Playing with pastels


I started the day with getting my “Saturday jobs” out of the way. You know the ones; washing, dishes, beds, animals, shopping. Only did half what I should of course 🙂

Then it was into my art room and out with the pastels. I haven’t used them for a while but a book I’ve been reading inspired me to get back to them. I love the directness of the colour application.

I did three quick paintings, each continuing to explore the “Italy from above” theme. Great fun, and I’m particularly pleased with this square one.

I knew Tony wouldn’t like them, so while he was watching me I asked him to say something nice. Pause…
Umm, it doesn’t anything like the reference photo.
Is that your best comment?
I think so, he says..
Well done Tony – it wasn’t meant to look like the photo. LOL
Gotta love him!!

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Keeping on working…




It’s been an eventful few weeks. ..

Meg, our bulldog, has lymphatic cancer and the vet thought she might also have a large melanoma on her knee. Turns out to be something else thank goodness, so we have some more pills to trick her into swallowing 😉

Mum’s been more unwell than usual and has needed a lot of nursing – so I haven’t been getting a lot of sleep the last few weeks.

But what I understand about myself is that I need to keep making art, regardless, otherwise I get even more tired and grumpy.

So, these 3 paintings are some of what I’ve been fiddling round with: the two square landscapes are in preparation for a pre-Christmas exhibition in Hawera, the mainly purple and blue abstract is more exploration for the “Italy from above” series.