Thursday, March 30th, 2006 Originally I did this painting as a 11" x 14"....I decided I didn't like the first placement of the mason jars and the wine bottle in the background. Moved everything around and decided to paint it a little larger...22" x 30".
Tuesday, March 28, 2006 I should have some new pieces to post tomorrow...been busy on a couple of commissions!!!
Art Workshops Taos' 2006 schedule is complete. We again will be housed in Taos Art Museums' historic Nicolai Fechin Studio. We have lengthened the teaching day and have added several exciting guest instructors: In March we have Jan Enright (owner of El Prado Gardens)- "Your Personal Southwest Garden Design". June brings Mary Jane Grinter (of Lawrence, KS)- "Watercolor Portraits". In July is Nancy Baldrica (of Colorado Springs, CO) - "Brilliant Watercolor, and the Personality of Pigments". In September we have Mike Beeman (of Cheyenne, WY) - "Pastel Portraits". To learn more about these people, click on the AWT website - instructors.http://www7.taosnet.com/awt/instructors.htmLori Malott, Joan Fullerton, and Nancy Stewart will fill out the year with oil, pastel, acrylic, watercolor and printmaking classes. See the schedule at -http://www7.taosnet.com/awt/
Sunday, March 5th, 2006 I suggested a little more of the hair, put a little more color in the shirt and softened a few of the features. Now it's at the stage where you stare at it for a while and decide if there is anything else to do on it. I have to be careful at this stage because of a tendency to overwork it.
Saturday, March 4th, 2006 Starting to block in the hair and shoulders...also used a warm gray to "erase" some of the background stuff I didn't care for. Also used some of the same gray to establish some of the lighter areas in the hair....getting close here!
Friday, March 3, 2006 Using three different values of my NuPastels I start blocking in the planes of the face adding a little violet and green under the eyes and on the forehead. The lighter tones on the cheek are a Burnt Umber tone from Terry Ludwig. The black is a NuPastel and a Rembrandt.
Wednesday, March 1, 2006 In this stage I blocked in the general mid tones of the head and some light blue in the background. I've also tried to keep all the edges of my shapes fairly soft and out of focused.Another note is that I'm trying to work all over the paper and just not in the area of where my head will be. My final background will be easier to do if I start working it in now...if I don't like it I can always change it. I've blocked the head in near the top of the paper with the shoulders being near where the purple is.This stage has to be done without fear of failure...if it fails I'll possibly learn what not to do the next time (if I remember). just trying to keep things free and loose...let it come to me!!
Mike enjoys painting a variety of subject matter in both pastels and oils. Born in Colorado, raised in England, he has spent the last 43 years in Wyoming. Mike’s work has won several awards in both regional and national exhibits and his paintings hang in private collections around the world. He has been selected three times in the Pastel Journal's Top 100 Annual Competition for his portrait, figurative and still life work. Mike is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and the Pastel Society of Colorado; he is also a member of the Pastel Society of the Northern Rockies and the Degas Pastel Society.