Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Oil Sketch

Well .. here I am again .. I have'nt disappeared completely .. just part of me has faded away .. the part that produces art that is. 
This is an oil sketch that I did earlier this year when I had been away from using oil for several years and just wanted to touch on it again.  I soon got over it! lol  This simple looking painting took much longer to paint than it would have with acrylic or pastel .. so that turned me off .. being an impatient sort of  painter. :)
I wiped some burnt sienna mixed with Liquin over the canvas before starting then drew in the figure with a small brush loaded with burnt sienna.  I can't remember what happened after that .. I guess I just messed around with the flesh colours :0

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Red Oil Pastel

Have not been doing much artwise lately .. not enough energy!  So here is one from many years ago .. it's an oil pastel on canvas.  I do remember how I made this one.  Firstly I painted a red background onto gessoed canvas.  I painted some pinkish paint onto a stencil and lay it down the side of the canvas and lifted it off to reveal the pattern.  Then I drew the girl on with a pencil and painted over the pencil lines with burnt umber.  Finally I worked the oil pastel over the top and scraped it back a bit to reveal some of the pattern.  The oil pastels were a very cheap brand but they worked well.  I remember that I used a small palette knife to push the oil pastel about.  This was a first for me and I don't know what possesed me to follow this method but it worked quite well and I would like to do some more.  Interesting things those oil pastels.  Size is approx 6 1/2" square

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


This is a very small sketch done this afternoon.  When I think I just have time to do some small quick thing I usually regret starting it because they become too small to work with.  Anyway, this one came together after a bit of fiddling.  Pastel pencil on Fabriano Tiziano pastel paper.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Well ... can you see that I've been fiddling around with my blog! .. too much time on my hands lol! I've changed the header with the help of my daughter Amy .. always wanted to do that.  I'm putting up an image of my cat Tom .. (original name for a cat) ha! .. and a little drawing done by Amy of Tom sleeping - his favourite pastime. See Amy's blog at http://www.amywrona.blogspot.com/
Yes! .. he does still have two ears .. he's sleeping on the other one!  But he only has half a tail and at age 8 still has 8 lives left.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


Yesterday it was raining .. and it has rained for the past several days .. so I spent some time drawing and this little pastel emerged. It's approx. 20cm x 25cm pastel and pastel pencil on Fabriano Tiziano pastel paper. A bit of an awkward pose .. hope I got that shoulder right!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Wings! ..

I'm not usually in the habit of putting wings on my people .. but this one was just asking for them. lol .. It's a small pencil drawing done with a brown Lyra coloured pencil. I have a few of these pencils - they are large fat ones and I usually keep them for drawing on canvas. They are very smooth to work with as they have either wax or oil in them. This was done on Canson pastel paper - smooth side.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Solar Prints

I've been rummaging in my Printmaking folder lately .. and found a couple of old Solar Prints done at Tafe last year. The one above was done in a bit of a rush from what I remember. I made a simple drawing of a girl on a small sheet of drafting film. The teacher provided a large selection of images printed onto transparent sheets for us to cut up and use with our drawing. I didn't even get time to trim the foliage images properly .. just placed them wherever :O .. so may look a bit rough. Later a colour roll was run over the plate before printing.

This second one is also a Solar Print .. but made totally with collage. I called it 'Lost Dog' .. Cuttings were taken from magazines to make a small collage and glued onto a sheet of paper. The collage was photocopied onto a transparent sheet of acetate before printing.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Ginko monoprints

A couple of little trace monoprints done last year .. they were experiments on different types of papers from what I remember. They are a bit messy and rough but I quite like doing these especially coming up with a design. With a bit of practice the result could be a lot better.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Change of direction ..

To all my friends and followers of this blog I want you to know that I am going to change the direction of things here a bit.

Some of you know that I recently underwent a large operation to remove a tumour in my abdomen - not such a large tumour and nothing else seen on CT scans but the recovery is slow going. Rather than let this blog stagnate due to my inactivity, I thought I would broaden the content a bit to include snippits of everyday life and hopefully some sketchy stuff as well.

I've looked through my art folder and decided to put this pastel pencil drawing up here this time. I could draw this model every day of the week :) .. but don't think I did her justice here .. anyway here she is.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Sketchy one ..

At last some sort of drawing done by me .. it's a bit rough and sketchy but at least I managed to put pencil to paper. Black pastel pencil on Fabriano paper. The original image has three girls in it who are dressed in an oriental theme and dressed in black. A rather dramatic image and I like the dramatic ones :) I started to draw just one of the girls and then decided to squeeze the second one onto the paper behind her .. which I think makes a nice composition. Would like to do a large dramatic painting of these girls.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


A smallish pastel pencil sketch of my daughter Sarah. When she visited the other day I snapped a few photos of her.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Small sketch ..

Have been busy for the past few days and have not done any drawing .. so here is one from a week ago .. just a simple little pastel pencil sketch.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Small doodle

Just a small drawing with pastel pencil .. on Canson 'smooth side' .. I don't really like using pastel on Canson especially the smooth side. The pastel just seems to sit on the top like a pile of dust :)

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Fashion drawing ..

The finished drawing .. added pastel to finish off. 25 x 30cm.

Excuse the old black gloves :) it's cold here today! Once I start I always hold the chosen pencils in my left hand until the end of the drawing - probably picked up a few more after taking this pic. The face on this one is all done with pastel pencil.

This is the initial sketch .. black pastel pencil on Fabriano pastel paper. Reference on computer screen. I may make alterations to the initial sketch as I work over the top of it.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Pencil drawing ..

Today I decided to do a drawing with pencil .. I have not done any pencil drawings for quite some time. Had to rummage to find some decent paper. This is Como paper which is a heavy weight cartridge paper. I must go shopping for some interesting coloured papers. This drawing is approx. 18cm x 13cm.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

It's me! ....

With reference to Tonya's comment that the charcoal drawing could look like me as a young girl. I don't have many pic's of me as a teenager but I found this one taken by my brother at my uncle's house. I think I was about 16 here, had nice hair and some little black boots lol :)

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Charcoal with patterns ..

A bit of a rough charcoal drawing done years ago .. I'm really digging out some dodgy ones now. I think it was done on some heavy weight cartridge paper. I was experimenting with patterns at the time ..

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Black and white sketch ..

Here I am scrounging up another old sketch .. I only have this small image on my computer I think the original drawing actually went to the bin. Pastel pencil on Fabriano Pastel Paper.

Saturday, July 31, 2010


I've had a bit of a slow week .. still recovering from my op and not doing any drawing or painting. So here is another old one .. it's a pastel on Fabriano Tiziano I think.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Small roughie

Well ... here I am again .. back after an operation .. feeling a bit sore and feeble. Today I took the advice of Dr. Jones and got my sketchbook out. After the first failure I turned to my pastels and did this quickie. It's a bit rough and her hair is blue :O .. due to me picking up the wrong pastel stick. I'm a bit rusty but will gradually get back into the swing.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Something strange ..

Still no new work from me .. I'm having a bit of a quiet time due to circumstances with my health. This is a strange pastel .. one of those weird drawings that just emerged somehow a couple of years ago. Anyway, it was just sitting on my desktop and I thought I might use it here as I don't have anything recent. I think the size is probably about 10" x 8". I think it's on Canson Mi Tientes.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Sketch ..

I have not been able to concentrate on doing any drawing or painting lately .. I feel like I am in limbo waiting for my appointment at the hospital for tests. But today I felt a little like doing something. So this is just a small pastel pencil sketch of the Russian model Vlada. The likeness is pretty close but I made one eye a bit darker than the other. I hate it when that happens .. I like to get the eyes in place as cleanly and quickly as possible. That's what happens when the pencil is not sharp enough to make nice thin lines. Black pastel pencil on Fabriano Tiziano pastel paper.
Approx. 5" x 6"

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Faux Fur ..

Another very old one .. brown and white pastel pencil on Fabriano Pastel Paper. The size is
probably about 6" x 8" I think. I hope to get some new things done soon.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Pastel pencil sketch ..

Still no new work from me .. so here is a sketch done some time ago. I start my pastel drawings off from sketches like this. I think the finished version of this is somewhere on this blog .. I posted it a while ago. It's black pastel pencil on Fabriano Pastel paper. I quite like dashing these off .. then comes the 'working up' part .. which requires concentration .. lol .... I think the size is approx. 6" x 8"

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Paint and monoprint ..

Another of last year's Tafe assignments was this one .. using a reference photo. The idea was to explore Contrast of Hue .. ie. undiluted colours in their most intense luminosity. Also to experiment with the effects of dark lines that separate single colours. to explore the different effects of flat patterns and how it is possible to retain unity. Finally .. monoprinting on the finished painting .. which I did on the background and on her clothes. I found the image of the girl and rearranged her arms .. she was sitting in front of a window .. so I turned it into a screen so that I could monoprint onto it. I also invented the vase of flowers and put one in her hair to complete the composition. Jo Sonja acrylics on canvas. Size - 28cm x 34cm.  Phew! Hopefully I fulfilled all those requirements.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Orange Portrait

I've been unwell lately .. hence the slow-down in blog posts .. so I will have to put some older things up here. In the meantime I have been forced to rest and have been thinking of ideas for future projects .. some of them actually using acrylic paint.
This portrait was done last year at Tafe .. the idea was to create a portrait from a photo reference using complementary opposites on the colour wheel. I chose blue and orange for mine.
Jo Sonja Acrylics on canvas 30cm x 40cm There are small touches of blue in the facial features which may not be showing up here and also some in the background.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Blue Jar

A small pastel sketch on Canson Mi Teintes paper (rough side) .. I realised that I had not done any drawing in pastel for over a week due to many things :) So I set up a simple still life because I want to do more of these in pastel in the future. The size is 5.1/2" x 7" approx. It's a bit sketchy .. I could have spent a little more time on it .....

Saturday, May 22, 2010

What do you think? ..

I've not had time to do anything new this past week .. so I'm putting this pastel of Jessica up again. This time with some 'Photoshopped' balloons in the background. I have had this drawing up in the forums at Wet Canvas this past week and the people in the Figure forum mostly liked the balloons wheras the people in the Pastel forum said 'get rid of them'. lol So I am still in a dilemma. I'm wanting to add more interest to my pastels lately .. that was the idea of adding the balloons or something so that it is then not just a portrait. What do you think?

Friday, May 14, 2010

Jessica ..

Another small pastel drawing done recently. This is Jessica .. although she is unrecognisable from the reference photo .. I have given her a little lift with a new colourful hairdo. This one is 18 x 21cm on Canson Mi Teintes pastel paper (smooth side). I experimented with the background on this .. completely removing it at one stage and replacing it with this one.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

White Collar ...

Today I had some time to sketch .. the sun was shining in through the window so the light was good for sketching straight from the computer screen. I needed good light for this one as the reference image was not the best .. so I did lots of improvising. This was taken from a video clip of a model on the catwalk. I quite like that dusty pink coloured pastel.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Lovely Face

A little sketch done today .. not much time for pastel today as I went to Tafe and had to complete a landscape painting after I came home.
This is done with a black pastel pencil on Canson Mi Teintes pastel paper.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Strelitzia painting ..

I've decided to start uploading some of my Tafe assignments here as they do take up some of my time. Although they are mostly done at Tafe this one was finished during the holidays. I used Jo Sonja Acrylic Colour on canvas for this. Now .. there are probably some things that are a bit weird about this as I worked on it for three weeks at Tafe where the composition/lighting/shadows/flowers changed each week. So mostly the shadows are improvised. I also changed the shape of the small table from a square one to round to better suit the composition (I think). The whole painting has a stylised look to it. I tend to stylise lots of things in my work - that's just the way I am :)

Monday, April 19, 2010

Undecided ..

This is an unfinished sketch in Pastel pencil .. just one of my doodles .. was not sure what to do with it next. It could be interesting with some sort of background added .. hmmm still thinking .. so I put it into Photoshop and fiddled with the background. The coloured image is the Photoshopped result. Still not sure about it .. I think it's now too predictable. It will probably end up in the 'unfinished box'. Also it's larger than shown here .. she has her hands in her lap and that is a vase of flowers beside her on a little table. Oh well .. on to another ..

Saturday, April 17, 2010


Todays small pastel ... is approx 6 1/2" x 8" on Fabriano pastel paper. After a slow week I just had to rush to my pastels this afternoon and dash this one off. Phew! That's better .. I feel better now.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Small Pastel sketch

A small pastel pencil and Conte Crayon drawing done today. I must try to do more of these quick ones. It's on Fabriano pastel paper and is only about 5" square.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Something diffferent - Thumbnail sketch

I will be moving into our new house sometime this year (hopefully) .. and I have been thinking about art to put on the very large wall spaces in there. I want something in warm colours - not too overpowering and complicated .. but it will be quite large. So today I did this small pastel thumbnail to work things out. There is a group of she oaks at the back of our property .. of course they are green but I have changed the colour to suit the wall colours which are softly warm in colour. The painting will be probably started in Acrylics and then I hope to draw onto it with Oil Sticks or Oil Pastels to give it those interesting sort of marks. I'm still deciding if I will just do one large painting or two slightly smaller to make a diptych. I may do more thumbnails of this subject yet.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Party Dress ..

Today I abandoned the housework and decided to do some pastel work. Well ... it started to rain so there was no use doing the washing. hehe! Any excuse will do. I used a black and white reference photo for this and changed it quite a bit. It's 14 1/2" x 9" on Fabriano pastel paper.
I used a variety of pastels and some pastel pencil.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Warming up ..

Lately I have had the desire to do a lot more drawing. I've been a bit 'drawing starved' since I started trying to concentrate on painting which I don't find very satisfying. So today I dug my pastel pencils out and did this small sketch .. to warm up. Fabriano pastel paper .. size approx.
6" x 7".

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Sketch for painting

I did this small sketch today with the idea of then painting over it with acrylic paint .. which is a medium that I have a love/hate relationship with. I did do a quick acrylic painting over it but was not really happy with it ... so here is just the preliminary simple sketch. I don't know why I keep on with paint .. I feel it has taken me away from my drawings which I enjoyed .. now I just struggle with this awful medium. I think I might return to putting all my efforts into pastel. I'm certain there will be more posts on this blog if I do.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Blue Boa

I've cropped this drawing a bit .. when looking through these old ones I always see things that could be improved in them .... hmmm! So it's smallish now .. probably approx. 6" x 6". Pastel pencil on Fabriano pastel paper.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


I've been looking through some old images stored on my external drive and trying to pick out some to put up here on my blog. The trouble is .. that I've moved on from some of those old ones and I just don't like them anymore :( .. therefore am not inclined to post them. I guess I'll just have to find time to do some new ones. However, this is an old one that I found .. I quite like the colours in this. It's pastel pencil on Fabriano pastel paper.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

White Magnolia

Another smallish pastel on Fabriano Pastel paper. Can't remember the exact size .. but probably about 6" x 8" in size.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


I've not been around for a while .. too much else to do lately. But I did manage to do a bit of painting a couple of weeks ago. This is unfinished ... but then it may never be finished now. It's Jo sonja acrylic colour on canvas with a bit of collage on her outfit. She was going to be a showgirl .. about to go on stage with lights and things behind her. Standing there looking bored waiting to go on. It's 12" x 12" in size. But I got sidetracked and now she is sitting on the shelf looking bored.

Saturday, February 13, 2010


Another of those quick pastel portraits. I'm trying to get around to 'painting' these days - with paint but I rarely get around to setting up etc. due to many difficulties. I'm producing a lot less drawings these days as well so will continue to post these older ones.