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Just in! – original pastel drawing of womens cricket


womens cricket drawing by cricket artist in pastel and oil

Just in!

My first colour painting of my favourite subject – cricket and my first women’s cricket drawing for quite a while.

This piece has been spinning around in my head for a while so its so good to see it in reality in front of me.  The inspiration for the piece came from watching video footage of England women’s Katherine Brunt diving to  make it safely behind the line.  Making figure sketches from the video and scrolling through reference photos of diving saves I finally came up with a shape that I wanted.  I have wanted for a while to do an abstract piece of cricket art.  This piece isn’t fully abstract but it’s getting there.  The reasoning behind it is that working on commissions for both cricket figure drawings and portraits the predominant motive is always to get a good likeness.  It’s something that I constantly battle with.  When someone sits for a portrait then often they are still and expressionless so a likeness is easier to measure and work on.  When they are in full movement and full of expression then they don’t always look like the person they are.  In these cases the likeness comes from the body and the body language.  Too often the clients struggle with that concept, expecting the face to look just like a portrait.  It’s a continuous frustration with me as the artist.  By working in abstract we move away from the ‘likeness battle’ and onto a much more personal interpretation.

The desire to produce a piece of abstract cricket art has been there for a few months but not a clue how to go about it.  Flicking through an artist magazine I came across an American artist called Michele Poirier Mozzone who went on a similar abstract journey as myself.  Wanting to work in abstract she spent 6 months trying to produce unfulfilling pieces that weren’t quite what she wanted.  One day she took pictures of her daughter swimming from underwater up to the sunlight.  The resulting photograph produced  beautiful abstract colours slicing through the water with the safe realism of an actual figure to work with.  It was perfect for her and set her on a new journey.

Reading her discoveries a clog clicked in my brain and I knew exactly what I wanted.  I contacted Michele to check out some technical points and the drawing ‘Just in!’ became a reality.


Following Michele’s advice I produced a light oil paint wash which would show through subtlety the following pastel layers.  It took a little longer to dry than I planned, the figure was painted a bit heavier and would not accept the first layers of pastel until a bit more drying time was taken.

My pastels and working area.  For this drawing I was keen to use my new box of Unison pastels. Unfortunately I had purchased the pet portrait box so there was quite a few colours I wanted that weren’t there – looks like I’ll need to get another box 🙂 I also use Conte soft pastels, hard pastels and pastel pencils.  All pastels are great but the reason that I use Conte is that the soft, hard and pencil all match so you can use exactly the same colour in all forms.

Some progress drawings.

I hope you like this drawing and its journey, prints are available click here to go to my shop and  feel free to leave a comment….or check out more of my cricket art on my website

Wicket keeper original charcoal commission

Wicket keeper original charcoal drawing

This week I am working on a commission, it is a surprise wedding anniversary present for the subjects husband (he doesn’t really use social media so we are ok for updates.)

This is drawn with Nitram charcoal on Canson Mi Teintes paper. The size is 16 x 12 inches.  Here are some progress drawings…..

 I have also produced some short videos to show actual drawing at speed..

The piece is not yet complete, its on hold whilst I await some more reference photographs.

Portrait Drawing

Back to portrait drawing from life on Friday morning, although this time there was limited time so I had to take photos and draw it in my studio.  I have been dying to do this one as it is a real challenge.  Steve has glasses and a beard, a double challenge for a portrait artist..


I have begun work on this one which should be complete in the week.

New Pastel Cat Drawing

Itching to get back into colour I have selected this drawing of a cat that I’ve kept hold of for a while.  I’ve changed the cat from its traditional tortoiseshell to a play with colours.  I wanted to contrast the emerald eyes with sapphire ears.  Here’s a clip video of the progress….

The completed piece has proved to be very popular.  It is available in my website shop as well as a limited number of fine art prints…

Click here to go to its page or on the image below..

an original pastel drawing of a tortoiseshell cat completed in conte pastels on pastelmat with green emerald eyes


Misbah Ul Haq – push up warm up & preparing for artfair.

I can’t believe I have not finished my drawing of Misbah’s push up warm up but I have been busy with print sales this week and preparing for my art fair on Sunday.  However the bits I have been working on have been quality.  Here is a timelapse of me drawing Misbah himself.


On Sunday I am attending the first art fair for Cheshire Makers which is being held at the Lion Salt Works in Northwich.  Art fairs are a great opportunity to meet your public, to network with other artists and showcase your art (if you’re lucky you might also get some sales!)  This is where I am this Sunday…

I’ve been working on trying out my oil painting skills – very mixed results.  Trying to paint a dog was particularly interesting because I know how to draw a dog but not how to use the paints properly.  It’s great having a go at another medium but can also be frustrating when you don’t immediately get the results that you want (it’s also expensive).

I’ve put it to one side for now, I could scrap it or finish it.  I can’t help but think that it would make a wonderful pastel drawing instead ….

Cricket Art in charcoal & Open studios

I always feel better when I start a new cricket drawing, not sure why. I think it just feels comfortable and easy going.  This week I am drawing the wonderfully quirky image of the Pakistan Captain – Misbah Ul Haq doing his famous push up warm up before going in to bat.  His partner Shafiq walks past with a grin on his face.  It’s a great image.  Here’s some progress drawings where I am making scratchy marks for the shadow areas and the proportions..


Adding the shadow areas and checking that the proportions are correct.


The exhibition is carrying on at Bickerton, nice to see another red dot on one of my drawings and to see that my piece Owl Babies now has a new home.

This week I’ve been working on putting my limited edition prints onto canvas.  Its been a learning curve as I have never stretched canvas before.  I am able to print out on my printer for a canvas for 15 x 10 inch sizes but for bigger I would need to out source them.

Here’s the first one of ‘That Taylor Catch’ – I am really pleased with it, the colours are just as sharp as the prints on paper.  They can be bought like this or bought in a frame (more details of the framed pieces to follow)

canvas limited edition print of james taylor taking a catch at short leg

That Taylor Catch Canvas

On the 7th August I will taking part in an Art Fayre at the Lion Salt Works in Northwich.  A full day when I will have cricket drawings, prints, mugs and cards as well as my animal drawings and prints.  I went on a little visit to check out the venue.  It’s very smart, with a cafe and if you’re interested in the history of the place there’s a great museum.


art fair at lion salt works northwich cheshire

Sales this week are:

The original of ‘That Taylor Catch’ is on its way to somewhere special as well as a print.

‘That Taylor Catch’ – original charcoal cricket drawing

It’s been great fun drawing this cricket art, I can safely say that every part of the drawing has gone exactly how I planned it.  In part that was due to the fact that it was such a good action shot that it spoke for itself.  Also, I knew from the outset what I wanted to achieve and where the focus was going to go.  The original drawing is not for sale but I have made a run of 50 limited edition prints – if you are interested you can click here or click on the drawing to follow the link to my shop.  Please note, the wording ‘limited edition print’ will not be on your print.

charcoal limited edition fine art print of james taylor taking a catch in an england test match by cricket artist

That Taylor Catch

As I went along I have also been making  progress clips that I have put all together in a video….


I’d love to know your feedback and please feel free to share it.

That Taylor Catch -progress drawing

I’ve been working hard on this special drawing, working in charcoal here’s a couple of clips of the drawing so far.






5 Reasons why you should support Cricket Art

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Make no bones about it this article is designed to persuade you to become an ‘influencer’, the new word for ‘patron’.  Fortunately, in the current environment of social media you do not need to provide financial support to become an influencer, all that is needed is a mere retweet, quote tweet, facebook like, mention.  Being well respected, admired or simply known within the world of sport and cricket your word goes an awfully long way.  A simple retweet of one of my cricket drawings is the difference between a sale or not a sale – it’s a simple as that.

But why should you?

I have thought long and hard about it, people who buy my art and people who support my art cannot understand why I have not made it big, why my art is not selling like hot cakes.  Realistically it is not difficult to understand.  Sport is not the genre that adorns gallery walls, being low on the order of preferred subjects, galleries would argue that there simply is not the market for it.  So if I cannot sell through galleries I have to sell through art fairs.  However, that is also not my market.  How many people going to an art fair would firstly love cricket, secondly love art and lastly be prepared to love cricket enough to buy a piece of cricket art? Not that many! During my last art fair, a chap wandered over to my stall and gazed longingly at some of cricket prints which were displayed smartly in black wooden frames.  He eventually settled on ‘Unbelievable’ – a firm favourite, he smiled at me, wandered off, wandered back, gazed at it some more, in fact performed the usual ritual that as an artist you begin to recognise is a customer who has got hooked, he’s seen something he simply cannot take his eyes off.  Then his wife joined him, stood at his side, gazed up to the framed print, looked at him, looked at me and announced ‘I know what you’re thinking – well don’t!’ – and that was that! The spell was broken, hands thrust deep in his pockets and without saying a word shrugged at me and shuffled off.

So, if art fairs are not my market – where is my market? Where can I promote my love of cricket, expressed so uniquely through my artwork? The answer is with you and here’s 5 reasons why…..

1 #Cricket is not an Art unless someone draws it or paints it!!!

Andrew Hughes in his article The Literal Art of Cricket wrote ‘when you go to a cricket match, you are not just a spectator, cheering for a certain team, but a connoisseur of a particular art form’ (full article – http://www.espncricinfo.com/blogs/content/story/941723.html) to be fair he was making an argument to class cricket as an art – and I agree, I would however go a step further and suggest that unless artists represent cricket in some form of art, whether through drawing, painting, sculpture etc then can cricket ever be considered an ‘art form’?  I would say not.  Cricket or anything for that matter cannot really be likened to the art world unless the art world likes it.  So whilst, cricket journalists and writers (like yourselves) strive to make parallels with the world of art you will only be convincing if the world of art begins to unleash its creative genius on the sport.

2 #Cricket Art is old school it needs modernising

Being an artist means I appreciate art, I appreciate other artist’s art just as much as my own.  Just as a cricketer wants to do well but at the same time enjoys watching others do well too.  I struggle however to find any cricket artists that I can aspire to.  The persistent images of cricket art is like this:

A perfectly executed piece of art showing a full cricket match at Edgbaston, or this:

A light hearted, heart warming, slightly comical representation of a cricket scene – and so it has been for many years.  Many cricket clubs have the traditional watercolour of their club house alongside a couple of beautifully painted legends of the game.

In my opinion its static and very samey a bit like cricket in this country used to be until recent years.  Now its fast paced, well organised, technically brilliant whilst risk taking, pushing boundaries and alive!

My art is that!




The Final Wicket‘The Final Wicket’



A contemporary, fresh outlook in my cricket art that is like nothing else out there!

swept away

Swept Away!

3 #You are allowed to be an art critic

The art world has done itself no favours in recent years.  By promoting, funding and heralding some frankly questionable pieces of art its been a big turn off for most people.  Yet, art is everywhere.  There is no house or pub, hotel, business or anywhere that does not have pieces of artwork on the walls or elsewhere – despite the disconnection that the art world has with normal people we still love art, want art, buy art.

I completed a small quiz recently asking me to decide whether a piece of contemporary art was a hit or a miss, was it worth millions or nothing.  I scored 10/20 and was told I was not an art critic.  How wrong was it? Very wrong!! Of course I am an art critic, if I buy a piece of art for my home or studio I will criticise it, analyse it, question it and then decide…..  I sold two pieces of cricket art to a customer who bought them for her dad as a father’s day present.

This is one of them ‘Bouncer’


She told me afterwards that her father had been a club cricketer for many years in a local Potteries team – retired for many years now.  He loved the pieces and as he hung them on the wall he said ‘I’ve never owned a piece of original art before’


For me, that’s the best feedback, a collector or gallery looks for monetary value but to sell to the man on the street who has never purchased original art before is the hardest thing. And that’s what I want to do.  My cricket art needs to be on the walls of cricketer’s houses, club houses, press offices, changing rooms.  You can help me get it there if you like it – you decide!


4 #Unless its successful it will disappear

Quite frankly I have got better and better, each drawing strives to capture the moment in a cricket match, the pivotal point that becomes the turning point.  My skill level at drawing cricketers, and cricket scenes is so unique its uncopiable, in other words if you own an original drawing or print then it’s a piece by ‘Paulette’ no- one else.  My commissions are equally as unique even in other sports.  This drawing was a commission where the subject was the little boy being a ‘mascot’ for England.  As much a signature of my style as all my other pieces

rugby drawing with rugby mascot by rugby artist uk | ideal rugby gift

However, I have to make a living, if my work does not sell then I cannot carry on doing it and there will be no more cricket art like this.



5 #The best is yet to come

Over the next few weeks a cricket drawing of mine will hit the headlines….I can guarantee it, make sure you’re ahead of the game.  Get to know my art before everyone else does.

If you’ve got this far then thank you.  If art doesn’t work then there’s always writing!

Visit my website https://www.cricketandotheranimals.co.uk/ to see all my work.  If you like what you see then become an influencer, retweet my artwork tweets next time they come your way – @paulettefarrell  Like my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Cricketandotheranimals/  and if possible give me some feedback, tips or any ideas that you think can help….