© Sharon Whitley
Painted Dog - pastels
I've been inspired to try out my pastels lately after seeing some lovely pastel pieces around, very different way of working than watercolours and I go with a more detailed style when using pastels, I'm interested to see whether people prefer this version or the looser watercolour version on the last post. I did find it very frustrating using the toothy Daler Rowney pastel paper which leaves the tooth showing through, don't really like that and didn't seem to be able to layer much pastel so I have treated myself to some pastelmat which I'm going to try next - so any ideas on what I can do with the wad of pastel paper I've got would be appreciated!
I had a lovely day on Sunday celebrating a special young man's birthday with fellow birding bloggers, Keith, Andrew, Trevor, and Kane, Chris, Phil and of course Findlay's mum and dad and younger brother Harley.
Findlay lives in a beautiful part of Cheshire and led us on a walk around his local patch where we were all very excited to see a beautiful kingfisher fishing on the banks of the River Weaver, I was absolutely thrilled as I've only seen one briefly before. More about our day with Findlay can be found on Gary's blog post here.
And finally the lovely Elaine of Elaine Magliacane Journal has nominated my blog for an award!
The award is aimed at helping people discover about new blogs and is awarded to bloggers you admire who have under 200 followers. Thank you so much Elaine for thinking of me!
So now I need to pass the award on to 5 blogs that I admire ... Even though I follow a variety of blogs I will stick to arty blogs for the award as that is where my award came from......and I'm choosing those with under 100 followers as I think they deserve much more!
Sherry Schmidt Watercolours Sherry does loads of plein air watercolours which are wonderful and I love her loose style and use of colour
Vickie's Sketchbook Vickie's page has always been one of my favourites, I know when I see her thumbnail on my blogroll, I'm in for a treat - and she loves the same subjects I do - birds and wildlife!
Lorraine Brown Watercolours I first came across Lorraine on PMP (Paint my Photo) a link to which you can find on the side bar - Lorraine's main subject to paint used to be florals which were superb and recently she has been painting wildlife and I've been really impressed with them all, absolutely stunning work (very jealous!)
Polly's Watercolours - the lovely Polly Birchall is a watercolorist with a lovely style - I don't think she realises how good she is, she paints the most gorgeous cards for people and I always look forward to her posts.
Alena Hughes - Alena paints mainly in watercolours and sometimes in acrylics - I love the paintings she does which depict the Australian landscape where she lives
So there you go - 5 blogs worth a browse and a like if you've got 5 minutes to spare.