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!

How To Watch My Art Video Tutorials – 3 Ways

  How do you watch yours? Leave me a comment and let me kniw what you do 😊 Did you know that there's not just one way to watch an art video tutorial?  And anyway you choose is the right way!  The format of my online classes starts with anyone coming on Zoom early...

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...
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...

Wash Underpainting with Soft Pastels

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

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...

First Soft Pastel Class 2018

First Soft Pastel Class 2018

What an exciting day! My new Pastel And Drawing Skills weekly class in Marchwood started.   I love teaching, I used to be a teacher in a special needs school and a private tutor.  For me, there is little that is more satisfying than helping people learn a new skill.I...

Bokeh Backgounds in Soft Pastel

Bokeh Backgounds in Soft Pastel

This weeks class was all about making our paintings stronger by having a centre of focus and blurring the background. This is known in the photography world as a Bokeh effect. For the pronunciation think Hyacinth "Bucket" from Keeping Up Appearance's but if you're too...

Hampshire Open Studios 2018

Hampshire Open Studios 2018 is nearly upon us and I'm not ready!  But I have a plan so all is good!  This year I will be joined by two other artists Donna Mcghie and Jasmin Crockett.  So the line up is: Susan Kerrigan-Harris (me) with portraits in soft pastel. ...

Chihuahua in Soft Pastel

Chihuahua in Soft Pastel

I was asked to paint a beautiful white chihuahua by the daughter of a friend for her boyfriends Christmas present.  Little Hugo was such a delight and I got to meet him in person which is quite rare as usually people send me photos to paint.  But his owner didn't have...

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