Wednesday, January 26, 2011


Ruby&Dani, originally uploaded by debifitz.

pastel on suede matt bd.
private collection
actual size 16"X20"

I tried to this one first on white Ampersand pastel bd.... hated it and started over on good old suede. After looking at what I had started on the pastel bd. and the finished piece on the suede, I think one of my main problems maybe the white surface. There were some aspects of working on the pastel bd. that I liked... but I could not get the richness that I like in the dog's fur. And I could not see beyond the little white flecks that were showing thru the black on the boxer. I think I liked the Sennelier le carte pastel card better. This surface was not quite as rough as the Sennelier... but I liked the quality of the color on the Sennelier. I am working on a piece of good old velour now. So far it feels good. I will post that one next...

Thursday, January 20, 2011


wolf, originally uploaded by debifitz.

logo art
actual size 10"X10"

Here is something new and different for me! A friend asked if I would create a logo for her veterinary practice... her last name is wolfe... so of course a wolf was a must! At first I was going to do this in pen and ink... unfortunately, my ink was a bit on the old side (did not know it could go bad!!). I opted for black and white gouache. I then used a can of compressed air and blew the paint around... I really liked the effect! I also helped her with the copy... it was a lot of fun to "shop" around for fonts! I have not done that in a long time... WAY back in my advertising days!!!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Beau, Tessa & Pokey

Beau, Tessa & Pokey, originally uploaded by debifitz.

pastel on sennelier le carte pastel bd
private collection
actual size 16"X20"

this is the first one for me on sennelier le cart pastel bd... I think it came out alright... but such a change from suede and velour. Not sure if I liked working on it. It is not quite as rough as sand paper and it holds the pastel well. But it really chews them up. I have a few other papers that I still want to try and I see a velour bd. that looks interesting. I have a sheet of velour from a new company that I am trying next.