Thursday, 18 September 2014

Article just published

I am very excited to announce that I have an article in the latest issue of Mixed Media Art Magazine.
While I have been lucky in the past to have exhibition related articles and photographs published of my work, this is my first full article. I hope you enjoy it.

 




Mixed Media Art Magazine Issue 15

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http://www.mixedmediaartmagazine.com/
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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Art n' Music Charity Exhibition


Coming up is the Art n' Music Charity Exhibition. All profits will be going to The Kids Cancer Project.
 
Saturday 20 September
Brolly Workshop
24 Bennetts Lane
Melbourne CBD
Free Admission
 
For more information on the event and to see which artists and musicians are involved, please visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/776644412358069/

'Hope' was created especially for the event and will be up for sale.

 The Kids' Cancer Project: http://www.thekidscancerproject.org.au/

Monday, 8 September 2014

Drawing With Kids #3

This is my final post regarding the drawing classes at a  Melbourne primary school. Today I spent time working with the Grade 1 children and I couldn't resist showing their work. It is as adorable as they are.



Friday, 5 September 2014

Drawing With Kids #2

Today I am following on from Mondays session where I was working at a primary school in Melbourne. Yesterday I spent the day working with children in Grades 5 and 6. I decided to make the exercise more challenging for the older children. They had to draw a template of a big cat onto pre painted card and then cut out a muzzle from card to attach to it. This gave the tiger or leopard a bit of a 3D effect. After this the children continued with the drawing exercise where they learnt about proportions and the correct positioning. Once they had done all of the black areas in permanent marker they used some touches of white to bring it to life.
The children were all really proud of their finished art works. I really love all the different personalities of each of them. They are gorgeous.

Leopards Grades 5 and 6. September 2014



Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Drawing with kids

I am in the midst of running drawing workshops at an eastern Melbourne primary school.
The focus of the class is learning to draw a face using guidelines to help with placement and proportion. For this exercise I have given the children one of two critically endangered animals to draw, the Amur Leopard and the Sumatran Tiger. The lines on the template show where the top of the eyes go and also the top of the nose and the centreline of the face.


On Monday I was working with children in Grades 3 and 4. They only had 40 minutes to complete the lesson on an A3 sheet of paper. We did it step by step so each child was working at the same pace, with some classes drawing the leopard and the others drawing the tiger. Below are some of the wonderful drawings they did. The children were really pleased with their results and were excited to know that they could use this technique to draw other animal faces as well.

 
I am absolutely in love with the children's drawings. They all have their own unique personalities and are incredibly gorgeous. I am looking forward to working with the younger children to see their results. Well done kids.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Melbourne Art Fair 2014

I spent today at the Melbourne Art Fair. It is always a wonderful thing to see what other creative people are doing. The range of work was unbelievable. Here are some of the works that got my attention today...


 


 





 





 



 
The Melbourne Art Fair runs until August 17. For information, ticket prices and more visit: http://melbourneartfair.com.au/
 
 
 

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Mixed media painting process...

With all of my new studio space I have recently felt the urge to do a work on canvas and thought I would share the process with you.
I tend to paint like I create any other piece of work, with a basic idea in mind and then letting it all come together organically. I like to add layers and textures in my work and the colour choices happen as the work progresses. I never have a colour palette in mind when I start.


Initial sketchbook drawing

Base colours laid down on a recycled canvas.


Home made stencils are used to add pattern to the background. Torn sewing patterns are collaged onto the hair. The facial details are highlighted and the base colour for the skin is applied.


Work is done on the skin tones.

 
Texture medium is added to the flower and collage elements are placed on the hair. A white wash is rubbed over the face to tone down the skin tones
 

Facial details are highlighted again, flower is repainted, more collage elements are added and a white wash has been rubbed over the background.

A blue wash has been rubbed over the hair and stripes have been added to her top.

Blue ink has been brushed over the hair. Flowers have been added to the background and more line work has been done.



Finished piece.
Highlighting done to some of the collage elements and colours rubbed onto hair. Lips and eyes also highlighted and line work is touched up where required. I have also widened the neckband on her top.


As the painting progressed my lady started to change her pose. I decided I wanted her to be turned a little more towards the viewer, while still looking away. She also became softer and more vulnerable looking.
 
I hope you enjoyed seeing a work in progress.
If you have any ideas for a name for her please feel free to leave a comment. There will be a little prize for the best name. Prize drawn 10 August.