“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 […]

“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 […]

“Lime Marmalade”: oil 8×8 inches

After the rush of paintings earlier in the year, I have been unable to settle to finish anything much. However this one is now done. Oils are especially useful to portray juicy glistening materials such as jellies and marmalades. The colour scheme for this picture was kept primarily in the pale yellows/acid greens sector, balanced […]

“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 […]

“Forgotten Treasures”: pastel 11×9 inches

This is an experimental piece, following on from “Peared Off”, which was worked by starting the painting in lots of cross-hatched strokes. It is a method shown in Bill Creevy’s excellent Pastel Book, although of course he does it far better than I can! The base is mountboard, textured with Art Spectrum clear pastel primer. […]