Daffodils: watercolour 14×10″

Daffodils present the painter with a few headaches, with regard to composition. They are tall plants, bearing their flowers right up on top and almost above the leaves. This creates many tall and somewhat thin compositions! Our options are varied, however; one is to actually create a tall and narrow picture; another is to concentrate […]

Orchids: pastel 18×14″

(Posted Sunday afternoon instead of my usual Monday). This past week I’ve managed to get quite a bit done, if not totally finished. Today’s picture has been in progress since early March. These orchids are quite pale in bright light but have a depth of pinkish-mauve to them and provided a bit of a challenge […]

Welsh Summertime: oils 8×8″

These are mountains near Portmadoc, North Wales, seen not far from the Welsh Highland railway line. I had hoped to do the painting on some oil-paper but discovered I had run out, so had to go to Plan B. I had a battle with this painting, which is on a canvasboard. The clouds painted up […]

Stormcloud; watercolour 13×9″

My plans at the beginning of the year included doing more pastels. That plan seems to have melted away, as my experimenting phase continues. But it will come back at some point. For now, I am carrying on with exploring media that I have had lying around untouched for some long while. Eventually some of […]

Clouds and Sea; watercolour 11×8″

A new floral pastel is just coming to the finishing stage and I hope to get that on the blog next time, or the post afterwards. Meanwhile, I have been dabbling around with watercolour, to see whether the medium might be worth my while progressing further with. This week’s picture is just a simple play […]

Bottle and Apple; mixed media 13×9″

I am not sure quite how this method came about, but it started with a pastel-pencil drawing. I have a liking for glass objects and to begin with my idea had been to draw the bottle in pastel-pencil, using the harder Conte range. As the drawing progressed I had considered colouring the glass in pale […]

Old Glass: watercolour 7×10″

Several small experimental things in progress right now, nothing really finished; this week has not been particularly productive. A watercolour with some reasonable promise had to be abandoned due to the fact that I chose the wrong side of the paper (again) and couldn’t spread the paint effectively. There are weeks like this, now and […]

Cloud study: oil 8×8″

Last week, I didn’t get a huge amount of work completed, but at least this little one in oils is almost there so selected it for the week. I am gradually using up my canvas-board stocks. I’ve decided to move on to smooth surfaces such as oil-paper (Arches) or Ampersand gessobord simply because I no […]

Polyanthus: watermedia, 14×11″

Slowly, spring flowers are appearing. I pushed things on a bit by visiting the local garden centre and bringing some home. This week’s painting is unusual, in that it is primarily watermedia, something I haven’t worked with very much. In addition, it isn’t on watercolour paper but white Pastel-Mat card. Water washes behave in a […]