Monday, 3 October 2011

Pastel Rose

I did this a few weeks ago and posted the whole card on my stitching blog, but I thought a (rather larger than life) close up of the pastel rosebud might work well here too. Hope you like it!

I like 'chunky' media and had a play the other day with some pastels, colour blocks and so on, creating tree trunks. Perhaps I'll post that soon too.

Saturday, 2 July 2011


Two pastel pencil pictures completed this afternoon:

I hope you enjoy looking at them. I'm rather pleased with them both, esp. the red admiral. He took rather longer than the green-undersided blue butterfly, but it was worth the time.

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Watercolour Cards

More cards, but using watercolours this time. One for an engagement and one for a wedding.

I nearly gave up on these as they were quite hard to do. I was just trying to do a wet-in-wet, very simple idea - just let the colours blend. Only they didn't! They just either stayed put or flooded together. Initially I was wetting the paper first, then adding colours, but later on I tried it with just putting paint on dry paper. I still ended up with a young flood most of the time, but I made a useful discovery when I was about to give up and put my stuff away. I got a tissue and dabbed at the pools of wet paint so as to be able to put my stuff away quickly, and the result on the dry paper trial was good! So, I drew out two more sets of two hearts and tried it that way. Here you can see the results.

Not outstanding, but a great deal quicker than stitching a piece for a card and I've also learned here that Permanent Rose leaves a bit of a tide mark around the edges, (which you can see quite clearly on these photos.)

Other than that, art is not progressing much at the mo. Too many interests waxing and waning. Mostly waning these days!!

PS. I've just come on blog and discovered a load of nice comments I'd never seen on previous postings. Thank you all very much for taking the time to visit and leave suggestions and encouragement. I have now changed the setting so that comments are e-mailed to me as they are on all my other blogs.=) Now, keep 'em coming!! (And a special thanks to Sheila for signing up as my first

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

OK, let's get this show on the road!

I recently decided I would make a more concerted effort with art. I won't say 'a concerted effort' without the word 'more' as my interests and involvement with them cycle, so whilst this week I'm really into drawing, painting, Italian and going for walks, next week I'll probably be passionate about German, science and embroidery instead! After that will come Chinese, linguistics, viola playing....

Anyway, I've been ordering art books through and borrowing from the Sheffield City Library. One of the things libraries do tend to have a good collection of is art books (as well as language course, cookery books, health problem guides and contemporary fiction), so I have a few of their titles on my shelf. The local branch even has two of the books that I used to own, and others I can order in from other branches. Just have to remember not to get paint on them!

One of the hardest things for beginning artists to do is think of something to draw and paint. I like Alwyn Crawshaw's demos etc on painting fruit and veg as, even if it doesn't look exactly like his or even the piece you've done freehand, then it will at least still look like a banana etc, so the beginner gets some confidence etc. So, I plan to try some of those later on this week. In the meantime, I remembered what a great resource of drawing and painting topics a china cabinet can be, esp. as ours has quite a collection of Oriental teapots, cups and souvenirs in it. The pen drawing on the left is one I did on Monday of two of our little Taiwanese teapots. I like to do my first drawings in pen as I'm a very hesitant sketcher and will tend to use very weak pencil marks and give up easily. With pen, you're forced to commit to mark making and that helps me be more definite about what I'm doing. I've found that I can do better pencil work after having done something in pen. So, whilst this piece isn't terrific, it is something. It's a start. I also started having a go at a coloured pencil version of the same thing (which I'll finish soon) and plan on doing a watercolour of one of the pots too.

More soon!

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

And another one...

And here is yet another pastel card! Actually, the only thing I seem to be able to draw/paint something decent with is pastel pencil!! For some reason, that almost always seems to go right, whereas every other medium seems to almost always go wrong!!! Oh well, just the way it goes. I know I'm more lacking in skill and experience than anything when it comes to other media.

Having said that all pastel pencil pieces seem to go OK for me, I won't say this is one of my best, but it'll do. It looks a lot better mounted in this white card, (kind of like looking at the sunset through a round, white window frame).

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Another pastel card

I did this pastel picture for fun, just out of my 'imagination' earlier this week and, when we needed something for a quick 'Thank you' card today, had it ready to mount.

The real thing has more yellow in the card, but I'm not sure that this version doesn't make a better contrast!

As you can see from the paucity of posts here, art is not something that's getting a great deal of air-time with me just now....

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Card Made Up

This is s small pastel pencil drawing/painting I did a few months ago that I recently mounted onto white, then blue card as an anniversary card for my hubby.=)

I love working with pastel pencils. So far, they're the only medium I can do a decent job with! Hope to change that before too much longer though.