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...
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...
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...