My inspiration often comes from the Yorkshire
Moors and the Yorkshire skies - usually during a ramble with family
and friends. They have learnt to be patient when I suddenly see something
that I need to capture, either with my sketch pad or the camera!
Soft pastels are my main medium - I like
their vibrancy and immediacy - I usually start with an under-painting
of acrylic (on quality mount board) or watercolour (on heavy watercolour
paper), which is then primed so that the surface has a grip (and grit).
Soft pastel is then built up in layers,
with some blending, some crisp edges, some textured areas, some areas
heavy with pure pastel vibrancy. However, the gritty surface is not
kind on my fingers, so the process has a certain rhythm and cannot be
rushed! I am therefore not prolific... but this allows me more time
to go walking... what a great balance.