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.