February 15, 2012

Loving Blondie

Loving Blondie (16 x 20 pastel on La Carte)
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With Blondie being the beauty of the barnyard, it makes it difficult for Henri to keep tabs on her but he is ever-watchful of his one true love.
This piece was a joy to paint from the very first stroke of the pastel until the last. One of the reasons for that is that I finally got up the nerve to use some of my Henri Roche pastels that were a gift from a dear friend. And for those of you who have already caught on; yes, that is why I named the rooster Henri. This painting was just screaming for something that required more color, better color, darker saturated colors and Henri fit that bill to a T.
This lovely pair is headed to my show tomorrow, 2/16 at Cole Gallery in Edmonds, Washington. If you are in the hood, please be sure to stop by. I will be at the opening reception from 5-8 and would love an opportunity to me you.  
As an avid animal lover, I have elected to have a portion of the proceeds from the sale of any of my paintings during the show benefit Precious Life Animal Sanctuary. I am so proud of everything they do to help our animals in need.


  1. Oh my, oh my, oh my! This is utterly masterful! I can see every single feather as though I am touching them myself. And those exquisite, rich colours... Just WOW!!! :0D

  2. Blush. Thank you, Sandra!

  3. OH MY GOSH, Sandy!! This is so, so beautifully painted and have stared at it so long (and probably will return later again!) I don't want to say its my favorite since your paintings are all wonderful but the colors are so outstanding and makes me want to go shopping for Henri Roche pastels. You are definitely a "Master" and I congratulate you on this piece!!!

  4. Wow! This is gorgeous! Such deep vibrant colors! Pastels really scare me so mine just sit in their box :)

  5. Henri is so gorgeous that Blondie pales in comparison. (Sorry, that pun jumped into my head and I couldn't resist.) Truly, you are a master with pastels. ...and oh so generous with your talents, time and treasures. Bless you!


  6. Stunning, I love the detail and colours in the feathers. The background adds a lovely dramatic feel to it

  7. Don, you crack me up. Thank you for your very kind compliment and always sharing your amazing work!

    Sam, it's so nice to "see" you! Mooo! Thank you so much for stopping by and for noticing the intricate work of the feathers. I'm going to mosey over to your pasture....

  8. Hi Gail!
    Thanks so much for stopping by. You really need to get those pastels unpacked :).