Giant Bubbles

Giant Bubbles

Giant Bubbles, Soft Pastels on Canson paper, 12 x 16

This is another fun painting I did just to see if I could do it. I didn’t know how to achieve the hair highlights, I just sort of blended them together. Unfortunate choice of background though, would have been better white, but oh well, just for fun!


Gathering Petals

Gathering Petals

Flower Girl gathering Petals, Soft Pastels on Canson Paper, 30 x 16

I use the wrong side of the Canson paper by mistake, but the rough texture actually added to the texture of the dress.

This was just a quick one I did in a few hours, would like to do a better one later on. I loved doing her hair!

The Unison pastel white was perfect for this, it really gave the whitest white I wanted, added some Derwent grey for depth.

I actually got an offer from someone to paint her flower girl because of this painting! As long as it’s a great photo, I don’t mind. As always, it’s all therapy!


Bella, soft pastels on Canson paper

I used mainly Schminke pastels and some Derwent pastel pencils. I tried the Sennelier, I’m not crazy about them but their pigments are gorgeous. When I do portraits, I find the Schminke’s almost mimic human skin.

This was a quick one done in an evening, no patience to do anything finer. And why should I?

I would like to study famous pastel artists like Redon, Maurice Quentin de la Tour, Renoir. Their pastel portraits glowed!!

This is my cousin’s granddaughter Bella, who can resist that cheeky monkey?! Her ggrandfather was my Uncle Earl, I loved him so much. We were so poor and he would bring us lots of clothes from the US when New England was a clothing industry king. He died way too early and I miss him.

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Studying the Masters

Copy of The Two Princesses by Antony Van Dyke, pastels & Conte on Stonehenge paper

I wanted to copy this one forever, so finally did it. It was Van Dykes sketch for a larger painting of the royal family in the 17th century.

I just love how he captured the children and their delicate details. I really learned a lot from copying, will do it again.

I love how he used simple lines and just a touch of colour for emphasis. I’m sure he sketched this very quick, but to me, I prefer this to the finished, full colour family portrait.

Now I have my own masterpiece hanging in my living room!

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African Queen

African Queen, soft pastels on Stonehenge paper

I couldn’t resist this photo I found, I love her skin tones. I never noticed skin tones before, some black people have yellowish undertones, this lady has red. It makes for a very interesting challenge.

This year I challenged myself to add more vibrant colour to my paintings, very hard for someone who generally does wildlife. I don’t really like those popular wildlife paintings of multi vibrant colours, I’m not comfortable enough to know what I’m doing.

I really enjoy doing portraits though, I never thought I ever could, my first ones were such disasters, I even called one Zombies on the Beach! But practice and persistence works for any artwork.just keep painting!

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Statue of Jesus


Statue of Jesus, Rembrandt pastels on specialized paper

I just wanted to see if I could paint a statue, as I find the human face very hard to do. But I left this one fairly loose and I liked the look. Not sure I achieved the mossy greenish tint of the statue, but I’m happy with it.

Here is a card I did up from an online website