A Stag at Bay

Stag on the Hillside

Another chalk pastel this week! I like using this sketchier style, and I felt like I got to experiment more with colour this week. I dream of being good enough at working in colour that I can communicate convincing light schemes for different times of day, and go abstract and do Matisse-inspired rainbow faced people.


Red Panda in Chalk Pastel

Red Panda in Chalk Pastel

Continuing with my recent chalk pastel experiments, and returning to my favourite subject for chalk pastel drawings: fluffy creatures. A red panda 🙂 The base colour of the paper was unexpectedly overpowering and I struggled to get the colours of the log strong enough to counteract it. Next time! I'm please with how the arm … Continue reading Red Panda in Chalk Pastel

Book Review: The Mystery of Princess Louise by Lucinda Hawksley

The Mystery of Princess Louise by Lucinda Hawksley

(goodreads) I got this book from the library and my feelings are so-so about it. It wasn't as engaging as the Massie biography of Catherine the Great, in part because Louise, as the sixth daughter of Queen Victoria, had a lot less power and influence than Catherine the Great. It was interesting as an insight … Continue reading Book Review: The Mystery of Princess Louise by Lucinda Hawksley

Book Review: Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

(goodreads link) So I've been re-united with my book collection after a year abroad and I've been rereading all my old favourites. Among these is Graceling by Kristin Cashore, a YA Fantasy novel set in a land where certain people are 'graced' by being extremely talented at something, like baking, hand-to-hand fighting, or even predicting the future. … Continue reading Book Review: Graceling by Kristin Cashore