Tuesday, 20 December 2016
Monday, 25 July 2016
My first attempt at painting a dog in pastel.
I had to order some new pastels from Terry Ludwig to do this piece.
The reason why I decided to a dog portrait is because my brother-in-law has the same breed and wants me do a portrait for him, so I need to check if I could even do one, and get some practice at the same time.
Size 28cm x 21cm on mid-brown toned pastel paper.
Thursday, 14 April 2016
Tuesday, 12 April 2016
In the photo reference I used for this painting, I loved the deep blue of the sky against the cloud bathed in the light of the setting sun. It was a blue that you never see in the day full daylight. The birds also added a little extra story to this simple composition.
Thursday, 31 March 2016
Monday, 21 March 2016
Tuesday, 8 March 2016
The famous "Dragon Pine Tree" of Kesennuma, Japan. This tree was found
in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011.
resembled a dragon, and was cut more to reinforce the shape of a dragon.
It now a symbol of reconstruction and rejuvenation.
I'll get this framed, sold and give all the money to the Kesennuma charity at an charity event my wife is holding. 28cm x 21cm on toned pastel paper. Holbein and Sennelier pastels. Own photo ref.
Tuesday, 1 March 2016
Thursday, 14 January 2016
I love painting nature, in particular landscapes and seascapes. I also find light fascinating which draws me to cityscapes and how the light changes on the surface of buildings as the day progresses.
My medium of choice is pastel for the following reasons:
The vibrancy of the colour
Pastel is pure pigment with a small amount of binder, just enough to hold it in stick form. When the pastel is not blended with the finger, the particles of pastel reflect light to an even greater degree.
The tactile nature of pastel
Being in a stick form, your in direct contact with the medium. While some don't like getting their hands dirty, there are greater rewards being in direct contact with the medium which show through in your work.
Pastel can be applied quite quickly covering large areas in a short time. Mixing on the paper and not on the palette is another way we get instant impressions of what our artwork is going to look like.
My final reason I love pastel is that it's quite forgiving. Mistakes can be erased and covered quite easily.
Wednesday, 13 January 2016
Year of the monkey
229mm x 152mm on paper
Here in Japan, where I currently live and have lived for 12 years now, Japanese people send New Year postcards which always include a sign from the Chinese zodiac. I painted one in pastel this year.
It depicts a monkey sitting by the water's edge watching the first sunrise of the year.
Day at the beach
229mm x 152mm on paper
Light-toned brown Daler & Rowney
Sennelier and Holbein pastels used
I used a photo of the cliffs of Dover for reference on this painting. I loosely painted in some people to create some activity. I changed the sky from the photo to include some thin light clouds.
229mm x 152mm on paper
I blended using my fingers on a lot of the sky, but I purposely didn't blen for the bright yellow light above the sun and the reflections on the water's surface.
Mid-tone brown Daler & Rowney
I used a photo for reference for this piece.
I tried to capture the mood of the photo as best you can when using photos.
I was quite happy with the reflected light on the ridge of the mountain, this was the first time I tried this effect.
I've learned that blending reduces the light that can be reflected off the particles of pastel dust.
What can I say about Peter Coombs apart from his pastel paintings are great and I wish he had a site or blog where more people could see his work.
Peter Coombs is a professional artist from Britain whose art has been shown in various countries around the world.
To my knowledge he's produced two books that introduce pastel art in a step by step format.
I was recently given one of his books "Painting with Pastels"
I followed his step by step instructions in order to get a feel for how he paints and the style he uses. Below are some of the pieces I painted from his lessons in the book...
It's 129mm x 152mm on Daler & Rowney pastel paper, mid-tone brown on the textured side.
Same size as above.
Same size as above but portrait on mid-tone grey.
These painting were a nice little exercise in paining in a loose style which I'm not yet accustomed to.
I have no ties to this artist but I highly recommend this booklet.
There's a few more lessons in this booklet I haven't done yet, I'll get round to them in the near future.
Tuesday, 12 January 2016
330mm x 230mm Canson on the smooth side, no underpainting
This summer I visited a Japanese garden as I do a few times a year. It was late in the afternoon, a couple of hours before sunset, and I took a nice photo of the main pond there.
This painting didn't turn out exactly they way I had planned. I struggled with the reflections of the trees and even the foreground grass. it was good practice though.