Reflection on Gibraltar 

My latest drawing is of a Barbary Ape that I met when visiting Gibraltar a few years ago. I thought he looked very thoughtful and not terribly happy. I wanted to draw him but I was on an accompanied tour so just took a snap and stored it away. I came across the photo a couple of weeks ago when I was looking for inspiration for an animal picture and I knew that coloured pencils would be perfect. I’d just bought some Pastelmat paper which I was keen to try out and thought this would be the perfect subject. I’m pretty happy with the result. I may even enter him in the latest UKCPS competition. 

Best of pals


I’m pretty pleased with this drawing. It was a family commission and once it’s framed it will be winging its way to bonnie Scotland. I hope the recipient will be delighted with it and happy to have it on their wall.

This is my first picture since completing my course at the London College of Art and for me marks the start of me as a working artist. It’s an exciting time and I’m looking forwards to beginning some work on drawings that I’m happy to enter into competitions or exhibitions. Before that though; I have one more private piece of work to complete for my granddaughter. She loves fairies and I am working on a composition which I think will be called The Dorset Fairy glen or something similar. I’m hoping to finish it this week so when I have, I will post a picture of it here.

Mission accomplished

Woohoo I’ve finished my drawing and painting course and have passed with a distinction! 

The last modules were all about figure drawing and portraiture. I loved working on this drawing using coloured pencils.


In fact I enjoyed the pencils so much I used them again for my final course piece; a self portrait.


It’s not the most flattering of portraits and in fact my family have commented on the seriousness of my expression but this is my face as I often see it in the mirror and it looks like I’m concentrating. 

The previous module to this one had me working on using oil paint to complete a couple of paintings. My favourite is this one of boats on Mull which I’ve worked up from a photo I took through the car window when we visited Mull last year. Tobermory is a lovely place and I’d happily spend more time on this lovely island.


I also painted a picture of my husband playing a guitar in France. 


So it’s been a great course and I’ve learned loads and I’m now looking forwards to developing even further and hopefully even begin to enter some competitions and exhibitions

Back on line

I haven’t posted for a while and to be honest, I haven’t been doing too much painting either. It has been an unexpectedly hectic year and I am only now starting to turn my attention back to my art. I’ve missed it.

The watercolour sketch above was one I was pretty pleased with although my tutor was less impressed with my painting of the stones of Durdle Dor itself.

I was also happy with the sketch of Corfe Castle railway station, also completed in watercolour. This hasn’t yet been submitted to my tutor but I feel like I’m making some progress on controlling the watercolours  again.

The above picture was a simple exercise on portraying light. I wanted to give the feel of a sunny day outside which I think has worked quite well.

 

 

Hello World

After many years working in Corporate land and only painting as a hobby, I have recently given up my job to concentrate fully on painting. I am about to start a course to help me further develop my artistic voice and plan to record my experiences and development here on my blog.

I’m also learning how to build my online presence with my own website at the same time and so will share the progress of that here too.