Being a bit of a watercolour nut, I rarely use other mediums but I do have pastels and pastel pencils and thought this Scottish Wildcat would work with pastels so I gave it a go - it takes a lot longer than watercolour and my fingers were dusty and aching by the end of it - I don't know if I use pastels 'correctly' but then again I don't know if I use watercolours 'correctly' either! I just do what works for me. I'd like to learn a bit more about working with pastels though so if there are any pastel artists reading this who can help with any tips please let me know! This Scottish Wildcat is from a photograph taken by Dave Webb who was lucky enough to photograph these gorgeous creatures in Aberdeenshire recently - he actually saw three of them which is amazing considering there are thought to be less than 50 left in the wild. I had to paint it, such a beautiful creature still native to the UK but seriously endangered. We hear so much about the plight of big cats such as tigers yet little about our native big cat here in the UK which is very nearly extinct. More should be done to save this beautiful animal.
My daughter Sian has posted to her blog recently, she doesn't post very often but she has some photos she's quite proud of which she took at the Zoo recently - it would be lovely if you could pop over and leave her a comment - it really makes her day when she gets visits!
I'm hoping to get a bit of extra painting in as I'm recuperating from an operation so it's a good excuse to sit and paint as I can't do much else really at the mo! Can't wait to get out and about again though, with one thing and another we haven't been out walking for weeks, and all this lovely weather we've been having too, typical! Hope you're all fine and dandy where you are, take care! Sharon xx