I obtained some more soft pastels over Christmas, as well as a 36 colour set of Mont Marte H2O watermixable oils. I’ve been practising with both mediums this past week – doing two versions of the same scene, one using soft pastel and the other with oils, to see how well I can get a … More Recycle Upcycle Refurbish – Pastel study
Available from my shop. This work is sold unframed, it has been set with a proprietary pastel fixative and is posted to you flat, protected with glassene and packed to avoid disturbance of the surface. It is signed.
I splashed out a while ago and bought a wonderful set of 12 Caran D’Ache pastel pencils, which are really lovely to use, I definitely want to buy more colours eventually. However, one of the biggest problems was I just couldn’t sharpen them properly. I tried using your standard metal pencil sharpener with the big … More Pastel pencils – sharpening
I found a local framer in Norwich who did a really great job with my large soft pastel painting of the Norway Fjord and it’s now on the wall: I is quite chuffed
At long last I’ve completed my fourth assignment for POP1 (Practise of Painting), I am now heading into the final stretch and the bit I’ve been most looking forward to, so whoopee doo for me hey!? I decided to do a large (the brief was for something about 90x60cm) soft pastels landscape (that was also … More Norway, fjord – coursework – soft pastels – large!
I love Wales! I go there as often as I can to visit my aunts and uncle, cousins and assorted hangers on. I’m not Welsh (at least I don’t think there is any Welsh in my immediate past) but I adore the place. This little sketch was inspired by a memory I have of walking … More Gnarled old trees – soft pastels
I took inspiration for this little study from an image I saw on the Internet, it’s not from my own source photos. I used Sennelier, Rembrandt and Art Discount soft pastels on Pastelmat for this one:
Another small painting done today, this time I used watercolours, soft pastels and tinted charcoal pencils for this study of a Red Kite, also available from my shop:
I’m really loving Pastelmat card/paper. Here’s a small painting I did yesterday but forgot to upload! This is also available at my shop: I used various soft pastels makes for this little painting but I do find that the Sennelier brand is becoming my favourite.
Quite some time ago I started working on a series of paintings relating to the South African landscape, for some reason I didn’t finish that work. I decided to go back to one of them over the weekend and this is the result, might still do a bit more tweaking (as always!). This area holds … More New mixed media
I’ve titled this one, ‘On her way’ – it is inspired by the devastating mental health struggles my youngest daughter is currently experiencing after the birth of her baby almost three months ago. These last few months have been extremely traumatic for all of us but last night, when I went to visit her with … More New painting – with back story.
Unboxing … Due to the nature of the extra soft Sennelier pastels, they were very finicky and tempermental, not robust like Rembrandt or the Art Spectrum brands that I use most of the time. HOWEVER, the colour is completely unrivalled – it is pure pigment and applied to underpaintings using other soft pastels, or on … More Sennelier Extra Soft pastels and Canson paper – first impressions.
I am so pleased, Jackson’s Art Supplies have published the post on their dedicated blog featuring my review of Art Spectrum soft pastels. Check it out here If you enjoyed the article, I’d appreciate it if you would give it a ‘like’ or ‘share’ it with your friends on Facebook or wherever else you join … More Art Spectrum Soft Pastels
I don’t know about you but I’m getting a bit sick and tired of grey skies. Here in South Norfolk we have the most gorgeous spring and summer colours – I’m dying to see powder blue skies, brilliant greens, oil seed flowering in the fields and daffodils … all the happy colours that make your … More New soft pastel work
“Trees Impression” 16″ x 12″ or 406mm x 305mm Soft pastels and inks on Daler Rowney acid free Ingres coloured paper; 98lb or 160g/m2
‘Trees and grasses’ 16″ x 12″ or 406mm x 305mm Soft pastels (Rembrandt, Reeves, Faber-Castell) on Daler Rowney acid free Ingres coloured paper; 98lb or 160g/m2 ‘Seascape and sunglow’ 16″ x 12″ or 406mm x 305mm Liquid acrylic Inks ; Soft pastels (Rembrandt, Reeves, Faber-Castell) on Daler Rowney acid free Ingres coloured paper; 98lb … More New soft pastels
“Reef” 14″ x 10″ (A3) unframed 297mm x 420mm Liquid acrylics (inks), Rembrandt soft pastels, Pebeo gold effect foil on 140lb acrylic paper (Daler Rowney system 3)
“Woodland Light” 14 ¼” x 10 ¼” Soft pastels on paper Footnote: I got hold of this with the Galeria gloss medium – the idea was to see if this medium would be compatible and protect the pastels better than a fixative spray. What seems to have happened is the tones have darkened – … More New soft pastel work
A few more soft pastel paintings … I’m now using Rembrandt materials, although some of these were done with the other pastels I already had. This is sold These are each about 11″ x 10″
Yep, changed the theme is … not sure if people like this design, please let me know if you think it’s irritating and I’ll revert back to the old theme! I did a painting with these chalky soft pastels that I received over Christmas of a Norfolk windmill with storm clouds looming in the background … More Grounds … and difference each one makes to finished pastel paintings.