Saturday, 9 June 2018

Journal Pages

Of late I have enjoyed detouring from the "realistic" and created from my imagination, some of my pages are old sketches rendered new again.
How I admire those beautifully balanced pages in art journals I see....yours truly?
Gets carried away and makes a hodge podge of ideas.....but I am ok with that.
After all we can do that because it is OUR journal and as a wise woman I know once imparted.....there are no mistakes and you can't do it wrong!
Do you journal everyday or do you have mini explosions of journaling or sketching like I do.....even though I love my realistic art, I cannot leave this kind of drawing alone for too long....I suspect because there are no rules! Lol!
Thank you for your lovely comments in my previous post.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Tuesday, 5 June 2018


A little progress on my Mama Black Swan. Water is tricky but I am not giving up. I am really happy with the little cygnets. They are coming along.
The background base has made a difference and hopefully pencil detail over the top will make a big difference.
Take care until next time.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Tuesday, 29 May 2018


Well folks, before I share I have to advise you that there is now Privacy policy on my Stitching Blog to comply with the EU GDPR which covers and refers to both my blogs. Click on the link on my sidebar to read it and make your decision.
All of these changes far far away have had an effect here too. One being no email notifications when you lovely people leave me a comment....hopefully that will be remedied soon. I will pop back and check regularly and I thank you in advance.
I loved working on my latest completed work "Hide and Seek". Another attempt to utilise my Pan Pastels for background work.
I used several different reference photos I had taken plus some imaginings to create this piece.
Of course a finish means a beginning......very early workings.
You may just be able to pick out the baby cygnets. I took the reference photo at Mildura in 2016 when the mighty Murray River was in flood.....loved watching this Mama and her babies. Really hoping to make this one work.
A little "thought" Creativity comes in lots of different clothes.
Cooking a delicous meal, laying a beautiful table, writing, singing, music, dancing, gardening, art, writing a heartfelt letter, making a quilt, embroidery, sharing a yoga class, telling a good name but a few!
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Friday, 18 May 2018


Hello fellow creatives and nature lovers. I have returned from my lovely relaxing break away......beside the beautiful Brunswick River.
Sometimes less is more and I didn't do a lot of sketching.....more observing nature around me.....loved the entertaining.
And then so magical at dusk.
As I have said before I am not a quick sketcher so as the fauna would not stay still for me, I enjoyed sketching from life a Beach Hibiscus flower and a fresh and aging leaf in my journal.
I visited my Brother and SIL who are not too far from where we choose to stay. It was a real treat to see my Pandanus piece I did for them all framed up and looking lovely and enjoy a delicious lunch cooked by my Brother.

My Brother is getting a little collection of lovely art featuring his favourite Pandanus.
It was lovely to restore mind, body and soul and even nicer to appreciate that special place called HOME.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Monday, 23 April 2018

Slow Scribbling

I have made more progress on my Kakadu Lillies.....a lovely slow and peaceful project which I am enjoying immensley. A little background is almost there.
Journal pages have been very enjoyable also.....I find this kind of drawing extremely freeing and just good fun.....
Making a commitment to draw and have those pencils in my hand as often as possible will, I hope improve my work.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

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 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 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 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