Author: Karen Hartnell

First Tentative Steps into Teaching Art

I have recently started to set up an online beginners art group to try and encourage people who would like to learn to draw and paint. At the moment it is just for a few, but hopefully once I’ve built up the group I can offer this for others. Yesterday I posted a photo for […]

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Puffin Paintings and Wildlife of the May

This blog takes a look at the inspiration behind a couple of my Puffin wildlife art paintings. My Puffin paintings were inspired by visits to the Isle of May, a small island in the Firth of Forth. I first visited in 2013 on a beautiful summer’s day, in comparison to 2014, when it was wet, […]

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Wildlife Seen in Dumfries and Galloway

A selection of photos I took of some of the wildlife I spotted on my recent holiday in south west Scotland. © Karen Hartnell Follow Me On:

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Paper Stumps and Tortillons

As a graphite pencil artist, I think paper stumps and tortillons are high on my list of ‘must haves’ in my drawing equipment.  The stumps come in a variety of sizes so you can blend large or small areas of pencil.  If you enjoy drawing (and this includes charcoal and pastels) these are a must […]

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Sketching Remnants of the Second World War

I recently spent a week in Dumfries and Galloway, south west Scotland, returning to a lovely cottage we stayed at last summer. The area is steeped in Second World War history. Nearby Wig Bay on the shores of Loch Ryan had been a RAF flying boat base. Cairnryan, where the ferries now depart for Ireland, […]

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