Top, Scarr Fell, pastel painting; middle left, Scottish girl; middle right, after Modigliani; Lower middle left, Apollo, British Museum; Lower middle right, Dutch genre painting.
(Copyright, 2012 Nic Carlyle. All rights reserved.)
(Copyright 2012, Nic Carlyle. All rights reserved.)

Nic Carlyle


The alchemy of

Anthropology, Art,

Love, and Good Cooking


I had an interest in fine art from about the age of twelve, and some success with it at school, but lost interest at about seventeen, when my academic prospects improved.  I started painting again circa 1992, after I married Ruth, and we settled into distracting pastimes to balance work stresses. 

Pastel landscapes and genre pieces

Ah! When Ruth and I still had wallspace.  Large pieces of a rather traditional nature, done on A1 Rembrandt board using soft pastel. Most date between 1994 and 1999.  I'll build a gallery in due course, but the best representative is Tarr Steps on the main welcome page.  Anyway, larger delights to come.


My preferred medium nowadays (compact, cheapish, easy to store).  Again, a gallery coming soon.  My latest drawings in the main are quick two minute portraits of service users, done at the drop-in centre.

Life drawings

I've done a number of courses using life-models.  I love drawing bodies, primarily because I think the human body surface is analogous to the mystery of the human voice as a musical instrument.  Since I'm stumped for models at the moment, most of my recent drawings are copies from reproductions, hence the Clausen and Modigliani poses on this page. More on this soon.



Top, 'John', Conte crayon; Middle top, After Clausen; Lower middle, Yorkshire dales, pastel; Bottom, Beidermeier pastiche.
(Copyright, 2012 Nic Carlyle. All rights reserved.)
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