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 […]

“Wild Columbine”: watermedia 6×6 inches

I have no new pastels or oils to put online at this point in time. Having spent the past week getting work framed ready for exhibition, time to do new stuff hasn’t materialised. This week’s picture therefore is an “old” one….created a couple of years ago after reading an article by Ian Sidaway in which […]

Apple Group: neocolor 9×9 inches

As said last week, busy time now cuts into my painting-hours, so I’ve had to be content with a more mess-about few hours. This week’s piece is very simple; a “mess-about” few hours with neocolor 2 watersoluble pastels, worked on white Pastelmat card. I have also attempted to create some kind of still-frame video for […]

Experimenting with Watermedia: (2)

My next effort was on a small made-up picture of two pears; again on pale grey PastelMat card. The card was dampened and a yellow, salmon-pink and red-violet stick hatched over the surface in various places and allowed to spread. Once dried, I didn’t totally like the colour created so added orange as well. This […]

Experimenting with Watermedia (1)

In my art-drawer I have a number of media that have hardly been used. They were purchased at the time with firm intentions to test them out and include them in my paintings….but as is the way of things, time was taken up with other demands and testing never happened in earnest. During this busy […]

Rudbeckias: pastel pencil 7×14 inches

A Slightly different format today. A while ago I used my sets of pastel-pencils to create a starter-drawing for a dandelion painting; Casual Gold (further back in the posts). Over the weekend I got them out again to complete this piece “Rudbeckias”. I spent an hour or so outdoors, along with the wasps, making some […]

“Apple Trio”: pastel pencil 6×8 inches

This one is also over at SmallArtStuff; haven’t got much time for scanning this week, but I have just completed a nice little still life of dandelions that was actually started off with these same pastel pencils. That’ll be for the next post. The apple sketch was done in just over an hour, using all […]

“Foundry Wheels”; scratchboard 8×8 inches

Here’s something quite different. For a very long time I have wished to have a go at producing a scraper-board image (called scratchboard in USA). At first thought, one might feel that there is no link between this and painting, but actually there is…..and it’s about tonal values. There’s also a link between it and […]

Bowl and Nectarine: watercolour 6×4 inches

I don’t often pull out the watercolours, but this year I am thinking of taking them away with me on day-trips during the main holiday period. As much as I like pastels, I have found it difficult to work satisfactorily out of a small day-sack with them. I have selected various fragments of colours to […]