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!


Monday, April 21, 2014

Marsh Paintings

Two new 6"x8" pastel paintings of the South Carolina marshland will be part of my exhibit at the Craving Art Studio, 121 Craven St., Beaufort, NC 28516 next month.  Reception is Friday, May 2nd from 6-8pm.

SC Marsh I, pastel, 6x8", ©KimWerfel

These paintings were painted from photos outside of Hilton Head Island a few years ago.  One of my students was painting a small cloud painting and it inspired me to try a painting of a large vista in a small 6"x8" format.  A nice change from painting pet portraits!

                                                                       SC Marsh II, pastel, 6"x 8", ©KimWerfel

My Pastel Workshop:  Explore Pastels!  follows the reception on Saturday, May 3rd from 10am-4pm.  

If you've always wanted to explore pastels, but were afraid to try, this is the workshop for you! 
Beginners to Intermediate.  $100 + $30 materials fee.  
Contact Heather Sink or Lisa Tuchek to register:  252-728-0243 or e-mail  

Questions?  E-mail me at

More info at my website page here 

Wouldn't a weekend by the sea in beautiful historic downtown Beaufort, NC and 
a Pastel Workshop be divine?

See you there!


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Commissioned Pastel Dog Portrait

Meet "Yogi", a chow-mix that recently passed on, my new commissioned pastel portrait.  I never met him or his owner, one of the latest portraits whose business has been handled exclusively on-line.   Lucky for me she had many lovely photos to work from.

"Yogi", 11x14", pastel ©KimWerfel

This one was elusively challenging as he was a brown dog with very subtle shifts of value and temperature defining his face and fur.  A haunting sad and strong look in his eyes arrested me when I saw the photo and knew this was the one to work from.  

There was a photo of him in the snow and I wanted to put the cool colors in the background to bring the warmth of his fur forward.

Challenging, but rewarding. My favorite type of commission.  I'm pleased with the results.

Have a great weekend!


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Yorkshire Terrier portrait commission

While at a local pub with my friends, I met a woman and started chatting.  Before long she had her iphone out, showing me photos of her recently passed Yorkshire Terrier named Bailey.  As tears filled her eyes she asked if I could possibly paint him from a not so very good photograph.

This is often an artist's nightmare...but I am a pushover for someone who really wants my art and is heartfelt about loving their pet.  So I said yes, and she e-mailed me the photo.  I struggled with enlarging it many times in photoshop, of course lessening the quality of the photo.  Various photos had different values and colors in the I did a composite.

The dog sat on a white blanket that did nothing for the composition.  I thought with all the warm golds, a purple background would help.  So I took out a 9x12" ampersand pastel board and sketched him out on it, giving the purple an underpainting with pastel washed with alcohol.

"Bailey", pastel, 9x12" ©Kim Werfel

Normally, I like to meet the pets....(if I can) and take my own photos.  But I realized that the owners are more interested in having something to remember their 4-legged friend, rather than nothing.  So sometimes a work of art is more of a work of "heart".

This was shipped to Ohio.  So now my work is finding homes in new States.  I find that kinda exciting too.

Thanks for following my blog and have a great day!