Bottle and Apple; mixed media 13×9″

I am not sure quite how this method came about, but it started with a pastel-pencil drawing. I have a liking for glass objects and to begin with my idea had been to draw the bottle in pastel-pencil, using the harder Conte range. As the drawing progressed I had considered colouring the glass in pale […]

Experimenting with Watermedia: (2)

My next effort was on a small made-up picture of two pears; again on pale grey PastelMat card. The card was dampened and a yellow, salmon-pink and red-violet stick hatched over the surface in various places and allowed to spread. Once dried, I didn’t totally like the colour created so added orange as well. This […]

“Apple Trio”: pastel pencil 6×8 inches

This one is also over at SmallArtStuff; haven’t got much time for scanning this week, but I have just completed a nice little still life of dandelions that was actually started off with these same pastel pencils. That’ll be for the next post. The apple sketch was done in just over an hour, using all […]

“Pear on Plate”: pastel 8×11 inches

Local exhibition time approaches, a couple of months’ time, so I need to over-view my products from the past six to twelve months and decide what to frame up. Today’s pastel is a very simple one; just a pear on a plate. I had been tempted to add a spoon, or even a lump of […]

“Three Pears”: pastel on cheesecloth 8×8 inches

Minor ill-health these past few days leaves me somewhat lacking in interest. While casually trawling search engines for pastel articles, I found someone using cheesecloth as a ground for pastel-painting. There were other unusual materials as well, but with only enough energy to tackle one I picked this to try out. The cheesecloth fragment has […]

“Blue Jug”: oil 8×8 inches

Back now, after a rather washed-out holiday in southern Scotland. Sadly no painting of note done, due to very heavy rain, but hopefully some references to use in the future. “Blue Jug” was painted directly from the still-life set-up a few weeks ago, on Ampersand gessobord. Going to DailyPaintWorks shortly.

“Peared Off”: pastel 13×9 inches

This blog hasn’t got a “secure” padlock but the main website is now fully on https and all seems to be up and running, bar one or two pesky images that refuse to show up. They’ll be fixed in due course. Last week I was forced off any painting by family events, so a little […]

Bowl and Nectarine: watercolour 6×4 inches

I don’t often pull out the watercolours, but this year I am thinking of taking them away with me on day-trips during the main holiday period. As much as I like pastels, I have found it difficult to work satisfactorily out of a small day-sack with them. I have selected various fragments of colours to […]

Pears on Plate: pastel 8×8 inches

After last week’s brightly coloured apple on Uart paper, this week’s fruit is a little more sombre. It is also the first piece that I have worked on a hand-textured sheet of mountboard. The board was coated with a couple of layers of clear gesso, using a bristle brush. No grains of pumice or other […]