Saturday, 28 September 2013

Pot with Garlics

I have painted this little pot on numerous occasions, the size and shape and colour appeal to me and the whicker handle made it a 'must have' when I spied it on ebay. It has found an appreciative home:)

Friday, 27 September 2013

Oil sketch of Joey

This was my effort at the scout hut this week, it was painted in one session of just over two hours. I would like to do more with Joey, she is one of those models who has that certain something the more you look... I am hoping she will sit for me in my studio where I can set the pose and be in control of the lighting and not have to use a monocular to see her features:)

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Life sketch of Radka

This life sketch of Radka was painted in one sitting of approx two and a half hours. It helps to have a time constaint to loosen everything up:)

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Citrus with glass jar

This pastel was a demo piece that I did for Wymondham art group. The jar is like an old friend and I love painting it. As I had some very accomplished pastellists in the audience and a projector recording every mark I thought I had better choose something that would not let me down:)

Friday, 20 September 2013


I'm not sure if I will add to this or not. I have just got to live with it for a bit while I decide how best to proceed.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Oil sketch of Rachel

This oil sketch of Rachel was painted from life in approx two hours. It was the first time Rachel had ever sat for a group and she sat incredibly still; it could not have been easy having a large group crowd around and scrutinize you (some of us through our bonoculars or monoculars). It was enjoyable to have such a lovely young model to work from, but a beautiful young face is so much harder to paint than a lived in, slightly craggy one:)

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Oil sketch of George

This oil sketch of George was painted yesterday at my pal Penny's birthday bash. She decided to have us all over to her house to have our regular portrait session followed by a great lunch and some fabulous music provided by the other model, Jack who is a singer/song writer. It was one of those almost the perfect days. How lucky we are to do what we love doing:)

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Demo for Wymondham art group

Earlier this week I did a still- life pastel demonstration for the Wymondham art group. Luckily this art group use a camera to project the work onto a screen so that everybody can see what is happening. I did a quick watercolour underpainting on the Erste Paper, I used as a support, and then drew a little into it before applying the pastels over the top. It was a fun evening and I hope everyone learnt something and felt encouraged to give it a go themselves.

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Friday, 6 September 2013

Painting her toes

Here is Isabel, (a model I have used a lot recently) painting her toes. I may decide to glaze some more colour into the 'greys' on the top left of the painting, but as yet I am not sure what to do for the best. I made a neutral from all the dominant colours in this piece but as they neutralise each other it comes out quite grey. Any thoughts?

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Life sketch of Adam

I should have called this little study 'the thinker' or 'a penny for them', because Adam's face as he sat for the life painting session was a model of concentration. He looked as though he was mulling over some fairly weighty issues. Strange what we read into expression, he was probably just thinking is it model break yet?