Pueblo is a Strawberry Roan Appaloosa.  This recently finished  commission measures 14x18" and is painted with colored pencils on 4 ply mat board. The reference photos were taken by the client.  Lighting and attitude were a challenge in this piece. I had to work closely with my client to develop an understanding of this horse, especially as I have never met her in person. The other challenge was photographing the art-something I need to take time out to learn properly!

Holiday commissions time! Gift certificates available.

There's still time to commission an original colored pencil painting  for Christmas.  It takes up to 6 weeks to finish a custom portrait.  Or you can simplify, by purchasing a gift certificate, featuring Linus as Santa; "Linaclaws." Full color, one subject, 8x10's start at $450.00.



Schmoozing at the Fair of the Arts.

Beautiful blustery Saturday at the Fair of the Arts in Anderson Township Ohio. Many people, strolling through lovely Beech Acre Park, stopped by to see my art. I'm hoping one or two will become a Pepper Portraits patron.

Christmas commission in progress.

Here is Maddy as she emerges from the page. She is a Christmas present for my client's husband who adores his kitty. Final dimensions will be 9"x12". Base price for  8"x10" commissions is $420.00. This price will increase to $450.00 in January. Pricing depends on size and number of subjects. Though unable to take on any more commissions due before Christmas, I will happily sell a gift certificate.  If you purchase now you will be locked into current pricing.

Newest Horse portrait

This is a colored pencil painting of a young Tennessee Walking Horse named Dublin. Her coat, though appearing to be black, has undertones of reds and browns. It is very difficult to marry the cool blue highlights with warm mid tones. I nearly tore my hair out, not to mention the canvas surface trying to get it right, but learned a lot working on this piece.

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