Saturday, December 19, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
I would recommend any and everyone to have a look at her beautiful miniature artworks on her blogsite at http://melodylamb.blogspot.com . At the moment she is doing a series of winter birds - and has the story on there of a little baby house sparrow that she hand raised - so cute!
Saturday, December 5, 2009
I have changed tack on the Winter trade and decided to do some on knitting. I am knitting beanies for newborns at the moment - part of the knitting for charity that I do - and I thought that it would be a great idea for the cards - just couldn't hold the knitting and sketch at the same time LOL!
Monday, October 26, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
This second nude I just had to experiment with the play of light - I loved doing it ....but pastel dust all the time on the black Colorfix was a real pain in the proverbial!
Friday, October 16, 2009
And I am trying to get used to the new softer Polychromos pencils and I think I am getting better with the blending - this native hibiscus was fun to do.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
But in the meantime I have a desk that has some pigeonholes to take my bits and bobs and my art books and some larger items can find their homes underneath in the shelved cupboard area. I will be picking it up on saturday afternoon and then rearranging my drawing space again.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I took these today - we have a huge dust storm here - it was 11:30 am when I took them. The redness is the iron that we have in our soils in the interior - the red dust has been blown all the way from the deserts in central Australia.
Sydney was affected earlier than we were here in Queensland, and their airports were closed with flights redirected to Brisbane. You couldn't even see the Harbour Bridge - it is amazing when these things happen, just not looking forward to dusting ..............even though the house has been closed up it gets in everywhere!! Many people in Sydney apparantly woke up to the storms, thinking that the eerie red glow was bushfires, and it really feels like the hazy redness that you get with them.
These pics are of the trees at the front of my place and along the creek at the back - normally can see more trees beyond them.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Am starting to do some flowers, not my strong suit, for a winter swap on Wet Canvas. It is coming into summer here, so I really don't feel like doing the cold stuff, besides it doesn't snow where I am in Queensland. In Australia we do have a large number of plants that flower in winter though, and here is a Brachyscome in coloured pencil...........am hoping tha ove the length of this swap my prowees with the flowers in CP will improve.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
It was well worth my time waiting on dial-up for her tutorials to download, so those of you on fast internet services .....do yourselves a favour and check them out.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Here are a few of my ATC cards from a recent 1960's themed swap.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
I haven't beeen much of a shutterbug, but I have some pics from my last ATC swap titled Childhood. I hosted this one on Drawspace, as well as a cartoon drawing challenge, so I haven't been totally slack while I haven't been here......
Here are a few of the cards that I did for that swap:
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Talking to Jeanne Grant (her blog is listed to the side here - check her out), I realised how rigid I can be.........so I have decided that while I know I can draw and sketch, what I am lacking is confidence in my own ability. I mean here is a sketch of a folding shopping bag of mine that I did some time ago.
So I can do it - its the belief that is the problem. I just have to refine and practice to make sure I get more confidence in the lines I put on the paper.
In order to do this I got myself a copy of Bert Dodson's "Keys to Drawing". It is amazing that while he is mostly saying a lot of what I have heard or read before, but its the way he says it just "clicks" with me. I will be working my way through the exercises in his book.
I would recommend it to anyone to at least have a look at this book, even if you don't add it to your own library. With pride it has joined my instructive books.
I will add pics periodically to the blog as I work my way through the exercises. I hope it will do as much for my quick sketches and initial drawings for projects as I think it will.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I just loved trying to come up with ideas for each letter - some are cartoon characters so I won't post those here.
But here are:
J is for Jabberwocky
O is for over
SH (we had 27 people ha ha) is for Sheep
- that's Baa Baa Black Sheep!
And Z is for Zingaro which I believe
is Italian for gypsy.