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What’s New?


by David Roelofs  4/20/18

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve posted, so I thought I’d take a few minutes to catch everybody up.  First of all, I’d like to welcome all of my new followers!  Thanks for following, and I hope you find something of interest.

As you may know, I work in several mediums; pyrography, pen and ink, graphite, charcoal, airbrush and water colors, but what you may not know, is that I’ve recently began experimenting with pastels. I purchased a set of soft pastels (sticks) and a set of pastel pencils for detail work.

I’ve been experimenting with toned and textured papers, looking for what works best for my type of work.  I definitely like the toned papers, both gray and tan, however these papers are smooth, and quickly lose their tooth as it fills with medium.  Textured paper on the other hand, can hold much more medium as it resembles very fine sand paper, and thus allows for the addition of many more layers of medium well after the smooth papers fail.  Textured paper is available at a cost, but I have experimented with making my own by utilizing Gesso and pumice dust,  The Gesso is thinned with water and the pumice is thoroughly mixed in and applied with a roller.  This worked well, but I found it to be a bit coarse.  Using Gesso alone produced a satisfactory texture, but more experimentation will be required.

Well, that’s about all for now.  I’ll try to post a bit more often as time permits.

Here are my latest pastel artworks:



“Finnegan” is one of my recent commissions.  He is done in graphite. Fortunately, I had a good reference photo to work from; the light was perfect and required very little correction.  The client was very pleased with the result.

I have been yearning to do more animals, lately.  They hold a lot of interest for lots of people. Do you have a favorite pet that you’d like a portrait of?  Contact Me for info.

“The Grumpy Kid”



by David Roelofs 9/13/17

We went to The Dutchess County Fair a few weeks ago, and I snapped a picture of this kid near one of the food booths. I don’t think he was particularly mad about anything; he just looked like a cute little kid eating a snack, but just as I snapped the picture his expression changed.  I don’t know if he just didn’t like to have his picture taken or what, but he does look pissed!

I did this one with the airbrush.  I did it more for practice than anything else, but I really could not resist his expression.  It was one of those “lucky” shots.

So… What’s next?  I have a few ideas for upcoming artwork, but if you have any ideas as to what you might like to see, i.e., celebrities, animals, etc, please let me know in the comments below, and thanks for checking out my blog.

Bethlehem Fair Results


by David Roelofs 9/10/17

Winner-1I entered my three portraits into the Bethlehem Fair this past weekend.  After my sweeping success last weekend at Goshen, I was pretty confident of this week’s results.  Read about it (here).

Paris Street Pilot got the Best of Show this time, and a surprising People’s Choice Award.  Migrant Mother got another blue ribbon, while Braveheart received a second place.  This one got a blue ribbon last week, which just goes to show how different judges have different tastes.  It also depends on a different group of entries from one fair to another.














Well, I’ve got one more fair that I’m entering this year.  That will be the Harwinton Fair in Harwinton, Connecticut.  This happens in the beginning of October.  I’ll probably enter the same three pictures, however, I’m just finishing up a portrait of a “Grumpy Little Kid”; perhaps I’ll enter him just to see what happens.  Look for a post on this new portrait in the next few days.  Please follow this blog to receive notifications of future postings.

We Did It! Featured

4 Blue Ribbons!



Jack Polak

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Well, it’s fair season again, and I gathered up some of my best work from this past year and entered my first fair of 2017, this past weekend; the Goshen Fair in Goshen, Connecticut.  Pictured here are my four entries.  They all received blue ribbons, but I was quite surprised to see “The Best of Show” Rosette on the “Jack Polak” pen and ink portrait.  If anything, I would  have expected it on “The Paris Street Pilot”; a much more detailed portrait than the former.  In fact, I almost didn’t enter the Polak portrait!

There is an interesting story behind Jack Polak. He and his estranged wife were both imprisoned in a Nazi death camp during WWII, and while there, Jack befriended a young woman named Ina Soep, and fell in love with her.  They maintained contact through little notes, hastily scribbled on slips of paper.  Oddly enough, Jack’s wife was completely aware of the affair, and condoned it.  Jack and his wife divorced after the war and he and Ina were finally married and remained together thereafter.  They even made a movie about their story called, “Steal a Pencil for Me”.


Paris Street Pilot

“The Paris Street Pilot” was done in graphite, and a fun portrait to do.  He has such an interesting face that shows so much character.  At first glance, he appears to be an elderly aviator,  but upon closer examination, you can see that he’s not a pilot at all; but rather a “street pilot”, or more appropriately, a hippy biker.  I did another version of him a few years ago; also in graphite.

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Migrant Mother

Next, is another one done in Graphite.  I felt moved to do this sketch of the “Migrant Mother” from the famous depression era photo by Dorothea Lange.  The woman’s name was Florence Owens Thompson.  When the photo was taken, she explained that she had just sold the tires from her car to buy food.  They had been living on frozen vegetables found in the fields, and birds that the children had killed.  This photo among others, helped to bring the plight of the migrant farm workers during the Great Depression to the attention of the United States Government.




“Braveheart” was a little different. This one was a pyrography piece, (wood burning).  I burned the image onto thin plywood, and even the mat was made of wood.  An ornate frame completes the package.  This one took me about two months to complete, as pyrography take much longer than pencils or painting.

Braveheart depicts William Wallace, national hero of Scotland, made famous, recently in a film by the same name, starring Mel Gibson.


What’s Next?

Next weekend is The Bethlehem Fair in Bethlehem, Connecticut.  They only permit 3 entries per exhibitor, so one of these will need to be omitted.  I think I’ll leave “Jack” home, this time.  He’s had his 15 minutes of fame.  Let’s see how the others do this time.  Stay tuned next week to see how we do in Bethlehem.

Gallery of My Artwork

Below, is a listing of most of my artwork from the past year. Although some have been sold and are unavailable for sale, I present them here as a showcase of what I can offer you on a commission basis. Prices available on request. Please see the availability of each item in their descriptions. As time permits, I will gradually get each item into my store. If you see something that you like, but don’t see it in the store, just contact me for details. I accept commissions for portraits of family or pets. Looking for something else? Just ask.

My Latest Artwork Featured

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here, even though I have added quite a few new pieces of art to my collection.  So, I’ve decided to post photos of all my recent artwork.  Everything is for sale, so if you see  something you like, and don’t see it in my store, just contact me for details.


Visit My Gallery (Click Here)

A Blue Ribbon Winner!

Hey! Hey! Hey! We did it! I entered 3 pix in a local fair and got a blue on my pen and ink “Steam Tractor”! 1 out of 3… Hmmm… I guess I’ll have to try harder next year. 😊 

I really had my hopes up for “Consolation”, but no dice.   

My latest piece,”Chicken Staredown” didn’t fare any better.  

  I had my doubts about that one, but since it had a chicken in it, I thought it had a chance as it had somewhat of a fair theme to it. Tough judges. 😊  Anyway, I didn’t walk away empty-handed.  

I still have one more local fair to try, and that’s in October.  I’ve got an ace up my sleeve for that one:

“The Old Fisherman”

I should have entered him in this fair and I bet he would have done well.  We’ll see how he does in October. 

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