This is the second attempt at this painting. The first one has been painted over, which is quite satisfying as I wasn’t happy with it. This second one is larger and painted on different pastel card. I used Clairefontaine Pastelmat which I am still trying to get to grips with. I did the drawing first then added pastel on top. The ground really grab’s the pastel which is a plus point. However it is not so forgiving when you make mistakes. It is a joy to see children at the beach completely captivated in what they are doing. I hope I captured the mood of the painting.
I did this tonal study on mid toned pastel paper. I found the negative shapes really interesting in this study. I kept the shapes quite simple so as to strengthen the design.
One day to go until the opening night at Pittenweem Arts Festival. I look forward to seeing everyone! On the lead up to the Festival I have been doing a number of paintings on slate. The one above is one of them. I love the variations in texture which is a natural quality of the slate.
I was at a Ploughing match in Dunino Fife and these two beautiful horses stole the show for me. I did a sketch to capture the gesture of the pose and the tonal value of the painting. I then got out my pastels and had fun. The day was quite damp and misty however that made for an interesting setting for the painting.
This is a 2 minute gesture drawing. I started with just scribbles working from the centre out searching for the main shapes. This is one of my better self portrait sketches as I enjoyed the fun of it. I didn’t have time to get too intense while concentrating.
Our central heating packed in on Saturday. This morning was very cold and frosty. While it was being fixed I took the opportunity of showing my appreciation for our woodburning stove by sketching it. What you don’t see in this drawing is that I have the kettle heating on top of the stove to make a cuppa. Our cat Xena is snoring in the other chair on the right. On my feet I am wearing my new cosy slippers.
I enjoy doing paintings of people concentrating on their craft. Chefs are great subjects for this. The Chef was cooking at a market stall in Dundee city centre. This was one very large paella pan!
I have been away on a short break to Dunkeld. On the Sunday night “The Troot Tour Two” were playing in the lounge. The sketches are taken from my sketch book. It was really enjoyable sketching away to the music. The second sketch was done over an acrylic wash.
I have been busy preparing for Pittenweem. My holiday in Venice has inspired a number of paintings for the show. As usual I will have a varied selection of my latest work, some of which can be previewed on my web site. Visit my Pittenweem Arts Festival 2011 page to view them.
This is a detail of a new painting I have just finished. About one month to go until the Pittenweem Arts Festival.