Friday, February 16, 2018

A Model in Profile - oil pastel drawing

Just one of those faces that was so interesting to me that I just had to draw her.  You know how it is - some things you just must do for no particular reason.  This piece is done on 9 1/2 x 6 1/2" Sennelier oil pastel pad, using Sennelier oil pastels, except for the CrayPas Specialist grey that I used in the background.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

What I'm Working On - figurative oil portrait

Fortunately, this model was able to hold the pose because she really can play the guitar.  Ah, but the guitar, what a nightmare to do!  Whether to make it just so-so or to put the whole thing in - will decide on this tomorrow - but that's it for today. It's on 12 x 12" Gessobord.  Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Woman with a Cell Phone - oil pastel figurative

This one is really from memory - a young woman I saw checking her phone.  Maybe it will end up as an oil painting, but somehow when I do that, I just don't have the same passion for the second version.
I drew it on Sennelier oil pastel paper, 9 1/2 x 6 1/2".  Love that stuff!  Thanks for looking,

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Guitarist Doodle - mixed media cowboy drawing

I had a chance and took advantage of it to quickly sketch this cowboy playing his guitar.  I drew it with a black Sharpie, and occasional outlines with a Tombow pen and a little bit of water, then I added colored pencil.  This sketch is done on 8 x 6" mixed media paper.  Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

On My Easel - Cowhands - oil pastel figurative

I've been fooling with this oil pastel on Pastelbord, 6 x 12".  Don't really know where it's headed and I may just paint a similar one in oil - yeah, the more I think about it....with much more work to do, especially on the cattle.  Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Dancer Portrait - oil pastel portrait

This model has such huge black eyes and adding the flower in her hair was a great touch.  Just beautiful, I thought, and a "must draw".  Once again I used Sennelier oil pastels on MultiMedia pastel panel, 7 x 5".  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 05, 2018

Rita's Black Dress - original oil pastel portrait

Sennelier oil pastels are so wonderfully gooey and rewarding to work with - plus the model was a pleasure to draw.  Can't ask for more than that!  I feel, though, that I worked it over more than usual and maybe should have left it alone.  The drawing really looks like her, though, so I can be pleased with that - and I am really delighted with the dress.  This piece is 7 x 5" - thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 04, 2018

A Colorful Little Nude - watercolor nude

This quickly done little nude was painted with Inktense sticks that I washed over with a water brush        
pen, just perfect for life drawing groups - no messy water containers to worry with.  And of course, I see all the things I could have labored over, but didn't have the time - a blessing for me, really, since I tend to kill drawings with overworking.  This piece is about 11 x 5".  Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Bullrider - figurative oil rodeo painting

This is the painted version of my earlier Bullrider Sketch - maybe not exactly the same, but close.  Can you imagine actually doing this - riding a bull, I mean.  Those huge, ferocious animals - it's frightening enough even to watch!  There are so many exciting events at rodeos and there are also ranch rodeos, which demonstrate the skills of the American cowboy - click here to learn more.  This painting was done with a fairly wide bright bristle brush on 8 x 8" panel - thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 22, 2018

A Little Strumming - oil pastel figurative drawing

No subject more rewarding to draw - for me at least - is a musician at practice.  Done quickly with oil pastels on 8 x 8" Multimedia pastel panel, I worked feverishly to capture the moment.  Thanks so much for visiting Hackberry Street Studio!

Friday, January 19, 2018

On My Easel - oil pastel figurative work in progress

I was just having fun with this one that's done from a scene I saw recently - I enjoyed the happy colors.  I will work on it some more - not kidding myself about the major things I need to develop - but will love every moment; it's simply a delight to work on!  This is painted with Sennelier oil pastels on 8 x 10" Multi Media pastel panel.  Hope you enjoy - thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Country Evening Two-Steppers - oil pastel figurative painting

This is from a scene at the dance after the rodeo here last summer - I drew and photographed many rodeo action and western dance scenes during those two days, which means lots of oil and oil pastel bull riders, bronc riders, barrel racers and two-steppers coming up.   I did this one on 8 x 8" Multimedia Artboard pastel panel, which holds many layers of oil pastel - click here to visit their website.  Thanks for stopping by!
PS.  to see how this one began, click here to see my January 18th post of the drawing on my oil pastel blog. C

Monday, January 01, 2018

Portrait of Rosa - oil pastel portrait painting

I could paint this model all day and sure am hoping she shows up again!  Very expressive, plus she holds a pose so well - just can't ask for more than that in a model.  Behind her was a figurative panel - I always like using these designs in the background.  This piece was done on 8 x 8" Multimedia pastel panel, using luscious Sennelier oil pastels - like working with lipstick.  Thanks for looking!

                                                               HAPPY NEW YEAR!       

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Cloud Study - landscape oil sketch

This 10 x 8" cloud study is one I did before it got so cold - can't imagine doing this now with these temps!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Model in a Green and Red Robe - figurative oil painting of a model

Well, I guess this is kind of Christmasy in color, anyway - green robe with red.  Anyway, I did love painting this piece  - it's on Fredrix Paint Board - a surface I really like.  Thanks for stopping by!

              My wonderful Able Assistant left us today for Doggy Heaven.  RIP precious Roger!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Autumn Evening - landscape nocturne oil painting

This is a painting that I did in my backyard in October when the moon was so beautiful and there was a turquoise tint surrounding it.  I painted the piece on 12 x 9" canvas.  Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Green Chapeau - original oil pastel portrait

I loved the 40's hat the model wore and the way it looked with her red hair.  I used mostly Sennelier oil pastels on 10 x 8" multi media board.  Thanks for looking!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Bullrider Sketch - ink and water-soluble pencil rodeo drawing

This drawing is one that I did at a rodeo(albeit a total shorthand version that only I could decipher) and then worked over it loosely with ink and water-soluble pencil.  I thought this bull rider was about to bite the dust, but then he righted himself and lasted for eight.  I love this "pose" and am definitely going to do a larger painting in color and am hoping to maintain the looseness.  It's so easy for me to lose the casual look of an action painting and totally kill it.  Alas.  This is on 6 x 6" Bristol paper.  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

More Looking for Eight - oil pastel figurative rodeo

On this piece, I used Multimedia Art Board, which is a new discovery for me.  I received a gift certificate from the company as part of my prize at an art show and I absolutely love this new to me support!  I drew this one from one of my many rodeo drawings - 6 x 8".  Thanks for looking!

Friday, December 01, 2017

Jivin Once Again - oil pastel figurative

I never tire of my jivers.  These happy dancers are painted in oil pastel on 6 x 12" Pastelbord.  Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Portrait of the Wednesday Model - original oil pastel portrait

This model was so pretty, with such a gentle face.  Such a pleasure to draw.  I used cold press watercolor paper again, which makes more white bits.  It's just such a good, tough paper, that I like to use it sometimes for oil pastels because it can take lots of punishment.  The size for this one is 9 x 12" - for some reason, I love portraits done in a horizontal format.  Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

ACEO Tiny Landscape - original oil pastel landscape

I absolutely love these little (3.5 x 2.5") Colourfix trading cards - in addition to the nicely gritty texture that is fabulous for oil pastels, there is a white edge that surrounds the painting.  Really lovely!  I used Sennelier oil pastels from the Nature collection, then added the turquoisy color at the top.   So much fun and another good-for-the-soul activity.  Thanks for looking!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Lindy, Looking - original oil pastel portrait

Sticking with my model, Lindy,  I used oil pastel for this little portrait because I feel it makes the most marvelous skin tones - soft and smooth, almost like real skin.  Alas, I had to deal with ambient light, but it worked out okay, I think.  Also, it's on 9 x 12" cold press watercolor paper, which is the reason for the bits of white peeking through.  Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Lindy Seated - original ink figurative drawing

This ink and stick drawing was done from a pose while sitting outside a sandwich shop on West 6th Street in Austin, Texas.  I used an extremely thin balsa wood stick with India ink - one of my favorite ways to draw - and just let the ink kind of do its own thing.  This is a wonderfully freeing type of art and just good for the soul - or my soul, anyway.  I did this drawing on - I think it's Yupo, about 8 x 5".  Thanks for looking!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Darling Roger - charcoal sketchbook drawing of my dog

My precious boy - and Able Assistant - is napping and therefore, a good subject.  He's getting old - maybe 14 or 15 - just an estimate since we got him from the pound, which I heartily recommend, but is in fairly good health with a few glitches here and there.  My husband and I spoil him a bit, and he deserves every bit of spoiling he gets!  This drawing is from my sketchbook, about 5 x 8" - maybe I got his spots and ears a little dark, but it still looks like my sweet fellow.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Male Nude - original charcoal drawing

I guess it's obvious that I've been to life drawing groups lately.  This one is from my little sketchbook - about 8 x 5".  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

A Nude Drawing - original pastel pencil drawing

Pastel pencils are so versatile and such fun to work with.  I tried to keep this drawing free of too many details.  It's on 12 x 9" Colourfix paper.  Thanks for looking!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

My Neighbor's Cat - charcoal drawing of a cat

We have several cats in the neighborhood and they often visit our backyard - not when my Able Assistant (Roger) is on patrol, however - and often bask on the wall that separates our yard from our next door neighbor.  They're pretty friendly and make good models, so I take advantage when I can.  In this case, I was getting into my car when I noticed this sweet fellow and did a quick sketch that I finished later using vine charcoal on 9 x 12" drawing paper.  Thanks for stopping by!

And I just learned that today is National Cat Day - Yay!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Violet and Chartreuse - original oil pastel figurative

I used to spend hours at the National Gallery of Art when I lived in Washington D.C., especially in the room that housed the small French paintings.  I always loved the way the colors in the paintings were combined; these masterpieces were often more about the colors and design than the accuracy of the subjects.  This piece was a fun experiment for me, and maybe I'll attempt some more in this vein.  Although it's probably not obvious, there are bits of all the colors everywhere in this painting.  On 12 x 9" Colourfix paper, I used mostly Sennelier oil pastels.  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

On My Easel - Woman in Red Dress - Torchsinger - acrylic figurative in progress

Much to work out here - I hope without doing too much modeling of the figure.  I love torch singers and am thinking that may be what she is, with her scarf/handkerchief in her hand (needing work).  I took the pose from Nude with a Fan, posted earlier on my blog.  First, I covered the 12 x 12" canvas with black gesso and started from there.  Don't know if I will keep the little picture on the wall, probably not.  And her arms, especially, need work - who am I kidding - it all needs work and that's the fun of it!  Thanks so much for stopping by my blog - when I'm finished with this painting, I will post it.