Saturday, 26 May 2007


Trying new methods of portraiture. This one is a pastel on canson paper, which was painted over a charcoal sketch, a base to work from. I actually quite liked this way of painting a portrait!

Thursday, 17 May 2007

Snug as a Bug

What fun I am having with the canson paper....
This gorgeous little fella is so cute!!!
Charcoal and white pastel pencil for
the highlights.

Wednesday, 16 May 2007

My son Elijah

Here is my little cutie.
A pastel portrait on the smooth side of canson paper.
I used only two pastel pencils, white and indian red.
Using the white for the highlights, the grey
colour of the paper for the mid tones,
and the indian red for the two tones of shading.
My daughter , being a girl of course,
has been hounding me for her portrait!
So you can guess who is next on the easel!

Tuesday, 1 May 2007

Morning Autumn

I imagine she is missing the love of her life, maybe walking down the country track near her home, captivated by the morning sunlight as it starts to shine through the trees. This picture has had me thinking of many scenarios. A pastel on canson paper.I used the smooth side as I find it much better to render on than the other, which is actually the right side.


Artists are peculiar people! Never quite understood by many , unless of course they are an artist too!

It is a frequent desire to ex cape to a world of isolation where you exist with your easel and paint! and a beautiful scene to create....

Ok !!! I can dream if I like, and this painting is one of my dreams, a studio in a field somewhere tranquil and serene. I just need to blink my eyes and I am there in the grass painting. AND yes this is another pastel......