Sunday, 23 December 2007
Thursday, 20 December 2007
Tuesday, 18 December 2007
Thursday, 13 December 2007
It was a very quick exercise , about an hour,
Friday, 7 December 2007
Friday, 16 November 2007
South Australia has many abandoned cottages .
Early settlers soon abandoned their homes after the drought became
unbearable. Many places like this can be seen, almost frozen in time,
making a beautiful landscape for artists .
I love the contrasts of the rusted roof and the blue sky,
the red brickwork and the sandstone walls.
A pastel painting on sanded colourfix paper.
Tuesday, 23 October 2007
It was so enjoyable yesterday, sitting at my art table , totally absorbed in painting this cute little guy. These birds are one of my favourite. Commonly seen around my home, and heard early in the morning with their famous laughing as the sun rises....
I rememeber walking at my parents farm, in the bush , and being amused as the kookaburras joined in unison as they laughed away!!! I always felt that they were laughing at me, for some strange reason, maybe they think us humans are a funny looking creature, meandering through the bush! Now if I could fly!!!!! that would give me a reason to laugh out loud!!!! :)
Watercolour on Aches watercolour paper, painted with Art Spectrum watercolour paints.
Friday, 5 October 2007
This is something totally different for me!
A watercolour still life :)
My art teacher is a wonderful watercolour artist,
She has had my class attempt to paint a photo of a ginger jar.
So loving a challenge over the school holidays I have finished,
well I think I have, watercolour is such a new medium for me,
however I really enjoyed this :)
Monday, 17 September 2007
Thursday, 13 September 2007
When I was a small girl I often sat in my Grandmas lounge room while Mum and Gran chatted and giggled about all the things that have been happening. My Gran was a very colourful lady, in expression and manner.Mostly I could not take my eyes off her hands which darted here and there. She was very expressive with her hands, I loved watching them as they danced in the air in tune to the words she spoke. Words filled with love and life, grace and compassion.
Old and wrinkly, gnarly and knobbley, like a well worn wooden door to the front of an old house.Opening to welcome family and friends , shutting to keep out the unwanted strangers. Fingers nimble and crafted, from knitting grandbabies booties,making toffees for the local fete smacking naughty little bottoms and hugging with tender care.Yes I loved my Grans hands.
She was a very gifted lady who played piano and made most of her childrens clothes, milked cows and dug in the vegie garden. Old and wrinkled, gnarly and worn, tender and caring, beautiful hands.My prayer as I sat and looked at her hands, was that one day I too could have hands so gifted and crafted, usefull and kind. Welcoming and assuring as my Grandmas beautiful hands
While sketching this lady for my last art assignment, I was taken by the graceful beauty of this aged woman. In a society where beauty is so over rated and plastic surgery is feeding the vanity of many, I cannot help but wonder about the art of true beauty.
Monday, 30 July 2007
Monday, 16 July 2007
"Art class updates"
My art teacher has this gorgeous black and white photo of herself and her son.
The exercise in my last class was to draw with white pastel pencil on a black canson paper .This is my impression of her photo, it was quite hard to do as I was drawing from a totally different perspective. Looking at shadows and highlights rather than colours and features.
Sunday, 8 July 2007
In My travels out and about I cannot resist taking photos of those really gorgeous sights we see, that are very hard to fabricate without a picture!
This happens to be one of those sights!
This dream house was on the Lions Road, between Kyogle and the QLD border. It has so much "old world charm", hehe.... I am sure it was someones dream house at one time in history! I really love this photo!!!!!
Now this mansion can be seen just a hop skip and jump further up the road! hehe..... If you cannot read the sign on the front it says " Keep Out." As much as a relic this beauty is, I cannot help but wonder what life must have been like when people first lived in this house. I am sure Ma and Pa loved their little abode as it is as cute as a button!
****Sail away , sail away, sail away****
Saturday, 30 June 2007
Charcoal and white pastel, on white drawing paper.
I have been experimenting with different effects of the charcoal and pastel. Creating texture and smoothness from how much pressure I apply to the way I burnish with the pastel pencil. Charcoal is a beautiful medium with a lush deep texture , so lovely for skin tones.
When I first saw the ref picture to this, I loved it and could not wait to draw with my charcoal.
Monday, 25 June 2007
Monday, 18 June 2007
Saturday, 26 May 2007
Thursday, 17 May 2007
Wednesday, 16 May 2007
Tuesday, 1 May 2007
It is a frequent desire to ex cape to a world of isolation where you exist with your easel and paint! and a beautiful scene to create....
Ok !!! I can dream if I like, and this painting is one of my dreams, a studio in a field somewhere tranquil and serene. I just need to blink my eyes and I am there in the grass painting. AND yes this is another pastel......
Friday, 27 April 2007
With this portrait I have added a hint of watercolour to the flower. I am falling inlove with drawing sepia toned portraits. They really set a different mood from a gorgeous time in history. Fashion, hairstlyes, cars and music. All so beautiful in their own way! Especially those kiss curls!
Thursday, 29 March 2007
Monday, 26 March 2007
I totally enjoyed painting this picture .
Painted with soft pastels on a black colourfix paper.
Sunday, 25 March 2007
Wednesday, 21 March 2007
Thursday, 15 March 2007
Monday, 5 March 2007
Tuesday, 27 February 2007
We started with a sphere and studied where the light source came from. Then it is a process of hatching ( lines all going in one way) and cross hatching ( lines over these lines in another direction) to build up the tonal values. This is continued untill the sphere has taken on a realistic look. It is all in the tonal values !! being light to dark!
Wednesday, 14 February 2007
Friday, 9 February 2007
I learnt a valuable lesson today :) I was making dinner and thought to myself, hmmmmm Elijah is unusually quite , wonder what he is up to !!!!! Oh ** then he comes waltzing into the kitchen with a cheeky grin and pastel stained fingers!!! AHHhhhhhhhhhhhhh......!!!!!!
I ran into my room to discover my rainforest painting has been once again remodeled!!!! Oh well !! it has the Elijah touch.. at least pastel can be removed and fixed... Oh Darn!!! I just had that tree looking how I wanted it too, lol......
Thursday, 8 February 2007
These pencils on drafting film are fantastic!! I think there will be more portraits of animals on this support! I actually tried to take pics of my mums dog "Bethy " today, but she kept attacking my cat "Sheba"as she tried to sleep on my bed.... I had been drawing on my bed with the derwent colour pencils, So we had pencils ! cat and dog! flying all over the place!! lol......................... at least they couldn't draw all over my finished work! like some little cuties can (*v*) hehehe...
Monday, 5 February 2007
I have reworked this painting, adding more darks! cinnabar green deep, burnt umber ,flinders blue violet , grey blue and a tiny touch of black. I don't like using black, but in some cases a touch is great! I just thought it need a little more depth and mysterious rainforest atmosphere... :)
Sunday, 28 January 2007
Thursday, 25 January 2007
Sunday, 14 January 2007
This is a pastel painting , which is in my private collection. She's just such a gorgeous girl!