Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Jack Russell - Beagle Mix

Meet "Mojo" - a Jack Russell/Beagle mix who is Maggie-May's "brother" (so to speak)

"Mojo", 6x6", acrylic ©Kim Werfel

He too, is on a 6x6" wraparound canvas and painted in acrylics.  And yes, his ear really does flip up that cutely...he's adorable. 

I couldn't just paint one dog without painting the other.  So now they have bookends :)

Here's Mojo's original photo that I worked from....changing the background to blue kept it dark, cool and pushed it back but brought some color into it.  Blue will recede and Mojo's a little guy, so it fits :)

I continued his paws around the edges of the to do on wraparound canvases.

It was so much fun to paint these paintings that I think I will now offer them as a portrait option to my much larger pastel and acrylic portraits....providing there's a photo I can work from and it's the head only (six inches is a bit of a challenger to fit much else).

I'll be offering them for $150 - they don't need framing, are varnished and come with a little sawtooth hanger in the back so you can put them on a tabletop, bookcase or hang in a small spot on a wall alone or in a grouping.  Makes a perfect gift for a loving pet owner.  :)

Now to let him dry and gift him to my sweet neighbors!  (they loved Maggie-May!)


Friday, June 22, 2012

Jack Russell Terrier Portrait

My friends don't know it, but I painted their little Jack Russell - "Maggie May."  She's painted in acrylic on a 6x6" wraparound canvas and varnished twice. 

"Maggie-May", acrylic, 6x6"©Kim Werfel

This is a surprise gift for them as they just sold their home to move to the beach!  Sorry for the poor photo....pastels are easier to photograph as they don't shine back at you.  I must have used some gloss medium without realizing it in the background.


(original photo)

Thought you might enjoy a look at the original photo....she's very sweet here...but obviously a flash photo.  I like the strong contrast between her light fur and dark background.  Cropped the photo to focus on her face and pushed some light yellows, pinks and greens to give her some dimension.  Pushed dark greens and blues in the background.

They have another dog "Mojo" too that I've started, but won't have in time for their farewell party this weekend. I'll work on him his week and post later.

I think they'll love it...(I love surprises!).....

Stay tuned....I'll let you know how it all worked out :)

Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Chapel Hill News Article

Today's Chapel Hill news has an article about the ArtsCenter of Carrboro's upcoming annual faculty/staff art exhibition where I'm quoted and my piece "Heading for Safety" is featured!

The work depicts a Doe with her very young fawn...a scene from my window last Spring. I have giclee prints available (only $48) and $3 blank art cards too!

So I'm alright with selling the right person! :)

"Heading for Safety", pastel (museum glass) 16x13", $400

I chose this piece to exhibit as it symbolizes being lead or taught....which is what teachers do....It
also shows my newer style of pushing color intensities and my favorite subject matter: animals.

Fear, procrastination and perfectionism stifles many people from trying an art class. Art is something you have to work at, like anything else, one doesn't master it in one class. But it can open up a whole new world of self-expression as does learning music or writing. Very satisfying for the soul.  

I'll be teaching "Introduction to Pastel Painting" - Class 3018 held for 6 Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30pm 7/24 - 8/28/12.  I offer encouragement along with solid information on how to grow.

Information about the class can be found here.   Materials list for this class is here.
Class costs $108 for ArtsCenter members, $120 for non-members.  This class can be an elective for The Artist at Work Certificate Program.

Easy On-Line Registration for my class can be found here.  (The ArtsCenter puts on wonderful music venues and theatre so don't be confused when it's calls your purchase "tickets".)

This Friday's Teacher Art Reception is from 6 to 9 pm at the ArtsCenter of Carrboro's Lobby. I'd love to see you there!

Questions about classes?  Talk to me...Email me here

Lots to digest in this blog....but wanted to get the word out!

Have a great day!


Monday, June 4, 2012

NC Statewide Pastel Exhibition Reception Photos

Don't miss an incredible collection of beautiful pastel work at Bev's Fine Art in Raleigh this June!
Work includes pastels from all across the state of North Carolina and beyond!

Her I am with "The Lookout" and "Fire and Ice"...the two pieces I had juried into the show.  I was lucky to be honored by Frame Warehouse, winning a $50 gift certificate!  That will surely come in handy!

Here's Vinita with her two beautiful abstracts in pastel...winning some Art Spectrum Pastel Paper too!

Patricia Harris posed with her beautiful barn pastel entry.  There are a little over one hundred pastel paintings displayed in this magnificent show.  Hope you get a chance to see it!

Thanks for following my art journey!

Kim Werfel