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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Old Glass: watercolour 7×10″

Several small experimental things in progress right now, nothing really finished; this week has not been particularly productive. A watercolour with some reasonable promise had to be abandoned due to the fact that I chose the wrong side of the paper (again) and couldn’t spread the paint effectively. There are weeks like this, now and […]

“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 […]

“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 […]

“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 […]

“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 […]