Happy Discoveries!

Out of the chaos emerge tiny pieces of tonalism…

Nothing is wasted…these little studies have been taken from a larger piece which didn’t make the grade. When I do this exercise of finding compositions within a work, and sometimes manipulating the contrast and highlights, I find momentum for further work. It’s fun and I have found it a worthwhile exercise.


“Headland” abstract section – study in pastel and ink.


“Sunset Around the Bays” abstract section – pastel and ink study.


“Poppy Fields” abstract section – pastel and ink study.


It takes a little courage to make the first cut into a large piece of work that has taken hours to produce, but after you find those promising discoveries it becomes easier. These abstracts will find their way to my visual dairy where I will make some black and white sketches and later endeavour to turn these into either acrylic or pastel landscapes.

Side-track to “Road Home” – experimenting with tonalism and atmosphere.

As the weather cools and my mind wanders to far away places, I chose to take a side-road back into landscape; looking deeper into atmospheric techniques. Have called this work “Road Home” and is an experiment using various media to produce atmosphere. I am leaning towards a mix between Stage 1. and 3. (below) and will continue experimenting. The completed study is approximately 450 x 450 mm sq. worked on textured paper.

Create a website or blog at WordPress.com

Up ↑