Seascapes are forgiving subjects, waves and clouds take many forms, unlike buildings and with unforgiving straight lines and perspective What are the best soft pastels for a beginner? Art is a brilliant escape and I’ve loved watching people flourish through learning a new skill and enjoy exploring soft pastels as a beginner. As an Art …

Taking an Online Art Workshop Like most of us, this last few months has meant lots of changes to the way I work.  One of my unexpected confessions is that I am now a big fan of Online Art Teaching! Don’t get me wrong, I love the bustle of a art class and you can’t …

My Pastel Classes are Online for Autumn 2020 This summer has been exciting, I’ve had the opportunity and time to rediscover my love of pastels. Early this year, Lockdown gave me the opportunity of time, re-focusing on the things I enjoy. I’m lucky enough to have a job I love but I must admit it wasn’t …

My top favourite Pastel Techniques and Tips I’ve been working through my favourite techniques for my online Art Classes. One of my most popular techniques has been using soft pastel with alcohol. When I am painting with pastels I use Unison Pastels and Art Spectrum pastel card and Vodka. I like the way that it …

Beautiful Echinacea Flowers in Unison Colour Soft Pastel Ive been creating Online Draw Along Art Classes, here’s a time-lapse of painting a echinacea to show what we covered in an Art Online session. You can see the final version on my Instagram page. My garden has been a lovely retreat during Lockdown. I’ve always enjoyed …

Sometimes your art day doesn’t go right… thats ok. “Outtakes 10” I’ve gradually been trying to improve the quality of my videos by trying new camera angles so that you get the best possible view to see me working. You can see in this video that my camera stand had other ideas. It kept twisting …

Unison Associate Artist My favourite Unison Colour pastels are my art indulgence. I’ve been a big fan since discovering them many years ago. They are handmade and the high quality is so obvious once you’ve used them. They are the obvious choice for creating beautiful vibrant views. They recreate the magical sparkle of the sea …

  Time Lapse of Pastel Painting of Sandbanks, Poole. I’ve been enjoying experimenting with pastels and seascapes, those that know me well will tell you that I’m happiest by the sea. The image below is it finished on my easel and the video below shows you how it progressed from start to finish.   I’m …

Beautiful Spaniels make lovely pastel dog portraits Mostly, I’m working at my easel and my pet portraits are secret Christmas commissions, surprises by generous partners or family and friends. So I can’t share as much as I would like of my work in progress of dog portraits and horse portraits. I just had lovely owner …

Pet portraits, pastel seascapes and portraits of people Pastels are a versatile media and recently I’ve been exploring different ways of working with both my dog portraits and Dorset seascapes. I have always enjoyed pastels for pet portraits, they have a natural quality that suits animal fur. I use the best quality materials and Jacksons …