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February 17, 2013


As promised. Harsh lighting in this photograph as it was taken around midday. Could have added more dark shadows etc to the rocks and foreground but happy enough with it as is. Enjoyed trying to match the colours for the beach foliage. Missing just the right grey-green (that mildew/lichen colour). Any suggestions, fellow pastel painters?

2.52 – 4.29pm

January 23, 2013


For those of you not that turned on by beachscapes look away now.. There is another to come shortly. Seem to be a bit taken with old Lucky Bay. Akin to other WA pastel painter’s obsession with Rottnest? More of a loose painterly style with this. Thanks for all your lovely comments, and ‘likes’ they are very […]

Petite maison

January 20, 2013


My lovely friend Jules (author of favourite interiors blog The Diversion Project) gave me some Fabriano pastel papers recently so I tried one on a grey paper with a speckle through it. The image is based on a photo taken in Provence at dusk but I had to play around with the composition – reverse a […]

Fresh sketch

January 11, 2013


Just a little pastel sketch to brush off the cowebs and get used to colour selection etc.,. again. I used textured Canson Mi-Teintes paper (with a dark blue background) in A5 so a bit of a challenge to squeeze it all in. I used the ‘vellum’ side which produces the rough appearance – see previous post […]

Painting to Paolo

September 30, 2011


On Wednesday, I spent a lovely day with my friend Katherine, finally having the ‘art day’ that we promised ourselves months ago. OK so we spent a lot of time talking, looking at recent travel picks and enjoying a yummy (home-cooked) lunch but eventually we got around to picking up some pastels and painting to […]


September 4, 2011


Here is my latest pastel based on an image I took at dusk on a stormy evening in peak hour traffic. There is something about the muted colours and the contrast of the blurred shapes with the scribbly sharp lights that I love. The highlights aren’t easy to achieve with pastel but somehow the essence […]

Hidden cove

June 30, 2011


Some summer-y goodness for those in the grip of winter. Imaging strolling along with the white sand scrunching underfoot as you stumble on the perfect private swimming spot. No bathers required.

Winter cheeriness

June 18, 2011


This is what happened at my last pastel class when I decided I wasn’t in the right headspace to work on my current painting of double carnations. I drew over an old (diabolical) acrylic painting that was recently covered in clear Colourfix and must having been feeling the vibe from our primary school surrounds. As I worked away, I […]

Afternoon light

June 9, 2011


  Sorry I’ve been a bit neglectful of this blog lately. Have had a few things going on and needed to focus my energies elsewhere. Back now though, so hopefully you’re all still around because I’ve missed our conversations. (I would insert a little smile in here but this blog makes them into smiley emoticons […]

Help needed

May 25, 2011


OK, because you guys were so great at suggesting titles for my previous abstract pastel, would you be able to suggest any thoughts for this? I really enjoyed painting this; so relaxing when you can be a bit more intuitive and not have to study tiny details to try to replicate. I will do another […]