There is a wonderful show on TV called 'Put some colour in your life'. The host of the show, Graeme Stevenson, travels around Australia to visit artists in their studios and to chat with them on a friendly and informal basis about their motivation and art making process. I decided to participate and demonstrated in graphite, working on a portrait of a lioness from a reference photo I had taken in Tanzania. I was pretty nervous on the morning of the filming but was put at ease by Graeme's professional and friendly approach. His gorgeous production manager, Sophia, did an incredible job of filming and editing the show. It turned out that Graeme and I had much in common and I had a really enjoyable day sharing such a love of art, wildlife and nature with such an amazing artist. Graeme is a man of vision and I am always in awe of those who take the time to put their thoughts into practice through great effort and devotion.
Demonstrating in graphite is not the most riveting TV viewing but it is a love of mine and I am always keen to promote it. Because of the slow nature of drawing, my piece was far from finished at the end of the show and it required a few more full days of work before it was complete. Here are two images of the drawing, the first one is how it looked at the end of filming and the second is the finished piece.
I hope you can watch the show tonight on 4me at 7pm and in Queensland at 6pm, if not it will be available on 'Colour in your life' website.
'Midday rest' 9.5" x 13"