Saturday, July 21, 2012

Husky-Shepherd Mix Commission

Meet "Beau" (or rather the southern version "BO" as his owner's wife said.)

This commission is a birthday surprise.  BO has passed on to doggie heaven, and was much loved by his owner.  I never got to meet BO, but somehow in the process of carefully painting him, I always feel a connection.

"BO", 14x18", pastel, ©Kim Werfel 2012

The owner's thoughtful wife never knew BO either, but knew her husband loved him so.  There are only two photos of him, so I chose the one with him looking at the camera....seemingly happy to me.

This work is painted on Wallis paper that I undercoated with a burnt orange pastel and wet into the paper for a warm ground to liven up all the blue-greens.

Birthday is in August, so I must let him go so he can be properly framed for the birthday surprise. 

Now instead of a small snapshot, he'll be honored with his own portrait, a loving reminder of a faithful companion.

Love being able to do this for people.  It's the best.

Kim Werfel

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Introduction to Pastel Painting Class!

Introduction to Pastel Painting Class!

Now's your chance to play with this exciting medium!
Beginners and intermediates welcome.  I mentioned this in an earlier post, but since it's starting next week I wanted to send a reminder..................
I'm new at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro....I thought it might be cooler in the evening...and we can relax and enjoy ourselves :)

3018. INTRODUCTION TO PASTEL PAINTING: Tuesday, 6:30-8:30pm, July 24-August 28
(6 weeks)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 to Tuesday, August 28, 2012
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Enjoy the world of soft pastels with this informative and structured class designed to give you the opportunity to learn how to combine your drawing and painting skills to create successful pastel paintings. Pastel painting techniques, an overview of materials, attention to shapes and values, use of hard and soft edges and implementing color theory will be included in this course. Students new to pastel painting, as well as returning students are welcome.
*This course is part of The Artist at Work Certificate Program. Please click here for details about the Program.
Instructor: Kim Werfel
Tuition: $120
Members Tuition: $108 Not a member? Learn more!
Late Registration: $125
Any questions about the class, please send me an e-mail or call 919 240-4552.
Spread the word!  Starts next week!  Hope you'll be joining me.

Let's get creative - you'll love pastels!

Kim Werfel