July 14, 2020

There are many attributes an artist needs, besides creating, to run an art business. I never in my wildest dreams would have thought I needed to do so much writing or become technically apt (to a degree!) to manage my business, like this blog for example.

I'm not compla...

June 14, 2020

To begin a large format drawing in graphite you need a few things... one is passion, a passion for drawing and a passion for your subject. This comes easily for me as I love drawing and when I choose  African wildlife as my inspiration. 

Secondly you need dedicatio...

May 21, 2020

On asking some of my students what topic would interest them for a workshop theme, the subject of coloured pencil on black paper arose. Hmm... I had not tried this myself other than the white pencil only on black paper, so I had to plan and start a project to gain some...

April 10, 2020

Stay home and save lives! This is the chant for April 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic, a simple but life saving strategy. For many their lives have been turned upside down by this order but for me, and I feel privileged to say so, that it actually has little impact.

M...

February 17, 2020

 "Moonlight Drink" 12"x 9" Ploychromos on Strathmore Artagain

The theme for my most recent workshop was "Drawing white on a black surface", an interesting and very different subject for not only coloured pencil but for graphite as well, as it is the opposite process in...

October 24, 2019

Mid year a new opportunity came my way to take my art journey in a new direction. The plan was to open a new art gallery in the neighbouring regional town of Wangaratta in north east Victoria.

Set up under a different model to most galleries, it will be run by a group o...

September 13, 2019

One of the best aspects of being a wildlife artist and one I adhere to, is to spend time out in the wild, feeling and breathing the wilderness. So much of the experience is then transferred into my artwork, the sights and sounds and the interactions between the animals...

July 27, 2019

I can't believe how quickly May, June and July have flown by! Most of my art time was taken up with finishing off a large pencil drawing of a lion. As mentioned in an earlier blog, I like to set myself goals with one of them being a series of large format pencil drawin...

May 2, 2019

As April drew to a close I felt a sense of remorse that my challenge of 30 horse paintings in 30 days was coming to an end which surprised me as I had predicted that I would have been tired and ready to move on, to the contrary I felt I could have easily kept going. 

Ma...

April 15, 2019

I set myself a goal this month of painting 30 horse paintings in 30 days and the reason for doing this is multiple and all will be beneficial. After changing my long term oil paints to a non solvent brand, I have had to adjust to mixing slightly different colours and i...

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