Primula: coloured pencil 9×14″ approx

Huge distractions with this wretched coronavirus, the biggest con-trick next to climate change. I had planned to get this coloured pencil drawing finished days ago, but so many disruptions. AND….from here on….this blog will be VIRUS-FREE. No mention of it. There’s more than enough of it elsewhere. This picture is worked on 235gsm Daler drawing […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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