Saturday, October 15, 2016

Last Pastel Class of 2016!

Come join us and polish some of your started but not yet finished masterpieces!  

This 5 session class runs:

Joinus, Create and Get Dusty!

Questions?  E-mail me at

Friday, September 2, 2016

Autumn Goddess takes 1st Place!

So pleased that my pastel "Autumn Goddess" has taken 1st place and won $100 at the 14th Cary Senior Center Art Exhibition!

Come see her and "Prometheus" at the Cary Senior Center along with 53 other paintings available for purchase.

The center is located at 120 Maury O'Dell Place, Cary, NC in Bond Park.  Exhibition runs through September 23, 2016.

Thank You!

Kim Werfel

Fall Pastel Classes Begin September 12th!

Pastel Class (Beginning & Experienced)
5 Mondays, Sept 12 - Oct 10, 2016  1 -3 pm .  $75
Seymour Senior Center, Orange County, Chapel Hill

Join me and learn about painting in Soft Pastels.
Beginners will work with me in learning how to do pastels from photos.
More advanced students may work on independent projects with Kim's guidance.

Thought I'd share one of my proud students with a recent pastel painting painted from his photo from the South of France.  His setup is below, showing a b/w value reference photo and a color photo enlarged to size.

Would love to have you with us!

Located at  2551 Homestead Rd., Chapel Hill, NC  27516
(919) 968-2070

Please e-mail me with any questions:

Thank you!


Sunday, June 5, 2016

Upcoming Art Show at Liquidambar

I'm excited to be in a group show coming up this Summer at Liquidambar Gallery and Gifts in Pittsboro.   They're located at 80 Hillsboro Street, Pittsboro, NC  27312.

I've painted some Sandpipers from a recent trip to the beach that will be on exhibit there.

Each of these bright fellows are painted with pastel on 6"x6" gatorboard with an orange, yellow and gold acrylic underpainting followed up with clear Golden pastel ground.

They're framed in a nice wide gold plein aire frame - with all three in one frame.

I'm working on some more pieces, so c'mon down and check out the show.

Reception is July 3rd from 2-4pm.  2nd reception is August 7th from 2-4pm.  Last day of the show is August 28th.

The July 3rd reception coincides with a Pittsboro Street Fair, so you're sure to have a fun day in downtown Pittsboro when you visit.

Hope to meet you there!


Friday, June 3, 2016

June Pastel Class Begins!

My last class before Summer break begins Monday, June 6th at the Seymour Senior Center in Chapel Hill, NC.  Classes go through June 27th and are held from 1-3 pm. 

Pictured here is one of my accomplished and proud pastel students with her pastel portrait of her brother from last month's class :)

This class is an open studio class with experienced students working from their own photos and supplies.  I give private assistance to each student working on their individual projects at their own pace.

For more information, call the Seymour Center at 919 968-2070.

Thank you and would love to have you join us!


"Thundering Hoofs" Wins!

I'm proud to announce that not only has "Thundering Hoofs" juried into the 2016 NC Statewide Pastel Competition, but that it has won the Art Spectrum Award!

This pastel is 16"x20" and can be viewed at the Hickory Museum of Art in Hickory, NC.

Worked from a photo taken at Belmont Racetrack in Long Island, NY, I was challenged to create the feeling of action with dirt flying from their hoofs and the dramatic colors of the jockeys clothing.

It was great fun to create and I'm so honored to have been juried in with over 250 entries and only 17 selected for awards.

Hope you enjoy my pastel paintings!


Thursday, March 31, 2016

New Spring Pastel Studio Classes!

Come join me at the Robert & Pearl Seymour Center, 2551 Homestead Rd in Chapel Hill, NC 27516 for some creative studio class time.  Bring your art and pastels and I'll critique and show you painting methods, composition, color tips and more while you work in class with other pastel students.

Next class begins Monday, April 4 - May 2, 5 weeks from 1-3 pm for $75.

Short 2 weeks following:  May 9th and May 16th (same day and time slot)

We pick up again in June for a shorter 4 week session June 6-27th.

Off for the Summer to pick up sometime in the Fall (to be determined).

Call the Seymour Center at 919 968-2070 for information on registration.

E-mail me with any questions: .

Thursday, March 10, 2016

"Dante's Fawn" pastel is juried into Small Treasures Art Exhibition

My neighbor Dante pulled over when I was walking my dog last Spring to tell me about the new fawn on our block.  Of course, I had to paint him.....deer have a place in my heart, especially the new little fawns.

"Dante's Fawn", 5 1/2 x 7 1/2", pastel, $150 ©Kim Werfel

Unlike most of my work, this little fella is only 5 1/2" x 7 1/2", with a terracotta underpainting.  I submitted him to the 7th Cary Gallery of Artist's "Small Treasures" Juried Exhibition and got in!

Reception is Friday, March 25th from 6-9pm at the Cary Gallery of Artists, 200 South Academy Street, Cary, NC.  Show runs through April 23rd.  Gallery hours are Monday - Saturday 11- 5:30pm, and final Fridays 11-9 pm.

Would love to see you at the reception!


Saturday, February 13, 2016

Prometheus, God of Fire

Here's another from my Renaissance Fair Series I call "Prometheus, God of Fire."
So much fun painting him!

Watching this man skillfully entertain the crowd while juggling fire was enthralling, to say the least!
The flames were lighting his already red face and created quite a theatrical effect.

"Prometheus, God of Fire", 16"x12", pastel©KimWerfel

I love capturing movement, and it's the first time I ever painted fire.  Exciting!  Loved the pattern on his vest, the hat, and the great compositional effect of the three moving torches.  On U-Art board, 320 grit, with an orange under painting to bring up the heat and make the blue vibrate.  Made rough strokes to capture the texture of the background.

Hope to get to painting more of these soon.

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