Sunday, 19 March 2017

The Ice Queen Cometh


A little tweaking here and there and add a crown made of ice and she is finished.

Just look at that face.

 Ice Queen with attitude!


Friday, 17 March 2017



This is  a work in progress in coloured pencil on handmade cotton rag paper.

I like the stippled effect that you get with coloured pencil on this paper

but I have used Pencil Blender for the first time on this to see

what it would look like. So far I have used on the hair and the face. 

I'm not sure I will use it again on this paper it is a bit too porous.


Linking this post to Paint Party Friday.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

The Apple of My Eye


Considering this piece nearly ended up in the bin

 I am really pleased how it turned out.

Normally I don't tape my paper down when I work but this results in

paint marks getting on the back which doesn't look very professional

 if you want to sell it unframed. So this time I taped down

with low tack masking tape with the idea of trimming it.

However I rather like the white border but even though I de- tacked the tape

further by sticking it to my t-shirt first it  still managed to rip

 the surface of the paper in parts.

If anyone can recommend a good tape for this purpose I would be grateful to

hear your thoughts.



Saturday, 11 March 2017

Born out of Frustration


After struggling with this one, out of frustration,

 I decided to scribble a face with oil pastels before resigning her to the bin.

But out of a little frustration came a little personality.

One thing that I find difficult is loosening up. 

So you can appreciate how pleased I was to find an opportunity

to win a free place on an online course to help you to do just that.

Juliette Crane is offering a chance to win a free place on her course 'The Joy of Painting'.

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is to spread the word 

and leave a comment.

In the meantime I think I will just have a play with this and see how it turns out.


Tuesday, 7 March 2017



This is how yesterday's WIP looks now with the addition of oil pastel.

I just looooove oil pastel.


Monday, 6 March 2017



I worked on two small pieces over the weekend.

One completed and another still a work in progress.

The first was coloured pencil on handmade cotton rag paper.

The second is the WIP. I have laid down the acrylic under 

painting and will continue in oil pastel.

This was intended to b a 'fast' and 'loose' mini painting but I struggled 

with the acrylics for some reason.

Hope you will pop back to see her when she is finished.


Friday, 3 March 2017

Klimt Inspired.


She is finally finished.

She was originally intended for an open exhibition at a local gallery.

 Unfortunately it was not ready in time which is a shame as opportunities to see your work

 hanging in a gallery don't come along very often.

The title of the exhibition was 'Sparkling Spring' and they asked that the artwork

should reflect that with the use of metallic's, foils etc.

I used metallic acrylic's in the background and in the flowers on her dress

but the glimmer doesn't come across well in the photo.  

I started with acrylic paint and then went on to use coloured pencil.

I normally frame my paintings in modern frames with a mount (matt) but for this I am

considering a gold ornate frame without a mount.

If I can find a suitable frame I will share her again in a future post.

Thank you to everyone who visited last week for Paint Party Friday.