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 […]

“Autumn Poplars”: pastel 6×6″

I am attempting to use last week’s pastel sketch as the basis for a small oil painting, on oil paper; it’s under way, but at the moment too damp to photograph or scan. With solid grey skies and low light levels, there’s little incentive for doing much at all, but I strive to overcome this […]

Poinsettia

This will probably be my final post before Christmas. An interesting year, art-wise, with several quite different subject-matter pieces finding their way to new homes since March, including one overseas. Last week’s oil/wax experiment ended up with more colour on it, but not in quite the way I planned. In the process I also scraped […]

“Gourd with Flowers”: pastel 8×8 inches

With several works in progress all at the same time (and in different media) it can be tricky getting one to completion without being distracted by the others. Today’s pastel was, however, started one day and finished the next. I currently have three gourds in the house, courtesy of one of the local shops. I’ve […]

“Three Red Onions” pastel 8×6 inches

With plenty of red onions still around at home, I decided to continue the theme, this time taking the soft pastels to work with. I recently acquired a full set of Sennelier iridescent pastels and these onions offered a good opportunity to try a few of them out. The skins are pinkish-purple in general but […]

“Red Onions”: Conte pastel 8×9 inches

Having given the Neocolors a run, I’m now back with the Conte pastel pencils, trying them again with water-washes on white PastelMat card. A group of red onions has caught my attention and I’m exploring the colour-schemes in them. With a relatively limited range of colour in Conte pastel pencils (and I have all of […]

“Summer Vase”: pastel 14×10 inches

Here’s one more before the English Bank Holiday break. Again continuing with the hatched-lines underpainting using pastel-pencils. This one perhaps not quite so successful in respect of the underpainting, since the overall tone of the picture is somewhat darker than “Pewter Mug”. That latter was done on white Pastelmat card and I did the same […]