Arty Bloggy

If you’ve read my website you’ll have discovered I’m dyslexic so I expect you can appreciate that blogging is not my favourite way to pass the day. BUT here it is worts and all. May you forgive my enimitable grammer and typos!

Is Soft Pastel a Drawing or a Painting? 

A Drawing, A Painting or A Pastel - What do you call Art in the Pastel Medium? Did you expect a simple answer? 😅 Well, it kind of is and kind of isn’t. Clear as mud? Okay, let me explain. 🤓 Soft Pastel can be a drawing medium and a painting medium (as can paint!).  So...

How to Keep Yourself & Your Pastel Art Clean – 7 Top Tips

How To Keep Clean with Soft Pastel - 7 Top Tips A common complaint about soft pastels I hear time and time again is about getting messy! Pastels can be messy on your hands but you don’t need to be messy everywhere else. I am the most untidy person I know (apart from...

A is for Art – Your Art Journey

Did you know that I’ve been a teacher since 2002?  I used to teach children who struggled with learning - a challenge that I loved. But after the birth of my son I couldn’t do that anymore so I switched to teaching ladies which I love doing even more.  I love teaching...

How to Choose Colours for a Painting

I don't know about you but if you are anything like me when I first started pastelling (painting with pastels) I could never get the colour right. I'd always be picking up the wrong colours and ending up with a mess that would end up turning a shade of brown! You're...

Critique – Pastel Pet Portrait

Can a critique help you improve your pet portraits? Obviously‌ ‌I’m‌ ‌going‌ ‌to‌ ‌say‌ ‌YES‌ ‌-‌ ‌a ‌critique‌ of your pet portrait ‌can‌ ‌help‌ ‌you‌ ‌improve‌ ‌because‌ ‌I‌ ‌am‌ ‌an‌ ‌art‌ ‌tutor,‌ ‌both‌ ‌private‌ ‌tuition‌ ‌and‌ ‌weekly‌ ‌classes‌ ‌and‌ ‌more‌...

How to Frame a Pastel Portrait

A lot of people ask me how to frame a pastel painting so I have written this post to show you how I do it.  I use Acid free materials because my commissions are designed to last a life time.  You can choose to use different materials.  So to start, here is a list of...

I Didn’t Draw For 3 Years

Someone once said my art wasn't very good. I thought it was great, really great, my best! She said it didn't look like the celebrity I was referring to and I gave up art on the spot for 3 years!! My world came tumbling down.  This was my best and it is not good...

I Lost My Art Mojo

Over the years I have not drawn for months at a time or years even!! I used to idly think it was some magic power that I had temporarily and then it would vanish as quickly as it had arrived. That sounds a bit (a lot!) crazy but that is honestly how I felt. Someone...

Wash Underpainting with Soft Pastels

This week in the Improvers art class (based in Southampton) we went in a completely different direction to realism and it was a bit scary - for me as well as the class!!  In fact if someone had asked me to do this at the beginning of my art journey I would have been...

Intro To Pastel Workshop

I can remember well what it was like to be a beginner to soft pastel and how confused I was by all the different materials on the market, which paper to use, which pastels and why I should use them and how to protect my work once complete.That is why I decided to...
A is for Art – Your Art Journey

A is for Art – Your Art Journey

Did you know that I’ve been a teacher since 2002?  I used to teach children who struggled with learning - a challenge that I loved. But after the birth of my son I couldn’t do that anymore so I switched to teaching ladies which I love doing even more.  I love teaching...

How to Choose Colours for a Painting

I don't know about you but if you are anything like me when I first started pastelling (painting with pastels) I could never get the colour right. I'd always be picking up the wrong colours and ending up with a mess that would end up turning a shade of brown! You're...

Critique – Pastel Pet Portrait

Can a critique help you improve your pet portraits? Obviously‌ ‌I’m‌ ‌going‌ ‌to‌ ‌say‌ ‌YES‌ ‌-‌ ‌a ‌critique‌ of your pet portrait ‌can‌ ‌help‌ ‌you‌ ‌improve‌ ‌because‌ ‌I‌ ‌am‌ ‌an‌ ‌art‌ ‌tutor,‌ ‌both‌ ‌private‌ ‌tuition‌ ‌and‌ ‌weekly‌ ‌classes‌ ‌and‌ ‌more‌...

How to Frame a Pastel Portrait

A lot of people ask me how to frame a pastel painting so I have written this post to show you how I do it.  I use Acid free materials because my commissions are designed to last a life time.  You can choose to use different materials.  So to start, here is a list of...

I Didn’t Draw For 3 Years

I Didn’t Draw For 3 Years

Someone once said my art wasn't very good. I thought it was great, really great, my best! She said it didn't look like the celebrity I was referring to and I gave up art on the spot for 3 years!! My world came tumbling down.  This was my best and it is not good...

I Lost My Art Mojo

I Lost My Art Mojo

Over the years I have not drawn for months at a time or years even!! I used to idly think it was some magic power that I had temporarily and then it would vanish as quickly as it had arrived. That sounds a bit (a lot!) crazy but that is honestly how I felt. Someone...

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