Woman Chef in Pastels

Just finished a picture of a woman chef to go with my other man chef picture. The colors are slightly different, but they are both awesome!  It was rather difficult to find a woman chef picture  anywhere as far as I could see. Don’t know why that is!  But anyway, hope you like this one. woman chefrz

Santa and Snowmen, New Pictures

Sorry so long in posting…I have been busy trying to find which media to stay with, as I am all over the place.  I seem to be falling back to pastels though, as I really love the realistic look to it.

I did the snowmen pics in acrylics, which were fun…but the Santa was really fun.  I just love to blend and get the colors so vibrant!  Anyway, I hope you like these.

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Love Sampler in Acrylics

Sorry it’s been so long, but I am trying to improve my portfolio and it takes a lot of extra time!

Just wanted to share something new I decide I’d try, and that is paint a quilt block like a sampler, since I know I will never really “sew” one.  I love the look, but I think I will add some stitching around the edges of the hearts and border to give it that “sewn” look.

What do you think?  I may just do a set of these..with other wording.  Let me know.

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A Picture ReDo

I think sometimes it pays to look back on your artwork and really look at it.  If you’re not happy with a piece after it’s all completed, sometimes it’s good to set it down and wait awhile and really look at it and see if it could be improved in some way.  Maybe make the colors more saturated, try another media to see if it works a little better with the picture itself.  Whatever.

Well, that’s what happened here.  I love pastels, but I tried rendering an old watercolor picture of Santa singing with his reindeer (originally designed for my husband’s Christmas birthday)  with pastels.  I never really was happy with it.  Pastels work lovely on portraits, but when I have a lot of detail work in a picture, it just doesn’t cut it.  I can’t work in the tiny details, and it looks like there is no “punch” factor….it just sort of sits there, almost like a bad copy of a picture.

See for yourself here as I have attached the original pastel and the new watercolor.  I think I will take the watercolor.  It’s so vibrant and I can see all the detail work.  This is also what the art licensing companies look for, vibrancy.  So that’s what I am doing now.  Taking my portfolio and re doing all the old pics that just “sort of sit there”.  Hope you like this new one!  Enjoy!

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Two more Scarecrows…and a Santa

Here are two more scarecrows to continue the Friendly Scarecrow series.  I really like the one where he is jumping in the leaves!

I had sent my online art portfolio to Porterfield’s Fine Art and the president of the company sent me back some encouraging words within 10 minutes of sending it to them.  He suggested I try acrylics for more color saturation as art licensing companies look for saturated color. He said he could not use my art this point in time. but it was “Awfully good”.  I’ll take it!  Usually you get nothing back but a rejection letter.  This was nice.

He did like my scarecrow and my santa holding a present, which explains the reason for all the scarecrows.  The more the better!  Hope you like them.

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Santa In Pastel

I forgot to post this picture.  I keep creating the Christmas designs because that is always the most popular with any kind of Licensing company or Greeting card Company.  So even when it is hot and summer-like, I probably will still be pumping out Christmas.  Oh well, at least it’s a fun holiday and you can think of so many ideas.

But anyway here is the latest and as you can see it is in my new banner overhead.  I posted one with and one without text, just for interest.  Hope you like it.

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