Sunday, August 17, 2014

Three Border Collies Commissioned Portrait

I've been busy this week working on a big commissioned piece that had to wait for my classes to end.

This is the first "three dog portrait" that I've painted.  Considering this was all done from photos sent to me by e-mail by the client, I think it turned out pretty well!  I usually like to take my own photos and meet the dog to get a take on their energy and personality.

First dog in the portrait is Raine, a smaller darker Border Collie.  I tried to boost the colors in each dog to bring the artwork alive.

Playing up the warm/cool, dark/light, intense/dull contrasts as well as paying attention to soft and hard edges and textures of the eyes, nose and fur are all considered when painting.

The next dog....largest and the alpha is Isabella.....

The sun was bleaching out her color...I helped it out a bit and brought her right side a bit out of the dark.

Then Lily.....

She looks warmer here than in the original..I really liked her eyes and expression.  I turned her around a bit so she was more upright.

The finale'..............

Raine, Isabella and Lily, pastel on Art Spectrum Colourfix in Blue Haze mounted on Gatorboard, cut to 16"x26". ©Kim Werfel

Hope you enjoyed my journey!

For info on your own pastel portrait and upcoming classes & workshops see my website at 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Class Pictures and Seymour Center Class Registration Now Open!

I had such a great time teaching at Carol Woods in Chapel Hill.  We all posed for a group portrait (although a couple were missing)  Thought I'd share them with you.

This is my Tuesday group class (missing Pat)  None had pastel experience....most had little or no art experience.  I tried to teach the elements of design, color theory and values along with just getting used to using both Canson and Sanded paper in 5 classes.  Whew.  But they were wonderful!

Thursday's class (without Margie) were terrific too.  They're all holding their best piece for a small art exhibit from the class to be displayed for a month.  Tuesday's class goes first in August, then Thursday's class in September.

They asked me to teach there again in the Spring 2015 and I couldn't resist.  I look forward to seeing them all again.

Hopefully I'll see some in my new class starting in September at the Seymour Center in Chapel Hill.

This Pastel Class will have students of varying ability and will run Mondays from September 8 - October 6th, from 1 - 3 pm.

Beginners will work doing projects from photos with me while more advanced students will work on independent projects with my guidance.  Located at 2551 Homestead Rd., Chapel Hill, NC  27516. 

Registration is now OPEN!.  Call (919) 968-2070 for more info.  Also click on

Hope to see you soon,

Kim Werfel


Saturday, August 2, 2014

Upcoming Pastel Classes

Next week I'll be finishing two beginning Pastel Painting Classes at Carol Woods in Chapel Hill, NC. The students have been great.....I'll miss them!  

We'll be selecting their best pieces for two consecutive art exhibits....Tuesday's class's Art Exhibit will be first running from August 9th - September 5th, followed by Thursday's class for the next four weeks.

In September I'll start a new venue....the Seymour Senior Center in Chapel Hill, NC.  This Pastel Class will have students of varying ability and will run Mondays from September 8 - October 6th, from 1 - 3 pm.

Beginners will work doing projects from photos with me while more advanced students will work on independent projects with my guidance.  Located at 2551 Homestead Rd., Chapel Hill, NC  27516. 

Registration begins around August 15th.  Call (919) 968-2070 for more info.  Also click on 

 I will also be teaching again at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro, NC, for five Thursdays from October 9th -November 6th, from 10 am - 12:30pm.  They are located at 300-G East Main Street, Carrboro, NC  27510.

This will be a Continuing Pastel Painting Studio course for the intermediate to advanced pastel student. 
(not a beginner class) Elements and principles of design are kept in mind as students learn to apply compositional rules to their work.  Class critiques and working outside of class help students grow faster.

Call (919)929-2787, or register on their Website

Don't have time for a 5 week commitment?  Well, I'll be teaching a one day workshop at Central Carolina Community College in Chatham County, Pittsboro Campus Bldg 042 MPR on Saturday, September 20th, 2014 from 10 am - 4:30 pm.  Look for Pastel Workshop (Beginning) Course #3716

We'll explore soft pastels in this workshop for new or seasoned students.  A review of materials will follow a step by step class demo to help you create your own pastel painting.  Some knowledge of drawing and painting is helpful.  Ask for a supply list when you register.

Ask you can see, I have a lot going on.....!

Hope you can join me in one, some or all of my workshops :)  

Thank you for following my blog.

Happy Painting!

Kim Werfel

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Baby Girl Pastel Portrait Commission

After painting lots of pets I had the wonderful opportunity to paint a lovely baby client's 20 month old granddaughter.

In this digital age, I've never met the sweet baby, but had her photo e-mailed to me as a jpeg attachment in a high resolution to my in-box.

I was taken at how beautiful she was...and how fair!  The dark desk behind her really brought out how light her skin was, and brought your attention to her face.

First I cropped the photo in photoshop.

I was concerned about the hand under her lace, but later thought it was a sweet baby gesture and left it in.

I wanted to see the values better, so I put it in photoshop elements and broke the photo into 5 values.

I now thought the dark background was too harsh and decided to keep the painting high this child is so light-filled.  I would keep everything soft and chose a light beige sanded paper (U-Art) that would go with her light warm complexion.  

Here is the result!

I really am happy with the way this came out.  The photo didn't capture the colors exactly, but close enough to give you an idea of what I was going for .

Baby portraits are very sensitive...they have such soft, smooth wrinkles!  And a glow that I think pastel captures wonderfully!

Hope you enjoyed my process.  Thank you for following my blog.

For information about a portrait or classes, please see my website here.

Kim Werfel

Monday, July 14, 2014

FREE Pastel Pet Portrait Contest!!!

iPhoto: ***SWEEPSTAKES***

Check out our Brand New Sweepstakes contest! We are giving away a portrait of your pet (dogs, cats & other friends)!   Just follow these steps:

1: Click this Link:
2: Enter your email and click submit!
3: Share with your friends!

Starting today through August 25th 2014 I'm running a Sweepstakes contest on my facebook page Kim Werfel Portraits and Fine Art. 

To enter, just "like" my page, enter your name and e-mail so I can contact you and hit enter.  Read the Sweepstakes Rules and Privacy Policy.

I will want to announce the winner on my page and this blog, and the artwork too when it's done.

I'm running this to increase awareness of my business.  There is a box to enter to sign up for a newsletter that I'd like to get started too.

It's also a way to give back to all the
people who have supported me all these years!

So if you've always thought you'd like a portrait of your dog, cat or even guinea pig :)  go ahead and enter.
I will not sell or share your e-mail with anyone else.

To see more of my pet portrait work, just click here.

Have a wonderful day!

Kim Werfel

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


Collies are just beautiful and a delight to paint.  These two lived together in Massachusetts, where Mollie (on the right) passed away.   I met Skipper and his Dad after they migrated south here to North Carolina.  Dad wanted to remember them together, so I worked from his photo to capture a moment in time forever.

Skipper and Mollie, pastel, 16"x20"©2014

He had it framed at my favorite framer...Frame Warehouse in Cary, NC....with my friend who manages the store Sheena McLean.  They did a magnificent job framing them with a linen mat, burnished gold filet, AR glass and the perfect wood frame that picked up the warm tones in the trees.  I usually don't get to see my commissions framed, so this was a real treat.  He was originally going to hang this in the hallway, but instead gave it a place of honor in his living room.  Love it!

I've completed another commission.....will tell you about it soon, so stay tuned!   

Interested in having a custom artwork of your own?  E-mail me at  Take a look at my website for more portrait commissions and ideas at

Thank you for following my blog and have a great day!


Thursday, May 8, 2014

Craving Art Studio Exhibition & Workshop

Here are some snapshots from my Pastel Workshop at the Craving Art Studio in Beaufort, May 3rd...and my reception Friday, May 2nd. Craving Art Studio is a beautiful new Gallery a block away from the water in lovely historic Beaufort, NC, at 121 Craven Street.

I'm showing a real bird's nest to my students....pointing out the texture and randomness of 
nature's organic design for inspiration!

We are all admiring our Egret pastel work

Hard to believe most never touched a pastel before - awesome class!

Me with Heather Sink, co-owner of the Craving Art Studio, at my reception

Ford Heath, a neighbor from Fearrington Village who relocated to Beaufort, surprised me at the reception

Checking out my Pet Portrait Brochures

Wonderful new friends from the reception

My friends/clients from Chapel Hill came and took my workshop too!

A good time was had by all.

My exhibit includes 26 paintings (sold one already!) and will be there until May 27th.  It's a lovely place to visit this time of year, so do take a trip and check it out!

Thanks for following me on my blog and have a great day!