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More WDE Paintings and Sketches

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

A pencil sketch of a medieval type soldier Richard the third era maybe?

A church painted aldactone with lots of artistic licence , the challenge was to paint something spooky. Oil pastels once more.

Spooky church

May 2011

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

More from WDE…. first a couple of rough sketches… there were three separate ref pics of dogs, after sketching two of them I decided to combine all three into a digital painting, all were done freehand.

Sketch one… using pencil and inktense wash

Sketch two……. Same again pencil and inktense wash.

The combined digital painting of the three dogs, no photo manipulation… painted in Painter X using the charcoal and pastel tools plus blenders with some textures added for the background.

May 2011

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

The Weekend Drawing Event at Wet Canvas is such good fun, a way to have a go at things you would normally not consider, well for me anyway and it’s good practice. There is usually a good choice of ref pics from easy to sometimes really difficult and sometimes a challenge is thrown in as an extra which can add to the fun bit.

You have two hours to do a sketch or painting and then post in the forum, then it’s up to you whether you take it further, I usually do as I really don’t like leaving work unfinished.

I painted the grapes below whilst sat in the garden on a beautifully sunny day. Water colours this time which I haven’t attempted for a long time.

The fox I just couldn’t resist, oil pastels on black colorfix paper.


The hats were done with water soluble oil pastels, the challenge was to emulate the artist Marc Franz, this was my attempt, very abstract for me ……I really enjoyed this one found it quite relaxing to paint in a different style.

Hats - After Marc Franz

More later.

Young Leopard

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Young Leopard

This is my latest piece which is currently listed on Ebay, it’s 6.” x 8″ painted using soft pastels and pastel pencils on Fisher400 pastel paper. Fisher400 paper is a new paper on the market and it really is a remarkable paper, it can be used with any media it seems, I’ve tried acrylics, water colours, soft pastels and oil pastels on this paper, it’s sturdy and takes loads of layers without using fixative, you can even wash off the pastel under a tap without losing the tooth of the paper.

I also have another ACEO card for sale, this one has been painted with acrylics.


I have a couple of ideas whirling about in my head for my next paintings, deciding which to do first is an issue at the moment.

Easter Lamb

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

My thoughts on painting a lamb became a reality and this is the sixth painting in a week, I’m really enjoying working with pastels again but wonder if the public like pastel ACEO’s, time will tell whether I stick to pastels for a while or revert back to acrylics.

This is in my opinion a lovely cheerful painting for Easter.


More ACEO’s

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

The first one is of a white West Highland Terrier (I used pastels again for this little fellow), they seem to be very popular as pets at least three of my neighbours have them.


The second is of a little Shih-Tzu dog called Lucy, resting on a cosy cushion


and lastly another cutie, this is Charlie a King Charles Cavalier puppy:


As it’s Easter I’m thinking of painting a lamb, it’s just that at the moment, a thought.

Happy Easter!

Back to Art.

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

After a very long spell away from creating art, I’m finally back at my easel.
The last year or so has not been the easiest of times for me and my family, but now things are beginning to look more positive and at last I feel creative once more, and what better way to start than with some art cards ~ or ACEO cards as they are popularly called.
I decided to return to pastels, my all time favourite medium, pastels being such a lovely medium to use for painting animals, my first painting is of “Emma”, I called her this because of her emerald green eyes. You can find her for sale on Ebay, I hope you like her enough to add to your collection.


So, being somewhat pleased with the portrait of Emma, I decided to paint another view of her, again an ACEO, these little works of art are just 2.5″x 3.5″. They take patience to create, but the finished result is worth it, see for yourself ~


I’ve created another three cards, which I’ll post tomorrow, it’s time for a nightcap and sleep now.

Art Card Commission

Sunday, November 12th, 2006

This is the smallest commission I have ever been asked to do. It’s 2.1/2″ x3.1/2″ , now winging it’s way to the States.

I was so surprised to be contacted by one of my customers asking me to paint her little Shih-tzu dog Patches.


I’ve no other new paintings to share just now, hoping to spend the weekend painting some new cards for eBay.

Some fabulous and exciting news to share though, my daughter Helen has been chosen along with seven other artists to be presented with her work to Prince Charles the Prince of Wales when he visits Newport next Wednesday the 15th November, WOW!! What an honour!

Helen’s bouncing and so am I!!

~ Bounce ~

Hello world!

Friday, November 3rd, 2006

Hello, and welcome to my new blog. Here is where I will keep you updated on my current work, also work in progress and other news, starting off with a new piece called an OSWOA which stands for ~ Original small Works of Art.

A new group has been started in Ebay for artists painting in this small size 4″ x 6″ , it’s a step up from the smaller ACEO’s which are only 2.1/2″ x 3.1/2″, which means of course that although still small a lot more painting and detail can be shown. I hope that this new format will be as successful as the ACEO’s, I think it will.

This is a Scottish Mountain Hare, undergoing a change from his Summer Coat to Winter, when he will eventally be all white giving him good camouflage against the snowy hills of the highlands.