Friday, 28 June 2013

Today-Pastel Sketch

Pastel sketch

A quick sketch of what today looks like here...cold, dull and yuk!! It's supposed to be a warm up before I start to paint but I'm not feelin' the warmth!! Not much more to be said! Painting to be done!

Monday, 24 June 2013

Winter Day- Sketch


This last weekend it was so cold I couldn't be bothered even getting my palette set up! I sat looking out the window at this view across from my studio...after a couple of hours it got the better of me and I got my pastels out and did this quick small sketch! Felt much better for doing it instead of procrastinating....and it beats housework!!

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Winter Harmony

8"x6" Oil on board

Our first month of winter is nearly over!! We have had some nice days this last week and I have been walking around the Estuary in the mornings. It will always be one of my  favorite the cool winter light!! 

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Hibiscus Bud

6"x6" oil on board

This is one of the buds off my  hibiscus bush. It is covered in buds and flowers at this time of the year, the flowers are a beautiful dark orange and brighten up the garden in the winter months! Love them!! I used three colors in this painting...cad red light, ultramarine blue and cad lemon with a bit of white.

Sunday, 9 June 2013


6"x6" Oil on board
After all my troubles yesterday I ended up painting this cheeky Mynah that was perched on my fence outside the window.... this was not what I had in mind to paint! I started with flowers! Anyway...I used the colors  on the chart below and  they worked well!!  

These are the colors I was playing around with a couple of days ago and said I would post. They  are cerulean blue, ultramarine blue, burnt sienna, yellow ochre and white. I found I could mix some nice neutrals!  I often use ultramarine and burnt sienna for my black, so on the top row I started with the black mix then as I went along I added more ultra blue, then a little white, cerulean blue, yellow ochre and some more white. The bottom row started again with the dark mix then added more burnt sienna, white, yellow ochre, cerulean and more white.

Friday, 7 June 2013

Little Shags

Drawing #67
Charcoal and pastel

What a day!! I think today was a follow on from yesterday....I ended up binning one painting!! I did paint another but haven't photographed it yet. I will post it along with the color mixes tomorrow! In the meantime here is a drawing of these Little Shags  that sit on the old wooden piles down near the Marina...they sit there  most mornings. Because the day was dull and overcast I used grey paper and let it do some of the work!

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Bucket of Limes

Drawing #66
Graphite and pastel

More limes! This bucket is not a very big one and I had just enough limes to fill it. I hoped to post a painting today but yesterday all I had was a wiper...could not get it together at all...I hate it when that happens!!! I ended up trying out different mixes of colors, so It wasn't all bad!! I will post about them when I have finished.

Monday, 3 June 2013

Daisies and Limes

Drawing #65
Graphite and pastel

I have had a rest from painting this weekend, but still like to do some drawing! Both the limes and daisies are from my easy setup! It's nice when I don't have to look very far for subject matter and it's even better when I can use these delicious limes growing just outside my door!