Time for a Clear Out!!!

With a large family and a relatively small house, the time has come to clear some space, and so I have decided to sell off some of my earlier works on ebay, to make way for more creative endeavours. Most of these artworks have a starting price of .99 cents, and whilst I sincerely hope they sell for a bit more for than that, this is a one off opportunity to get some originals at a bargain price. Over the next couple of weeks, I will be placing more artworks on ebay, so if interested, please keep an eye out. Thanking you and have a great week :)

Step by Step Tutorial on a Graphite Portrait of a Dog

Vol 18 No.2 edition of Fine Art and Decorative Painting has just been released and includes 9 pages of my step by step tutorial on drawing Burton in graphite pencil. For anyone interested within Australia, this magazine is available from most newsagents for around $9.95. For RedBubblers outside Australia who might be interested, this magazine is also available on-line from magazine distributors.

Graphite Portrait Tutorial now available in Fine Art & Decorative Painting

A few months ago I mentioned that my step by step tutorial on doing graphite portraits on drafting film would be published in the educational art magazine Fine Art and Decorative Painting.

It has now been published as Vol 17 No. 9 and should be available from most newsagents.
At this stage you can get it online from isubscribe, but that is only if you want to subscribe to several editions. If it isn’t available from your local newsagency, they may be able to order it in for you, otherwise, it should be available online from other sites once it has been in circulation for a while.
This step by step tutorial features my little nephew Jack

Miniature Art Group Avatar Challenge

There are only five days left for our first Avatar Challenge and to date, we only have three entries in the challenge. As a host, I am hoping to avoid putting an entry in myself, but I really need all you wonderful artists to dig deep and enter our first challenge!!!! The challenge is for any miniature, or small format artwork in any medium on any subject so the ‘skies the limit’, and then if you can please vote for the artwork that most inspires you to work in miniature. Five days still gives you plenty of time to put together a miniature artwork even if you have never created one before. Please get drawing, painting, sculpting… join our group and enter the challenge – we would love to see you there!!!!

New Group - Miniature Art

Miniature Art has a long history dating bag many centuries and this unique art genre has recently enjoyed a revival of interest. In an effort to increase the awareness about this form of art, we have created the Miniature Art Group. We warmly invite new members to join us to either upload their Miniature Artworks to the group, or simply to find out more about Miniature Art.
Miniature Artworks are different to ACEO’s, in that they would generally be classified as fine art. Size regulations for these small artworks vary from country to country, and so we will leave it up to individual artists to adhere to the size restrictions for their local Miniature Art Societies. Within Australia, the general rule is that the artwork should be no greater than 100sq cm , or 10cm high by 10cm wide. In the…

Step by Step Tutorial on using Graphite Pencil on Drafting Film

For anyone interested in a step by step tutorial on using drafting film, I have been asked to do a series of tutorials on this for the educational art magazine Fine Art and Decorative Painting. The first one will be on doing a graphite portrait of an infant on drafting film, (it will be based on this portrait I did of my nephew Jack), and should be published sometime in the next few months – I will keep you posted once it is available.

The second will be on how to do a human eye in coloured pencil.

The third will be on how to draw a cute little critter such as a squirrel.

I have also put in a submission to North Light Books on doing a series of books on drafting film. They do have some reservations on doing a book on this surface, as it is not a traditional surface, but I put the submiss

Merry Christmas to all RedBubble Friends & a Reflection on 2009

What an amazing year 2009 has been!!!! I have been doing commissions right up until yesterday morning, but have decided to take a three day break to spend some quality time with family. This time last year, I was flat out with my nursing career, feeling very stressed and quite disillussioned, and spent every spare minute on my art. This year has been such a journey of self discovery. I had no idea when making the decision to leave nursing whether art would provide me with a sustainable income, or whether I could find a sense of purpose and fulfillment from something which up until then was purely done for enjoyment. There is always a risk, when taking a hobby and turning it into a business, that some of the enjoyment disappears. I must admit it has been a year of ups and downs, where too …

Just a little note...

To all my RedBubble friends – I just wanted to say a huge thank you for all your support over the last six months and to everyone who has taken the time to stop by and leave comments, I am so grateful. I think any artist has times when they self doubt, and where perhaps the creativity isn’t flowing as freely as you would like. There has been many a day, where when feeling a little despondent, I jump on Redbubble and immediately, my spirits are lifted by the generosity and creativity of this wonderful community.…

I also wanted to say that things will be a little quiet on my front for the next few weeks as we are having a family holiday up the coast, and so, whilst the pencils will still be at work, there won’t be much posting happening. I do hope to have more time though, to explore the por

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