Saturday, August 9, 2014

Small Sketch on Kraft paper ..

A small quick sketch on Kraft paper .. not a good surface to work on with pastel pencil but as I was running a bit short of decent pastel paper I thought I would try it.  Turned out to be a bit smudgy and hard to get any clean lines.  Approx. 10cm x 12cm I think ...

Monday, July 7, 2014


This is a very old drawing of Anita .. done about eight years ago.  I found her recently hiding in a long forgotten file.  Just as well I keep finding these things as they come in handy when times are slow here. Taking one step forward and three back these days .. so progress is slow on the art-making front.  Looks like pastel pencil on either Canson or Fabriano pastel paper .. size is about 20cm x 14cm I think.

Saturday, June 7, 2014


A rather quick sketch tonight ... inspired by the John Galliano fall fashion show 2007 where the models had those little heart shaped lips painted on.  This is 'not' a copy of one of his models .. just have wanted to use those lips for some time.  This one started out as a generic red head but turned into a brunette during the process.  Most of my drawings are done to the accompaniment  of music .. I used to be able to look at a drawing and remember what music I drew it to.  There have been so many now that I have lost track of most of them.  However, this one was drawn to 'All Through The Night' by Cyndi Lauper.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Big Red Coat ..

Tonights drawing is The Big Red Coat which is a revision of a previous drawing done months ago which I quite liked but the opinion of others here stopped me from posting it anywhere.  They said the composition is bad and her face is a bit crooked etc.  So tonight I drew this one from the much maligned original.  I was not going to post this one either as I still liked the first one better.  But after giving it a second glance I decided to put it here.  I just love black and red together .. have you noticed?  lol  Pastel Pencil, Conte sticks and a bit of pastel on Fabriano pastel paper.  Approx. 5 1/2 x 7 inches

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Super fast drawing ...

This is not the first drawing that I did this evening .. the first one was very 'careful' and way too neat.  After a stressfull week with two sick ponies and a hefty bill from the Equine Vet .. I wanted to relax this evening and do a drawing.  After spending quite some time doing a drawing which I hated I decided to scrap it and do a quick one that was more to my liking.  This is a drawing of Nicole which looks ... 'not much like her' .. lol In the first one I wanted to capture her lovely smile .. and I did! ... It's not evident in this one but I did enjoy belting it out super quick with the help of a glass of wine. ;)  Mostly pastel pencil and some conte sticks on Fabriano Tiziano Pastel Paper.  Size approx. 8"x 10"

Saturday, April 12, 2014


Another of these quick sketches from my imagination .. I'm afraid when there is not a model available the features can become 'generic' .. and I just let the music and the drawing carry me away.  I am almost afraid to say that I may be actually getting back on track after wasting a whole year being in limbo due to medication changes that left me almost zombi-like .. that description may be a bit harsh but I expect only thyroid patients would understand! lol  Some thyroid patients have wasted half a life time trying to find a doctor who will understand the illness and treat them accordingly.  I don't have time to waste so I have taken my health into my own hands after battles with many doctors who clearly 'don't get it' .. are not trained to understand this condition.  Well .. I UNDERSTAND NOW what is going on with me and I will deal with it WITHOUT the interference of doctors who only look at the inkspots on the paperwork.  Day by day I am improving and I WILL be back .... getting close now ..

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Preliminary Sketches

Still no new work from me so just posting some preliminary sketches done previously.  Some of these didn't make it to the finish mark and hit the bin sometime during the process.  I don't seem to have a finished drawing for this one .. 'Reclining'.  This is how I start all my drawings with a brief sketchy outline to make a starting point before adding pastel or pastel pencil.  All are on Fabriano Tiziano Pastel Paper.

This one made it to the finish line 'Ponytail' .. and is somewhere on this blog.  I always start off lightly - some of these may have been darkened a bit before posting so just imagine them a bit lighter.  Hopefully, I will get busy with drawing again before long .. just trying to build up my iron stores as I've been a bit wobbly.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Sketches for Aluminium Plate Etching

Just posting some old sketches that I did a few years ago when doing a printmaking course at Tafe.  I came across these drawings in an old file.  The first one is a thumbnail design of some lillies which I designed myself after some fiddling about.

I printed off some copies so that I could experiment with colours as we were expected to make some of the prints with colour.

This is one of the finished prints made from the aluminium plate.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Dancer No. 2 - Re-vamp ..

This is a re-vamp of a previous drawing .. just been looking in my box of small drawings and can see some that need tweaking here and there.  Not sure if there should be a hint of a knee showing there on the right. I'm feeling more like drawing these days .. just waiting until I can find a quiet time for it.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Mandarin and Jug

Another old Still Life drawing from the past.  I had forgotten about this one .. I quite like the shiny look I managed to get on the jug and the distorted shadow on the wall but I wonder why there is no shadow behind the mandarin!!

When there is not much art being made there are always lots of cats here looking cute and photogenic.  This one is 'Rapture' the young teenager who is always energetic and getting into mischief.  She belongs to my daughter Amy.