Sunday, October 30, 2011

A Commission/ Easter Poster

I have been commissioned to do an Easter poster for a local 'Charity Raffle'.
Not having done anything like this before I am concerned I will not deliver! I planned to draw a bunny holding a flag with the important info on the flag. Then adding the charity logo somewhere within the poster. Bunny is drawn, however, I am having a bit of strife trying to add other drawn elements with photoshop. I am self taught and have not 'taught' myself how to add layers in photoshop! I just wondered if I could have feedback on what I have come up with so far??..............Thank you in advance for any suggestions on how I can improve!!!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Playing Small

Good things come in small parcels, or so the saying goes.
 In this case good things come on small bits of paper...

I caught up with a friend, Jenny, over coffee and cake last week. We realised we were both very passionate about all things art. Jenny & her friend Jen make the most beautiful mixed media works on canvas, hand bound journals and magnets and also run classes; their latest class is Fabric Paper .
Getting back to small parcels/bits of paper. Jenny makes ATC's and she inspired me to have a wee try at some. I must say I am quite pleased with my results although the camera does not show the true shine and colours. I know these are made to trade, but I'm not parting with mine.


Thursday, October 20, 2011

A Girls Best Friend.......

A Stump For A Tail
You can't buy loyalty, they say,
I bought it though, the other day;
You can't buy friendship, tried and true,
Well just the same, I bought that too.
I made my bid, and on the spot
Bought love and faith and a whole job lot
Of happiness, so all in all
The purchase price was pretty small.
I bought a single trusting heart,
That gave devotion from the start.
If you think these things are not for sale,
Buy a brown-eyed puppy with a stump for a tail.


Monday, October 17, 2011


A little watercolour, paper and ballpoint pen is all I need to keep me content.

Looking at this once I have published it I can see all my mistakes and what needs to be changed so
he will have to come out of the frame and get a makeover.

Practice for a Gift.

A friend of mine recently had a birthday and I bought her one of my favourite trees, a Crepe Myrtle.
I also wanted to give her something I made myself and thought
a little painting might be nice. A good opportunity to practice watercolours.
I painted a little blue wren.  I went back into the painting with an ink pen after
I had scanned this picture and it looked much better than this one, however I
forgot to scan it again before I framed and wrapped it.

Daily drawing. October 15th 2001.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Daily Sketching

I am keeping up with just one sketch a day..............And Loving it!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Happy Birthday

Happy 90th Birthday Mr Art Clokey!

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

On Journaling

…writing a journal implies that one has ceased to think of the future and has decided to live in the present. It is an announcement to fate that you expect nothing more. It is assertion that you take each day as it comes and make no connection between to-day and other days. Writing a journal means facing your ocean you are afraid to swim across it, so you attempt to drink it drop by drop. It means that you count the last leaves of a tree whose trunk has lost its sap. ~ George Sand

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Friday, October 07, 2011

Sketchbook Delight

Alisa Burke's Online Class:
Sketchbook Delight

Some of my sketches from this fantastic online class.

Wattle in my back yard

Sketch Journal

The tangled, twisted family tree.  I can sit for hours practising the knots and twists of tree branches. One day my trees will look realistic but I kind of like the practise ones.                        

Scribbling away while half watching some rubbish on the TV.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Practicing Faces

Colourful Girls
As I wait, rather impatiently, for my Uni course to begin in November I  keep playing with my pencils and practicing faces. I love the buttery texture of prismacolor pencils and the colours are insanely gorgeous. These are not real people but in some ways they do look familiar.

A Crazy Headpiece!