Simply Sketching – Vegetables From Life

Spent a fruitful (or should that be vegful!) morning this morning sketching vegetables from life in pencil. I have a gorgeous Technalo 3B pencil by Caran d’Ache which is velvety yet delicate and gives a superb and sensitive line. As I am preparing to submit some vegetable artwork to a magazine I wanted to really get to know my way around these vegetables so I … Continue reading Simply Sketching – Vegetables From Life

Sight Size Approach to Drawing – All in a Term’s Work at the Welsh Academy of Art

Having painted in watercolour for over 25 years I realised the value of a good sound drawing – but I could never have imagined the delights and enlightened teaching that awaited me when I enrolled by telephone for the Summer Term 2016 at the Welsh Academy of Art. I had decided that I needed some serious educational input into my art in order to eventually … Continue reading Sight Size Approach to Drawing – All in a Term’s Work at the Welsh Academy of Art

Painting Beetroots as a still life in gouache

For a bit of fun I decided that I would have a go at painting a bunch of beetroots in gouache – in an illustrative, quirky style. I drew the beets right onto the stretched watercolor paper freehand without too much detail. Then I painted in the¬†beetroots using purple reds. GOUACHE¬†WINS – over watercolour in that you can add light hues over darks. This is … Continue reading Painting Beetroots as a still life in gouache

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