Friday, 19 January 2018

Kakadu Kingfisher

After lots and lots of work on the Pandanus leaves my sweet little Azure Kingfisher is finished. This piece will always be a beautiful memory of our sunrise cruise on Yellow Water Billabong in Kakadu National Park. A magical morning!
I really learnt such a lot on this piece....pushing things back and highlighting things to bring them forward. I crazily enjoyed the process so much I have drawn a lovely duck in reeds I photographed in Castlemaine Victoria....piccies later! Anyway......"Kakadu Kingfisher "
"Beyond the Garden Gate" is taking shape and is in what I call the 'ugly' stage. I am experimenting with a faded background scene using Pan Pastels with coloured pencils over the top of some of it for detail......had to seek advice for all that I can tell you.......trying to extend yourself can often be challenging but worth it later.
So the jury is still out whether this one will work or not. But trying hard not to be too precious and document the journey warts and all!
At least the composition is looking better! The Magpies outside my door at present are singing away....hope they aren't laughing too hard lol!
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Beyond the Garden Gate

There is a little town near Broken Hill called Silverton. We visited it in 2016. It is a strange and interesting place. Down the road from the pub is an old stone miners cottage. On the side of the cottage someone has repurposed a lovely old garden gate.
The rusty gate attracted me straight away lol! I just knew that I wanted it in a drawing at sometime....that time has arrived.
How to use it? I wanted Magpies.....a favourite bird. I wake every morning to their beautiful melodic warbling and the house over the back has a Magpie apartment block in their backyard tree.....so Maggies it was......dragging out all my reference pics, not a lot of anything too great was apparent so quite a bit of artistic license was used.
And then we got down to a preliminary sketch. It was a bit of a challenge getting a composition I was happy with.....but finally something to work with.
Next transferring it on to my robust drawing paper.
That done. I have started to put down my base colours and block in the design (so I know where I am going lol)

I am hoping for some foliage behind the left hand Magpie but will deal with that next. I think it now has some potential.....she says with great confidence!
Watch this space!
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Off to New Homes

Happy New Year fellow creatives.....
I was fortunate enough to work on two drawings that were to be Christmas gifts in 2017 and they have now gone to their new owners.....
Sweet little "Tinker" who has gone over the rainbow bridge but was so beloved by his owner.....
His Mum is very pleased with her gift. He went all the way to the UK.
Also little gorgeous "Ralphie" that I shared earlier.
His Mum and Dad were very pleased also.....makes me very happy!
Thank you to those of you who leave me lovely comments about my art, I appreciate it so very much. I am looking forward to seeing where my art journey takes me, hoping to continue to grow and become more skillful as the year goes on.
There is so much in nature that inspires me and I strive to do that beauty justice with my humble pencils. Often a challenge but one I embrace with all my heart.
I wish you all a happy and creative year......wherever your creativity lies.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Creative Hub

As you all know I love my art classes and I  thought I  would share some action shots of the clever and fun people who share my Mondays. The lovely Sandra was snapping away whilst we worked hard.





Yours truly having a lovely time with my Kingfisher...
Progress is being made.....so enjoying this piece!
One of my fellow classmates is also a close personal friend and he is a very clever bloke in many areas....one is the beautiful prints he does from his original linocuts.
Loved receiving one of his Christmas cards featuring one of his original designs....
It's beautiful! In all the craziness that can get us distracted at this time of year, I hope you find some quiet creative time to come back to yourself.

Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Kakadu Kingfisher

Just a little update on my Azure Kingfisher I snapped on Yellow Water Billabong in Kakadu National Park.
Over 12 hours work so far....will keep me busy for a while.
More layers needed on this little fellow. The colour is quite hard to achieve. Well anyway I  do enjoy a bit of a challenge.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Monday, 27 November 2017

Koalas

As the end of the year approaches I felt the need to finish a piece featuring an animal I love. Having lived in my home for over 40 years and before the housing developments encroached on our area, we regularly encountered koalas in the wild. Such is not the case any longer. Sadly our koala population is depleted and in grave danger as their habitat is being destroyed on a monumental scale.
I love to draw them. My piece "Safe with Mum" is now finished and I love this sweet duo......the process.....
And the finished piece......
Of course there always  seems to be a new project waiting for me. I have just begun a new piece of a gorgeous Azure Kingfisher. Captured on the Yellow Water Billabong Kakadu. Prelim drawing done and first layers of pencil going down....can you see him there?
Ahhh! Love what I do.....
As the saying goes...."No tree.....No me!"
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Saturday, 18 November 2017

In My Journal

I have a small collection of watercolour pencils and I love using them with a black pen. I wondered what some little Christmas drawings for some cards that I have in mind would look like.....so my trusty journal was the place to experiment.

I had such fun with them....I might try a few on real cards now....maybe try a couple of other designs too.
I love handmade Christmas!
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Calling it Done

My Scratchboard effort of the young male lion has taken me quite a while and I have decided enough is enough.....he is done! You can see how he has developed from the beginning.

Boy oh boy more practice needed......besides I want to get on and finish my coloured pencil version of him which has been languishing in my art folder. I now need a new (victim) model to go under the scalpel blade.
My other little finish is the otter in pastel pencils. Once again....MORE PRACTICE NEEDED! But I think he is adorable.
Getting my head around what the different tools and pencils are capable of and how to use their particular strengths is proving a wee bit challenging I must say.
My next challenge is to rethink a couple of pieces I had put aside. Particularly this one.....
I loved this rusty old beast but I definitely didn't think how to use it in a composition to advantage. I have done so much work on it that I want to make it work. So thinking cap is on!
Have a deliciously creative day.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Thursday, 9 November 2017

More Pastel Pencils

After enjoying the recent workshop I attended, I have been keen to do more with Pastel Pencils. I have been using lovely Faber-Castell Pitt Pastel Pencils. They are great on furry subjects.
I chose a cheeky fellow I snapped at Dubbo Zoo.....a cute little Otter.
Work is progressing and I am slowly getting the hang of it.......I think lol!
Plus I didn't get tooooo dirty.....hate pastel dust!
Whilst at QWASI exhibition last week I snapped this piccie of teeny tiny sedge frogs....hope you can see it in my photo. Just beautiful!
Can you see it on the bud.....about the size of my thumb nail. The other you may not see as it is on the Lily stem....green on green.
I think everyone who visited was captivated by these beautiful lilies......

I know I was.
I wish you all a creative weekend.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Monday, 6 November 2017

Enjoyment Plus

My first participation in a Queensland Wildlife Artist's Society Exhibition has come to an end and I have to say I loved every second.....loved demonstrating and talking to such interesting and nice folks......hopefully encouraging a few to take a chance and have a go.
I had lovely family and friends come to visit.....thank you so much.....your encouragement and support meant so much.
Fiona and her hubby came down from her big hill which was so nice.
The Grandies enjoyed it too.......due consideration in their Viewers Choice Selection paper was an important decision.
My cousin and his lovely wife popped by......a very nice catchup.
These were my exhibition pieces....



My demonstration piece that I was working on was a special project and I am really pleased with how it has turned out...for those of you who saw it in various stages. "Bluefaced Honeyeater in Pandanus"
If someone had told me 4 years ago that my wild and secret little dream to become a wildlife artist was not only possible but would come to fruition, I would have told them to  have their head examined lol! I am beyond thrilled to have lots to look forward to, learning, improving and honing my skills doing something that I truly love......

Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx