It’s finally spring time in England, and as such I felt something bright and cheerful was in order! This is ‘Mellow Yellow’ and is 16×12 inch rabbit artwork painted in pastel.
Rabbit Artwork in the making
It’s the beginning of the show season and I am trying to fit in producing more originals to put on my stand. This is the quickest I’ve ever produced a pastel painting this size, it’s Easter so I am not at my day job, leaving me to spend two full days on this. I can’t quite believe I managed to get it finished but it’s definitely given me the urge to be at my easel more.
I used anthracite pastelmat and a combination of sennelier and derwent sticks for the background simply because their ranges have fabulous golden yellows which were exactly what I was looking for.
Here you can see my easel where all the magic happens. It’s A0 size so I have plenty of room to spread everything out for easy access.
Here I am using the sennelier sticks. They are a bit clunky to use in the beginning due to their small but fat size however as I’ve gotten used to them I now love them, their colours are so rich and don’t take long to build up at all.
I was so enjoying myself with this piece it seemed to take on a life of it’s own and soon took shape.
And here is my rabbit artwork finished! I thought title ‘Mellow Yellow’ suited it very well, a lovely cheerful pastel painting. I’m taking it to Ledbury for our Easter show at the Market Place (we are there 14th to 23rd April so do pop in!)
I’ve received some new Customer reviews (so important for any artist) and it’s fabulous to receive feedback for our artistic efforts. I’ve received a fabulous review from Honey’s owners for her Pastel Pet Portraits. Don’t forget you can order your own Pet Portraits from photos.
A day in the life of the artist.
We’ve also been busy in the garden. It’s now full swing with egg laying for our geese, ornamental pheasants, ducks and chickens. These are our speckled sussex chickens who wander about the whole of the garden by day and myself and our two little terriers go on a daily egg hunt to find all the spoils. We sell our excess eggs, fruit and veg at the gate and it proves very popular indeed with people travelling to us to buy our home grown produce even though we are out in the middle of the woods!
We have two huge 42 foot polytunnels which we plant up with all sorts of goodies. Hoping this one will be filled with lots of salad stuff very soon.
This is our allotment patch, we’ve had to fence this now as our very naughty goat was helping himself to lots of fresh veggies last year! We went down the garden one day to find our runner bean row looking more like a wigwam with one very happy goat hidden in the middle!
And here is the guilty culprit along with one of his goose buddies. He loves being in with the birds, especially the muscovy ducks and at night time they sleep together!
Forest of Dean
Thought I’d share this beautiful picture I took at Speech House Lake in the Forest of Dean on a very sunny day recently. It’s a lovely place to wander around and I take my dogs there for a paddle quite often.
And just because you can never have enough fur in your life, here is one of our resident squirrels who spend most of their days stealing our chicken corn!!!