Monday, December 3, 2012


This is a bit rough as I have not used pastel for a while.  I have taken many photos of my Cat Tom sleeping as he is so cute when he is asleep with a big grin on his face.  He often sleeps with his paw over his nose and I can't resist taking pics of him like that.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Burlesque Exhibition - Wendy Sharpe

Wendy Sharpe is a well know Sydney Artist having won the Archibald Prize in 1996 and the Sulman Prize in 1986.  Her exhibition Burlesque opened last week at the 'King Street Gallery on William'.
Wendy's interest for this exhibition was in the small scale shows in the inner Sydney area also the Art House Hotel and other venues in the Darlinghurst area where patrons can go to draw the models in costume.
My daughter Sarah was dressed as Marilyn Monroe at one of these places one evening when Wendy spotted her.  Later Sarah sat for her and she completed the painting below.  Most of the paintings in the exhibition have been sold including the one of Sarah as Marilyn.  It sold for $9900.00.  I would have liked to buy it but it was beyond my budget unfortunately.
The paintings can be viewed at the gallery website:

Sarah posing on the left with the Marilyn hairdo and Wendy Sharpe on the right on the Burlesque Exihibition opening night.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

A bit rough ..

This has been sitting around for a few weeks looking miserable.  It's a bit rough and ready and was destined for the bin.  But since I have not put anything on this blog for a while I thought I would put it up anyway.
pastel and pastel pencil on Fabriano pastel paper.  Oops!  I see I had attacked the neck with an eraser and never got back to fix it.  Oh well!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Couple more old sketches ..

Another old sketch from yesteryear .. this one is watercolour pencil - it's on watercolour paper I think.
This one is just my starting sketch for a simple pastel drawing - I think the finished drawing appeared earlier on this blog.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Progress drawings for 'Maja'

I've just been looking through some of my scanned images .. and seeing as how I've been a bit lacking in content for this blog I thought I would upload these progress drawings for Maja.  The finished drawing has appeared on this blog some time ago.  This is how I always start with a quick sketch usually in black pastel.
This is the second one with a bit of colour starting to be added to the black pastel pencil sketch above.

This is the third one which I decided to leave in this rough state - it could have been tidied up a bit but I liked the sketchy look of it at this stage.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

They say that a bird in the hand ..

is worth two in the bush!  How about three or five!  This is my daughter Sarah (bird lover) and some of her wild friends in a park near Woolloomooloo, Sydney.  The birds are attracted to her because they know she has peanuts in her pockets.

They are Sulphur Crested Cockatoos.  Such a lovely compasionate girl with a big heart where wildlife and animals are concerned.

Photos by Zorro Gamarnik

Monday, March 26, 2012

Oil Sketch experiments ..

Since I have been inactive for so long on this blog I thought I may as well put this up here as it has been sitting on my easel for ages .. just waiting for me to do something to take it further.  It's an oil sketch on oil sketch paper.  I wanted to experiment with this surface as I have not been happy with any of the surfaces which I have painted on with oil previously.  I found it much easier to work on.  This basic sketch was quite easy to get onto the paper quickly.  I started to work on it but wiped it off a bit, which is why the face is looking a bit blotchy, and have never been back to it .. until today.  When I took it into Photoshop and did some fiddling with it.  You may see further progress with it .. or 'not' .. it may yet go to the bin.  lol   ..  Burnt Umber sketch on Eraldo di Paolo Oil Sketchpad.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Scary one! ..

Don't be frightened!  lol ...  It's just me doing a very rusty drawing at midnight.  I have been greatly distracted by other things lately.  My brain has been otherwise occupied and as much as I have wanted to do some drawing .. until now I just could not.  So tonight I decided to get something done .. however bad it might be.  And here it is!  The usual pastel pencil and Conte pastel sticks on fabriano.

Friday, January 27, 2012


A small quick drawing done this evening ... I did not like it all that much  - the perspective is really off in the head but thought I might do the same subject later and try to improve on it.  Then I had the idea to distort it digitally and see what it might turn into.  So here are a couple of the distortions .. which I think could be made into decent prints.
I could go on playing around with these to get something that I like ... but I think I'll go to bed and look at them tomorrow :)  I think I like the second one .. maybe with some of that dark chopped off the bottom.
I used a Cretacolor Nero pencil for this drawing .. I'm still a bit tentative when using it as it can be erased but not as easily as graphite.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Mushroom sketch

Well .. here I am again .. drawing mushrooms to keep my hand in.  These were destined for the horses trough as they were past their use by date.  Feeling rusty after not drawing much lately I decided to flex my drawing fingers on them last night.  I recently bought some new Cretacolor pencils and I'm trying out the 'Nero' extra soft on this drawing.  These pencils are Oil based and very smooth.  I discovered it's best to sharpen them with a knife after breaking two of the precious leads in a regular sharpener.  The 'Nero' is actually charcoal mixed with oil.  I have often looked for these pencils as I have used them in the past and found them on-line in the little country town of Glen Innes at 'Colours on Grey'
See image below - they come in a nice tin with a selection of six oil based pencils.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Blue Vase

I do have a small selection of Still Life pastel drawings that I did some time ago - last year (I think).  This is one of them - it's quite small from what I remember.  It's done with pastel pencil and Conte hard pastel sticks on Fabriano Paper.  At one time I set up some still life arrangements and photographed them so that I could work on them later - not the usual thing to do with still life but in my limited working space it works ok for me as I usually change and rearrange things as I work on the paper.  I must try to settle into drawing more often as I can feel myself getting very rusty.