Monthly Archives: November 2013

Light and Shade

I normally like to take reference photographs for my artwork in the early morning or late afternoon sun. The light seems softer, the contrasts between light and shadow seem to take on a luminous quality. I love to try to capture the effect of light on a subject and hopefully achieve a dramatic impact.

This is a small study of a lily that I completed last year. The reference photo was actually taken inside on my iPhone and the flower set against a dark timber door with the light streaming in from above through a glass panel. It is titled “Towards the Light”.

4" x 4" Prismacolor

4″ x 4″
Prismacolor

Welcome…

…to my first post! I am currently in the process of setting up my website/blog so am slowly learning the technical side of things as I go. I have had a lot of different interests over the years but art has always been a part of my life and I keep coming back to it. Read more here

Finding the right medium to work with has been a long quest for me. I had done a few coloured pencil artworks in the past, but only started to consider the medium seriously after attending an introductory workshop last year. They are so versatile and suit my busy lifestyle. I have seen some amazing works online and in the past twelve months I have learnt a lot about the medium and the different techniques that can be utilised.

I thought I’d share one of the first pieces that I completed in March, 2012. It is an orange gerbera flower titled “Sunburst” and inspired from a friend’s photograph, used with permission.

5" x 4" Prismacolor & black fineliner pen on Bristol Vellum

5″ x 4″
Prismacolor & black fineliner pen on Bristol Vellum

I create detailed, realistic art so working with coloured pencil is a SLOW process but hopefully this blog will prompt me to keep creating artworks on a regular basis.

Thank you for visiting!