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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Upcoming Art Show at Liquidambar

I'm excited to be in a group show coming up this Summer at Liquidambar Gallery and Gifts in Pittsboro.   They're located at 80 Hillsboro Street, Pittsboro, NC  27312.

I've painted some Sandpipers from a recent trip to the beach that will be on exhibit there.










Each of these bright fellows are painted with pastel on 6"x6" gatorboard with an orange, yellow and gold acrylic underpainting followed up with clear Golden pastel ground.

They're framed in a nice wide gold plein aire frame - with all three in one frame.

I'm working on some more pieces, so c'mon down and check out the show.

Reception is July 3rd from 2-4pm.  2nd reception is August 7th from 2-4pm.  Last day of the show is August 28th.

The July 3rd reception coincides with a Pittsboro Street Fair, so you're sure to have a fun day in downtown Pittsboro when you visit.

Hope to meet you there!

~Kim

http://www.kimwerfel.com


Friday, June 3, 2016

June Pastel Class Begins!


My last class before Summer break begins Monday, June 6th at the Seymour Senior Center in Chapel Hill, NC.  Classes go through June 27th and are held from 1-3 pm. 





Pictured here is one of my accomplished and proud pastel students with her pastel portrait of her brother from last month's class :)

This class is an open studio class with experienced students working from their own photos and supplies.  I give private assistance to each student working on their individual projects at their own pace.

For more information, call the Seymour Center at 919 968-2070.

Thank you and would love to have you join us!

~Kim

www.kimwerfel.com

"Thundering Hoofs" Wins!


I'm proud to announce that not only has "Thundering Hoofs" juried into the 2016 NC Statewide Pastel Competition, but that it has won the Art Spectrum Award!


This pastel is 16"x20" and can be viewed at the Hickory Museum of Art in Hickory, NC.

Worked from a photo taken at Belmont Racetrack in Long Island, NY, I was challenged to create the feeling of action with dirt flying from their hoofs and the dramatic colors of the jockeys clothing.

It was great fun to create and I'm so honored to have been juried in with over 250 entries and only 17 selected for awards.

Hope you enjoy my pastel paintings!

~Kim

http://www.kimwerfel.com 

Thursday, March 31, 2016

New Spring Pastel Studio Classes!

Come join me at the Robert & Pearl Seymour Center, 2551 Homestead Rd in Chapel Hill, NC 27516 for some creative studio class time.  Bring your art and pastels and I'll critique and show you painting methods, composition, color tips and more while you work in class with other pastel students.

Next class begins Monday, April 4 - May 2, 5 weeks from 1-3 pm for $75.




Short 2 weeks following:  May 9th and May 16th (same day and time slot)

We pick up again in June for a shorter 4 week session June 6-27th.

Off for the Summer to pick up sometime in the Fall (to be determined).

Call the Seymour Center at 919 968-2070 for information on registration.

E-mail me with any questions:  k-e@mindspring.com .

Thursday, March 10, 2016

"Dante's Fawn" pastel is juried into Small Treasures Art Exhibition

My neighbor Dante pulled over when I was walking my dog last Spring to tell me about the new fawn on our block.  Of course, I had to paint him.....deer have a place in my heart, especially the new little fawns.


"Dante's Fawn", 5 1/2 x 7 1/2", pastel, $150 ©Kim Werfel

Unlike most of my work, this little fella is only 5 1/2" x 7 1/2", with a terracotta underpainting.  I submitted him to the 7th Cary Gallery of Artist's "Small Treasures" Juried Exhibition and got in!

Reception is Friday, March 25th from 6-9pm at the Cary Gallery of Artists, 200 South Academy Street, Cary, NC.  Show runs through April 23rd.  Gallery hours are Monday - Saturday 11- 5:30pm, and final Fridays 11-9 pm.

Would love to see you at the reception!

Kim

www.kimwerfel.com

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Prometheus, God of Fire

Here's another from my Renaissance Fair Series I call "Prometheus, God of Fire."
So much fun painting him!

Watching this man skillfully entertain the crowd while juggling fire was enthralling, to say the least!
The flames were lighting his already red face and created quite a theatrical effect.

"Prometheus, God of Fire", 16"x12", pastel©KimWerfel

I love capturing movement, and it's the first time I ever painted fire.  Exciting!  Loved the pattern on his vest, the hat, and the great compositional effect of the three moving torches.  On U-Art board, 320 grit, with an orange under painting to bring up the heat and make the blue vibrate.  Made rough strokes to capture the texture of the background.

Hope to get to painting more of these soon.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The Mystic

I'm currently exploring the theme of women empowered by using their skills, be it playing a musical instrument or just completely at home in their own skin...happy and busy being themselves. 

This woman was spinning these small metal hoops and I liked the way the light was catching them and her intent look as she balanced them. She was caught up in her skill and I love her Renaissance Fair costume.   


"The Mystic", 13"x10",pastel on Uart©KimWerfel

 I was trying to work her to a 9x12" for easy framing...but I always seem to want to push further.

This was tough with all the detail, but I'm happy with the result.  Next time I may go a bit larger.

Thanks for following my blog and happy painting!

Kim Werfel

www.kimwerfel.com