……while I’m at it I just thought I’d stick on one of my latest pictures:

I did this pastel in one day at college. I’ve not really used pastels very much in the past but after being inspired by my tutor’s (hello Kim) demonstration I thought I’d have a go. When I started it I thought it was going to end up as one horrendous mess. Once I started adding highlights and shadows though, it started to take shape. I was quite pleased with it in the end.

The picture is of a place very close to my heart and I go there when I can. It’s part of Lever’s Estates (he who bought a number of John Waterhouse’s painting’s I might add) somewhere between Clatterbridge, Thornton Hough and Brimstage. My family worked there when I was a kid. It’s just a wonderful place for me and this particular stretch of road/path is where I first drove a tractor. It wasn’t a happy experience. My dad was driving the tractor at the time but he suddenly decided to blood me there and then. I was sitting on the huge mudguard for the back wheel when he asked me to take the wheel. Reticently I had a go, the sound of laughter coming from a friend of ours on the tractor behind ringing in my ears (by the way, I was about 8 or 9 yrs old at the time, our friend being about 2 yrs older). I was doing ok until my dad decided to up the revs for me. Suddenly this tame grey Massey Ferguson tractor became a lumbering monster that I had little control over. Needless to say, I started crying and the lad in the tractor behind kept on laughing. My dad mercifully took over from me and probably averted a disaster. I did learn to drive the tractor soon after though. I’d tamed the great grey beast, but I certainly wouldn’t argue with one.

Well, I hope you like the picture and all the best for 2009.

See ya,

Jimbob