Thursday, March 28, 2013

Waiting for the tide, Oban

Waiting for the tide, Oban
Soft Pastel on Colourfix paper
19 x 27 inches

I just got back from a walking holiday in Glencoe to find out I'd won the Pastel Guild of Europe's Get Dusty landscape competition with this painting- superb!!

Can't wait to try out the set of Girault pastels prize, I've never seen them here in the UK.

I just loved how these boats were sitting in the mud at funny angles and thought that it would make a good but challenging composition.

Ryan

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

March Pastel Scribbler available

The March edition of the Pastel Scribbler is now available for free download!

http://pastelguild.com/Scribbler/pastel_scribbler_mar2013.pdf

There's some great tips and technique articles this month.

Enjoy!

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Loch Lomond Sky

Here's a new landscape painting I did.  It is a dramatic sky over the view south/west looking down Loch Lomond. The view was stunning close to the second day of the West Highland Way and this point we'd just walked the length of Loch Lomond (~27miles) heading to a well earned pint at the famous Drover's pub.

You can see one of the tiny islands that dot the Loch.



Loch Lomond Sky
Pastel on Sennelier Pastel Card
24cm x 24cm

Ryan

Monday, January 07, 2013

Brooklyn blues, new mixed media painting

Happy 2013!

I'm back from a bit of a Blogger break, can't believe its been so long since my last post.

Anyway here is the finished mixed media painting that my last post showed the start of:


Brooklyn Blues
Mixed Media on canvas
80x60cm

There was a fair bit of collage and layering of textures to get to this point.  There's lots of subtle relevant inclusions as well that hopefully will mean there's a lot of looking longevity!  My research on New York style building made me realise I'd picked architecture with LOTS of windows, phew!

 This painting now has a new home in my brother's music room and thankfully he was really happy with the way it turned out

Ryan

Sunday, October 07, 2012

New Commission- work in progress

This is what I'm working on at the moment. A new mixed media painting with a musical theme. This is for my brother's music studio so music is an obvious theme. Continuing my current love for quirky buildings and rooftops I thought it would be cool to do a New York themed rooftop jazz / blues band.


Early sketches and ideas








Prepping the canvas


Used collage and various texture pastes to build this up


Transferring the sketch and incorporating some of the random collage and texture shapes


THe silver leaf really picks up the flash! hoping this will help with the glittering city in the distance

RYan

Friday, September 21, 2012

Last rays- Glen Sannox



Last rays- Glen Sannox
Soft pastel on board
18x12inches

Another landscape from Arran. The previous Bastion painting was from the top left of the ridge looking down to spot this painting is from. Here we are looking back up Glen Sannox with the Bastion on the left guarding the entrance. 'The saddle' can be seen at the far end of the valley. We almost went that way till we say the descent!! Opted to come down 'the Devil's Punchbowl' onto the lush (and boggy!) slope on the left middle distance!

This painting was started on Canson board but I have to say the surface did not suit my heavy impasto style. Lesson learnt. I used one of the Canson boards and used Colourfix 'Supertooth' pastel primer tinted warm red on top to give my grip for my thick pastel layers.


Also tried out my new Henri Roche pastels- very lush and high quality sticks with high pigment content. Very nice - thanks to la maison du pastel

Here's the sketch




Ryan

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

New Pastel Scribbler available

The new edition of the Pastel Scribbler is now available to download for free from the Pastel Guild of Europe CLICK HERE!

or paste this into your browser:
http://www.pastelguild.com/Scribbler/Pastel_Scribbler_June2012.pdf

Please take a look. There's some great review articles about the various pastel papers available out there. I've got an article in there about the wonderful Sennelier La carte paper that I use for studio paintings.

Enjoy

Ryan