Saturday, November 27, 2010

Tux, Magnolia, and Donald #9

Tux, Magnolia, and Donald #9, originally uploaded by debifitz.

Getting there... I showed this much to the client... she was very happy with it so far.....

Friday, November 26, 2010

Tux. Magnolia, and Donald #8

Tux. Magnolia, and Donald #8, originally uploaded by debifitz.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I am ready to hibernate now!! But too much work to do!!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Tux, Magnolia, and Donald #4

Tux, magnolia, and Donald #4, originally uploaded by debifitz.

This is moving right a long. I am enjoying the beautiful shades of grey in Tux... lots of different blues and purples!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Tux, Magnolia, and Donald #1

Tux, Magnolia, and Donald #1, originally uploaded by debifitz.
Oops... this is actually the first one of the progression. And I will add the photos that I used to the post also. I actually photographed the horses in Tryon, N.C., using a brush to sit in for Magnolia! And then Magnolia later in Wellington, Fl.. I chose to do a different head shot of Magnolia on a different body. The expression was just better...

Monday, November 15, 2010

Tux, Magnolia, and Donald #2

Tux, MAgnolia, and Donald #2, originally uploaded by debifitz.

This is a progression I did of 2 horses and a dog. I photographed the horses in Tryon, N.C. and the dog in Wellington, Fl.. Unfortunately, the dog, Magnolia, had to be put to sleep a couple of weeks after the photos were taken. Very sad! She was dearly loved. I tried to get this done in a record 4 days... not to be! I took the progression photos to help me keep going. I did 2 "almost all nighters"... I am really getting to old for those!! I had down loaded some great new music (Joe Bonamassa!!! WOW!!! Blues guitarist... amazing!) onto my Ipod and rocked the nights away... but it still did not get done!! Oh well! I finally have time to get them on my blog. I will down load the photos tomorow.....

Thursday, November 4, 2010


Dottie, originally uploaded by debifitz.

pastel on suede
private collection
actual size 16"X20"

This is the cutest little dog! The white can be a problem in the photography end of things... thank goodness for photo shop and shooting in the raw format. I was able to shoot in the sun and still manage to get some details. Otherwise she would have become very flat. And it is also a real challenge to keep the whites clean when working on the suede. I used the warm grey suede for this one.

I have been on a research mission to find new paper to work on. So far I have tried Wallis... and LOVED it! I have ordered some of the museum quality paper to work on my next big piece. It has a light golden retriever in it which I think will do well on that paper. Plus I have a dark bay horse in this same portrait along with a flea bitten grey horse... since this is from one side of the spectrum to the other, I think the Wallis is my best bet! I should be able to get my darks, dark and whites, white. Will try to do a progression on it and post them here. I plan on doing an under painting on it also. Really looking forward to it!

I have also seen some gorgeous work done on Royal Sovereign pastel card... but I can't seem to find it. After spending WAY too much time on-line looking for it. I did find some references to it from Cornelissen's art supply in GB... Royal Sovereign is also know as Frisk pastel board, "old" Sansfix, and Rembrandt pastel card. None of which I can get in the US. Finally I found one more supplier in England that made reference to it and states that it is now Sennelier la carte pastel board... that I could find. So I have ordered a couple of boards to try. Sounds interesting... made out of vegetable flakes...? Unfortunately, you can not use wet media on it. But it comes in some very beautiful colors.

In the mean time I have seen some very beautiful pastel work on-line while conducting my search! It has been fun!