Saturday, February 14, 2015


While visiting my frame shop on Halloween, I snapped a photo of one of the costumed employees and finally got around to painting her pastel portrait. I decided to use my new favorite surface, suede mat board, but this one was a dark gray...much harder (I found out) to make light creamy skin tones on! 

"Gypsy", 15" x 20", pastel ©Kim Werfel

This surface is not forgiving and I doubt if I will ever do another portrait on the dark color. 
A learning experience, but fun.  It works really well depicting animal's fur.  

She told me she was a pirate, but I prefer to call this "Gypsy".

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Sunday, February 8, 2015


Meet "Ramsay", a beautiful dog with soulful eyes who lives in my town here in Pittsboro.  Ramsay's "Mom" had me paint him from one of his "Dad's" photos....Dad is studying photography and provided me with an wonderful shot here that helped me capture his spirit so well.

"Ramsay", 11"x14", pastel ©Kim Werfel

This artwork is painted on archival suede matboard, a newer pastel substrate for me that works wonderfully to capture the softness of fur while still maintaining vibrant color.  

A variety of pastels are used here...mostly Terry Ludwigs, but also some Rebrandts and  New Pastels.  A joy to paint!

A happy client that said I exceeded her expectations is my best reward.  I love painting pets for loving owners!  

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