Margaret Shaw - Artwork In Progress

These pages show some my artworks in progress. 
As works progress, new ones will be added and older ones deleted.
I hope you enjoy seeing my approach to each piece.

Click on the title of the work to see the progress images and description.

November - and my thoughts turn to Poppies ( and my Dad who fought in the 2nd world war )
 From Strandshag Bay 
Strandshag Bay lies near the head of Derwent Water. 

I enjoy the moodiness of the winter scenes up there and this shot was taken back in February 2015. 
I have a long thin canvas that has been waiting for a picture .....
I started this as an exercise with my new pastel pencils. 

I'd found some instructions on the internet but decided I'd use my own reference photo.
 CATching the Harbour Light
I like the quirkiness of this small lighthouse on the harbours edge
and with a few cats added can create even more quirkiness
 Harbour Dusk
I encountered this stunning image whilst on holiday on the Moray Firth.  A wonderful place for sunsets and dusk.
CATching Stones
Had these stones for about 2 years - when inspiration struck.
 Red Admiral 
Loved the colours, light and vibrancy of a photo I took a couple of years ago

CATching the Shore Lights
 CATching the Shoreline
A few tweaks and this became another in the CATching series.
( With a title tweak at the end to a revised title of CATching the Shore Lights )

CATching the Lamp Lights
 Catching the  Lamp Lights
A little imagination from a lamp lit lane has become a new addition to the CATching series.

 CATching the Twisty Tree
Had already used the tree as a model several times, with less colour and the addition of a few cats
- another for the CATching series.

CATching the Gap in the Wall
 CATching the Gap in the Wall
From a quite moody photo, a painting added to the CATching series
Fire in the sku
 Amber Sunset
Started as a demo piece at a show and finished on attempt no 3.

 Bamburgh Sunrise
On holiday woke early to find an orange sky and the sun not risen.
Grabbed my camera and set off towards the sea. 
I felt suitably rewarded when I saw the sun peek over the horizon.
I took a lovley photo at the Ornamental Gardens in Grange over Sands. 
Sitting quietly admiring these babies (camera at the ready),
I was delighted when the parents seemed to think I was a suitable baby sitter.
Afternoon Rest
 Afternoon Rest
Having made the decision to do a series of charcoal lamb pictures here's my third selection "Afternoon Rest". 

These little ones seemed to be taking a break in the late afternoon sunshine.
View from Pendraggon
 View from Pendraggon
Stunning view down the valey from the ancient ruin of Pendraggon Castle.
Just One
 Just one
Previously worked as a pencil drawing where some of the proportions were wrong so re-did in charcoal and pastel.
Are Ewer Playing
 Are Ewe Playing
With Lambing season in full swing I've decided to do a couple more charcoal lambs.
This little one seemed to be looking for someone to play with.