Earth pigment series

I have started a collection of pieces that I am doing now mainly utilising earth pigments. These are small works – some on canvas panels and others on Atlantis 400gsm paper. I have also used encaustic waxes on one of the pieces. It is fascinating using these earth pigments, especially when I am able to grind and process them myself. The experience is visceral and there is a primordial connection when I touch the pigment with my fingers.

Initially, I used finely processed earth pigments from Cornwall and Devon such as Peppercombe Red (280 million years old), Fremington Yellow (40,000 years old) and Fremington Grey (350 million years old)

I then obtained some raw pigments to get a feel for processing them myself:

Below is a tiny test panel where I ground some of the raw pigment myself and used various binders. From top down: Leswidden white, Trevallas green, Gunwalloe gold, Meeth white, Perranuthanoe ochre, Leswidden white, Bideford black

Raw pigment test on tiny canvas

These are some of the pieces that I have created so far:

‘Come with me … to the sea’

‘Come with me … to the sea’ Earth pigments, acrylics and inks on canvas panel. 20x20cm square

‘Take me to the River’

‘Take me to the River’ Tissue collage, Earth pigments, acrylics and inks on Atlantis 400gsm paper

‘Last walk around Mirror Lake’

‘Last walk around Mirror Lake’ Collage, Earth pigments, acrylics, inks and beeswax/ encaustic paints on Atlantis 400gsm paper 29x20cm (however this is now framed and is 45x33cm in the frame)

‘Winter Thaw’

‘Winter thaw’ Earth pigments, acrylics on Atlantis 400 gsm paper 20x14cm

If anyone is interested in purchasing one of these items, or would like a commission, please contact me.

Own research – eARTh pigments

I follow Pete Ward on IG and recently ordered some of his own hand foraged/processed and packaged earth pigments from the Cornwall area where he lives. I chose Peppercombe Red, Fremington Grey and Fremington Yellow Ochre. Pete very kindly added Fremington Burnt Umber at no extra cost .. so I could play☺️

I decided to do some very basic quick tests. I don’t have Gum Arabic, so just used water to make the watercolour paint and then did a strip where I dropped some isopropyl alcohol onto it. I also used Pebeo Binder and finally Galleria structure gel, which is not dry in the photos, so I’m keen to see what it looks like dry. Here are some pics of the experiments

I ground the yellow ochre pigment a little onto my glass mixing plate with the back of a spoon, which did make it quite fine but to be honest I prefer it in the state I received it. The grittiness makes it a more primordial experience!

I did a very small study on Atlantis 400gsm paper adding some white and black acrylic.

‘Winter thaw’. Earth pigments and acrylics on Atlantis 400gsm watercolour paper.

I love the natural texture and colours. I will be doing more work with these pigments on canvas.

Delivered

I took this piece round to its new owner today and it’s already up on the wall! He’s really pleased with it (and so am I) .. I think it’s happy and serene, hopeful and peaceful.

Look up

Frozen

Been trying out some ideas on various papers recently, mainly using watercolour brush pens out in our local woodland (towards coursework)

T wood – en plein air

It was really cold and windy on the day I chose to go into our woods. So yesterday I decided to stay inside and use oils, which I haven’t played with for ages but the ice seemed to come into this painting, despite all those hot colours.

Untitled. Cobra was oils on Arches paper +-A4

Today I tried something else:

Untitled- Cobra ws oils on Arches paper.

And again, the ice was there again … I think this is a subconscious response I’m working through, to what I saw in this:

Version 3 -‘Evening storm …’

I had another go at one of my favourite scenes .. evening storm over fields (from one of my photos). I’ve done this in soft pastels, oils and now trying out the @Chromatek watercolour brush pens that I got yesterday

These brush pens are great value for money, the set is well packaged and contains a wide spectrum of colours. The set also includes 3 blending water brushes, which was great for me because my old one has had it. The set comes with a good quality water colour paper pad and links to instructional videos, for those who are rusty with watercolours (like me) .

‘Evening Storm over the fields’ Watercolour and ink

It is teensy weensy ..
13.5×19.5cm

Evening storm … Revisited

I was rummaging through my stuff today and rediscovered this oil version of a soft pastel painting I did a while back. This is A2 on paper .. I’m looking at doing a print of this, anyone interested?

Email me please ☺️

‘Evening Storm over the fields’ Oil on paper A2 (original)

Sunlit Autumn Stream

I ordered some Sennelier Pastel Card and it arrived today.

It is very different to Clairefontaine Pastelmat, which has the texture of velvet. This Sennelier card is like a fine grit sandpaper, which has both disadvantages and advantages. It holds A LOT of pastel but because it is so rough, tends to make the pastels crumble, something I’ve never experienced with Pastelmat.

Anycase, for my test piece I did this:

Sunlit Autumn Stream
Sennelier soft pastels on Pastel Card , Caran D’Ache pastel pencils

I used the dark green toned Pastel Card and it is 24x32cm or 9.5 x 12.5 inches

Something in the woods

Found a scrap of Pastelmat, so of course had to do something ‘woodsy’ to it …

The set up
Getting there
‘Shelter’ soft pastels on Pastelmat 24x9cm

I really like trying chiaroscuro effects with pastels. This is not as loose as my other woodsy pieces – maybe ‘cos I was working on such a small piece of Pastelmat and that tends to make me fiddle about. Anyway it was fun to do.

Source image is a still from this video :

Mixed bag of goodies

Been dabbling with new art supplies (Santa was very kind🎅😁)

Acrylic pours

‘Sea of Dreams’ 25x25cm on MDF canvas panel
‘Insomnia’ 20x20cm on MDF canvas panel

pastel

I received some Unison soft pastels over Christmas, so tried them out with the Sennelier and Rembrandt ones, as well as handmade pastels from Cumbria

‘Edge of Tyrells Wood looking towards fields -December 2021’
30x20cm Soft pastels on Pastelmat

Cheers!

Forest

‘Forest’ Soft pastels and ink on Pastelmat
23x23cm

Hope everyone who pops by here during this Silly Season has a phenomenal Christmas and all the very best for 2022!🎄☃️🎁💖🥂🎅

Autumn

Nothing Gold Can Stay

BY ROBERT FROST

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

A response in soft pastel:

I’m possibly going to start changing aspects of my art in coming months as I embark on Level 2 of my degree study. I anticipate a lot of experimentation and deviating from my usual style .. so apologies in advance if some of the things I post on here seem to be at odds with who I am.

Enjoy the wonderful colours of autumn (in your area) 😘

Shelter in the woods

For some time now I’ve been following a guy on YouTube who makes bushcraft videos. He’s based in Turkey. There is no annoying commentary, special effects or music … Just him and his Belgian Malinois trekking out into the forest (or other wilderness areas). It’s so therapeutic watching his videos and has been inspiration for many of my woodland soft pastel paintings. This is a new one:

‘Shelter in the Woods’ soft pastel on Pastelmat 27x20cm

I took a screenshot from his video to use as my reference photo. You can find the video here:

Enjoy!

Soft pastel art

A few new pieces (various sizes – all on Pastelmat)

Smockmill Common Tree Study 19x22cm
Last Poppy 30x45cm

New large Soft Pastel

I have been a bit quiet posting on here lately. It’s not that I’ve done no work, just lazy double posting, as I put a lot of stuff on my Instagram these days.

I have just finished this one:

‘Early autumn woodland stream’

This is on recycled stretched canvas, which I covered with organza, then primed and worked on the painting with charcoal, inks, iso alcohol and soft pastels. It is 3’x4’x1.5″ deep or 100x120x4cm.

Here is a pic of it hanging:

This is a gallery of photos taken whilst I was making it.

Framed!

Received my custom made frame today:

Very pleased with it. It’s available for sale, ready to hang. If interested please email me: lucretia610@gmail.com

Update

I seem to put images and info of new art on Instagram these days and then forget to post here! Sorry🤪

These are some images of latest work:

I also sold this ink monotype piece yesterday 🥰👏😁:

Seascape

Monotype Notecards

i have at last received labels for the backs of my cards, which were professionally printed in the Netherlands.

I am building up a varied range of designs and colour combinations. Coming soon … Watch this space for details of where to buy!

Monotype landscapes

these were all made using a gel plate, many layers of acrylic paint, plants .. on Japanese paper. Each is about A4

The Creek
A walk on the wild side
A bright day

Monotype Notecards

Trying out monotype techniques on Japanese paper..quite liking the effects. I sell these original notecards ..