Sarah’s Hair – pastel

I am currently working on a few pieces (my aim being not to labour on any one piece, as I have a tendency to 'fiddle'). This is my niece Sarah who has the most amazing hair and spends painstaking hours arranging it. She is a creative soul with an incredible flair for art and writing … Continue reading Sarah’s Hair – pastel

New Work in Progress: ‘Mum Dressed for Winter’

After 4 months away (teaching in the UK) I am now back in my studio in France. This is a new pastel drawing in progress 'Mum dressed for Winter'. There is still much to do to the face and clothing but it is getting there slowly. My mum was recently diagnosed with Alzheimers. At present … Continue reading New Work in Progress: ‘Mum Dressed for Winter’

‘Concealed’ – detail of new drawing in progress

Pastel on Ingres paper The inspiration for this drawing comes from my love of early Italian religious icon paintings. The model is my neice, Rachel. The finished (full-size) portrait will show her wearing a headscarf with part of her face concealed (hence the title). I still have work to do to the eyes and modelling … Continue reading ‘Concealed’ – detail of new drawing in progress

Trial Art Workshops

Trial Art Workshops - Duault, Côtes d'Armor, Brittany (November 2017 - January 2018) (Portrait drawing using pastels and contè crayon) Related Content: Workshop Archive: Pastel Portrait Workshop Up and coming workshops From November 2017 - January 2018 I ran 3 workshops from my garden studio as a trial to gauge interest and obtain feedback from participants … Continue reading Trial Art Workshops

Current Art Work: ‘Fragility #1&2’ (Mum at 82)

Current Work: 'Fragility #1&2 (Mum at 82) Pastel on Ingres Paper Duault, Côtes d'Armor, Brittany Related Links:   'Fragility #1 & #2' are a homage to my Mum at the age of 82. The inspiration for this series comes from the immensely powerful self-portraits of Rembrandt, and the tender paintings of the artist's mother … Continue reading Current Art Work: ‘Fragility #1&2’ (Mum at 82)