Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Another night sketching at the art society.  I was a bit tired but did this little sketch.  Thought it was rubbish but fiddled with it once back at home.  Eventually some harsh cropping made it reasonable.  Pastel pencil on Fabriano Tiziano pastel paper.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


I've recently been doing a printmaking course .. one evening a week and covering several types of printmaking.  We have been learning about collagraphs lately and I have made a few plates but am not too pleased with some of the results.  This one was a very old design that had been sitting in a sketchbook for a couple of years so I stretched it to fit this plate.  Once again there are a few problems with it but it's not too bad.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

A couple of scribbles

Just a couple of small scribbly things from this afternoon .. it's raining outside .. so I passed some time doing these. 
These are quite small on Fabriano Tiziano pastel paper.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Overlap ..

Well .. not much creativity going on here lately with me .. just going round in circles.  But Tom, my constant companion is always finding new and creative ways to get his rest.  Why do cats always try to squeeze into small spaces to sleep? 

Saturday, March 12, 2011

A little bit Barbie ...

I started this small sketch the other night when I went to the art society.  It looked quite nice as a quick study but I thought I would push it further today.  It then became too overworked and I had to attack it to pull it back a bit.  Phew!  Sometimes you have to fight with them to make them presentable.  She's a bit Barbie-like in my opinion .. but, well ... I have no excuse for that :)  It's about 6" x 5" approx. on Fabriano, Tiziano pastel paper

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Red Coat .. improved

I have a box of small pastel sketches that I have done in the past.  This is one of them .. I pulled some of them out and am reworking them to make them more interesting .. may get some of them framed for an upcoming exhibition.  With this one I added the hat and the earrings.  It's quite small approx. 5" x 5 1/2"

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Lady in Black ..

I've recently been going to an evening class at the art society .. so tonight I took my pastels along and did this one.  It's actually mostly done with pastel pencils.  Hmmm .. I might have to tweak her left eye tomorrow.

Ok .. fixed the eye and gave her a little smile .. the mistakes always show up in the morning!