It was quite stormy weather for Easter. I did manage to get outside in front of the studio to do some sketching of the waves coming into the shore. It was exhilarating to watch and great to be close to the waves. I had prepared a box of Unison Pastels which were from a new large 72 pastel landscape box. I needed to break them in half as they are much better to use this way. This gives me two smaller boxes, one for the studio and the other for working outside, with all of the 72 pastels in them. See above.
Thanks to everyone who made it along for the Open Studio event, especially those that had to dodge the waves!
For the Easter weekend (Friday March 30th to Monday April 2nd) some of the Pittenweem Artists and Galleries are opening their doors. Gina will be at her studio at 18 West Shore.
Happy Christmas 2017
This small painting was inspired by the winter light in the harbour at Pittenweem. The red boat has been in the harbour for a while and I think it makes for a great focal point.
Christmas wishes to you and your family.
I am enjoying being able to have much more time on the West Shore in Pittenweem. The views here are inspiring in all weathers, I got a nice day for this sketch.
Braemar Creative Arts Festival 2017 runs from Wednesday 18th to Sunday 22rd October. It has a great selection of workshops and I will be leading an all day pastel workshop at the festival on Friday 20th October. The workshop is titled “From Sketch Book to Painting”.
I was so busy leading up to the ENOS event that I did not get a chance to post about the event beforehand. Thank-you to those that came to visit me at my new studio (Wash House Studio).
I enjoyed meeting with many people during the open studio event. I was even able to do some sketching during the day. A lot of people commented favourably on the sketch book and liked seeing what I had been painting. They could see my still life on the window ledge and were curious as to how I approached my sketch. The pastel book below is full of various coloured pastel papers, these give me a wonderful colour choice for the background. The green I decided to work on particularly suited the sunflowers.
During the week I did another study using watercolours and a long handled brush which was great fun to paint. My flowers were still fresh and inspiring.
It is full on right now for the Pittenweem Arts Festival 2017.
The weather lately has been warm and sunny which attracted me to painting outside. The tulips in the garden were at their best. I knew they wouldn’t stay this way for long so this forced me to get on and do a painting in situ. My study was in pastel and I then went on to paint in oils for the final painting.
I was invited to exhibit at the Summer Collection 2016 at Eduardo Alessandro Studios. The exhibition runs from 2nd July to 20th August.
We have been having lovely sunrises and sunsets this month. The two paintings here were done on the same day. One from the studio window and the other after a walk that afternoon in the countryside near by.
Last thing before retiring to bed I went into the studio and was presented with a spectacular sunset. Only one thing to do was to try to capture its essence in a matter of minutes. I just grabbed a scrap piece of pastel card and a box of pastels and worked on this study. I could barely see the colours in my box however my hand seemed to guide me towards the colours required. Using vibrant pastels I have managed to recreate the sunset as I remember it. The next morning it was nice to see this study in daylight.