Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Giotto the Rabbit

This commission was for my student.  Her rabbit passed away many years ago, and always wanted a painting done.
I experimented with a blurred background for the first time, and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.
I used Terry Ludwig and Holbien pastels on Daler & Rowney brown toned pastel paper on the smooth side.
It took about 20 hours.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Martha the dog

Martha the dog
21 x 28cm
dark brown pastel paper on the smooth side

Nikko the dog

Nikko the dog
22 x 27cm
brown mid tone pastel paper on the smooth side.

Monday, 25 July 2016


My first attempt at painting a dog in pastel.
I had to order some new pastels from Terry Ludwig to do this piece.
The reason why I decided to a dog portrait is because my brother-in-law has the same breed and wants me do a portrait for him, so I need to check if I could even do one, and get some practice at the same time. 

Size 28cm x 21cm on mid-brown toned pastel paper.
Mostly Terry Ludwig's Umber Shadows & Shades pastels.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Flying home to roost

In the photo reference I used for this painting, I loved the deep blue of the sky  against the cloud bathed in the light of the setting sun. It was a blue that you never see in the day full daylight. The birds also added a little extra story to this simple composition.

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Hay Bales

Late summer, hay bale field with ominous clouds on the horizon threatening to engulf what was a sunny afternoon.

Photo ref.
229mm X 152mm Daler & Rowney toned paper.