Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Beecham artist workshop

I'm leaving for Scottsdale, AZ this weekend to attend an artist workshop taught by one of my favorite wildlife artists, Greg Beecham. My friend, and fellow artist, Joni Johnson-Godsy will also be attending Greg's workshop. I am really looking forward to it. Greg is an accomplished oil painter whose work I greatly admire. His work is so life-like...as if his subjects could just walk off the canvas. Yet, he accomplishes the illusion of detail with painterly, almost sculptural strokes. Oh, how I wish I could do that! I'm taking along a problem painting of mine that I started last year of a cougar cub. I was trying to be "painterly" with it but I just got discouraged and quit working on it. Ever since, it's been sitting in a corner of my studio facing the wall so I can't see it. From time to time, I pick it up and turn it around to look at it... I think to myself that it still has promise, but then I just put it back against the wall, not knowing what to do with it. I sure hope Greg can help me out with it.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Finished painting of Mufasa

I finished the pastel painting of Mufasa this weekend. Hope you like him! He measures in at 12 x 17.5 inches. I have not figured out what to title this piece yet. Any suggestions? I'm horrible at coming up with titles. Sometimes they are more challenging than the painting itself. I think after this piece, I'll put away the pastels for awhile. I've consumed enough dust for the time being! On to something else...

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Latest work on Mufasa

Sorry it's been awhile since my last WIP post on Mufasa. He's still coming along. His tongue, nose, and mouth area are now completed. There's many hours worth of work in just his nose and tongue alone. Now that they are out of the way, I hope to finish soon.