Monday, 16 October 2017

Ralphie

This little sweetheart is now completed. He was such a joy to draw.
Hope his humans like his portrait.
He was worked in coloured pencils and Pan Pastels in the background.
Back to my lions now.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Three Favourites

Today I would like to share a trio of my favourite artists and pieces I love.
Firstly Australian artist....Ainslie Roberts....RAINMAKERS......Quite apt with the way it is pouring down here at present.
I am always captivated by his work......amazing! You can look and look and still see something new.
The second Michael Parkes....an American artist. I bought my Daughter a print of this as she was born on a Tuesday and was a dancer......TUESDAYS CHILD. Beautiful fantasy pieces, once again with lots of details to explore.
Lastly the lady who inspired me to draw as a child. Peg Maltby. I was gifted her Fairy book and I just about inhaled those gorgeous drawings. Time just disappeard within these pages. I poured over her illustrations and my imagination went wild......one of my favourite pages was this one.
You will also note that there is beautiful stitching in this picture lol! This book was lost to me until a couple of years ago when a dear friend found it in a second hand shop....a much later version but the drawings were all there.....along with some coloured pencil drawings of the previous owner lol! Seemed perfect to me.
Now I am not an afficiando of high art......my knowledge is quite lacking but I know what speaks to me and these live in my heart. All 3 are so different but all have details and secrets to discover.....which I am sure is what attracts me.
How about you?
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Scratching Away

I feel like I may finally be getting somewhere with my lion scratchboard. I have added some colour and worked on the top layer of fur.....next finish tackling those darn huge pieces of rock!
Work on my little puppy is progressing too. I love having this cute little bloke staring up at me as I work. Big lesson...white is not white!

A bit more work, adding detail and definition........having a very nice time with my art lately!
An old friend has come back to her Summer residence.....under my house lol!
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx 

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Pastel Pencils

Today I attended a workshop in Pet Portraits using Pastel Pencils. I have had a set for ages but didn't know how to use them properly. So I thought it the perfect opportunity to learn. Our tutor, the amazing Sandra Temple.
My subject was a gorgeous Kelpie called Teddy. We met him.....or I should say...he met us, at the Silverton Hotel in outback New South Wales.
So he was my model.
Our tutor checking our reference photos before we started.
This was a very interesting process.....the beginning....
And the end result.....very happy scribbler....may even want to do more.
We all had a great day and some beautiful pieces created.



I am missing 2 lovely pussycats...they escaped my camera lol!
A very nice way to spend a Sunday indeed.


Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

So Very Cute!

My latest project.....an extremely sweet little boy.....
The prelim sketch.
Putting the first layers down. Cream and white animals are never just that....many shades are needed. Still lots more work to go.
I am planning on a darker background to make this little guy shine.
Loving this cutie pie. He definitely has stolen my heart.


Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Exciting!

I am really excited and nervous all at once. As a new member of the Queensland Wildlife Artist's Society this will be my very first time having a couple of my artworks hung. I am hoping to get one more finished but may not make it. So 3 may have to be enough.
Organising to get this one framed in time....."Galah Grooming "
I am really looking forward to seeing this one framed.
So if you are in Brisbane, pop along. They never disappoint in exhibiting some gorgeous works. I will remind you again never fear lol!
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Journals

A lot of artists have sketch books where they sketch ideas and subjects for further exploration later. This is usually done quite quickly. I have never quite mastered the quick sketch. I do however love to doodle and try things out in my journals. What starts out to be a sketch usually sees me completely carried away and a little drawing results.  I thought I  would share with you a couple of my journal pages where I spend a bit of time playing. I did get completely carried away with this little Willy Wagtail!
Practicing the art of rocks......love rocks! It is funny because sometimes the rocks and branches will be very time consuming and take a great deal of work and if they look wrong it is immediately obvious and if it's right not noticed at all. Sometimes when a lovely person is enthusing over a critter, you bite your tongue because you really want to say. ....yes but what about those rocks, sticks etc. Lol!
This was a little challenge I did which involved different drawing prompts 52 I think in total. This one.....draw a movie title. I am sure you will guess it straight away!
My first love is drawing in graphite so I often just doodle with a pencil. It's nice to go back to basic tools.
Trying out botanicals and colours before you use them in a bigger project is something I like to do also.
Sometimes it is simply because I really love something and I want to draw it for my own amusement.
So whilst I am extremely envious of those who can whip down a quick sketch, I love exploring in my own way in my journals.
I hope you enjoyed this peek inside their covers
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Thank you

If you have popped over from my other blog. Thank you. I  have decided to create a dedicated blog for my art and my interest in wildlife and the natural world. I want to be able to express my feelings about these passions without feeling as I am standing on a soapbox. I realise others may not feel the same as I do. So you may still enjoy my other blog sharing all things stitchy!  I cannot see my addiction for stitching and quilting going by the wayside anytime soon.
So if you are like minded and love nature and wildlife I hope you will enjoy sharing this part of my journey with me.


Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx