Snowdrop Vase

Snowdrops were early to flower this year. I decided to pick some from the garden and put them in my glass snowdrop vase, found in a charity shop. I set up a small still life in my studio. Below is a quick sketch in conte on a blue background. I decided to add additional pattern for interest under the vase.

I next did a tonal study in oil using 4 tones only. I mixed these tones before starting to paint the still life. This was a fun exercise. A nice way to show appreciation for such delicate flowers which cheer us at this time of year.

Carnoustie Art Club Demonstration

Recently I demonstrated the above pastel painting for the Carnoustie Art Club. I set up a still life inside a box which had a hole cut out at the side. I had brought along a lamp so I could directly illuminate the set up through the opening. This created an almost theatrical and dramatic affect to the still life. I enjoyed the process and sharing how I was approaching this painting.

East Neuk Open Studios 2017

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.

Turquoise Coffee Pot, Pastel

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.