David J Shaw - Art : Blog

David J Shaw - Art : Blog

Hello and welcome to my first blog

ProjectsPosted by David J Shaw Tue, June 17, 2014 14:19:50

I hope that you have enjoyed browsing the gallery and reading about the pictures.

In the blog my aim is to show aspects of work in progress while sharing ideas and observations which arise.

First of all I’d like to show you a picture which has its roots on a visit in May 2013 to the Farne Islands off the Northumbrian coast. (You may have already seen my picture of puffins in the watercolour gallery). Inner Farne is home to thousands of breeding seabirds; notably guillemots, kittiwakes and puffins. The first two species nest on precarious ledges on sea cliffs and stacks; the headland depicted below, drawn in pastel pencil, is ideal.




This picture presented a considerable technical challenge, the sea particularly, but I did enjoy the rendering of the blocky forms of the rockscape. The birds depicted are kittiwakes which are members of the gull family. I may attempt another version of this picture featuring a narrower viewpoint, more dramatic lighting and less detail in the middle distance.

I would like to show you this ongoing pastel pencil portrait of Millie, a beautiful collie dog.


I am blocking in the main forms of the body before going on to add detail to the head and feet and depth of colour and lustre to the coat.

Both these pictures will be appearing in the gallery soon.



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