Sunday, 28 March 2010

Blue shutters

....and another 12x18cm oil on canvas. I did this on a very dark background and let it dry overnight. I think I prefer working from dark to light in oil. I am getting better at painting more loosely and this one only took about 30 minutes. From a photo I took on a camping holiday in France about 3 years ago. Must dig out some more, they would make a good series.

Lady in pink

Another 12x18cm oil on canvas practise piece.

Saturday, 27 March 2010

Lady in orange

This is a little fun one done off the cuff, no reference photo. A bathing beauty with her striped bag and bottle of sun tan lotion sat on the promenade. A nice practise piece with oils and I am gradually getting to know them but not sure I will love them as much as coloured pencil. Size 12x18cm, oil on canvas. Can't think of a suitable title at the moment.

Monday, 22 March 2010

New Website

Today it is raining in Somerset and there is a cold wind blowing through the cracks so I have hunkered down by the fire with my laptop and updated my website . A necessary evil especially as someone pointed out this morning I had a glaring error on the old one. I used the new wizard that comes with my BT provider, much better than the old one but still not something I find easy to use. Oh how I wish I could afford to have it done professionally. I'm sure there will be some tweaking necessary but at least it will be easier to add new pictures.

Monday, 15 March 2010

Cat workshop

Today I have been working on this cat for a coloured pencil workshop at the Wells Adult Education Centre in May. I had to take some short cuts as it is only a day workshop. This took me 3 hours including making notes on the way so I am hoping everyone will get it finished in 5 hours. The size is 18x15cm on dark grey Pastelmat. I have used Derwent Coloursoft pencils as these are the ones the students will be using.

Wednesday, 10 March 2010


Size 14x18cm Derwent WC pencils for the washes and Polychromos for the detail, on Fabriano Classico. I have given this a loose watercolour look.