Mimi Herbert’s work is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Amerian Art Museum, The Smithsonian Renwick Gallery, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History...
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Puppet Masters



"Dev Reading"

I slogged away for ten days on a terrible drawing---beating a dead horse-----sooo depressing.  I covered it up and put it away--couldn't bear to trash it---yet.

Next morning I returned to the studio and in twenty minutes did this drawing.  Could I have done it so easily without all that pain before--doubt it."Dev Reading" 9" x 12" pastel



"When the Phone Rings"

I worked on a pastel painting for several hours. Finally, it was finished. I was satisfied. The model took a short break and then began the same pose again. Tired, I was tempted to call it a day but I put another sheet on my easel.  

I heard the timer ring signifying the end of the pose.  How long had I been drawing--ten minutes, twenty minutes.  I had no idea. (See below: "Jessica Reclining # 2).

When is a painting or drawing finished?  Robert D'Arista answered the question.  "When the phone rings".



New Zealand Cow Drawings 2012


  • I was able to get up close to these calves on my sister and brother-in-law's farm in Northland N.Z. 
    • N.Z. Cow Drawing #1, 2012, 15" x 11" 

    N.Z. Cow Drawing #7 15" x 11 1/4"

    N.Z. Cow Drawing #4, 2012, 15" x 11 1/8"


     N.Z. Cow Drawing #10, 2012, 10" x 11 1'4"