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The first decisions made before creating this striking elephant in pastel

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The first decisions made before creating this striking elephant in pastel

This blog shows the elephants I chose, as well as the colours, size and composition of the artwork. There are photos of me selecting, blending and experimenting with colours and shades of soft pastel and pastel pencils. I hope you find it of interest!

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Just three weeks until I take part in "Out of the Hills" art exhibition

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Just three weeks until I take part in "Out of the Hills" art exhibition

Is it mid May already? I have been busy undertaking new artworks for this exciting art exhibition "Out of the Hills" which starts on June 1st for 16 days at Aardvark Books in Brampton Bryan. 11 talented artists, light airy gallery space, cafe, bookery and stunning Herefordshire/Shropshire scenery. Read more in this blog and see you there!

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Choosing colours of pastel for my latest striking seascape

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Choosing colours of pastel for my latest striking seascape

I thought you might find of interest one of the stepping stones towards a completed artwork - the choice of colours.   Once the reference photo is chosen then the next choices are paper colour ( my paper of choice is Artspectrum Colourfix paper ) and pastel colour. I am lucky to have accumulated a wide range of soft pastels and pastel pencils over the past 19 years and this provides me with a good variety of subtle shades.  I experiment with these shades on the paper I have chosen - the background colour will be influenced by the paper...

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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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