Today was another wet and horrid day, thunder in the early morning with heavy down pours, I got soaked sorting the ponies. I got home pretty quick for a Sunday as I couldn’t ride, so I decided to paint, I wanted to get the oils out, but I have been feeling a little un motivated on the art front. I think just over tired from doing so much during my two weeks off, and wishing I could keep to that standard and pace, but realising having time to paint is important, and the limited time while working means I have rushed the last few pictures, and I think it shows. So today I got the charcoal and derwent tinted charcoal out, it’s less to clear away. My subject…..Leah my daughter ( she doesn’t know, and when she sees it I am sure she will not be happy, teenagers)! The finished picture has the dark background, but I have included the picture before I added it, I am not sure the dark background was a good idea, but as I drew on a yellow sheet of pastel paper, and I only had limited derwent pencil colours, I felt her skin tone was wrong, I thought changing the background would help with my limited palette of colours, and make her skin tone a little better…..not sure now. I also over worked the mouth, so just quit and pencils down before I wrecked it further. All in all I am fairly happy, it was done in one hour ish, but it is good practice for my people skills, and the faces I avoid.