Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Boerne in Color

Just a color option on the poster design.
Will paint once approved. keep you posted...

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Pen and Ink poster-finished

I haven't been posting everyday because I have
been working on this piece. This is the finished
pen and ink part of the poster for the Boerne
Christmas festival. It is fairly large, 17 x 21, and it
has taken me several days to finish all the ink
work. Now I will run several copies and do some
color schemes that will be approved, and then I
will do the final painting on the poster. It will be
a challenge because they want it to portray the
festival at night, so that the lights on the buildings
will show up!? In watercolor, there is no white
paint...so I am not sure how I am going to pull it
off. I think I can do the lights in colored pencil;
it is waxy and will resist the watercolor. So there
will be some glow saved around the image.
We'll see!!

I tried tonight to view the new website that is
posting the Last Supper by Leonardo. My little
computer was not able to bring up a clear image,
unless there is something I don't know to do.
If anyone knows, let me know.
I went to Italy over a year ago, and visited Venice,
Florence, and Rome. I was able to paint on location
in all three cities, and my show last Christmas at the
gallery included all the work from the Italy trip.
I may start posting some of that work during this
Christmas season. From now till then, I will be doing
lots of commission portraits for gifts.

Thanks for viewing. I sold two of the Alaska pieces
this week, before the show even opened. One of the
customers was from England, and she bought a moose.
You never know....

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

cross hatch city

When you draw with pen and ink, you make
a series of small lines that build up to make
the values of light and dark. If you cross
them over each other, it is known as
cross-hatch. If you use small dots,
it is called stipple. I will be using lots
of pen and ink techniques on this poster
for the city of Boerne. I just started the pen
and ink tonight...I have been drawing it off
with pencil first. Will take me several
nights to finish this.

I have been hanging the "Palms to Pines"
show at the gallery in preparation for
our annual downtown Christmas Open
House. The show will open that night
(our biggest crowds of the year). It is
shaping up. Feels good to see it all come

Monday, October 22, 2007

Portrait-3 Siblings

I finished this portrait this evening.
They are very cute little kids.
The client wanted them done in regular
pencil, and then tinted with colored

Will be working on the poster from
now on...!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Boy #1

I've started on these children. too cute... I love the
freckles on this one.
more as I go.....

For information on portraits of children, pets, or
homes, please visit the website:
of email me:

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Lots of kids

Today was a day filled with children. At the
gallery, we had a children's photographer set
up to take Halloween costume portraits. We
had some pirates, a mermaid, a couple of
pumpkins, and some tears and some smiles.
We also had Sarah who does ceramic plates
with designs made from children's feet and
hand prints. The children have to put their
feet in some wet glaze and step on the plates,
and then she uses that to make the design:
reindeer, butterflies, frogs, etc. You just have
to see them to understand. I don't know her
website, but I will post it.
I was teaching in the studio, and we could hear
lots of activity in the front of the building. I think
it was enjoyed by all.

Staying in the children mode, I have to do this
portrait of these siblings. I am starting it tonight,
and will post as I make some progress.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Finished Portrait

I believe this is the finished portrait of Scotty.
I hope his family likes it. I will be working on
the poster for the Christmas festival for the
next few days.

(If you are interested in a children's portrait,
you can check the website for examples and

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

More Scotty

I have been working on this
drawing of Scotty all day
today. I have redone his
features several times
(thank goodness for
erasers) I think I have the
likeness well now, and I
will work on the background
and his clothing next.
Should be finished

I am doing a presentation tomorrow at a
church in Natchitoches, LA. Several
years ago, I had done a series of artwork
with a teacup theme...a kind of "my cup
runneth over" show. A good friend was
helping with a women's tea down in New
Orleans, and she asked me to come and
speak to the group, and my "teacup ministry"
was born. I give an inspirational talk about
dealing with adversity, and sell my art
and t-shirts, etc. God has really blessed this
ministry; I have spoken to large and small
groups all over the state in the last several years.
If you are interested in me addressing your
group, you can email me.
sheltongail@hotmail.com www.peapatchgallery.com

Tuesday, October 16, 2007


I do a few children's
portraits. I can't say
that I enjoy doing
them; I enjoy them
when they are finished
and I can present
them to the client
and they are pleased.
The drawings themselves
are never easy.
Anyone that does
portraits knows that
unless you have it
exactly right, it will not look
like them. And you can't always
put your finger on what isn't

I had a woman and her parents come in the gallery the other day with a little girl about 3, and a boy in a wheelchair about 13. The boy was unresponsive, and obviously severly handicapped.
They had an envelope with them, and she wanted me to do a children's portrait. She pulled out a photo of a little boy in a huge black cowboy hat. She went on to explain that it was Scotty, her son, before the accident. And it was one of the only photos she had of him at that time. I was heartbroken, and certainly agreed to do it.

This is part of the drawing of Scotty that I have just started.

Scotty original colored pencil SOLD

Monday, October 15, 2007

Poster Sketch #2

This is a more finished sketch for the
Christmas poster for Boerne. This
is what I spent most of my weekend
doing. After a few changes, I will
draw the final one in ink, and then
watercolor it, and add a border.
I think it will turn out nicely, and
captures the feeling of the little
town. I will attend the festival one
weekend and sign some of the
posters, and meet and greet.
Should be a lot of fun.

Boerne Christmas sketch NFS

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Finished Horses

It is a beautiful fall day here in Louisiana. It is
cool and crisp, and clear.
I finished these horses this afternoon. They were
fun to draw. I do a lot of animal portraits, and I
always enjoy doing them.
I am looking out the window onto the back porch
and patio. Our three young cats, Huey, Dewey,
and Louie, are sleeping on the picnic table. Their
fur is fluffed up because of the chill in the air.

I will be working on the poster for the Boerne
Christmas festival the rest of the weekend.

Finished Horses commission-sold 11 x 14

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Things to do...

I have several commission pieces to do
for clients for Christmas gifts. This is
one of a mare and colt. This is the second
drawing I have done of this horse for this
couple. They were pleased with the first
one, and this is a different colt, and they
wanted another drawing. This is just the
start...it will take me several nights to
finish it.


Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Christmas poster sketch 1

At the art show in San Antonio, I met a man that
was interested in me doing the Christmas poster
for the town of Boerne, TX. I met with him in
the quaint little town, took some photos, and am
in the process of completing some sketches for him.
This is one that I picture in layers featuring some
of the elements of the event.
You can find out more about their wonderful
extravaganza at www.ahillcountrychristmas.com
I will keep you posted on my progress.

Monday, October 8, 2007

On the road home again!

I have
finished the
show in San
Antonio; it
went well;
made some
sales and
some contacts,
saw some
family and
old friends....
it was good.
On the way over, I stopped at this fruit stand somewhere
near Brenham, Texas. They had a whole wagon of
pumpkins out front that caught my eye, so I stopped and
took some pictures. I did this painting while I was in
San Antonio.
I drove all the way home today...it's about an 8-9 hour
drive. The weather was beautiful, and the ride smooth.
Thanks to all the family and friends that came out and
supported me! I appreciate all the help from my brother
and sister-in-law...they were troupers.
It's good to be home.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Game Face

I got my booth all set up today,
with the help of my brother
(thank you Brian). The assembly
hall at La Villita will hold about
50 artists, and we were all busy
in there today, arranging and
re-arranging. The last time I
was in that building was for my
senior prom (I won't mention
the year!).
I am anticipating good sales, and
good crowds. Hope to see you

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

International collection

I am in San Antonio now, and I
painted on location down on the
river today. I painted a little
watercolor of the Arneson
River theatre, and a couple
from Australia watched me
paint, and then purchased it
when I was finished. So, I can
now say that my work in in
international collections...ha!

I did a couple of the Alamo, too,
and met people from Las Vegas,
Albequerque, and Minnesota.

More painting on location tomorrow.