Here are 2 small pastels I did last week of the river Ythan on Ampersand pastel board which I’ve never tried before. They are small panels with a rough surface for the pastel to hold onto. I’m trying out a brighter palette which I’m excited about. The boards were good – the pastel stuck to them well and they took water well too.
I’ve just been up to Sandend for my holidays, which is a beautiful tiny traditional northeast fishing village on the Moray Firth coast; a great favourite of surfers, campers and dolphins! I completed this pastel while there. I used water with the pastel first to create washes of colour over the whole picture, then after it dried a bit I went over the washes with dry pastel to create detail. I was interested in capturing the tide which was coming in quite quickly in this picture.
As a change from oil painting I’ve been experimenting a bit with soft pastels. Last year I ordered a set of Unison half sticks and fell in love with the colours and quality. I recently ordered more colours- a lot of neutral sand/light blue sea colours – which has inspired me a lot. You will see the pastels I have been doing for sale in the Currently Available Paintings page but here is one I did of the Ythan mouth.
This was an oil I did early this year which captured the cold, wintery day on which it was painted. This big sand dune is on the opposite side of the Ythan from Newburgh and I can see it from my bedroom window. It changes colour every day with different weather and it also changes shape often due to shifting sand. I’ve painted it many times.
Last October I went to Tiree for the first time for a family holiday – what a beautiful place. A bit barren (which I like) and absolutely gorgeous white beaches, mostly deserted in October apart from the surfers! This small painting was done outside the cottages we stayed in, which were right on the shore and looked across to Mull with Staffa in front.
Having just sorted out my new website here, I’m starting this brand new blog which I intend to update with new work as I complete it, along with any other interesting art-related news. To begin with I’m just going to put on a few recent paintings to get started, then I’ll update it in real time as I go.
Things I’m looking forward to coming up are North East Open Studios 2017 #NEOS2017 from 9th-17th September and then opening up my studio a bit more regularly after that as a studio/gallery. More details to follow on opening hours.