Thursday, January 1, 2015


Alex       16 x 13    Pastel on Art Spectrum Paper

My friend, Erika Remsberg, brought her son, Alex to my studio for me to take some photos for this pastel. I had done Jordan, Alex's older sister, several years earlier and we wanted to wait until Alex was old enough to have the personality that you see here. I had my camera mounted on a tripod and I set Alex up so the light would rake across his face. I was using my Nikon camera and in a stroke of inspiration I gave Alex the wireless remote shutter device and had him take his own photograph. The expression is so classic and wonderful I couldn't wait to dive into this painting. Naturally I had to do quite a lot of photo editing and fussing around before I got to the actual application of pastel to paper, and it took me a long time to get it right. This one was a joy to do!