Thursday, 12 April 2018

In My Journal

Sometimes I like to record some of my stitchery drawings in my journal.....adding a splash of colour just for fun....not everything in your journal need be serious....play is good for your health and your soul!
And then its usually back to some feathered or furry friends....
Do you journal?
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Friday, 6 April 2018

Catching up

As promised some of the gorgeous art work still on show at Logan Art Gallery from my fellow Queensland Wildlife Artists.

This beautiful piece was a winner......
Lots and lots more to see if you visit.
As for me....my Pacific Black Duck is finished! I am really a bit sad....loved working on this piece so much....challenged me a lot but learnt so much.

An older piece needs finishing....Waterlilies on Yellow Water Billabong Kakadu. It is quite a small piece but loads of layers, blending and colours are keeping my interest piqued. As well as reminding me of this magical place. When you work from your own reference photos you have an added joy of rememberance and emotion for the subject.....a special feeling.
Lastly a routine task. Having this handed to me.... but made my heART sing.....
That's me done....hope you get to do something creative today!

Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Opening Night

I am a little late with this post but here we are. Opening night was a week ago now and I know I am completely biased but the artworks are beautiful.
My friend Robyn was there as her hubby is a local councillor and opened our show. As was my other friend Jan but she avoided the camera.
Terrible photo but lovely catchup.
Yours truly next my pieces shot for posterity.

I felt very humbled being in such amazing company. It was a wonderful turn out for the opening and the gallery always does a fantastic job.
I  have been there off and on doing a little drawing of late....such a nice space.
Some pics of the gallery.
Being a Roma girl....lots of Bottle trees.....I love this sculpture.

I also adore the little birds in the tree....
As I said a lovely space. ....
My "duckie" got a fair bit of work and is coming along nicely.
If you get the chance to pop in and have a look you won't be sorry.
Logan Art Gallery, Wembley Road Woodridge. Open Tuesday - Saturday.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Exhibition Time

The Queensland Wildlife Artist's Society has been  granted an annual exhibition now at the Logan Art Gallery. The exhibition opens on Friday night and it will run until the 28th April.....PLEASE NOTE the Gallery is closed Sundays and Mondays!

I will be there for a chat and some demonstrating at different times throughout the exhibition. I have 2 pieces in the exhibition.
"Heir Apparent "
And "On a Clear Day"
I am really pleased with how they look all framed up now.
So if you love art and wildlife pop by for a visit......you will enjoy seeing it.
On a current note, my dear duck is challenging me in all kinds of ways. The creek water......oh boy! I have not attempted water before....except raindrops which are different. Thank goodness I have a wonderful mentor in Sandra to urge me on and advise me.....progress this week....
Well at least I am practising being patient and working the grey cells with this piece.
Are you someone who says....someday I am going to try that! Well......
If you ever wanted to be creative......DO NOT WAIT.......begin now! SOMEDAY has arrived! 
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx 


Sunday, 4 March 2018

Just Doodling About

Not a lot to share by way of finishes with you at the moment. I am working away on my Duck and  it's proving very time consuming.....lost in all  those reeds at the moment lol!
I have been working out a few ideas by doodling in my art journal.....


Also, I have been working hard to get to know my Pan Pastels a lot better. Don't they look pretty!
I particularly like them for some of my backgrounds. But I have been very timid in using them.....slowly that is changing. This is a demonstration piece I will need shortly and I wanted to get it to a certain stage so I only need to take my pencils with me.
You can see that a version of  my journal Kookaburra try out has ended up in this piece. Another rusty gate snap has been included too....this one from Lightning Ridge in New South Wales .....don't know why I fancy rusty things and old wooden fence posts so much.....but I do!
A journal is such a useful tool and ends up a great reference source too.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Planning and Preparation

I have worked a lot this past week on current and new projects.

"Beyond the Garden Gate " is  almost completed. A few small additions will see it done. I am much happier with its outcome and I learnt much more on my Pan Pastel applications for backgrounds.
Two new projects have emerged....Australian Pacific Black Duck in reeds. I must be completely crazy for wanting to work on those reeds.....so this is the beginning!
I espied quite a few of these ducklings near the railway station in Castlemaine Victoria. This was the only one that would pose for a photo for me.
My other project is one I wanted to start,  so that I have something to work on by way of demonstration at the upcoming Queensland Wildlife Artist's Society Exhibition being held at my local art gallery.
I am still working on the composition but it is coming along.
As you can see the pencils have been flying about this past week.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Heir Apparent

Is the name of the piece I am finishing off for an upcoming exhibition. He looked like this at the start of the weekend.....
And now he looks like this!
After a teeny bit more tweaking he is off to the framers.
He was snapped at Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo.  What a gorgeous bloke! Posed for us like a movie star!
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Magpie Progress

Another little update on "Beyond the Garden Gate " looking a little better thank goodness!  These progress shots are more for me but happy to share.
Being a big fan of old rusty things and rustic old posts....I relished working on the posts and gate....much more to do there. Worked some on the Magpies too which has helped!
The hours at art just flew by this week.....as you can see I was completely engrossed!
We are a varied lot as you can see.....such lovely people!
I will share this one again when its completely done.
I was surprised when Facebook threw up a memory from 3 years ago the other day. It was my first efforts from my very first classes....I was so nervous and excited. Still feel the same.....

Some days I feel I have made such progress and some days I  feel that I have so far to go.....but going into my fourth year since I made the decision to embrace my inner artist.......best decision EVER!
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

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