More of those longhorns I photographed last week. This is the same one i did before. Just a different pose. The one in the back is almost exactly how it was in the background of the picture. I blended two scenes. The sunset scene was in Hwy 16 driving back from Fredericksburg. Here are pictures start to finish:

   
    
    
   

In one month I have “learned” pastels and oils and have relearned some acrylic techniques. The only medium that is missing for me is watercolor. I will be dabbling soon in watercolor. It all started with my joining a local art group and taking up pastel art for the first time since high school. I did enjoy doing it but i developed a bronchial infection while using them and figure if I wanted to carry on I would need to wear protective gear. Now art plus protective gear did not add up in my estimation to any fun at all. So i have three pastel paintings that i finished and had framed as mementos of pastel. 

Bye pastel. If they don’t sell then I will be happy to make some wall space in my living room.

Oh and I forgot to mention, how could I forget this!  In my hey day of deathly pastel fever I ordered some good pastels for portraits from France. They cost $50 which Inthoight was expensive. Anyhow they cane shipped to my home with a packaging label warning that they in California estimation cause cancer. Not they may cause but they do cause, cancer. So I mailed them back for a refund and moved on to acrylics.

I have painted, being a crafter, with acrylics for years. But I never knew you could mist your palette with water to keep it from drying. Also can mist the canvas and blend colors well that way. I dont think I paint as well with acrylics ad I do oils.  

Heaven opens, angels start singing, the glow of the light turns a golden glistening shade. Oils. 

Ok. Need I say more?  

But right away i messed totally up and after rectifying the problems cue the angels. 

Problems have youtube solutions. 

Painting right from the tube. I did not know about adding stuff like linseed oil or thinners or anything remotely smart like fat over lean. So about maybe 25 oil painting youtubes I got the basics. And do I like oil painting. 

So here are my finished products from this months learning experience. I gave one away and took 2 out I dont think are my best. But what You see here are 3 finished and framed pastels, one acrylic (red dress) and 2 oils.  

I left out my Prismacolor pencil escapades but I may come back to that.