Oranges Real and Reflected
       
     
Lola Zambrana
       
     
The Blue Teapot
       
     
Andalucía
       
     
Globe
       
     
The Flying Armada
       
     
Proust Quote.jpg
       
     
Flying Changes
       
     
Jester
       
     
Flight of the Butterflies
       
     
Mi Sombrero
       
     
The Russian Headscarf
       
     
The Sculptor
       
     
Family
       
     
First Sunflowers in a Venetian Vase
       
     
Winter Still Life
       
     
Oranges Real and Reflected
       
     
Oranges Real and Reflected

Pastel on Paper / 22 x 30 inches

My first artwork of 2017.

Lola Zambrana
       
     
Lola Zambrana

Pastel on Canson Paper / 25 x 19 inches

I wanted to paint a woman holding some part of herself in reserve, instead of a portrait where the sitter offers their entire self to the viewer. The large cast shadow also represents the portion of the sitter's life withheld. Pastels are a very difficult medium in which to paint portraiture when the head and hands are this small, but the project proved most enjoyable, mostly thanks to Lola.

The Blue Teapot
       
     
The Blue Teapot

Pastel on Paper . 22.5 x 37.5 inches

In this pastel I was interested in the call and response of the color red around the composition, and also to challenge myself with pattern.


At the Beverly McNeil Gallery, Birmingham

Andalucía
       
     
Andalucía

Pastel on Roma Paper / 23.5 x 19.5 inches

In the way that a figurative sculpture of a specific woman is used to represent Spring, or Liberty, I employ Marta Barroso Fernandez to embody the spirit of Spanish Andalusia. The women of this region astonish me: strong and practical, yet capable of dazzling glamour. Family oriented and loving, but fiercely independent.

Globe
       
     
Globe

19 x 12.5 inches / Rembrandt and Sennelier pastel on Canson paper

My Swiss aunt gave me three of these hand-blown glass globes, and lately they've been asking to appear in my paintings.

Available

The Flying Armada
       
     
The Flying Armada

Pastel on Canson Paper / 25.5 x 19 inches

The winged rabbit drives his "ship" and the other objects forward ina strong wind toward adventure. While being of course concretely realistic, I thought of the painting's structure as a Diebenkorn painting, and the emotional theme as whimsical travel.

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Flying Changes
       
     
Flying Changes

19 x 25 inches/ Pastel on Paper

Viviana practices lead changes on one of the magestic stallions at Epona Spain, near Seville.

Available

Jester
       
     
Jester

25 x 19 inches / Pastel on la Carte paper

A finished portrait from life of model Morgan Williams costumed with hat and beads. I especially enjoyed the color spectrum in her blonde hair, and the honesty of her young gaze.

Available

Flight of the Butterflies
       
     
Flight of the Butterflies

11 x 16 inches / Pastel on Fabriano Roma paper

Near Anghiari, Italy, I bought the brocade table cloth with butterflies, and have been captivated by it ever since. It chose its own friends in this still life with Spanish lemons.

Mi Sombrero
       
     
Mi Sombrero

25 x 19 inches / Rembrandt pastels on Paper

Tatiana Barroso Fernandez dancing a piece of choreography from Cadiz with a black sombrero, in Olvera, Spain.

Available.
 

The Russian Headscarf
       
     
The Russian Headscarf

25 x 19 inches / Pastel on la Carte paper

A self-portrait, this pastel won the Salmagundi award at the 2007 Pastel Society of America national juried exhibition. The "babushka" scarf I brought as a keepsake from the drapery stashes at the Russian Academy in St. Petersburg in 1991.
Collection of Cynthia Nesson and Bruce Simonson

 

The Sculptor
       
     
The Sculptor

25 x 19.5 inches / Pastel on Paper

This portrait was a fairly fast demo portrait of sculptor Maria Willison for a pastel class in Tennessee. The sculptor refined a miniature figure during the 2-day course.

Family
       
     
Family

25 x 19 inches
Pastel on la Carte paper

Piglets and sow from the Wilhoit farm in Apison, Tennessee. Private Collection, Tennessee

First Sunflowers in a Venetian Vase
       
     
First Sunflowers in a Venetian Vase

Pastel on Roma Paper / 18.5 x 15.5 inches

I picked these sunflowers on the side of the highway in December in Andalusia. They filled me with thoughts of summer.

Available.

Winter Still Life
       
     
Winter Still Life

Pastel on Paper / 12 x 19.5 inches

Lemons ripen in winter, and their annual arrival brings me joy. I grouped three together, and one off to the side, like children on a playground looking each other over.

Available.