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.

Monday, 21 March 2016

The Paddy

This was an enjoyable piece to do. 
A paddy field in early autumn.
 I didn't do any measurement or size or scale, just measured by eye. Didn't try to copy exactly either.

Photo ref.
229mm x 152mm mid brown toned Daler & Rowney paper.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Dragon Tree 



28cm x 21cm on toned pastel paper
Holbein, Sennelier pastels
Own photo ref.

The famous "Dragon Pine Tree" of Kesennuma, Japan. This tree was found in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011.
It resembled a dragon, and was cut more to reinforce the shape of a dragon. It now a symbol of reconstruction and rejuvenation.
I'll get this framed, sold and give all the money to the Kesennuma charity at an charity event my wife is holding.

Tuesday, 1 March 2016