Thursday, October 31, 2013

'V' is for ...

Unfortunately this week has been too busy with deadlines for me to produce a new piece for 'V' week so I am just posting the 3 great artworks that came in and again we have an unusual variety of subjects and a nice selection of media. The first piece to come in is a colour pencil drawing from Nik of a vampire, very well done as he looks quite scary. A favourite subject for Nik I think! Anne has submitted a lovely soft watercolour titled "Vegetables". This is very nicely composed and the medium has been well handled. Last piece in is 'Vixen' from Sue in oil. Sue has captured the foxy expression and also a great idea for 'V'. Well done and look forward to seeing the art for next week.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Three more 'U' pieces

'Unicorn' was the first piece sent in this week by Nik, a well-done drawing of the  magical unicorn and a great subject for 'U'. Sue has sent in an exciting action painting in oil titled 'Unrideable' also a good choice for this week and well done in capturing all that dust and movement. Anne has sent in a soft watercolour called 'Umbrella'. This has been approached well and a lovely soft palette chosen. Thank you all again for this week's selection and I look forward to 'V' for next week! 


Our letter for inspiration this week is 'U'. My small study is 'Unpredictable', 6" x 8" in oil, which is a portrait of a Cape buffalo. My Dad had the misfortune to be charged and hit by a wounded buffalo whilst on safari and he is one of a very lucky few that have lived to tell the tale. He has always maintained that the buffalo is very unpredictable and great caution should be taken when in their presence. I felt this big old buff was summing me up as I studied him and I was grateful to be tucked away safely out of harms way, in a 4 wheel drive.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013


Well, we are on the homeward run now as we present our artworks for this week starting with the letter 'T' as our inspiration. The first artwork in is 'Tiger eyes', a very accurate and colourful drawing in colour pencil from Nik, a very captivating piece! Next is a very expressive sketch from Anne in pen and pencil called 'Tail' (of kitty). It is a wonderful exercise to do these sketches and capture the character and anatomy of the animal as Anne has done here. The third painting is 'Tess' from Sue. This piece is excellent in its simplicity of composition and painterly style. It has captured a quiet and less seen pose of a horse which is a nice change. Well done to you all again and thank you for taking up the challenge!

Monday, October 14, 2013


This week sees us use the letter 'T' for our weekly artwork and it just so happens that one of my dogs is named 'Tamu' and so he was the inspiration for my painting. Tamu came to me at a few months old in need of a forever home and so here he is, an intelligent and sweet natured dog that is a lot of fun to be around. He has a real zest for life and is very active but also has his quiet times as I have captured him here and I love him dearly. 

                             "Tamu"  6" x 8" oil on gessoed board

Sunday, October 13, 2013

One more for 'S' week

Another piece of art has come in for 'S' week, a Schnoodle! Rob has chosen the medium of charcoal to do this drawing, a good choice as it lends itself to the softness of the curly hair and also has been used well for it's range of values. A very expressive little drawing!

P.A.S. Online Juried Exhibition

I am honoured to have been juried in to the inaugural online members show of this fledgling society. The Pencil Art Society has only been going a few months and is being run by a dedicated team with a vision and passion for pencil art... how wonderful for us pencil artists and a huge thank you to all those involved. It is amazing to see some of the incredible work of pencil artists around the world and be able to communicate with them through the society. I look forward to being a part of this wonderful community of artists.
The following quote and information is from their Facebook page:

"We invite you to come see what some of the world’s best artists can accomplish with “mere” pencils in the 2013 PAS Online Juried Exhibition at "

This is my accepted entry:

                       "In hot pursuit" 18" x 28" graphite on hot pressed Arches watercolour paper

Wednesday, October 9, 2013


Two pieces of artwork have come in this week for the letter 'S'. Firstly from Sue is a well-drawn and quickly rendered watercolour painting titled "Steeplechasing". This is a great effort for the week and though the artist would like to make some corrective changes, it is fantastic that a piece has been created. Thanks too for sending in your drawing of a "Sleeping cat" Anne. This is a simple drawing but it has really captured the essence of a sleeping feline, well done to you both and thank you for participating. We are getting towards the final leg of the challenge with 'T' next week and then only 6 more weeks to go!


The workshop conducted in my studio on the weekend was very successful, with four students tackling two different equine subjects in oil. The theme for the weekend was "painting a horse's personality". The images I had chosen were of a racehorse, fresh off the course after a brilliant win and the second day saw us capture a different personality in a quiet Clydesdale stallion ambling along in warm morning light. All students worked very hard and had excellent results. I thank them wholeheartedly for putting in the time and effort to attend and achieving so much. I also demonstrated some colour mixing and painting techniques and here is my demo piece which I am also using for this weeks ABC challenge 'Stallion' since the letter 'S' is our inspiration letter. 
Here also, are two great photos of the workshop in progress taken by Bea Anderson, thank you for sending in Bea.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Another 'R' piece

Another 'R' piece titled 'Riding' has arrived to add to our ABC challenge for the week. A quick pencil sketch of an event rider and their horse, this is the preliminary work to develop the image into a painting in the near future. Thanks for sending in Robby.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Just one for 'R'

Well, it's that time of year when everyone is very busy and so we have only one other submission for 'R' week from Anne. This is a pencil sketch of a Racehorse that Anne has drawn up and will bring along on the weekend to paint at my upcoming 2 day workshop "Painting a horse's personality". Thanks Anne and I look forward to seeing it as a finished painting!

'R' is for red panda

I have just delivered this coloured pencil drawing "Red alert", along with three other pieces, to the "Wildlife Now" exhibition which opens this Saturday at the Victorian Arts Society in Melbourne and is run by the Wildlife Art Society. If you are in the area, it is open for 10 days and will be a very enjoyable exhibition to view with lots of wonderful wildlife art on display.