Strong light in upper left corner is my fault.
©2010 Vicki Ross
18x24" Pastel on Wallis Paper
'Sleepyhead' still needs some final touches, but I cautiously optimistic that it is close. This little guy, Leo, is French. We met him on our first visit to La Bonne Etoile, and Randy gave Leo his white Arkansas Razorback hat. The photo in the lower right is what his mom and dad sent us later that year...Leo wearing "the hat".
The photo in the lower left was taken in the front door of his home.This painting has been a real journey, from the block-in that was 2 times life size, to Beemer walking over the remodel.
I started this as a full sheet pastel painting and ended up with too much background. Got the bright idea of making it a Trompe l'oeil 'fool the eye'. Traditionally done in oil, it is not as easy in pastel because you have to deal with the texture of the paper and the pastel stick.
Enjoy the slideshow (there are some out of order)!