I've really been on a roll with these pastel/charcoals. The only thing that I'm having trouble with is keeping the outer areas clean, well that and the fact that I tend to wipe my hands on any available surface.
The smaller ones are on acid free A4 paper, the originals are for sale for 30 EUR plus shipping.
The large ones are on semi rough acid free paper 36 by 48 cms and are 45 EUR plus shipping.
You can view larger images in the new pastel section in my gallery(Click here to view).
I'm having so much fun with these pastels and charcoals, they are in my hands every spare moment, I even found myself fiddling before work the other day. Not a good idea as I am so easily carried away, and I don't think my boss would be impressed with me turning up late saying "sorry I was playing with the pastels."Our sitting room is now covered with a fine layer of dust - hey ho.
Fiinally got some pastels a few days ago, haven't done anything with pastels for years. They are such fun to work with and even messier than charcoalwhich I've also included in this piece.What I hadn't realized when working on this was that I was automatically stroking Ralphy (our dog) and when I looked at him in the morning light I realized that he is now sporting various patches of reddish pink pigment - very attractive
Been playing with charcoal again, ooh I do love to get messy ha ha, anyway here is a drawing of pears
and here is a close up
It's independence day today here in Malta, so it's a public holiday whoopee - finally I'm in the studio for more than five minutes and have managed to complete two small paintings that have been staring accusingly at me for the last month. They are both heavily textured, a result of slowly built up layers on 30 by 40cms gallery wrap canvas.
Here is the latest update of the wip I started a couple of months ago - not quite finished yet, but getting there
We'll be here selling prints and a few originals.
I've been AWOL for a couple of weeks due to the fact that I've started a new job teaching in a language school. It's the first time I've taught so as well as getting used to trying to teach others I'm having to do quite a lot of homework to brush up my grammar skills, It's all good, after all life is one long lesson. The first few days I was a bit like a deer caught in the headlights but it's getting better.
Anyway I've managed to finish this piece which is altered charcoal on paper, and I'm pretty pleased with it.I've also started another one today in between reading language books so hopefully I'll be able to get some more work done on it in the coming week
These paintings are part of my Valletta series, they are all textured acrylics and found objects. Size 30 x 40 cm. I'm offering the originals at the sale price of €50 each, shipping to be paid by the buyer, or you can come and pick them up from our place in St. Julians
My latest painting.I really loved painting this, it made me smile.
This going back and forth between studio and work station seems to be agreeing with me.
I even manage a little housework on the way ha ha
Since the big clean up in the studio Andrew's boss has left us a 22inch wide screen monitor to look after so we've set up a work station for me in our sitting room.
The photo on the left is of Andrew's work area and the right hand side is mine.
It's really funny to see this set up as I have never really been into computers, Andrew is the geeky one
It's made a huge difference having a large screen for the digi paintings, especially since it's hooked up to the lap top so that screen has all the other
stuff on it
My approach to digi painting has been much the same as my approach to acrylic painting, experimentation and trial and lots of error. With equal amounts of frustration and fascination thrown in for good measure,Ohh and lots and lots of layers.
Having the 2 screens has meant that I've finally got a bit of a grip and am sorting out files and folders and other - for me - mundane tasks that I've never mastered (much to Andrew's annoyance).
It's surprising how liberating I'm finding it.
Below is the first of the digis from the super duper wide screen
Now I get to move back and forward between the studio and the computer, let's see if a little exercise helps the creative process.
As the studio spring cleaning is finished and everything is looking tidy and organised, I thought you might like to have a little peek (More pictures in the Biography/Studio section of the site.)
Best to see it now because it won't stay this way for very long. It's a gorgeous sunny day today, so ideal for taking photos.
Here's our boy Ralphy, lying in his favourite position, directly behind me. So that I can trip over him, every time I step backwards.
I've been sorting out the older paintings in my studio recently dusting them off re-working some of them,and decided
it was about time to sort out the online gallery as well. Paintings have been added in no particular order and the gallery has become too cumbersome to view properly. So now we've added new categories so that it will be easier and quicker to navigate.Have a look and let me know what you think
Well after a week or so of lolling(and I don't mean laughing out loud) in bed due to the fact that my back has decided to remind me that I can't go running around like a teenager any more or the disc will pop out again, I'm finally upright and on the mend. I managed to complete this painting as a gift in between the lolling, good thing the studio is in our apartment, so I could just hobble along there whenever the painkillers kicked in. It made me smile whilst painting it:
Here's the finished 3rd Pell Mell:
Here's the "upgraded" version of the first Pell Mell:
I decided a couple of weeks ago that rather than have some of the older paintings sitting around the studio gathering dust, it would be better to re-use them. So without a totally clear idea of a theme, I started on the one below.
Probably due to the fact that we've been living in the same apartment for 4 years(the longest time we've lived anywhere)this painting, which begun as an abstract started to take on the semi linear lines of the buildings which surround us.
Using pastels which give a lovely texture on canvas as well as my customary acrylics Pell Mell virtually painted itself.
I was pretty pleased with the result and started the second painting.
Starting the second one it soon became clear that this was going to become a small series. Not only that but when this one was finished I realized that it was much better than the original and so it's back to work on the first one to give a little more definition to the shapes.
This will be the third of them. It's still a work in progress, and I'm enjoying incorporating parts of the original painting into the new one.I'll post photos of this one and the first Pell Mell when they finished
Seitan is a versatile source of vegetarian protein. Andrew and I have been making our own for several years and he finally got to making a video on how to do it.
Making your own seitan from wheat flour is really easy. But I think it's not that easy to learn from text due to the washing process - which is why I wanted to share this video.
Basically it's making plain dough out of flour and water, later washing out the starch to leave just the protein and then boiling it in a marinade.
It takes about 5 minutes to make the dough, 5 minutes to wash out the starch and another 10 minutes for the prep work. So it's about 20 minutes work and including resting the dough and marinading, the whole process takes just over one hour.
1. Don't use wholemeal flour.
2. The approx. half hour "soaking" in water is important. Too short or too long and things go wrong when washing out the starch.
3. The texture of the seitan is influenced by how much the dough is washed. Not washing enough results in seitan that tastes of flour. Washing it until the water is clear results in a very rubbery texture.
4. The seitan can be left in the marinade overnight.
5. It keeps in the fridge for a few days.
6. Breaded seitan slices are nice with potato salad too.(Schnitzel mit Kartoffelsalat)
Having shown you some of Sam's carvings I thought I'd show you the man. So here is a charcoal portrait that I drew from one of the photos that Andrew took. As you can perhaps see he has seen a lot of life
Added two new digis (Bull and Hot Pink) to the gallery today. Click here to view the digi gallery.
So here is the final result of my play canvas. It has a lot of texture and found objects.The colours are really rich and earthy, and I so enjoyed working with these colours that I think I shall start another canvas with them in mind. But with a different theme.