Off to a flying start with onion pastels

I promised myself to christen my new pastel workstation by – well – doing a pastel! So here it is – done whilst still in my dressing gown early this morning.I love using UNISON soft pastels – they are the business although I also love Sennelier and Schminke soft pastels too – they are pure compressed pigment with no binder so the colours last forever … Continue reading Off to a flying start with onion pastels

Fresh Out of Forde Abbey

Last July I had a lovely day trip by coach to Forde Abbey in Somerset. A rural idyll, this abbey was once a monastery but has had many changes made to its architecture which have resulted in a beautiful English stately home and gardens – open to the public. I was drawn to the simplicity and beauty of the abbey gardens and its well-tended vegetable … Continue reading Fresh Out of Forde Abbey