Lily

This Unison pastel painting on Pastelmat is of my studio assistant, looking pensive.  I like slightly unusual poses of animals to work on – candid shots can produce interesting portraits.

Pastelmat paper by Clarefontaine is a slightly unusual surface to use, almost like a very, very fine sandpaper so that the ‘tooth’ of the paper texture holds the chalkiness of pastels.  I found it a tricky paper to use to start with but the more I use it the easier it gets and the end result makes for a smooth pastel painting, great for details.

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TAE18

This year’s Twitter Art Exhibition in aid of Pegasus Riding For The Disabled is taking place in Canberra, Australia from 7-29 April 2018 (extra details can be found on the TAE18 website).

So with that thought in mind, I set out to paint a little French Bulldog on a postcard size piece of mountboard. He’s called ‘Ozzie’ and he’ll be up for sale along with several hundred other postcards that artists around the globe are donating

Hope he sells and helps raise funds for this great cause.

Family Portrait

Following a recent Twitter invitation from Artist & Illustrators magazine for people to send them images of portraits, I was amazed to hear that they would be including my pastel of my nephew Fraser, in their August issue letters page.  It’s quite a small reproduction of the image in the magazine, but I’m SO chuffed that it was chosen!   This is the painting on a slightly larger scale…

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Portraits Without Fur or Feathers…..just for a change

Every so often it’s nice to have a break from doing the same thing.  Although I really enjoy painting our furry and feathered friends, the two legged variety can be just as interesting and have as much character.  Here are a couple of people portraits which were good fun to do.  One is a face from a random photo who looks as though his day isn’t going particularly well!  The other is someone a little closer to home ❤️

Phil, pastel

Phil, pastel

Sid, watercolour

Sid, watercolour