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 […]

Polyanthus: watermedia, 14×11″

Slowly, spring flowers are appearing. I pushed things on a bit by visiting the local garden centre and bringing some home. This week’s painting is unusual, in that it is primarily watermedia, something I haven’t worked with very much. In addition, it isn’t on watercolour paper but white Pastel-Mat card. Water washes behave in a […]

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 […]

“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 […]

“Hydrangea Woods”: oil 12×10 inches

Finally back to doing some constructive work, although not without various interruptions during the day. There are real disadvantages to working from home, too many distractions such as uncleaned floors and junk-piles to sort. It has become quite a mental battle to forcefully shoe-horn artwork into the day. However there are a couple of things […]

“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 […]

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 […]

“Pewter Mug and Daisies” pastel 14×10 approx

Trying to get back to pastelling after several weeks “downtime”. This piece was started last month but put aside due to other interruptions. The pewter mug was set up again and this time I completed the reflections and got the daisies in within a couple of hours. The technique is a somewhat scribbly-hatchy one, adopted […]