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Sneak a peek at how I created this striking kingfisher in pastel

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Sneak a peek at how I created this striking kingfisher in pastel

Now that I have completed this kingfisher ( from a reference photo by Ian Marshall ) I can show you a bit more about how I created it, following on from my previous post..... After the first wing is completed I started building up the background. I experiment with colours in corner of the paper ( which as usual is Artspectrum Colourfix ) and here I using my fingers to blend the background and make a smooth surface to build up the layers....  I alternate between adding details to the kingfisher and adding background....this stops me smudging the work and...

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A good start to this stunning kingfisher for the next exhibition

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A good start to this stunning kingfisher for the next exhibition

Good morning and hope you all are well? I thought you may like to see my current artwork while in progress. We have been away for a few weeks hence the lack of new work recently but back into now! What do you think? I am always looking for a reference photo that is striking and detailed and this one by Ian Marshall caught my eye. I have asked the photographer for permission to use this image. The colours under the wings, as you can see above, really stood out for me.... Once I have chosen the initial colours to express...

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A great start to my next exciting artwork...."Lion Lovers"

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A great start to my next exciting artwork...."Lion Lovers"

Now that my current commission work is completed, I can now concentrate on creating artwork for my next exhibition in June. It has been a while since I did a lion and I saw this image on Pinterest that appealed to me.     It is always of concern when I cannot find the photographer who took the reference photo - have searched through 50 or more Pinterest posts and using Google image search without success. If you know of any other way to find the original photograph please contact me! In the meantime, I have flipped the image and am working on...

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Have a peek at my latest completed portrait commission

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Have a peek at my latest completed portrait commission

Following on from my last update "Day One..." I can now reveal part of the completed commission - Roxy. The rest of the portrait will have to wait to a future date as it is a surprise for the owner's daughter.... If you recall, I took the photos in December at the owner's home to undertake two commissions, one I posted recently of the owner and the other of her and Roxy.  As with most of my work these days I use a range of pastel pencils for the details on Artspectrum Colourfix paper with Artspectrum soft pastels for the background. Below...

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Day one of my latest commission - a good start!

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Day one of my latest commission - a good start!

Having finished a commission that I cannot reveal yet, I thought I'd share a few photos at the start of my latest commission - a lady and her dog.  Here I am working on the dog's eye - my wife Cath has done some videos of this which I hope to post to my YouTube channel in due course. I am using Cretacolour pastel pencils here, on Artspectrum Colourfix paper.  This is where I am at the end of day one - I am working in my son's house, on an easel/desk combination that he bought for me. Home tomorrow...

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