Monday, August 31, 2009

Three pears

These pears were painted from a still life setup that I put together a few years ago. I used Jo Sonja acrylic colour for these ... I like the way her paint handles. I was experimenting with the paint when I did this one .. and after a while it seemed to come together.

Saturday, August 29, 2009


A very old drawing done with brown pencil on cartridge paper. I have not used this pencil for quite a while as the lead was hard and a lot of pressure was required to get the tones right. But I quite like the effect it gives.

Thursday, August 27, 2009


A very old pastel sketch .. a preliminary one .. the colour was added later and I have that image here somewhere. But I always liked this quick sketch ..

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


A more recent pastel sketch from a reference image of a fashion model. I used to do these on a regular basis but have not lifted a pencil in months. I sketch them straight off the computer screen and alter them suitably :)

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Unfinished oil painting

I made this blog to encourage me to produce new work on a more regular basis .. but so far the usual problems have prevented this. No time and no space to work. So here is one that I did in a Tafe class a few years ago. It's an oil painting done from observing a photograph. I started with a burnt sienna underpainting and whilst it was still wet started to paint some colour into it. It's unfinished. I think it's about 12" x 16".

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


It's another one of those interesting heads that I keep on sketching! As usual it's on Fabriano Pastel paper.

Saturday, August 15, 2009


A small pastel on dark brown Fabriano pastel paper. I liked the colour of these and imagined that they would look good against a dark background .. and I think they do suit the dark background.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


These are a couple of Trace Monotypes that I did recently. The Lily pattern is a variation of the previous Aluminium Plate Etching that I started this blog with. The one with the leaves and berries is a variation of my tablecloth :) I used Sakura Oil based printmaking ink for these. they were quite easy and quick to make - I made them on a sheet of perspex on my kitchen benchtop.

Monday, August 10, 2009


I really have not had time to do anything much new .. so here is another older unfinished sketch. Pastel pencil was used for this one.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

White dress

Another 'older' painting .. This was first sketched on canvas using a Cretacolor Nero pencil. Then the painting was done using Jo Sonja Acrylic colour and more drawing over the top with the Nero pencil. I quite enjoy working with paint and pencils like this. The size is 25cm x 30cm

Friday, August 7, 2009

Red Hat

I've still not had time to do any experimenting with anything new .. so here is a small pastel sketch that I did some time ago. It's quite small .. can't remember the exact size .. approx. 6cm x 8cm I think. I've just noticed that she seems to be missing an ear... hmm! lol

Thursday, August 6, 2009


This pastel drawing was done some time ago, but as I have nothing new to post at the moment ... this will have to do for now.
I use photographs for lots of my drawings but I alter them a lot .. that's the fun part :)
I used pastel pencils for this one and I always use Fabriano pastel paper as it has a nice texture to it.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

First post

Here I am at last starting my blog and making my first post. I've been going to do this for a couple of years as a means of motivating myself to produce art on a more regular basis.
My main interest is figure drawing/painting but have recently taken some classes in a printmaking course so I will start off by posting one of the prints. This is an Aluminium Plate Etching which was quite labour intensive to produce. I enjoyed the process but
I don't think I will be doing any more of these. I quite like the end result.