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Summer of Love

Welcome to my Summer blog.

#Peoplesketching #portraitart #portraitartist #lovesupreme #summerfestival

I had a lovely trip to Love Supreme Festival last month for a long weekend. What a treat for the senses- I could literally spend all my time at this place. Set in the idillic grounds of Glyndebourne House, the atmosphere was electric, there was so much colour, energy creativity and a general feeling of goodwill amongst everyone. With beautiful weather and amazing live music - jazz, soul, reggae and latin grooves, I felt totally inspired.. Armed with my little sketch book I enjoyed the chance to practise some quick plein air sketching.

I'd forgotten how good it is to immerse oneself in ones surroundings and just draw from life without caring about the outcome. It's the ultimate in mindfulness and great practise for quick gestural drawing. There isnt time for accuracy which gives a childlike quality of line to the sketches which I find quite refreshing. Here are some more sketches

The food stalls were amazing! :)

I've been working on several portrait commissions of siblings over the last few months. Below is the process of one of the pastel portraits. I worked on Art Spectrum ColourFix Pastel paper which has a great tooth for the pastel to cling to and is sturdy enough to take several layers. I found it helpful to do a tonal study first in

neutral greys as it's very important to establish the values before I add the colour. (below)