Sunday, 30 June 2019

Wombat Progress

Sometimes Journal subjects become a larger piece to work on.
This happened with my next set of Journal prompts.
Now my kind of doodling is more like this....
No. 24 - DREAMS
This little wombat was enjoying his slumber when I snapped him and seemed perfect. I enjoyed it so much I had to make him larger.
No. 25 -  STENCIL
This challenge has definitely given my ego a couple of uppercut so far and this was another! I thought rather than a stencil I would do some leaf prints with ink.....ERK!
But putting out there the good with the NOT so good.......
I definitely prefer my pencils!
Ok the progress on my larger version of "Wombat Dreams"
I was accused today of drawing each hair individually lol! And I just about me crazy....... I LOVE it.....being one of my all time favourite Aussies adds to the delight!
I even have a little collection of them...
This is my reference photo.....I took it at a wildlife refuge called Jirrahlinga when we visited in Victoria.
He was so sweet but I definitely wanted to give him a burrow.....
Must fly.....
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Monday, 24 June 2019

Calling it Done

Musk Lorikeets are done! I chose once again Pan Pastels background hoping to bring focus to the birds and tree....also a little white gouche highlights. I have had great fun with these sweet birds but am definitely not satisfied with the composition. However this is another lesson learnt and I am more than happy to revisit them again from a slightly different angle.

I am taking a little reprieve from the feathers and have started working on one of my all time favourite Aussies and some fur.
I snapped this little snoozing wombat in a refuge in Victoria. I decided to draw him in a burrow of his very own. So this is the company I shall be keeping for a little while. I have also sketched him in my journal and liked him so much I wanted to expand on it.
This week  I  took advantage of the end of year sales and came home with delicious new art supplies......ohhh the joy of brand new paper!
New sheets of paper........endless possibilities!

Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Monday, 17 June 2019

More Journaling

Journal prompts update.
No. 20 - NATURE
I thought the interaction between a delicate Dragonfly and a robust Sacred Lotus bud was a beautiful example of Nature.
No. 21 - WATER
Water droplets came immediately to mind.....and I need the practice!
No. 22 - BRIGHT
I chose the gorgeous and brightly plumed Bee eater bird. They are so stunning!
Another progress shot of Musk Lorikeets
Birdie bum is looking good!
I am pretty happy with the big tree at the back now....just a couple of shadows to work out and I am finishing off all the birdie friends.
When you just want to be out in nature a wander down memory lane helps.....

Have a lovely creative day.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Friday, 14 June 2019

Journal Update

I am a bit behind posting these prompts due to being laid low with Bronchitis.
No.17 - WILD
I think it's self explanatory. I chose it because I like to imagine these magnificent beasts out there in the wild doing their thing....without interference from the earths most deadly predator.....MAN!
No.18 - CALM
A paradox really..... watching busy little bees going about their work makes me feel very relaxed, peaceful and calm.
There are a myriad of amazing textures but one that I love is the hard casings left behind on the stem after a bottlebrush has flowered.....
So another 3 prompts done.....
Have a lovely weekend.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

More Layers

And more texture has been added to the Lorikeets.  Oh my goodness the hollow in the tree proved a bit difficult and took me quite a while to get into the groove with it. I finally feel I am making some progress with it. I have been resisting the overwhelming desire to play with those cute birds until more work appears on the tree lol!
One of my journals is just about full.....
 And it was time to think about a new one.....I had new $$$ in my art fund thanks to my Dear Daughter and family. After some thought I decided on the same journal that is currently my Nature Journal. It is so lovely for graphite and coloured pencil. If I want to add watercolour pencil work I can use good watercolour paper and paste it in the very happy mail for me!
A few nature shots of mine to ease the soul...

Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Wednesday, 29 May 2019


That's how I feel about my latest journal prompt!
Oh boy definitely not liking my efforts for this one! But! In an effort of 'full disclosure'  you get the good the bad and the downright ugly.....hence ERK!
However......challenge met! Unused inks were used and some pens....
On a cheerier note a bit more progress on the Musk Lorikeets.
Some have most of their colours....
And some don't! I then decided that I wanted the little guy balancing between both bits of tree and the 'birdie bum' checking out the hole.....
I did move the bird on the right closer but it was exactly what they were doing.
One of the photo references that I am using.......
I probably should have used this shot but we will see how it looks in the end.... I can always do a different version.
To sign off today,  a couple of my favourite photos that I have taken that inspire me and why I choose to believe that the natural world is so special and worth standing up for.

Have a wonderful day.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

PS Thanks Rosie for your lovely comments....I couldn't respond directly to you as you are coming up as a no reply blogger.....but to answer your question, a lot of my pieces take in excess of 30 hours. I will have to keep a count one day....cheers x

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

New Project and Journal Update

First journal update.....
No.14 - NEW
I spent a lot of time alone as a child and books and drawing were my solace. I always loved when I read that an item was "robin egg blue" and loved seeing pictures of them in a for this prompt...a nest of Red Robin eggs! Which just happened to be laid a beautiful blue colour.
No.15 - SEASON
 I've chosen MANGO favourite fruit here in sunny Queensland and with a mango farmer in the family....couldn't resist! Just as a side note....only buy Australian grown mangoes here folks....NOT imports!
I am a bit excited that I have reached the halfway mark with the prompts!
My new larger project is the Musk Lorikeets from Stawell Victoria. It's a bit of a funny composition and I am hoping it will look ok when I  finish.
The photo was taken of them so high up in this huge tree with an old branch  which was growing out and across it....I love the charred look of the branch two of them are probably can't see took much yet but lots of blocking in have been happening.
There are 2 little birdies here.....
And another here....
Can you see them?  Doing the charring on the tree was interesting.
I'm thinking this one is going to take me a while. I have to get a lot of the tree done so that I know how dark to go with the Lorikeets....they are so sweet! I watched them for ages. Toing and froing, squabbling and chattering in this large tree.
Ok must dash.....have to think about No.16.....ABSTRACT? Good grief! I haven't a clue at the moment. I just don't DO ABSTRACT! Thinking cap on!
Enjoy the rest of your day.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Tuesday, 14 May 2019


Well this Journal challenge is certainly keeping my pencils I am again.
No.13 - OLD
I chose and old tap....I took a photo of one out at historic Silverton NSW and it came to mind immediately for OLD....but how to relate it to Nature....when in doubt add a little birdie. So a sweet Fairy Wren little lady checking out the local drinking source was added. She is from  a reference photo from clever friend  Kev Webb with a bit of artistic license.
Here are the steps in which it came to be.
Transferring to my journal and beginning the work.....

Progress and adjustments.....
The finished page.....
Until No.14 which happens to be NEW.....hooroo!
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx