Sunday, 29 November 2009


This week I had a new delivery of Pastelmat in various colours and unfortunately the surface of the sheet of Anthracite is a bit suspect. It wasn't until after I cut it that I realised there was a distinct line across it, some strange shading on the reverse and the surface seemed much coarser than the other colours. Anyway having cut it and still in an experimental mode I decided to give it a try. I'm not totally happy with the owl probably because birds are not really my subject, and I may still do some more tweaking. The size is 25x25cm and I used various makes of pencil from the softest to the very hardest and even used some heat from an iron on the reverse to melt the wax in the lightest areas. This caused some cockling so I then had to glue it to a piece of mount board. I have been more impressionistic with the feathers than I would normally do but maybe it will grow on me.

Monday, 23 November 2009

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Experimenting with different styles

Two small pictures one very loose and painterly and the other
sharp and full of contrast. Both coloured pencil, the trees are on dark grey pastelmat using Prismacolor and the machinery is Polydraw using Polychromos.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

End of the lull

I can't believe it is so long since I posted to my blog. I have been so busy with the last of the exhibitions, still have 4 pictures in at the RWA Friends, and besides that we have had a new central heating system installed and still have all the other bits to do to finish off. It has been a hard process getting back into painting again. I have had so many false starts, nothing worth showing and last week I started several different projects that may come to something or not but here is the first picture completed since the last post blog and I am really pleased with it so hopefully the dry period is over. I was inspired by a picture of a cat that Margaret Edwards was demonstrating at the NEC Art Materials Live show. I found a suitable royalty free reference photo on Wet Canvas (a big thank you to the photographer) and have been working on this over the last few days. I have used Prismacolor on dk grey Pastelmat size 36x28cm.