Recently I did a demonstration at Stirling Art Club. This was the pastel painting I did during the evening. I had prepared a sketch on mid to dark green Canson paper along with some tonal sketches and colour studies. This enabled me to explain how I would approach the painting.
I have just purchased a new watercolour square format sketch pad. As you can see it has a small square window on the front revealing a little bit of the painting. My first study in the book is of a collection of finds from the beach in St Andrews. I just love strolling around beach combing and listening to the waves.
At the last class at St Andrew’s Art Club. I set up a still life with these colourful baubles. I did this painting using mostly tertiary colours.
On Monday evening I was invited to do a demonstration at Alloa Art Club. This was the painting I did by firstly blocking in colours in pastels without drawing in the subject matter. Once I had an underpainting I used charcoal to draw this still life. I added more pastel once I had drawn in the main objects in the still life. The club members spent the second half of the evening engaged in doing their own still life paintings.
Yesterday was a good day for me to set up outside. It was bright but not sunny. I was inspired by a new jug I bought at Crail Pottery. You can see I put my colour studies behind my set up for reference which proved helpful.
What wonderful weather we are having just now. I took the opportunity to work outdoors on some colour block studies. This is good for improving observational skills when it comes to colours. I did one study in overcast light and one in sunshine. The garden is coming alive with fresh buds on the plants. Birds were chirping away as I worked, who needs music when you are in the great outdoors! (or even your back garden!)
I set up this still life in the studio. I used a box on its side with a window cut out to allow the light to filter through on that side. This gave an interesting play of light on my subject. The paper I worked on was a pale yellow Sennelier pastel card. This has a nice rough texture to grab the pastel. The middle picture shows the still life in progress.
I had to get on and complete my still life as we are having friends for dinner. This is a photo of my set up.
This is my sketch photographed from my large sketch pad. I plan to set up a similar still life in the studio and do a colour version. As you will see from the other photo, the colours are quite dramatic.
On Monday with it being such a nice day I set up a still life outside. I enjoyed the challenge of working directly from my subject. The daffodils were picked fresh from my garden for the still life. The shadows were lovely in the sunlight.
This is a small oil pastel painting I did of Monet’s ‘Vase of Flowers’. I am in awe of the beautiful colours he used to paint this piece. I always learn so much from these studies and hopefully some of that spills into my new work.