Contact Me

Like most people who enjoy a talent, I drew from a young age. In fact, you would often find me and my sister drawing away on scraps of paper on the living room floor.

This is the only surviving painting of my youth. A ‘Calvin & Hobbes’ freak, I copied the cover to the best volume, Something Under The Bed Is Drooling. Cheap watercolours, cheap paper, an acetate grid and it has survived, at my best guess, 27 years.

At home with my children, I completed a degree through the Open University and gained a First Class BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature which would be quite a surprise to my secondary school English teachers who saw me quit Higher English because I couldn’t be bothered to read Catcher in the Rye. Great book. The first year of my OU degree brought me back to Art and very slowly I came round to the idea of it again. In the last wee while I have been reading, practising, and unleashing my pencils again.

I prefer to stick to graphite and coloured pencil because, at heart, I am extremely controlling (this won’t be a surprise to anyone unfortunate enough to know me) and the medium suits my need for detail and control. Give me paint and I embarrass myself. I am not creatively wild and free. While I still primarily use coloured pencils, lately I have been moving towards different art forms and having fun with them.

Anyway, this blog is an attempt to walk on the wild side. Relax those reins. But I’m all mouth, after all, I control the blog and what gets published. Let’s pretend eh?

You’ll also find my thoughts about materials and media under some of the pages. I hope they help in small some way.

If you would like to contact me, there are various ways to do so. You can leave a comment under any post here at SalemSkye and as long as it doesn’t look like spam, it will be read and replied to with appreciation. You can find me on Facebook and Twitter. Any comment, request, commission – or if you just want to chat about coloured pencils and art – then I would absolutely love to hear from you.

Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy your time at SalemSkye.






12 Responses to Contact Me

  1. hatice says:

    i would like to get these wonderful karisma colored pencils but i cant because there is no any in Turkey unfortunatly 🙁 could you tell me how could i get these pencils? do you post them to Turkey?

    • SalemSkye says:

      I am afraid I don’t sell art supplies and Karismas are extremely difficult to get a hold of. The best place to find them is usually ebay. Happy hunting!

  2. Sav Scatola says:

    Hi Salem
    I was just researching colour pencils and came across your brilliant post. I found some lightfast info for the Koh I Noor Woodless and Polycolor pencils in the pdf brochures here:
    I’m a little surprised at the low lightfastness of colours such as cobalt blue and the earth colours, but then I’d never recommend hanging any kind of art in direct sunshine or other extremes!

  3. SalemSkye says:

    Hi Sue, thanks very much for visiting my site. I rarely, if ever, use watercolours. I so admire people who do as I just can’t get on with it. I recently tried a little on holiday in my sketchbook and I enjoyed it very much but I think that’s because I was drawing and painting small detailed objects – using the paint like coloured pencil. I want to use pastels too, a little too nervous to jump in there just yet, but I have been thinking about taking a distance learning course at LAC in pastels. Good luck with setting up your website, I was a procrastinator and nervous about doing so but it has been so much fun and it forces me to draw more than I would normally. Come back and let me know when you have set your site up so that I can have a look and I’ll add a link to it from here. Thanks again!

  4. Abi says:

    Hi, I have just come across your website and just had to comment, not only is your artwork very well done but your site is so well written, it puts my sad offering to shame! I love the blog style you’ve chosen, you really have a way with words! Like you I was very arty when I was younger but then got side tracked by marriage and baby making! I started drawing again about 2 years ago and have just lately discovered coloured pencils, I’m working on the lilac roller at the moment,love yours by the way! I have been posting my work on the wet canvas forum, and I’m sure I saw your lilac roller there a while back, thw composition is very memorable, I think you’re in with a good chance! Anyway I just wanted to say thanks for the informative blog and I look forward to seeing more 🙂

    • SalemSkye says:

      Hi Abi – Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment and say such lovely things. I think I recognise your Little Wren from WetCanvas. You have a very light hand with your coloured pencil – I just can’t seem to work that way much as I’d like to, I am so heavy handed. The Lilac Roller was good fun to do. I am not sure yet if I’ll do the Wolves this month though – it hasn’t grabbed me yet. I very much like your graphite pieces – I would like to try a little more graphite work but it seems so scary! I like having the array of colour at my hands, you can hide behind it. Hope you continue to visit!

  5. Emily says:

    Hi There , I just wandered what’s the best Pastel Paper/Pad about that isn’t too costly and has quite alot of paper in it and is Heavyweight . If you do know that it would be so helpful i’ve been searching online for some and just can’t seem to find any . I heard that the Derwent one is quite good and oh and i’d use it for Coloured Pencils and Oil Pastels and a little Watercolour .

    Thanks and Kind Regards .

    Emily .

    • SalemSkye says:

      Hi Emily

      I prefer pastel paper for coloured pencils as it has a good tooth and takes the pencil very well. I have the the new Derwent Pastel pads but I haven’t yet tried it which I plan to rectify on my next piece. My favourite pastel papers are Daler-Rowney Murano and Canson Mi-Tientes. Both have a great selection of colours and come in sheets or pads. They are a good weight too – the Murano being heavier. The Murano is also cheaper at around £9.00 for a A4 pad of 30 sheets (5 colours). They come in collections: Warm, Cool and Neutral. I don’t think you could go wrong with this paper. I plan this week to start adding paper information to my site and hopefully this will help you decide. I also have tried a sanded pastel paper which has a smooth grit surface with coloured pencils – have a look at my post ‘Shiny Apples’ for some thoughts on that. Hope this helps! Thanks for visiting again.

  6. Glyn Rand says:

    Hi Hazel
    I love your site and can see it has kept you very busy. You are a lady after my own heart as I too am enthusiastic about graphite and coloured pencils. And like you I am also always eager to try out the latest materials. I have just acquired a Derwent pastel pad and after reading your review on the Derwent watercolour pad I expect I will be getting one of those soon too. I have a blog on my website where I mainly post practice drawings. To begin with I thought I would post some product reviews but never really got round to it, so I hope you don’t mind if I put a link to your site on my site. I think your reviews are great and I would like direct visitors of my site to your site.
    Keep up the great work.

    • SalemSkye says:

      Hi Glyn – Thank you very much for contacting me! I’ll be looking at the new Derwent Pastel Pad next as well – I do like grey paper! I hope you like the Derwent Watercolour paper too. I am absolutely honoured that you would link to my site, really I am, and I will, of course, return the favour and post a link to your site too. I love the recent painting you did of the grapes and wine. I really want to draw grapes but getting the mottled blues and whites will be a challenge for me. Maybe I’ll be brave soon! I have recently got the new Derwent XL Graphite so I look forward to having a play with them and adding them to my blog. Thanks again for the contact, sometimes you feel like you are yapping away to no one!

  7. David Farrelly says:

    Hi Hazel,

    It’s Snoopy’s owner here! I can’t stop looking at the drawing of Brodie you posted – it’s stunning.

    Do you take commissions, and if so, could you give me an indication of costs?


    • SalemSkye says:

      Hi David, lovely to see you over here! And thank you so much for the compliment, I am really pleased you like the painting. I have only started thinking about doing commissions and haven’t ironed out all the details but I would love to do this for you and I will email you personally about it. Thank you again, much appreciated. X

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