Pony Portrait

Highland Pony Portrait

Highland Pony Portrait

I was very keen to share this one but as it was commissioned as a festive gift, I had to wait until it had been received!

I loved working on this piece, the reference photo (courtesy of the pony’s owner) was great because it showed off both the details of his face from a dynamic angle and I feel the result is a portrait full of character.

The woman who ordered it for one of her daughters, also commissioned me to do the previous Highland Pony portrait for her own home. It was a pleasure to deliver both to her.

The two portraits side by side

The two portraits side by side

I have one more completed pastel painting of two felines to share once I get the go ahead that it has been received. It is my first pastel portrait in full colour and was also a lot of fun. I’d better get creating something new to share soon too!


Equine Deja vu

This Highland pony may be familiar – it was commissioned after my friend’s mum saw the artwork I created for her daughter’s birthday and uses the same reference photos which were taken by her family.

Missy in Pastels version 2.0

Missy in Pastels version 2.0

I hope that there has been even a small improvement in the way I handle pastels, because the first portrait I did of Missy was the first time I had used pastels and I’ve had a bit of practice now.

My friend got me some vouchers for art supplies for my birthday earlier this month. I need to have a think about how best to spend them. My tabletop easel is on it’s last legs and needs replacing – ideally with something that will support larger pieces on. I also want to upgrade my pastels and try out some rougher papers to allow me to work in more layers. So I’ll have fun shopping.

I got a great book on pastels from my husband for my birthday which I’m reading at the moment, hopefully I’ll be able to try out some new techniques soon.

I’ve started work on a quick fun project for the monthly Paint My Photo challenge for October. A bit last minute and out of my comfort zone because I’ve never created anything abstract. But I’m enjoying just playing with bold colours even if the final result isn’t a winner.

Next up, I’ve got a few gifts and gift commissions that I won’t be able to share on this blog until they are received. Hopefully I’ll also have time to experiment with gouache, create a pastel portrait of my border collie and work on branding and illustration for my art business.


Highland Pony in Pastels

I completed this horse portrait several weeks ago and I have been desperate to share my first pastel portrait. I couldn’t because it is a birthday surprise for one of my closest friends who infuriatingly is working abroad over her birthday. I just couldn’t bear to wait weeks and weeks more to let her see it, so hopefully a digital glimpse will be a great birthday treat.

This is in memory of one of her beautiful Highlands who sadly passed away whilst very young. It is based on photographs taken by my friend and her family.

Happy Birthday!

I hope you love the portrait – I’m not sure that my photograph does it justice or at least that’s my excuse if you don’t think it’s a good likeness. You are a fabulous friend and I hope you have an awesome day… and if it isn’t awesome because you are working then I hope you choose a day when you come home to celebrate your birthday.

Mistletoe of St. Vigeans "Missy"

Mistletoe “Missy”


I really enjoyed using pastels for the first time. I used a mixture of soft pastels and pastel pencils. It was my first experience of working dark  to light and I loved that process of starting off with a rough under-drawing and building up the layers and sharpness. It feels very painterly and is looser and possibly more expressive than the neat pencil drawings I had been working on up till this point

Pastels are definitely a medium I enjoy using, I’d love to improve my skills with it and get a feel for working with more colour.