Chrysanthemums: coloured pencil 12×9 in.

It is quite a long time since I used coloured pencils. My tin of Faber Castell colours has been sitting idle for over two years. It is certainly not a fast medium; this small drawing took me several working sessions of over 2 hours each time, working from the potted plant. It was not a […]

Thistles: pastel 18×14″

This latest picture has taken me some time; around 25 hours over the past two and a bit weeks. It has been made with both Carbothello and Conte pastel-pencils, with the occasional input from some green Rembrandt pastel sticks. The thistle heads were made from a soft white pastel plus the slightly harder edges of […]

“Ivy and Seedheads”: coloured pencil 14×10 inches

I have a particularly time-consuming pastel-pencil work on the go at the moment so most of my time is being spent on that. It will be rather different from my usual pastel work, although not too much so; detailed but not botanical. Today’s image is a coloured pencil sketch of ivy with a few different […]

Japonica; watercolour 12×9 inches

I have been busy renewing my acquaintance with pencils and drawing in general. This has meant putting aside my usual tendency to hop about between pure experimenting and working on an actual image, in colour of some kind, either pastel or oils. This time of year is not good for live flowers unless you’ve got […]

Lighthouse, Portland Bill, England: aceo, watermedia.

Shaking off the Christmas couch-potato syndrome is a little easier when working a small painting; it’s focused, doesn’t take too long to prepare and gets the mind into a constructive phase. At present I’ve got two ACEO cards in progress, plus a sketched phase for a new floral pastel. Today’s image is ideal for an […]

Start Point, Devon: line and wash, 5×8 inches

Last year, I had planned to do more oils, but somehow very few worthy ones materialised. I get the strong feeling that my work is shrinking in size….except for the pastels, these remain around 8 to 10 inches square or slightly larger rectangles (dictated primarily by the fact that pastel-sticks are quite chunky). This shrinking […]

Galloway Lighthouse with Cloud; 2.5×3.5 inches

Continuing the small ACEO themes, using Hydrus watercolours and white gouache; this has long been a favourite view of the white lighthouse at The Rhins, Galloway. Painted on hot-pressed watercolour paper, 2.5 x 3.5 inches (9 x 6cm). It was incredibly windy when I stood there with camera and note-book, quite impossible to paint. I […]

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