Thursday, May 28, 2009


This is a picture of George, painted in two sessions. The aim was to try and capture the light and dark of his face and of course aiming for a bit of a likeness. It was a great exercise. I enjoy painting from real life sittings, much more satisfying then painting from photos when you are relying on the quality of the photo. I had a ball. I am continuing to use the line technique.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Millgrove Saw Mill

Here is another little sketch that I have completed. I think I may use this as a study for a pastel.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Kuranda Markets

Have you ever been to Cairns? This is where we went for our last holiday. The climate is balmy. Karanda Markets is one of the tourist destinations in Cairns. We travelled up the mountain by steam train and arrived at Karanda. You travel through the tropical rainforest to get there. These markets are situated in little lane ways off the main street. The terrain is hilly and the products are hippie in nature. This picture is one of the areas of the market place. After we visited the markets, we caught the cable car back down the mountain, over the top of the beautiful rainforest.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


I went to the zoo with my daughter at the start of the year and took lots of photos. I feel sorry for the animals being in captivity, but it is a wonderful place to observe them. This pelican is one of the inhabitants. The picture is in indian ink on 300gsm of water color paper.

This is now the new improved picture of the pelican. As suggested by Wendi, I have dsarkened the area behind the pelican so the pelican stands out from the background a bit.

Friday, May 1, 2009

A Giant Amongst People cont.....

This is finished now and I am pleased with the end result. I will continue to experiment with the same technique. This technique really suits my style anyway and has returned my looseness to my painting. I am very gald that I watched the Max Wilkes DVD.

I just have to be careful about cross hatching and have more random lines.