Thursday, 17 January 2019

Nearly There

I am almost there with my breakfasting Egret. Can you see his little morning catch? More detail has been added and the bird cleaned up and made sharper.....the pond has been pushed back (A new lesson learnt) I am at the stage of leaving it propped up at home where I can see it all the time....this gives a better perspective of what is not right or needs tweaking!
And now for something completely different....ballet pointe shoes !
A commission piece for a lovely girl. I have completed the initial prep sketch.

Now to transfer it onto some lovely paper and bring it to life....she says with hope in her heart lol!  Watch this space!
Some of Mother Nature's awesome artwork....
Rock pool, Wards Canyon, Carnarvon Gorge National Park, Queensland. A favourite photo of a favourite experience of mine.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Happy 2019

A new year dawns fresh like a beautiful new piece of marks, no erases and no mistakes. But these are the very the things that make us grow!
I hope you place your first marks on your new paper with joy and confidence.
Over the Christmas holidays I did a little bit of playing in my handmade gifted sketch book I shared with you earlier.
A Lewins Honeyeater......
And a platypus both found in Eungella National Park. I used the inspiration of the leaf rubbing from there on the inside cover.
I used a base of activated watercolour pencils and coloured pencils over the top.... but alas the paper was not as robust as was needed so I had to leave off before I was satisfied.....I will have to use some gentler techniques for the other pages.

You may recall that I had just begun a white egret in Waterlillies before Christmas. Well that is turning into a nice little challenge of "allowing" different techniques to evolve.....embracing or rejecting!
I have worked the background in Pan Pastels as I want a faded background of sorts with coloured pencil detail diminishing towards the top.
Progress so far....a lot of hmmmm? hmmmmm? happening! Please excuse the photo....very dull day here today!
If you make art you will know the "I really really HATE this " stage lol! I have been there and back a few times with this one. I think because we have a picture in our minds eye of what it will look like and when it doesn't match the image...argggh! As there is still a fair way to go, much more detail to add....I shall reserve judgement for now lol!
I will treat you to another beautiful piece gifted to me by my very clever and talented dear friend Diane Smith. She wasn't satisfied until I had a matched set of my two beautiful Granddaughters rendered in Miss E. Will join her cousin on the wall.
Di inspires us all with talent and kindness. I am so thrilled to have them.
So there you are new year catch up. I wish you a very creative year........ If you draw, paint, stitch, quilt, knit, cook, write, make cards, journal, garden or take photographs.......whatever creative pursuits you follow, if you love it, do it with your whole deserve it!
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Saturday, 22 December 2018

End of the Year

This will be my last post until after Christmas. I thought I would share with you some progress shots of my current piece....the Egret in the Waterlillies....

It is hard with a white bird but he has to wait until last as there is quite a lot of feathery details to go on his chest. I am completely absorbed in this new piece and challenging though it is, great enjoyment is happening.

My summer reading is art inspired also.
It's about Elizabeth Gould, wife of famous Bird fancier and naturalist John Gould.  Eliza as she was known was her husband's very talented illustrator for his book plates. She was ahead of her time and juggled married life, motherhood, tragedy and her artistic aspirations. Amazing woman. Needless to say I am loving it.

That's it from me. Thank you so very much for popping in to visit me. I hope in some way I have inspired you to treasure your creativity whatever form it takes.
I wish you and your dear ones a very Merry Christmas.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Gifts From The Heart

This week I was surprised to the extent of leaving me without adequate words. My dear friend Di who I met through art and fellow Queensland Wildlife Artists Society member.....
gave me a stunning drawing in graphite of my eldest Granddaughter when she was about a year old. She borrowed my photo secretly for this surprise. Whatdo you think?
I just adore it and we will always treasure her beautiful work. Di is such a clever and talented artist, other friends and I are in turn blown away and inspired constantly by what she creates. She is also so encouraging and supportive to all of us with our own artwork.....not to mention a gorgeous her to bits!

I did share this on my stitching blog but for those of you who don't read it. My friend Denise gave me a beautiful nature sketchbook journal made by her Aunty Kay.
It is made from handmade paper and the cover features some Japanese paper Denise bought on a trip to Japan. The journal is a concertina type...
The inside cover also has a little surprise! Beautiful rubbings of leaves from Eungella National Park recently devastated by bushfires. I am really looking forward to recording some special drawings in it.
Both these gifts speak straight to my heart as do the fact that friends took the time to think of me.....a gift enough on its own.....and then create these treasured and special gifts........feeling extremely blessed!!
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Sunday, 9 December 2018


After the completion and collection of my Sacred Lotus Pond piece I have been taking a little break.......apart from a few festive journal scribbles....after such a detailed realistic piece it is rather freeing just to draw some fun things from my imagination.

And a little bit of practice with my pencil never goes a stray....Fox and Fungi. Graphite was what I orginally went to classes to improve and then coloured pencils Polychromos to be exact grabbed my attention and haven't let go. It is very nice to just play with paper and a pencil. I keep promising myself some time with a graphite pencil....maybe 2019 lol!
My new project has come to me from several photos shared with me from a friend to use how I wish.
So thats what I have been playing around with.....getting a few lines down on paper.....taking inspiration from both photos. To and froing......discarding, redrawing.....yes? no? etc. But I think I may be almost there.
I have a little more tweaking to do and then I will transfer my rough sketch to my beautiful Fabriano paper to hopefully bring it to life with lovely pencils and DETAILS!
You probably can't see much but evidence that a newbie is on its way nonetheless!
I'm really excited to get moving now!
Wishing and hoping that you are getting to the heart of what matters.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

A Finish and Playing in the Woods

Hello all. I have been working very hard to finish the Sacred Lotus Pond piece that I have been working on.....
Mainly because a lovely lady saw me working on it at Creative Connection exhibition, loved  it and asked could it be hers when it was completed.
So here it is ready to go to its new owner.....
It is a big commitment to purchase art and I for one feel very honoured that someone loved my work enough to do that. I have loved every pencil mark laid down on this piece.....I do have another piece in mind from this same spot.....but a bit later!

As you know I love to draw critters that are suitable for stitching or card making. I have for a while had a hankering to draw some Woodland Critters and of course I just know that they love to celebrate Christmas lol!
This all started in my art journal with these two cuties...
And quickly developed in lots of little drawings.....
A sneak peek.
I know here in Australia that bunnies and foxes are considered pests but in their countries of origin not so much.....hence the Woodland I am indulging in drawing them. Will post more when I have a few more critters to add.
Ok thats me done....
However you make art......embrace it, love it, DO IT!
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Monday, 12 November 2018

Queensland Wildlife Artist's Society Exhibition

A favourite on my calendar happened from Thursday through to yesterday at Mt Cootha Botanical Gardens Auditorium.....the annual exhibition of the Queensland Wildlife Artist's Society.
The exhibition set up looked wonderful.
Beautiful blooms graced the art displays....the creative work of Twisted Willow Floristry.

They also added something special to our tea tables and pretty teacups.

These were my contributions to the exhibition. My first Sacred Lotus piece greeted you at the front door.....
 My favourite Aussies....
 Creating this piece gave me great joy. Inspiration? Rusty gate from Lightning Ridge....Kookaburra from Carnarvon Gorge.......skink and post....imagination.
I had a very nice time......did lots of drawing. Met lots of wonderful, and complimentary folk and got to talk art and more art....perfect!
So feeling very inspired and a very happy back to real life *sigh*
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Creative Connections

This past weekend I spent at Mt Cootha Botanical Gardens Auditorium for and exhibition with some other arty friends. The weekend was organised by our talented mentor and teacher Sandra Temple.
We were so pleased at how lovely everything looked......lots of beautiful

Books, calendars.....

Some stitching and drawing......

Several of us enjoyed demonstrating our craft.....friend Alan working with Pastel Pencils surrounded by his beautiful linocut works!
I worked away on my Sacred Lotus project...
Couldn't help but pop out and snap some more inspiration from this pond for future works.......can you see that teeny froggy on the Lotus flower....
And didn't the native bees just love this bloom....
I am a very weary scribbler but a happy one......I got to have lovely conversations with like minded folk enjoying our work and time spend with friends is always a joy!
An early morning walk yesterday through the gardens was also such a treat.
Next week I get to do it all again as the Queensland Wildlife Artist's Society Exhibition will be taking place from 1pm Thursday until Sunday afternoon. I shall be there on Saturday for some demonstrating. It is always a beautiful exhibition so if you are around treat yourself......
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx