasted years, mostly through Facebook. Paola is Mexican, beautiful, and as generous as she is pretty, and I needed a drawing to thank her for her faithful "amistad". Love ya, Pao.

"La Indígena de Veracruz:
3" x 5"
Pastel on toned paper