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.

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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!


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.

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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

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Woodland Bunny

You never know when inspiration for your next painting will come from.....

While walking my bichon frise Summer one morning, my neighbor stopped to show me a photo of a rabbit that we believe has been eating our flowers.  It hasn't been proven in court yet, but the evidence is stacking up.

She got a good close-up as he was right outside her window.  When I asked to paint him, she generously sent me her photo.  After cropping in and playing with color I came up with "Woodland Bunny".

"Woodland Bunny", pastel, 5x7"©KimWerfel

He's painted on gatorboard treated with an Art Spectrum Terracotta pastel surface.  I love the way the color pops when you use cools on a warm surface.  He's a charming little rascal.  People on facebook have asked for cards or prints.  I'll be making some cards soon.

The Rabbit is an astrological animal in China linked to the moon and good fortune.  Maybe my Woodland Rabbit will be lucky for me!

Thanks for reading my blog.

Kim Werfel

Monday, June 8, 2015

When Women Waken - Deer Spirit

I am thrilled that three of my paintings are in When Women Waken, a journal of poetry, prose and art by women. The June issue is about wildlife. 

Thank you to Anora McGaha for including my work in this beautiful on-line magazine. 

Click here to see the issue and my submissions:

My first submission is "Deer Spirit", my very first pastel deer portrait.

I had just moved into my new home in Chatham County, and was amazed and totally captivated by these astoundingly beautiful and graceful wild beings that appeared outside my windows.  
This "teenaged" fawn was outside my office when I took her photo.  The blue asphalt of the street behind her was changed into water and I found myself softening the edges around her unconsciously creating a halo effect.
This was different from anything I had painted before, as I usually paint quite realistically.  I decided to leave it looking a bit ethereal, I liked the effect.
The first person to see her during the Chatham Studio Tour that year bought her.  I was actually kinda sad to see her go.  This, of course, lead to more deer paintings.
So exciting to be included in this on-line magazine!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

30 Seconds of Fame on U-Tube

It may sound silly, but I'm excited to see myself on U-Tube during the reception of the 4th Annual North Carolina Juried Pastel Exhibition.

unflattering photo of Eric & I at the reception :) 

I'm receiving my award (which I redeemed today for a 18 pastel set of Unison Brown Earth pastels!)

Check it out here:

I show up at about 6 minutes 23 seconds for about 30 seconds.  Probably no one but my brother will look at this, but it made my day!

Got to get into the kitchen and make dinner!

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