Saturday, May 31, 2008

Quick sketches

A couple of quick portrait sketches, first one with carbon pencil and the other one with vine charcoal, both 9 x 12

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Sunday, May 25, 2008


My once a year attempt at painting landscape with oil. 5.5 x 7 gessoed illustration board. I did some landscapes with soft pastels, but even that is far and few in between.

Small oil sketch

Got myself a pre-made cigar box today from Michaels and added some scrap wood to make a little portable paint box. Of course, I had to break it in so I did a 5.5 x 7 inch oil sketch from an image ref from the internet. I didn't use any white on this .. the colors I used were lemon yellow, yellow ochre, burnt sienna and ultramarine blue. Not too thrilled with the results ... too much yellow

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Figure studies

a quick monochromatic oil sketch based on a previous sketch, 7 x 12

charcoal and white charcoal pencil on toned paper, 9 x 12

soft pastel on colourfix primed hardboard, 4 x 5.5

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Ala prima portrait sketch

A quick ala prima oil sketch from memory of a portrait that I have been working on for the last couple of weeks with soft pastel. This was done with the Zorn palette, except I used lamp black instead of ivory black because I ran out.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Golden whistler

This is the result of my first attempt to paint with pastel on an easel. Normally, sketching and pastels are done on a board on my lap leaning against the desk.

soft pastel on colourfix primer, 5 x 7

with permission from Graeme for using the image ref found at

Thursday, May 15, 2008


No, not Rhea Perlman, but a quick sketch of the bird :)

Sennelier on Strathmore Charcoal paper, 9 x 12

with permission from Graeme for using the image ref found at

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Helmeted Honeyeater

Soft Pastel on illustration board coated with a mixture of gesso and pumice, 7.5 x 10

Friday, May 9, 2008

Angelina Jolie

Or rather an attempt at a portrait of Angelina Jolie. Soft Pastels on illustration board, 7.5 x 10.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Pastel ground experiment

Having tried various ingredients such as marble dust and pumice to create a ground mixture for pastels, I am now trying aluminum oxide, the same ingredient I believe is used on the Wallis Sanded paper. I like this mixture quite a bit and it allows me to adjust the size of the tooth by using different grit sizes thus allowing me to adjust it to my own personal preference.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Charcoal pencil and chalk sketches

Been neglecting my pencils lately, so did a few sketches with charcoal pencil and chalk on brown toned paper.