Lakeside at Pont du Diable – Acrylic on paper

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Painting a much calmer scene than there actually was at the Pont du Diable in Languedoc, France. Whilst the family settled down to swim and sunbathe I used paper for this because I thought we could move at anytime and I knew it was going to be rushed. After all it turned out I was going to have more time but the sense of urgency really aided the process. I must try more rapid paintings.

Sketchbook – Impossibly bright en France – oil pastel on paper

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You’ll have to take my word for it but blimey it was bright.  Dazzled by the brightness of the light and the almost complete removal of colour here I sat to tackle it in oil pastel.  I have a problem I wish to address when it comes to bright light and colour.  Although the bushes here are clearly green too often, I find myself over using colour. In this sketch I battled through the heat and light to represent what I saw I probably went too far the other way.  It’s a useful study, despite the final piece being somewhat uninteresting in composition.

Through to the BBQ – Acrylic en pleinair

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I was blessed to have this view right outside the house I was staying in for a holiday en France in July this year. Whilst working on the en pleinair I wanted the viewer to observe some of the intensity of the sun behind me as it strikes the wall of the outside eating area. I laboured hard on that middle wall to get the subtle shadows and temperate change. I tackled a lot in this image throughout the week. Light, where nature meets human construct is a wonderful thing.

Sketchbook – Concrete tent/bbq (Oil pastel on paper)

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Settled down, post walk, to do a quick sketch of this concrete tent/bbq on Vitosha. Definitely got a study out of it  I reckon

Sketchbook – Plovdiv (oilpastel on paper)

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Oil pastel sketch in Plovdiv whist the girlfriend gets her nails done. I was eaten alive by mosquitoes during this sitting. Worth it though.

Sketchbook – Vitosha oil pastel study

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A quick oil pastel from the balcony on a Sunday afternoon. I’m lucky to have Vitosha as a subject at anytime

Sketchbook – Atop Vitosha (oil pastel on paper)

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Atop Vitosha this one afternoon a few weeks ago. Rocks from a distance are a struggle of mine. I was burnt to a crisp during this sitting. It’s a great temp for Sennelier oil pastels though.

Sketchbook – Ostuni living (oil pastel on paper)

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Got a couple of sittings in between tourism and wedding during a holiday in Italy a couple of months back. Our apartment in the city walls of Ostuni meant I only had to walk down the stairs and turn round to find a spot to draw. There’s so much to draw here it warrants another return

Sketchurchbook – Tree in central Sofia

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After a day walking around Sofia scoping out the art supply shops I have come to terms that there is no Sennelier oil pastels out there.  So I sat on a bench to finally tackle a church that I have wanted to draw for about a year and consequently run out of white. I know it looks like I’m over indulging with the creative licence but the camera was totally failing to capture the luminosity of the light on the trees .When I left I realised that I  had left a big smudge of Naples yellow (my fav) on the bench. It was a relief that the woman sitting next to me offered up a tissue without prompt. That was nice.

Sketchbook – Balcony view, Rila – Oil Pastel

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When on a weekend trip to Rila I had to squeeze in the opportunity to draw the view from the hotels terrace. Thought it might be a simple undertaking to start with but the constant shift of light and the need to convey distance was a trouble. Overall a good session. I feel like my oil pastels are less drawing or painting and more finger-painting.