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Why did I chose a hedgehog for my latest pastel artwork?

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Why did I chose a hedgehog for my latest pastel artwork?

This blog talks about choices to be made on artwork subject matter as well as where from, and why, I chose a hedgehog. It also talks about alterations made to the reference photo as well as how I corrected a mistake made during its creation. I also mention details of the exhibition in September. I hope you find this of interest.

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A successful exhibition and a study of human behaviour.....

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A successful exhibition and a study of human behaviour.....

I have been pleased with the outcome of the Out of the Hills art exhibition, given the current economic climate - I ended up selling two paintings and three prints as well as 30 cards. It was also interesting meeting people while stewarding at the event, and watching them as they moved around the gallery space, seeing what caught their eye. With 11 different styles and media on offer they had plenty to explore. Very interesting and enjoyable experience.

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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 colour....

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