Lighthouse, Portland Bill, England: aceo, watermedia.

Shaking off the Christmas couch-potato syndrome is a little easier when working a small painting; it’s focused, doesn’t take too long to prepare and gets the mind into a constructive phase. At present I’ve got two ACEO cards in progress, plus a sketched phase for a new floral pastel. Today’s image is ideal for an […]

Start Point, Devon: line and wash, 5×8 inches

Last year, I had planned to do more oils, but somehow very few worthy ones materialised. I get the strong feeling that my work is shrinking in size….except for the pastels, these remain around 8 to 10 inches square or slightly larger rectangles (dictated primarily by the fact that pastel-sticks are quite chunky). This shrinking […]

Square Dance; pastel 6×6 inches

First and foremost, a notification that my main static website will be having a face-lift very soon; before the end of this year and quite likely not long after this blog post has been activated. See the end of this post for more details. I did this for a bit of leisure, as opposed to […]

Gathering Clouds: watermedia, 3.5×2.5 inches

I am not in a frame of mind for producing larger pastel pictures right now. With just a couple of weeks to go before Christmas I am running out of time to give to preparing sketches for new ideas. So, with a few blank templates still available in my “cut-up paper and board” drawer, I’m […]

Clouds at Severn Beach: watermedia 3.5 x 2.5 inches

A small painting on spare mountcard, cut to ACEO size of 3.5 x 2.5 inches (I’ll leave you to convert that to centimetres). I did it primarily to find out whether it would work as a larger oil painting and can now decide whether or not to go forward with it. The view looks across […]

Onion; watermedia 10×8″

I finished this a couple of weeks ago, having started it in early June and then worked on it in short spells during the hot weather. It developed from a small biro drawing and a photo of the onion-head. These things look relatively simple but I wanted to do more with the details. In the […]

Stormcloud; watercolour 13×9″

My plans at the beginning of the year included doing more pastels. That plan seems to have melted away, as my experimenting phase continues. But it will come back at some point. For now, I am carrying on with exploring media that I have had lying around untouched for some long while. Eventually some of […]

Clouds and Sea; watercolour 11×8″

A new floral pastel is just coming to the finishing stage and I hope to get that on the blog next time, or the post afterwards. Meanwhile, I have been dabbling around with watercolour, to see whether the medium might be worth my while progressing further with. This week’s picture is just a simple play […]

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 […]

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