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Bronze Medal Great Lakes Pastel Society 2014 National Exhibit

By |June 10th, 2014|

I am proud to announce my Bronze Medal Award at the Great Lakes Pastel Society 2014 National Exhibit. The piece that won the awards is a portrait of a young woman entitled “Vlk”.

“Vlk” is an alla prima (all at once) 16×20 soft pastel portrait that was done at a short 2.5 hour session and features […]

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Honorable Mention Awarded at Art of the Pastel 2014

By |February 7th, 2014|

A Girl Wearing a Bandana won an Honorable Mention award at the Pastel Society of Southeast Texas’ Art of the Pastel 2014 show. A Girl Wearing a Bandana was awarded this distinction by the awards juror Alan Flattmann. Alan Flattmann juried for awards on February 7, and stated, “I am impressed by the diversity of […]

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Purchase Award at Pastels Chicago 2013

By |November 7th, 2013|

3 of my artworks were accepted into the pastel only art exhibit Pastels Chicago 2013 which is held at the Art Center Highland Park, IL.
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Portrait/Figure Award at the Annual PSSW National Juried Show

By |November 6th, 2013|

The Pastel Society of the Southwest Held the opening reception and award ceremony this past weekend, and I am proud to announce that the pastel portrait I submitted “Vlk” was selected for the Portrait/Figure Award!
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Honorable Mention at Starline Gallery’s 2013 Grand Finale Masquerade Ball

By |October 31st, 2013|

I exhibited two artworks at the Starline Gallery's Grand Finale Masquerade Ball in Late October, which wraps up their 2013 exhibition lineup, and I am proud to announce that I won an honorable mention in the show. 2 of my works were accepted, a portrait in soft pastels entitled “Jessica” and the award winner a figurative study done in soft pastel entitled “Kay”.
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Pastel and Acrylic Paintings of Jordan in Naperville, Illinois

By |July 2nd, 2013|

Jordan, Acrylic on Canvas

Jordan has posed for us at the open figure sessions many times with good reason; She is a great model with natural poise and grace. Here are various drawings and paintings I have made of her over the years in three different mediums, acrylic paint, oil pastel, and my most often used medium soft pastel. […]

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Jesse in Yellow & Grey

By |May 15th, 2013|

Jesse in Yellow and Grey, Pastel on Paper

Jesse in Yellow and Grey was done at the Palette and Chisel on a Saturday morning during one of their long pose sessions. That morning she was posing clothed, wearing a grey long sleeved shirt.
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Pastel Art of Sadie

By |May 3rd, 2013|

Sadie Gazing Up, Pastel on Paper

Sadie modeled for us at Platform Studios in Chicago Illinois at several of their weeknight drawing sessions. On some days I draw using an array of soft pastels, and on others I keep it simple with a couple of pieces of black and white conté. Here are examples of each. […]

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Figurative Nude Art in Soft Pastel

By |April 20th, 2013|

20 Minute Back Study, Pastel on Paper

These are some great pastel drawings that I did at a quick sketch open figure drawing session hosted by the Palette and Chisel in Chicago Illinois. I attended the long pose session that saturday morning, and stuck around for more quick sketch to get the chance to draw the lovely model that afternoon. I was nice and warmed up so I think the results from the shorter poses we very expressive, energetic, and colorful. […]

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Pastel Paintings at the Absinthe Show Aurora, Illinois

By |March 30th, 2013|

Katya, Pastel on Board, 16×20

The Absinthe Show
Friday April 5th 2013 6pm – 10pm
Artbar
located at Two Brothers Roundhouse
205 North Broadway
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 264-2739

Artbar is holding a one day show “Absinthe Show” at the Two Brothers Roundhouse Brewpub. Enjoy Two Brother’s acclaimed craft beer while taking in the spectacle of the Absinthe art exhibit. I will be showing several pastel paintings and acrylics at the show and will for the first time have prints available as well. […]

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Pastel Portrait of Maggie

By |December 11th, 2012|

Here is a new piece of art called “Portrait of Maggie”, who posed for us at the Palette and Chisel on Dec 2nd. It is executed in soft pastels and shows a young woman facing the viewer done in a colorful, saturated palette. My vantage point was from a short drawing horse in front of […]

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Pastels of Kay

By |September 30th, 2012|

Portrait of Kay, 16×20, Soft Pastel on Board, 9/3/2012
Kay, 12×16, Soft Pastel on Board, 9/3/2012

At the 2012 Palette and Chisel Labor Day Marathon we did 2 long poses of a young blonde model name Kay, and she did some difficult poses considering the length of the sitting.

Portrait of Kay, 16x20, Soft Pastel on Board, 9/3/2012

For the first 2 hour sitting I did a portrait in mostly natural hues. There a few areas of saturated pink and some violet in the shadows, but the interesting thing in this portrait is the chunky stroke work in the cheeks, the broad swaths rendering the hair, and the gestural marks in the shoulders and torso that are replicated in the background. The portrait shows off Kay’s lovely face and shoulders. Her blonde locks lightly touch her brow and drape across her collarbone. She’s wearing a content expression as she looks off into the distance.
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Portrait of Kristi, Soft Pastel Art

By |September 20th, 2012|

Portrait of Kristi, 12×16, Soft Pastel on Board, 9/5/2012

Kristi modeled for one of my drawing groups out in the Chicago suburbs, and I did a pastel portrait of her on a 12×16 Ampersand Pastelbord using various brands of Pastels (Rembrandt, Blick, and Daler Rowney). One thing I am very satisfied with is the contrast of hues used in the various tones. The highlights use high-key peach, yellow, and blue hues that help differentiate the different light sources. The midtones are a blend of a tan and violet, and the shades are a mix dark brown, violet, and black. Here and there I used punctuations of magenta and red.
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Rouge, A Pastel Painting of a Young Woman in Bed

By |May 21st, 2012|

Rouge, Pastel on Board

Rouge, a pastel portrait painted at the Palette & Chisel in Chicago, Illinois

Rouge, 12×16, Soft Pastel on Board, 12/17/2011

Here is a 4 1/2 hour painting that was done at the Palette & Chisel in Chicago. The lovely model was reclined on a chaise and was intensely gripping the corner of her supporting pillow. […]

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