Sunday, 12 August 2018

Coming Up Roses

Another "rosy" project....lots of hours. But when you have a friend in mind it's so enjoyable. A progress photo half way through.
A bit more.....
And now the finish.......after lots and lots of layers and burnishing. I think I grew some muscles in my hand lol!
Roses are definitely natures work of art....such a pretty lovely to play with.
I have a "Peace" rose on my waiting list to that gorgeous rose.
But before that a little cutie I have been wanting to draw....a teeeny tiny Sedge Frog on a waterlily bud I photographed last year at Mt Cootha Botanical Gardens.
So prep drawing is happening.
Can you see him perched there. He is about the size of your thumbnail in real life! They blend in so well and are so  tiny that you nearly go cross eyed looking for them. Can't wait to get the coloured pencils warmed up for this one.
I'll say hooroo with this pretty image....seemed appropriate with my blooms.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Playing with Watercolour

This past weekend saw me at a free style watercolour workshop. Even though I pretty much still suck at it I had the most enjoyable day. I am such a control freak!
We learnt lots of different techniques for background effects using salt and alcohol (no we didn't consume any lol)

We also tried a technique using first attempt was less than exciting but the poppy in my 2nd try was a bit better.
The wonderful Sandra Temple giving us encouragement and advice.

The days end......and all our hard work. Even though I wouldn't work this way I would definitely love to try and combine these techniques for background effects in combo with my coloured pencils.
I was lucky to have my mate Robyn do the workshop with me.....we had loads of laughs and giggles.
It does you a power of good to step outside your comfort zone but must make a confession.....COULD NOT WAIT to jump back into my coloured pencils....sssshhh!
My latest piece is a "secret" project for a friend....she doesn't read my blog so I am safe......

As well as critters I do love drawing roses.....kinda pleased with this one.
Roses are such amazing works of them.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Testing and Tryouts

I decided to tryout my new Faber-Castell watercolour set before my workshop next week.....where better than in my journal.
Not sure whether success or fail because I ended up getting out my beautiful pencils and doing the details......oh dear!

It was fun and I am hoping some enlightenment may come from the workshop.....fingers crossed!
I haven't posted for a bit because my swans were taking quite a bit of time and continual progress shots would have bored you silly.
However....happy to share it finished now.
"Murray River Mama "
I love those babies so much I am hoping to do a Scratchboard of just the 3 of them.
Thanks for dropping by.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Friday, 29 June 2018

Nature's Treasures

Good morning fellow creatives. Are you a beachcomber, or a bush scavenger? No I don't mean taking things that should be left in their rightful place but rather things that flutter or fall onto your path.....little treasures of nature.
Over the years I have gathered little treasures such as these and I display them on a small sidetable at home.
Lots of discarded feathers and they give me endless inspiration as do the pretty seashells and gumnuts etc. collected on wanders.

The little people in my family love to look and enquire about them. We have numerous conversations about them. They also love this little rhyme I scribbled about one of  these feathers......

A Brown Feather
As I wandered along the old bush track, I found a brown, banded feather. Speckled and beautiful and as light as air.
Hmm? I wondered what feathery friend had left it there.
I carried it home with a gentle touch.
I hope its owner doesn't miss it too much.
By Michelle Ridgway
Wings are so amazing to me in all their shapes and sizes.
Nature's intricate beauty never ceases to amaze me!
Do you feel this way also? I think natural places are so important for our well being and soul. I despair of late at what's happening in my little corner of the world.....appreciation and standing up for it is key even if it appears no one is listening! Nature can exist without us but we can't exist without Nature for very long.
Art progress.....
My feathery friends in my latest drawing are coming along....
Some of the reeds are going in and more water work...
I am enjoying working out the challenges this throws up. Thank goodness I have someone clever to ask when I hit a roadblock lol! I am really keen to get more proficient at water subjects.
Speaking of "water"....
I am a huge fan of watercolour. I couldn't really say that I had worked with it, mainly played around with watercolour pencils etc. And mostly made a big mess lol!
So assurances that if I did a dedicated workshop it may help prompted me to purchase these pretties...
So folks......we will see! I will keep you posted.
Have a wonderful it busy, quiet or reflective. And stand up for Nature in all its amazing diversity and forms, wherever you can!
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

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