Monday, April 21, 2014

Marsh Paintings

Two new 6"x8" pastel paintings of the South Carolina marshland will be part of my exhibit at the Craving Art Studio, 121 Craven St., Beaufort, NC 28516 next month.  Reception is Friday, May 2nd from 6-8pm.

SC Marsh I, pastel, 6x8", ©KimWerfel

These paintings were painted from photos outside of Hilton Head Island a few years ago.  One of my students was painting a small cloud painting and it inspired me to try a painting of a large vista in a small 6"x8" format.  A nice change from painting pet portraits!

                                                                       SC Marsh II, pastel, 6"x 8", ©KimWerfel

My Pastel Workshop:  Explore Pastels!  follows the reception on Saturday, May 3rd from 10am-4pm.  

If you've always wanted to explore pastels, but were afraid to try, this is the workshop for you! 
Beginners to Intermediate.  $100 + $30 materials fee.  
Contact Heather Sink or Lisa Tuchek to register:  252-728-0243 or e-mail  

Questions?  E-mail me at

More info at my website page here 

Wouldn't a weekend by the sea in beautiful historic downtown Beaufort, NC and 
a Pastel Workshop be divine?

See you there!


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Commissioned Pastel Dog Portrait

Meet "Yogi", a chow-mix that recently passed on, my new commissioned pastel portrait.  I never met him or his owner, one of the latest portraits whose business has been handled exclusively on-line.   Lucky for me she had many lovely photos to work from.

"Yogi", 11x14", pastel ©KimWerfel

This one was elusively challenging as he was a brown dog with very subtle shifts of value and temperature defining his face and fur.  A haunting sad and strong look in his eyes arrested me when I saw the photo and knew this was the one to work from.  

There was a photo of him in the snow and I wanted to put the cool colors in the background to bring the warmth of his fur forward.

Challenging, but rewarding. My favorite type of commission.  I'm pleased with the results.

Have a great weekend!