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 […]

Square Dance; pastel 6×6 inches

First and foremost, a notification that my main static website will be having a face-lift very soon; before the end of this year and quite likely not long after this blog post has been activated. See the end of this post for more details. I did this for a bit of leisure, as opposed to […]

Clouds at Severn Beach: watermedia 3.5 x 2.5 inches

A small painting on spare mountcard, cut to ACEO size of 3.5 x 2.5 inches (I’ll leave you to convert that to centimetres). I did it primarily to find out whether it would work as a larger oil painting and can now decide whether or not to go forward with it. The view looks across […]

Hydrangea (sketch); 8×6 inches approx.

Currently trying to get my larger recent pastel outdoors to photograph, but it’s now raining for a few days so will have to wait. Meanwhile, here’s a small sketch in pastel-pencil of a faded hydrangea bloom. The shrub I have produces delicate off-white flowers, with touches of green and blue in the early stages of […]

Onion; watermedia 10×8″

I finished this a couple of weeks ago, having started it in early June and then worked on it in short spells during the hot weather. It developed from a small biro drawing and a photo of the onion-head. These things look relatively simple but I wanted to do more with the details. In the […]

Little Gems: acrylic 12×5″

Update August 1st; this little picture won itself a place in the listings on LightSpaceTime.com, in the special recognition category of Botanicals 2019. The whole exhibition is viewable at their YouTube channel, LightSpaceTime.com. The British weather continues to be sultry and stuffily hot; younger folk probably don’t mind but us old ‘uns find it a […]

Seedheads: ink, 11×9″ approx

My work room has a small invasion of bees, so I have stopped any further oil painting for the time being. I’ve moved my pastels and some drawing materials to another room; with the intention of bringing back a style of work that I used to do, similar to “Gerbera” from a recent post. Today’s […]

Gerbera: inks, 11×8″

I’m posting something from my hoard of old drawings and unfinished work. Every so often I pull out old pieces of card and paper that have been worked on; in pencil, pastel, watermedia. Many were never framed or exhibited simply because I felt they were too incomplete or simply not up to standard. However, sometimes […]

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 […]

Ox-Eye Daisies: Neocolor2 11×8″

With so much emphasis today on acrylics and oils, it’s easy to forget that the artist actually has a whole spread of different media available for picture-making. For various reasons, some of these media don’t seem to get a look-in. I can only assume that they are perceived as child’s tools or lacking in some […]

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