Monday, 31 August 2009

Thursday, 27 August 2009


I have had a day of playing with colour pencil techniques and came up with this one. I have used Derwent Inktense wet and Polychromos dry. Size 8x20cm. Flowers are not something I would normally consider painting because I tend to think of botanical work which is not my style but I feel I have captured the essence of daisies on a sunny day.

Monday, 24 August 2009

UKCPS International Exhibition

I have just been informed that these 3 pictures have been accepted in the UKCPS Exhibition this year. I only got one in last year so must be improving. It is being held at the The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists 4 Brook Street, Birmingham, B3 1SA from Monday 21st September to Saturday 3rd October.

Saturday, 15 August 2009

Ol' Blue Eyes

I felt like a change of direction today so got out my pastel pencils and sanded paper (first time for this combination) and produced this pussycat in about 4 hours. So much quicker than colour pencils. I had reservations about half way through as the fur looked course but I kept going and smudged a bit and it finally came together. Size is 30x23cm and the photo has taken some of the warmth out of the colour.

Friday, 14 August 2009

The Parade

The tallest character is only 3cm high and I thought it would make a nice greetings card. Very fiddly and I need a lot more practise but the ideas are flowing.

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Sharing the Load

I have had an 'art play day' today. I started with getting everything ready for the next exhibition in Somerton, this always takes longer than I envisage. Handing in day is next Monday so I am well in advance. I have been getting ideas together for some silouhettes, trying different techniques in colour pencil and finally produced this little drawing on black stonehenge paper 14x14cm. It took about 20 minutes so nothing like the detail I normally do but quite effective and suitable for a card.

Friday, 7 August 2009


This was a fun one to do and is quite small, 12x18cm so didn't take too long especially as I didn't have to be too exact. This picture was inspired by a photo I took in Bratislava. I liked the white rag blowing in the window against the blue sky.

Thursday, 6 August 2009


I have been asked to produce some pictures with step-by-step instuctions for the UKCPS to sell on their stall at Art Materials Live, NEC, Birmingham from 5-8 November to raise much needed funds. I have targetted absolute beginners to coloured pencil and hope these pictures will inspire some to have a go. The step by step packs should be available for purchase from the UKCPS in the next couple of months.
'My Red Shoes' is a new idea and 'My Teddy' is inspired by a pen and wash I did a few months ago. I used Faber Castel Polychromos on Fabriano Classico. The little girl sits about 13cm high and the boy 17cm so they will both fit nicely on an A4 sheet.