Barred in Winter. If I ever had to choose only one medium to work in I think it would be pastel (at least for now). I am having so much fun creating these wildlife pastel paintings. I hear Barred Owls alot and see them occassionally. I took this reference photo a few summers ago, but changed the background to a winter scene.
On Guard. I see many hawks and owls in my yard. If I hear the blue jays screaming, I grab my camera and run outside for a photo shoot as they are usually screaming for a reason. I was walking Sketch and this red-tailed hawk was not happy to see us. I snapped a couple of photos, and we left he/she alone. Happily I was able to get good enough photos to do this pastel.
Magical Encounters. More and more often deer are passing through my yard. I love to see them, but I am sad that they are losing habitat which is what brings them into the neighborhood. Sketch and I were wandering into our woods last December when I heard a noise. I looked up and saw this beautiful deer looking at us. I think it was the same doe and twins I saw last October as I could see at least one other deer hiding near her. I grabbed my camera and got some wonderful reference photos. This 8x10" pastel is called "Beauty"
Three Graces. Last October these three deer spent some time in the yard eating acorns. I think it might have been a doe and two grown twins. It was dusk so the lighting wasn't great, and I was photographing through the porch windows so as not to spook them. They were also the dog fence my reference photos were not very good. It was a challenge to do this painting, but it was worth it. I lovely reminder of this visit.
Remy, I love doing pet portraits using pastel pencils on pastel mat paper - a match made in heaven. I've been painting wildlife and birds using this medium also. I love the detail I can get with pastel pencils, ans pan pastels make a soft and beautiful backbground.