I had no art training until I joined a class in our small village in Oxted Surrey (U.K.) in 2001. Since then I have thoroughly enjoyed learning about water-colour, pastel and oil painting. I have been really been inspired to try these different media by my art teacher. Now with no classes for a few years finding the Challenge sites has been a real boon, I am having a great time. The stimulation one gets from the challenges and the wonderful support from other artists has been fantastic.
I cant't believe how quickly the year is already progressing. I took a little longer to finish this picture than I meant to , so January has already passed by.
It is February , cold and sometimes grey so a little Provence sunshine was in order.
We were in Provence for two weeks in September. At first I tried
using chalk pastels. I bought a box of five colours, which was a little
limiting but a good exercise.
This is a study in some ochre woods.
This picture I did in both chalk pastel and in oils. I had a much greater range of oil colours but working in pastels is much freer.
Working in oil I put in more detail . The range of colour was obviously much better.
The sketches below were completed on the few days we had some rain.