Tuesday, February 19, 2013

2013 Pastel Society of NC's Juried Exhibition

I'm happy to hear that all three of my submitted pastel paintings have been juried into the 2013 Pastel Society of North Carolina's Member's Exhibition!  These include "Affection" 26x18", "Amaryllis" 7x9" and "Fire and Ice" 18x11".

"Affection", pastel, 26x18" ©Kim Werfel

"Red Lion Amaryllis", pastel, 7x9"©Kim Werfel

"Fire and Ice", pastel, 18x11"©Kim Werfel

The reception will be held Friday, March 1, 2013 from 6-9pm at the Ambleside Gallery in Greensboro.  Show runs through March 31st.

Hope you can make it, would love to see you there!


Monday, February 11, 2013

Sign up Now for my new "Continuing Pastel Painting" Class!

My "Introduction to Pastel Painting Class" is half I wanted to let you know that my new class "Continuing Pastel Painting" will begin March 14th through April 18th (6 weeks)...Thursday mornings again from 10am-12:30pm at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro.

This class is not for beginners....but will build on the material covered from the Intro Class.  Open to all past students and those with some knowledge in pastel.

We will review the principles of design and discuss different types of composition. I'll assist you in creating great paintings from your own still life and/or your own photos.

Register at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro (click here). Class number 2031 Continuing Pastel Painting, $150 tuition, Friends of the ArtsCenter $135, day of class tuition $155.

Class maxes out at 12 so don't wait!  Keep those new year's resolutions to get more creative in 2013! 

Questions? Feel free to contact me at

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Roan Horse Portrait

What a great experience meeting Roxanne, a beloved Roan Horse that's 35 years old.  (Quite old for a horse.)  Her adoring caretaker commissioned me to create her portrait during December's Studio Tour.
After visiting her in her pasture and taking photos, we finally agreed on this one, showing both her eyes with her ears up and alert.

"Roxanne", pastel, 17x20"©Kim Werfel

She has her winter coat grown in, and her coat has more white in it as she's aged.  (Dogs and Horses' hair grow grayer and whiter as they age like us humans)  You could see the warm tones under the hair, as well as reflected bluish light from the sky and shade.

Her blue halter helps break up her long thin face.  She cooperated with the photos as long as carrots were around.  I was really impressed with the love bond between her and her caretaker.  So wonderful to see.

Having had a palomino as a child, painting Roxanne brought back wonderful memories of my horse Brandy.

I may be painting more horses as the opportunities express themselves.

Thank you for following my blog.  For more information on commissioning artwork click here

Kim Werfel