Monday, June 24, 2013

D K Richardson's Workshop

 Almost completed workshop piece
10x8, pastel on Ampersand board

I know it's been about 6 weeks since my last post--believe me, I know!!! I have been working on a commission piece that I cannot share on the web without permission AND I have been working my new job. Just returned from 12 days in Memphis, which is a neat place, but it is sure good to be back home.

The best part is I arrived home in time to take a wonderful workshop given by D K Richardson at Jerry's Artarama in Austin. To me, her art is breathtaking, the realism and detail amazing. I really enjoyed the class, learned sooooooo much, and hope to be able to apply it to my work. She is an excellent instructor and very supportive/encouraging. Three of the five participants had never used pastels before. They ended up with wonderful, portraits they created all on their own. D K never touches your work she simply guides you (verbally) in seeing and applying the pastel to get the lifelike results.

I am very pleased with my painting. I have included several progress shots taken over the course of the 2 day workshop. Her method is very labor intensive, but so very worth the effort. Check out her website at

Initial grid and drawing
This is where my affliction of 'seeing too much" comes in handy!

First application of color.

 Putting in the undertones of the cheek.

 Fairly, happy with this but the nose is wrong.

Pretty happy here, but sweating the scarf on her head.

Think it may still need some tweaking.
 Just have to worry about the background now.

Thanks for checking out my blog and not giving up on me!!


  1. You are good in all your work, but this is ABSOLUTELY sensational. Totally love it. You have done an excellent job and are one talented lady. Connie J.

  2. Denise - what a wonderful post!

    Thank you for sharing your experience and portrait progression from my Pastel Portrait Workshop at Jerry's Artarama.


  3. Love your "Cow Dog" painting, and congratulations on the 1st. place award, and sell. I love doing dog paintings. Looking forward to following your blog, and seeing more of your paintings at the NBAL.
    Rita Ball