Monthly Archives: April 2012


Welshmans Reef Landscape 2 Oil Pastel

Here is another of my earlier works.  I painteded it around the same time as the Rosemary work, when I was experimenting with oil pastels.  It is a landscape of where I used to live in Central Victoria near Castlemaine.  It is a small painting about A2.

I enjoy this painting’s simplicity, just three main colours of green, blue and white.  It was painted on a clear autumn morning, when the sharp frosts seem to make the colours (as well as everything else) clear and sharp.

How Good Art Supplies and Retailers can make you Happy

I love art supplies, and I cannot walk past an art shop without going in.  I have to look at the papers, such beauty and potential, then its off for a colour fix.  Colour pencils, paints, pastels, oil pastels, I love them all.  Then there is all the mediums and other cool stuff.  Is it not heaven?  Although I tell myself that I don’t need any more, I will usually walk out with something.

I am also a oneline art supply purchaser, but this is usually more serious and with intent to do some research and find the best for my purpose.  Of course this always gets sidetracked by all those pretty colours again.  I am sooo easily distracted by bright colours, like a little child.

Now I have found YouTube and all those great clips of artist showing their stuff, there is not enough hours in the day to enjoy all this bounty.

But I found a site that combines many of these guilty  pleasure and is run by a fun, informative and completely joyous person, Jane Davenport ( I will figure how to get this link in properly one day).  She is an Australian multi-media artist who lives in Byron Bay.  She has a great rang of tutorials and has so much fun making them they are a joy to watch.  Also an art supply fan, so much so she has her own art supply shop.  But this is with a difference, this is the supplies that she uses and has researched and found to be the best.

I couldn’t resist and there where some supplies that I did need.  (Really it is true)  So I put my order in.  The shop is called the Institute of Cute, which is a little off-putting to me (sorry Jane), but the product was good so I shut my eyes and ordered away.  But when my package arrived all was forgiven and I will be recommending and defending the Institute of Cute to my art friends.

Not only did I get my supplies in a couple of days, I got extra presents. Yah!  A card with a hand written message to enjoy my supplies, a pencil-case to put them in, some blending sticks, (so useful and appropriate to the supplies I got), a badge and a Lady Bug.  Oh so happy, I feel special and its makes me smile.

I have spent years training people in small business and marketing in hospitality and retail.  It is these personal touches that make customers come back.  It’s not the discounting, but the value adding and taking the time to make each customer feel special.


Grevilleas, Grevilleas, Grevilleas

I have become the obsessive artist of late, nothing of the occasional about it.  I have not posted the latest work as I am still tweaking it and my sister is working over time to get the images ready for posting.  I will have to bite the bullet and get Photoshop so I can do the scan prep myself.

I am working on three Grevillea paintings at the moment and although they are not finished I am going to give you a sneak preview.  I love seeing artworks  in the making, I hope you do too.

These are in the same style as the Sturt Desert Peas, I am doing a collection of paintings on Australian Native Flowers.  I want to show their vibrancy of colour and the amazing shapes.  I have stylised the flowers to highlight their shapes.  I am not interested in botanical correct paintings as that is not my style and there are plenty of others who do this with such amazing skill.  I am trying to show their shape, colour and flow.  I adore gracefully curved lines and have tried in these works to make every line beautiful.

Grevillea 1

Grevillea 1 Progress Underpainting complete

Grevillea 1 Progress 2

This one is almost finished though I am not convinced that the white background is doing it justice.  I have gone back once and filled in some more of the flower to give it balance and will have the finished scan ready soon,  These are a couple that were scanned along the way.

This is a larger drawing 50cm x 50cm and you only have a segment of it here.  The first one shows the underpainting that I do.  I find that underpainting gives my pencil work added vibrancy, I have used acrylic, but I am keen to try other mediums as I experiment.  This painting is on on 300gm Canson CP paper.  I liked the texture on the paper and the coloured pencils had plenty to grip onto.  The roughness of the paper was a bit of a challenging when inking in the outlines but I managed to keep them fairly smooth.

Grevillea 2

Grevillea 2 Progress Waiting for the background

Grevillea 2 In progress segment

This is my largest so far and is a full A1 sheet.  I have finished the flower pretty much and am taking a deep breath before I go to the background.  I plan to show a couple of leaves in the background in a darker green, in a more muted style.  Just to give the background more interest than a plain background and more interest in the painting as well.  large area of plain colour in pencils is not exciting to do.  Love the way the flower almost writhes, love that sense of movement.  (Sorry about the quality of the photos, as these are Iphone photos not scans)

This is on Canson 300gm HP.  It is a very smooth paper and I have not worked on it before.  The pencils reacted quite differently, not sure if a like it for this type of work, but it made the inking in easier.   The wax of the pencils built-up very quickly and I couldn’t get as many layers  down, but the effect looked more like oil pastels which I enjoyed.  Will have to experiment some more.

Grevillea 3

This one is in its early days, I have done the pencil drawing and have only just started to ink in the outline.  It will be a black and white ink drawing, with just the mouths of each flower in deep pink.  It was just going to be black and white, but the vibrancy of the flower could not be ignored and I hope just flashes of colour will work.  Love this image so I might do a couple of variations on it.  I have also scaled back and this painting is only 30cm x 30cm.

This painting is on Canson 300gm HP, the smoothness of the paper would work will with this ink drawing.

As soon as they are completed I will post the finished work for you.