Thursday, 22 December 2011

Sketchbook Finished for 2012 World Tour

Horrah, my sketchbook is finished and ready to send to the New York in preparation for travelling around America, before it wings its way back here for the Melbourne Exhibition.

If you would like to know more about the sketchbook project heres the link:

The Process:
I have taken out all the original paper from the sketchbook. It has been replaced with pastel paper, which I found worked better when using watercolours/paint/collage etc.
For this book I decided to do a few larger pictures instead of a lot of smaller ones, so designed it so the pages could be folded out.
I have used a variety of styles and mediums in this sketchbook as I have used it as a chance to play.


TIMES FLIES: (3 pages) Acrylic, permanent marker, pen, tissue paper,collage

MEMORIES OF TIME WELL TRAVELLED: (5 pages) Pen, ink, watercolour
TIME KEEPS ON TICKING.... : (4 pages) Pen, permanent marker,acrylic,collage

I loved my cover image so much I have converted it into a t shirt design.
Styles available: mens,women and hoodies in a variety of colours.
To purchase:

Time Flies by Kelly Gatchell Hartley

 Feel free to comment and let me know what you think,
maybe you will be inspired to have a go yourself...

Friday, 25 November 2011

Latest Work

I created this piece using recycled and found materials. I added my own twist with a pottery hand and birds eggs I made.The combination of materials and having to get up close, to look right in and see everything, makes it a nice little work.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Silent - Illustration Friday

© Kelly Gatchell Hartley
Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil

First Guitar Completed

I am currently working on a series of works using old guitars, skateboards and anything else that feels suitable at the time. They are being turned into art pieces with paint,collage,pottery,wire and a whole lot more.
This is the very first completed piece with more on the way.

© Kelly Gatchell Hartley
Another pleasant day in the countryside

The Sketchbook Project 2012

I have finally started working on my Sketchbook for the Sketchbook Project 2012. I am very excited as this time around the books are not just touring around the USA but are also making their way to Melbourne. I am anticipating a fair few hours spent looking at many books.

  My theme is 'Time traveller'. I have decided for this work to focus on the time we travel on this earth. I have taken all the pages out of the book and sewn my own in so I could do the picture on one whole page that folds out. I still need to do the backs of the pages and the cover.

© Kelly Gatchell Hartley 2011
(Memories of time well travelled)
To find out more:

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Illustration Friday: SCARY

My little Babushkas are getting their freak on for Halloween

© Kelly Gatchell Hartley 2011

Sunday, 16 October 2011

I'm with the band

© Kelly Gatchell Hartley

The latest Babushka creation. This one was inspired by my musical kids.
Mixed medium on water colour paper.

Industrious little birds

Monday, 5 September 2011

Commission completion....

I was commissioned to do a painting for my childrens primary school. These little lovelies are now up at their new home in the school library.

© Kelly Gatchell Hartley 2011

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Work on paper

I have completed my entry for an upcoming 'Works on Paper'
 art award.
The award is based around the exploration of 'Duality" and my work is based on the dual meaning of the word 'Queen'.
© Kelly Gatchell Hartley
'Queens' Pen on Arches Watercolour Paper

Friday, 2 September 2011


These guys are everywhere. They look pretty spectacular on the power lines though.

© Kelly Gatchell Hartley 2011


I love Spring. The trees are in blossom and the days are warming up. I took these pictures while I was sitting out in my garden today. Enjoy....

Thank you little bee for posing for me :-)

Monday, 29 August 2011

New work

I did this sketch for my Auntie's 50th Birthday
'Reclining Lady', 8x10cm
 charcoal and chalk pastel on watercolour paper

© Kelly Gatchell Hartley 2011

Lego Art Exhibition

I went to an amazing exhibition a few weeks ago. All the sculptures were made from Lego. Here are my favourites...
Flinders Street Train Station, Melbourne .This one is awesome

Monday, 22 August 2011


Things have been pretty busy this month.
Pottery is going great guns and I have a few
pieces ready to go in the kiln this week.
Looking foward to glazing them. Here is a
peek at another of my clay works to be added
to a mixed medium work that is slowly progressing...

The commission piece for the school library is completed. Look out next week for photos.

Cards are printed and ready for sale.Only $7.50 for a pack of 3 (includes free postage in Australia. I accept Paypal or direct debit to bank account. Contact me : for orders or more info)

More work on the go including pieces for upcoming art shows. Plenty of work to keep me out of mischief.

Melbourne Street Art

I love Melbourne. The street art is just one of the many things that make it the fantastic place it is. I hope you enjoyed these samples from the CBD laneways and Brunswick.

Monday, 8 August 2011

More Babushkas

© Kelly Gatchell Hartley 2011
Yes I love doing Babushka inspired illustrations. I am currently working on a commission for a childrens library, and this work is from one of the sketches I put foward. It wasn't the image chosen but I loved it so much I did it anyway.
Keep an eye out for the actual commission painting... will pop it up once I have handed it over.

Thursday, 21 July 2011


I am a happy girl as I went back to pottery today. I haven't been for around 7 months so I have been hanging out to get my hands dirty.
 I am working on a mixed medium series which incorporates clay, musical instruments and more.

Here is the bird I started today....
I still have to make the other wings and then add texture to all the feathers.
The legs and claws will be made from wire.

This time...

© Kelly Gatchell Hartley 2011

La musique et de i'intrigue (Music and Intrigue)
She is now completely finished after fixing the hair and rose. Awaiting varnishing, then she will be making her way down to her new home in Tasmania.  Fantastique.

Friday, 15 July 2011

School Holidays: art/craft with the kids

I love the winter school holidays. The cold weather gives us a great excuse to laze around the house and do arty stuff.  This holidays Willow and I worked on her first claymation movie.We had issues with a seriously tempermental camera, so the movie is a bit jumpy, but apart from that it's a pretty cool first attempt. Willow made the characters, the story and made up a piece of music for it - which she plays. So here it is ...the World Premiere of "Trick or Treat"...

Willow and Shelton also did some crafty things including painting their own mugs and making sock puppets. Shelton also made some great plastercine characters while Willow worked on her movie.

Sunday, 3 July 2011


Good things take time and I am happy to say that my painting is finally completed. (Well probably finally completed - still not sure about the hair.) It is as yet 'untitled' but I have a few ideas.
I hope you have enjoyed the opportunity to see a painting in progress and see the path it takes to the finishing line.

First the progress pictures...
and now the completed painting...
© Kelly Gatchell Hartley 2011

Saturday, 2 July 2011

WORK IN PROGRESS....nearly finished!

For those of you that have been popping in to see the progress, you will be pleased to see we are nearing completion. Not long to go now...

©Kelly Gatchell Hartley 2011

Added shadows and highlights to fan, and gave hair a dark base

©Kelly Gatchell Hartley 2011
White and light yellow washes on female background. Worked on fan. Painted
her hair and started flower.

Sunday, 26 June 2011


The second installment for this work in progress. Things are coming along nicely- though there is still alot more to do. This painting is so far untitled, so if you have any great name ideas leave a comment.

©Kelly Gatchell Hartley 2011
Added more texture to bottom of violin panel. Started work on the face (shaping eyes,
 base skin tone etc).Base coats for fan

©Kelly Gatchell Hartley 2011
Lightened up background behind woman.Painted eyes and skin. Added another layer to fan


Wednesday, 22 June 2011


Here are some progress pics for a painting I am currently working on :

©Kelly Gatchell Hartley 2011
1: laid down texture, sketched on figure, painted canvas white, painted background colours

©Kelly Gatchell Hartley 2011
2: Added more texture to fan, added texture to flower, added base colours

© Kelly Gatchell Hartley 2011
3: Added more base colours, started background, painted hooded top

© Kelly Gatchell Hartley 2011
4: outlined figure with violin and added some texture to panel, outlined female figure and started hair.

More to come....

Saturday, 4 June 2011

DRAWING DAY 2011 - my kids art

The kids couldn't let me have all the fun today. Here are their beautiful creations...


Well World Drawing Day is almost over and I have finished my creation. After 6 solid hours of doing a 900x600mm drawing with a 4mm and a 7mm pen my poor wrist is killing me, but it was well worth the effort.
 This drawing is one I have been wanting to work on for months and haven't found the time. It was inspired by the song 'Tree Hugger' (by Kimya Dawson and Antsy Pants -  from the Juno soundtrack). ( a link for those of you who don't know the song )

Copyright Kelly Gatchell Hartley 2011

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Illustration Friday - 'Asleep'

© Kelly Gatchell Hartley 2011

Sweet dreams little baby. Illustration done for this weeks topic 'Asleep'

Monday, 30 May 2011


Hi everyone

World Drawing Day is on Saturday 4th June.

"Can't draw"- it doesn't matter, just find a pen, the kids crayons, your lipstick, anything goes, just have a play and remember how much fun it was to draw when you were a child.
 If you already draw then try a completely different style, or start that project you have been putting off because something else always seems to come up.
Get the kids involved or get a few friends around and have fun with it.
For those feeling brave then you can upload your work to their website and show the world your wonderful creation(s). It could possibly even make it into a book the organisers are producing.

I am planning to set my kids up with some big sheets of paper and a variety of supplies so they can do some mixed medium drawings. As for myself, I plan to do a work I have been putting off for ages as it is so completely different to anything I have ever done. I can't wait ;-)