Friday, August 22, 2014

8x10 inches
Coloured pencils and Pitt pens on Canson Pastel Grey Mat Board

This is the next portrait in my Beautiful Human Landscapes Project. I was contacted by Yvonne's Granddaughter to see if I would be interested in including her in this project and when I saw Yvonne's joyous face, I jumped at the chance. You can watch a speed drawing of this portrait evolving on YouTube and also learn how you can do wonderfully realistic portraits of older people by following this 28 page Step by Step Tutorial. Also please don't hesitate to get in touch if you know of someone of have a loved one that you think might be suitable for this project. They do need to be hi-res images and preferably candid and emotive shots that capture the character of our older folk.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Beautiful Human Landscapes Project underway

8x10 inches
Coloured Pencils on Mat Board

11x14 inches
Coloured Pencils on Mat Board
These two beautiful ladies are the first to be featured in my Beautiful Human Landscapes Project. Val was the Mum of one of my good friends from school and was like a second mother to me when I was young. She sadly passed away a couple of months ago and this was my gift to her daughter, Lynne. Ruth was the mother of an artist friend Jonathan, who kindly shared the beautiful reference photo for this precious moment and to both Lynne and Jonathan I say a huge thank you. This project is all about celebrating the older folk in our society. If you have a high resolution, zoomed in reference photo of one of your loved ones that you think might be suitable for this project, then please don't hesitate to contact me.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Calling for Help

For a couple of years now, I have been mulling over a project that is close to my heart, which I am calling Beautiful Human Landscapes. I would like to create a series of closely cropped, highly detailed portraits of some of the older folk in our society. These is so much emphasis in our society today on the beauty of youth and the importance of looking younger than your years. As an ex nurse and artist, I find far more fascination in a face that has endured life's ups and downs and tells a lifetime of stories. I would like to focus on people in their 80's and 90's across all nationalities. If you have some loved ones that you think might be suitable for this project then please do get in touch. I need closely cropped, high resolution and detailed photos so that I can recreate all the wonderful features of an older person's face. If I draw your loved one, you will be sent a free print of the artwork, however this is a long term project, so if you do send me a photo of your loved one, I will assume that consent is given for me to use the reference in the coming years as well.
Thanking in advance for any help that you can give. :)

Latest Artworks and a Letter from Buckingham Palace

Blah, Blah, Blah
12x12 inches
Pyrography, Inktense pencils, Coloured pencil, Pan Pastels
and a touch of ink on Cradled Birch Ply

No Tonight Dear
12x12 inches
Pyrography, Inktense pencils, Coloured pencil, Pan Pastels
and a touch of ink on Cradled Birch Ply
 My poor little blog has been a bit neglected lately, but here are a couple of my latest artworks. We were also thrilled this week to receive a thank you letter from Buckingham Palace, after my very thoughtful husband sent a copy of my book Love You, Mum to Prince George after the recent visit of the royals to Australia. It was wonderful to have our gift acknowledged!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Another artwork and Information on Drafting film

Good Morning
12x12 inches
Pyrography, Coloured pencil, Inktense pencils and ink
on Cradled Birch Ply
This is my latest adventure piece combining the pyrography with coloured pencils - such fun.

I have also created an information page on my website at and have started the ball rolling with a comprehensive information page about drafting film. I get so many emails from artists seeking more information about this surface, where to buy it, which pencils to use etc. and so I thought it might be helpful to have a one stop info section and I will be adding more pages to it down the track.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

More fun combining Pyrography with Colour

Adding a Splash of Colour
12x12 inches
Pyrography, Inktense pencils & Coloured Pencil
on Cradled Birch Ply

The Intrepid Friendship
12x12 inches
Pyrography, coloured pencil and ink on
Cradled Birch Ply
Oh what fun I am having combining the pyrography with the coloured pencils and colour. I have had a wonderful pyrography artist me to alert me to the fact that pyrography can fade over time, which alarmed me quite a bit. The fading isn't consistent and can be unpredictable. This is one of the reasons that I am combining the coloured pencil with the woodburning. Apart from loving colour of course, I darken the darkest darks and brighten some areas, so that if there is any fading of the burned marks over time, the overall integrity of the image should be maintained. I just love the combination of texture and rustic look that the wood burning gives and even more so when combined with a bit of colour. I think I might be hooked :)

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Love You, Mum available now

Just in time for Mother's Day, Love You, Mum is now available in book shops within Australia (I found it up on counter at Dymocks) and retails for $9.99. If you are looking for a unique gift for the Mum to Be or want to give a mother or child you love something different, then you might find this little book is the answer. It features a range of realistic Australian Animal illustrations, each page with a Mum and Bub interacting in some way and giving each other a bit of love. :)