North Ayrshire Open Exhibition 2014

•July 28, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Sandy with portrait


Sandy’s portrait of me was selected and placed in prime spot at No. 1 in the catalogue! The painting is a response to my portrait of Sandy which was shown last year.


north ayrshire open and ron


A cheerful Ron Smart doing his shift at this year’s NA Open.

Pastel portrait with post processing

•July 25, 2014 • 4 Comments

pastel head with post processing


I succumb to tampering. I sharpened the image and cleaned up one or two areas; the parting of the lips,  the left lower cheek, under the chin, the negative space to the left of the chin and a little addition of a bottom eyelash on the left.

I think I will now do the same to the real drawing.

Pastel portrait

•July 25, 2014 • Leave a Comment

pastel head II

Another pastel portrait. This time I have a slightly better likeness. Drawn on darker paper. The paper has quite a texture on it. I’d like to try a smoother paper and compare.

Pastel head on red paper

•July 22, 2014 • 4 Comments

pastel demo kate 22 7 14



A stern looking Kate which doesn’t quite reflect her softer real life look. This was a pastel demo for class today. This must be one of the hardest things to get right. As well as coping with a likeness, the added difficulty is¬†working with pastel. Not an everyday medium for me. I have said it before that I admire the vigourous hand of a pastel artist like Ken Paine. I just can’t get my style to go as bold as that but keep trying is the way to beat it.

Finding the edge

•July 18, 2014 • 3 Comments

figure search for edges


Taking a different approach. Finding the edge from less considered marks. Moving and correcting edges as I go.

Girl reading II

•July 18, 2014 • 2 Comments

Girl reading II


The beginnings of a drawing. An exercise in finding proportion within an imagined box. Put more simply, starting with a top and bottom line and then a left and right edge to make a rectangle for the figure to fit inside.

Girl reading

•July 8, 2014 • 8 Comments

girl reading sketch

We are trying our hand at figure sketching this week. I joined in and produced this drawing of Kate reading. You have to keep checking, plumbing lines to be in control of the drawing. I should be doing this stuff more often (drawing). Treat it like an athlete would in training.


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