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 […]

Blue Jar with Flowers

I’ve held off posting this one because it had been lined up for an exhibition and I still don’t know whether it has “got in” or not. However, with pouring rain preventing me from taking photos of newer work, I’ve decided to put it up. The approach to this picture was based almost all on […]

Anemones: pastel 19×13″

While my oil paintings are drying at various stages of completion, I return to pastels and divert my energy into making whatever improvements I can in using that medium. This anemone picture was worked over several two-hour sessions and is possibly one of the biggest I’ve ever attempted. It was not initially intended to be […]

Rustic Gold: pastel 13×16″

Pastel work has been slow this year. I like to try and find some floral themes, but have been unable for some reason to settle on anything. Earlier this year (January) I completed “Catching the Light”, and have done very little since then, bar “Pink Orchids” (March) which was worked directly from a plant that […]

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 […]