Linelism take two

I was pleased with the first pastel I produced at Max Hale’s workshop. I actually started a second one while I was there, because I thought we had an hour longer than we really did. I decided to finish it off at home. It was based on a photograph I took of the ketch Bessie Ellen leaving Fowey harbour in Cornwall in 2004.

I did little more than start the outline at the workshop, but tried to follow the vertical line technique at home.


It seemed to be working, so I carried on for most of the day (too wet to go sailing)


It really is a nice technique, because you can go back to weak areas and rework them easily. But it is slow, which is not my usual approach.


I think this is the finished work. I had hoped to go sailing on her in November in the Canary islands. But they are going for a refit in Denmark over the winter. They offered me a passage over the North Sea in October! Not my kind of sailing at all.

Pastel workshop with Max Hale


Just finished a one day pastel workshop at Pegasus Arts with Max Hale. The idea was to produce a maritime image using a very contolled technique, just using vertical strokes of colour and no blending at all. I based mine on a photo I took in Cornwall 12 years ago. I’m pleased with the final result, as it didn’t look great at earlier stages. It is a slow, gradual process, and that is not my usual technique at all. Good to try something different.