“Rosy Stars”: pastel 14×13 inches approx

This second week of January has been manic. So much so that I’ve had barely time to pick up a pencil, let alone do any drawing with it. So this post’s painting is a little more sketchy than usual and rather unfinished in places. Not only that, but I’ve had to wait a number of […]

“Marmalade”: pastel 19×13 inches

This year’s garden rudbeckias unfortunately didn’t include the ones with chocolate brown markings….all the plants struggled in the chilly start to the year and failed to thrive. However, this type called Marmalade was much more successful and has produced a good show. Here are five that broke off in strong winds. They were rescued and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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