From Pastel Paper To I.T. Tools

One of the consequences of our decluttering has been the discovery forgotten pictures stuffed in a cupboard.

Forty years ago when we had no internet, no computer, no digital cameras – just pencils, pastels, paint and drawing paper; when my hand was steady and I could sit out on Tooting Bec Common,

I produced this woodland scene.

It is too big for my scanner, so I tackled the task of reproducing it to some extent on my mobile phone. This took some considerable time. I am sure someone more skilled would make a better job of it, but at least it served the purpose of forcing me to get my head around the process as far as I was able. Maybe I will render a more accurate image one day.

Early this evening Becky returned home to Southbourne, after which we dined on Jackie’s flavoursome penne Bolognese and firm broccoli with which she drank Hoegaarden and I drank more of the Malbec.

P.S. My friend SueW has straightened the painting. Thank you, Sue.


  1. So beautiful and so peaceful! It needs to be framed and hung in a prominent place for all to enjoy!
    (((HUGS))) ❤️ 🙂
    PS…“There is a serene and settled majesty to woodland scenery that enters into the soul and delights and elevates it, and fills it with noble inclinations.” – Washington Irving

  2. On your camera phone, there should be in your ‘Crop’ section, some, horizontal _, vertical I, and sideways /, tilt apps, … have a play with them Derrick

  3. What a delightful find! Thank you for sharing this lovely scene, which I hope will stop leaning and get framed. What talent you have – and continue to use with your camera.

  4. You are a very skilled artist – I would love to have your talent.

    It’s very difficult taking photos of framed pictures, I’ve tried it and they never turn out straight no matter how steady my hands.

    Modern phone cameras like yours and mine take excellent images and compare extremely well with our sturdy ‘proper’ cameras!

  5. Thank you for sharing this wonderful work, Derrick. Your creative talents continue to this day in your stunning photos. I certainly notice similarities in your pastel and your woodland photos. Your love of Earth is heartwarming.

  6. Sorting through things and finding gems like the woodland scene – thank you for sharing! I agree, you have many talents and are very creative, Derrick..

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