New materials new discoveries…

My focus this week has been on small floral studies, a daily challenge to develop my gouache technique but also my discipline to show up to the page. You can find these basic studies on my Instagram page.

I had purchased several new soft pastel sets and was excited to experiment.  Very pleased with these three works as I feel they are birthing a new dimension to my semi abstracted landscape work. They feel a little bit urban, which is purely coincidental.

“Travelling Through” soft pastel on Fabriano Artistico paper. App. 10″ x 8″
“Travelling Through II” soft pastel on Fabriano Artistico paper. App 10″ x 9.5″
“First Visit” soft pastel on Fabriano Artistico paper. App 10″ sq.

Workshop in the stunning South of New Zealand.

After years of not tutoring face to face, I have finally started taking art workshops again and I had forgotten how much I enjoy it! I was asked by the Southern Pastel Artists based in Invercargill, to share my process for semi-abstracted landscape painting.

“Journey Southward” 21″ x 7.5″ mixed media and soft pastel on Fabriano Artistico paper – demonstration piece.

We had a fabulous weekend and the results were amazing. Abstraction is not as straight forward as one may think with some challenging decision making along with the use of mixed media.

Thank you to Southern Pastel Artists for inviting me down, I had forgotten how beautiful the South of New Zealand is.

An afternoon of sketching in Ohau, New Zealand

This post documents the initial stages of capturing my landscape studies.

It takes very few lines to remind myself just what attracted me to the focal point of my landscape. They may look like random scribbles but for me they contain a succinct reminder of the contours of the land, texture of trees and bushes, and horizon line.

A little unprepared I managed to find a biro and jotter pad in my glovebox … anything will suffice!

The images below are cropped and their contrast and colours accentuated. These sit side by side the quick sketches, referencing colour and texture.

Below are the working drawings. I didn’t use the photos for reference preferring the freedom and spontaneity of the sketches.

Watersoluble Pencil and Watercolor
Adding colour with watercolour trying to remember how the light fell… should have noted this down in the sketches.
Last layer soft pastel
“Where Water Meets Fire”
“Brambles and Boundaries”

Summer Inspiration…

Fabulous sunny day working in the garden today…can’t help but reflect the warmth in my work…

“Feels Like Summer” Soft Pastel on Fabriano Artistico Paper. 740mm x 260mm

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