Category: Pastel

informal pastel portrait of a military historian

Informal Pastel Portrait of Roddy – a Larger than Life Military Historian

  When Roddy came to pick up the portrait of his wife, Sian, there was a general consensus that really it was only right and fitting that he should have a portrait painted of himself.    But rather than have a matching “his ‘n hers”, he felt that his portrait should be completely different. Where her […]

Pastel Portrait of Yasmin

  About the Sitter Yasmin H was my youngest daughter’s best friend at primary school and a regular and much loved in our house. Even at 7, she was extraordinarily beautiful – olive-skinned, greeny-hazel eyed and wonderful leonine hair; but she was also kind, gentle, serene, warm and loyal. And absurdly talented at whatever she turned her […]

Florence – Pastel Portrait of a Young Girl

  I had painted Florence’s sister, Isla, a couple of years ago when she was 10. Isla, see below, was a beautiful, relatively shy, dreamy, bookworm brunette. The pose we chose then reflected that and had a gentle serenity about it as she gazed out of the picture. Two years later, in bounced Florence. Completely […]

Scrappy – A Pastel Sketch of The Most Beloved Jack Russell Terrier

  The Story Scrappy is responsible for my having 2 Jack Russell terriers. For two reasons. Firstly, historically, I had always had big dogs. Didn’t really ‘do’ small dogs. Ankle-biting yapping things that follow big bottomed handsome women of a certain age, as far as I was concerned.  Then I met Scrappy. And within minutes I knew without […]

pastel portrait of a young girl

Iris – Pastel Portrait of a Young Girl

  Iris, 6 years old, is the youngest of three. Bright, determined, confident, mischievous and with a wonderful mop of hair. I had drawn Gus’ and Honor’s portraits 5 and 3 years ago, respectively, when they were both 6. So their pastel portraits came back with Iris so that I could have them with me while […]

Pastel portrait of a teenage girl

Olivia H at 15 – Pastel head and shoulders portrait of a teenage girl

I have known Olivia since she was 10. She is the older sister of my youngest’s best friend at primary school from some years ago.  Always in and out of each other’s houses, our two families were great friends. But since the girls moved on to different secondary schools, our paths hadn’t crossed so much and it […]

Pastel Portrait of a Young Girl – The Delicious Bella

  I had previously done a pastel head and shoulders of both of Bella’s brothers, and that was what was planned for Bella. But when she walked into my studio dressed in an extraordinary and very carefully chosen outfit: party dress with full veil petticoat, favourite sparkly scuffed shoes (one with a bow missing), silver […]

Mollie and Gracie – Pastel Portrait Drawings of Two Small Dogs

Small in stature, but by no means small in personality – quirky and quite delicious – Gracie and Mollie were a joy to draw. I felt that pastel was the more suitable medium here for these two dogs as their energy, characters and hairy coats are better represented by a pastel portrait drawing. Normally, with dog portraits, I draw just the […]

Pastel Portrait of Young Boy

Pastel Portrait of Young Boy

A head and shoulders pastel portrait of a young boy, Finn, with a wonderful unruly mop of hair and a face packed with mischief. I was at school with Finn’s mother, Rosie, so it was great fun and rather nostalgic to see her likeness emerge at times when I was drawing this portrait. See here […]