Pastel head on red paper

•July 22, 2014 • 2 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.

Twelve apostles, Catacol

•July 3, 2014 • 4 Comments

catacol sketch 2014


Final post from my Arran sketchbook. Took a trip to the north of the island to visit the old house. These are the twelve apostles in Catacol ( only six in the sketch, midges in abundance) . I used to live in the second one from the left. The sea is on the doorstep and virtually no traffic passes by. Fine days, but eventually had to get back to real life! (my perspective, of course). The cottages form a terrace and are all identical apart from the front upstairs window. No two windows are the same, apparently for fishermen to identify their home when out at sea.

Maggi’s palm tree possibly overworked(?)

•July 3, 2014 • 3 Comments

Maggi's palm tree 25-6-14


I took a photograph of the sketch (see previous post), thinking I was finished but couldn’t resist adding to it. This is the final stage. I filled in some of the foliage and placed it in the garden surroundings more. I think it is fresher looking before, but still, I do like the fuller leafage.

Maggi’s palm tree

•July 3, 2014 • Leave a Comment

maggi's palm tree


A palm tree in Maggi’s garden in Brodick.


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