Sunday, 6 December 2009

Glenn all finished

I had Glenn sitting on my easel for a few days and each time I looked at this portrait I knew it wasn't really finished.
It is always a good idea to let your painting sit for a few days or a week to give you a fresh approach .
I wanted to make Glenns face stand out more, and not become lost in the background. So I lightened the background with the blue, I also darkened his shirt which also added to helping Glenns face be the focus.
This also gives a great tonal variation.

Monday, 30 November 2009

Portrait Of Glenn

Once again it is time for the annual Christmas portrait swap at WetCanvas.
Glenn has been my partner and here is my portrait of him. This is oils on canvas, to see all the fun we have at the portrait swap you can view them here

Monday, 16 November 2009

All Finished


Lady Steampunk, she is quite a character, and has the most gorgeous set of dreadlocks I have seen. Actually I am sure they are a wig, but no matter, she still looks beautiful!!

This lady has some great reference photos, and she has an array of costume. I am looking forwards to painting more !!


Thursday, 12 November 2009

Lady Steampunk, work in progress

This gorgeous lady is painted from a stock photo by Mizzd-stock from Deviant Art.
It is an oil on 18x24" canvas, which is a lovely size for this painting.
She is still in the process of being finished, and I am having a wonderful time painting her, as quirky as she is, I love it!!
Lots left to do though, her corset and top as well as gloves. Background and lower half of painting.


Saturday, 17 October 2009

Updates On Ted

Had a wonderful day today with just myself and my paints, the kids were with Nanna, Yeah!! So I took advantage of this time to finish Ted. I mainly wanted to correct the tonal values and temperatures in his face , he was way too warm. I also was aiming to change the colours I had blocked in for his shirt and the background.

Sometimes I need to paint the portrait more to figure out the colours of the background. I like to incorporate the skin tones as well as colours in the clothing into a background. I find this does give the portrait a harmonious finish.

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Painting Ted

Today I spent my time painting Ted, mainly trying to paint spontaniously .

Ted was a fighter pilot in the second world war. He flew Kittyhawks and Spitfires in many battles, was shot down three times, and experienced many terrible conditions that war brings. I am honoured to

know and paint Ted, a real champion!!!! he is 91!!!

Monday, 21 September 2009

Portrait Of Leigh

Today I really enjoyed just spending the day painting.

Much needed therapy to stop me from going crazy, lol...

Finished, I think !

This is Leigh, a fellow artist friend from Wetcanvas, now and then we have portrait swaps where we paint each other.



gesso canvas paper.

Saturday, 5 September 2009

Let The Water Flow....

Watercolours are always fun, this was a relaxing exercise in painting flowy roses. Just letting the water and paint mix to create colours and shapes.
Sitting here painting with beautiful music and the sound of the spring birds outside, very relaxing :)

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Crazy Old rusty Relics, LOL...

My dad is a member of the Vintage car Club, being an old relic car owner himself ( the car is the old relic, not dad, lol ) Each year the club has a rally where dad volunteers my time to paint a picture to raffle. It is a great idea as all the proceeds go to a nominated charity.

This is the painting , beautiful old jallopies under the gum trees, resting so peacefully .

This is my son Elijah in dads 1948 Bedford, which he took 2 years restoring. Now he has a 1928 Buick, in desperate need of some TLC, which dad lovingly gives each day in the shed. I am looking forwards to going for a drive in the Buick :) ...

In The garden

Jasmine my daughter took this gorgeous photo of the sugar snap peas growing in the back yard. They are climbing up the back fence and loaded with yummy peas.
I think she took a great pic, with the warm winter sunshine and blue cloudy sky.

Wednesday, 12 August 2009


Meet Finn, a cute Aussie kid with the most gorgeous curly red hair...
This is a commissioned portrait painted in pastels. It was really enjoyable getting the pastels out again to do this portrait.
Next I have his brother to do, another cute Aussie kid :)

Thursday, 9 July 2009

" Red Wool Cloche " self portrait

One of my favourite things to wear, especially on a cold winter day is my wool cloche. I love the 1920's flapper style, with gorgeous art deco prints.
I was rather nostalgic and dreamy painting this one :)
Oils on canvas
12x16 inches.

Monday, 22 June 2009

Now For something Completely Different :)

This is Ursula, a cute pomeranian. A commissioned pastel painting of a much loved doggie ...

It has been ages since I have done a dog portrait, and ages since I have had my fingers in the pastels. Don't say I miss the pastels :)

Now .... lets get my oil paints out!!!

Saturday, 6 June 2009

Cutie Patootie :)

Jasmine, my gorgeous daughter.
I took a photo of Jas last winter and have
always wanted to paint it, now after some time I
have managed to :)
Here she is looking very peaceful and relaxed,
Just how we love our kids :)

Painted with oils on stretched canvas,

40x30 cms.

Sunday, 17 May 2009

Portraits from life - A wonderful Experience!

Last Friday I visited the local retirement village to spend time with some of the residence. I took my pastel pencils, canson drawing paper, and had a really lovely time .

This lady to our left is Melva. She was so happy to have her portrait drawn, she even slipped away before hand to put some lippy on :)

Using a soft grey Canson paper, indian red pastel pencil for the darks and a white for highlights.

Joycie was all comfy near the warmth of the window reading her book, her face moving from left to right with each page she read.

I chatted with her about the story she was reading and about her life as I sat and drew her portrait.


Mary is such a sweet lady with warm eyes and a big smile. As I started to draw her she told me she was very tired and might not be able to stay away. "That's fine" I told her as I had a smile to myself at how gorgeous these ladies are.
I love this drawing of Mary, it captures so much character , a beautiful lady...

I look forwards to my Friday afternoons with the residence from the Nursing home. They tell me there are 50 all together and they all want a portrait done :) So I am in for a lots of drawing practise and some great conversation with people who we should spend time with a whole lot more!!!

Tuesday, 12 May 2009


This is Johnny, a fellow portrait artist who is from brentwood , TN, USA.

He and I have done a portrait swap!
Johnny had finished mine earlier in the year, so it was about time I started his portrait.
Portrait swaps are great fun, and you end up with a portrait of yourself :)

Johnnys Website
This is an oil 12x16" painted on a canvas covered board. I tried a new palette for the skin tones and am really happy with how this is turning out!

My palette for the skin tones ;
Cad Red, Burnt Sienna, Prussian Blue , Raw Umber, Titanium White, Italian Pink and small amounts of Alizarin Crimson and Terre Verte.

Friday, 8 May 2009


Reflections finished! She had a makeover last week, giving her some depth , although I am not sure whether to add more warmth to her face or not. I quite like the cool tones as it suggest a winters afternoon as she is snuggled up in her shawl.

This painting is for sale
plus postage.

Sunday, 3 May 2009

"SELAH" painted a second time...

A friend of mine wanted "Selah"
to send to his Fiance for mothers day.
This time a soft grey matte finished her off.
here she is, sealed in plastic ready to send.
Charcoal ,white pastel and a range of grey pastels were used.
Drawn on a new pastel paper by an Aussie company called Art tec. I found this paper quite good to draw on. It has a textured surface for the pastel to hold onto.

The house is a mess, but this is the result ,lol....

After pepairing my board with gesso, I toned it with a wash of terre verte and turpenoid. I have my reference picture and then proceed to draw the portrait, brush in hand with thinned down Terre Verte.
I am really stretching myself here, wanting to become much more loose with my style and not so boring with my portraits.

I really love the loose impressionistic style, with a touch of realism. Something I think you can only achieve with excellent drawing skills.
The under painting gives me a solid start to work on.

So yes, I did spend the entire afternoon painting and enjoying myself.

She still needs some eye work, as the terre verte under-drawing is showing,
and I am sure the shadows in her face need to be darkened.
Best thing to do is let this lady dry and sit for a few days...

While I do this housework

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Nearly Finished

"Vintage Dreams"

There is something really romantic and meloncholy , (maybe mostly girly) about chaise lounges swirly flower patterns and Old World Style clothes :)

This is an oil painting I am working on, still playing around with the background and more refining to be done here and there, but!!!

This is in essence ME!! you know we all have a dream somewhere inside that relates to ourselves, lol... wierd, I know!!
Meloncholy artist

Thursday, 19 February 2009

Flower Fairy

Cute little darling in the flower garden :) Matisse Acrylic paint 12x16"

Thursday, 22 January 2009

Matthew Again :)

This is a second go of this portrait ... I think the key to painting is practice and more practise, with lots of drawing inbetween.
Acrylics on oil paper prepaired with gesso...

Sunday, 18 January 2009

Studying Colour and Light

Chris Saper is an accomplished artist who paints using wonderful colour and light. I have been following her studies

from one of her books and found it very valuable for information. This portrait is one I finished using her techniques.

Pastel portrait on Canson paper.

Friday, 2 January 2009

Studying Vermeer


And more for today :) I cannot do any more

till the paint dries , so I will leave this for a few days.

This is todays update

Vermeer was a Dutch artist in the 16oo's, he painted portraits
and interior scenes.
I have always loved " Girl With Pearl Earring" so yesterday
in the heat of summer, 34c inside :P , I decided to study

this painting by Vermeer and do my own version.

I started with an acrylic underpainting , then

proceeded with oils.
Still on the easel, with more work to be done, but I really

am enjoying this very much.

We can learn so much from the Old Masters and their

methods of painting.