Friday, 12 April 2013


Today's post is a frown-free zone.

Introducing Cranky Pants Man - Kate's artistic smile enforcer.
Have a great weekend. See you around soon with more artistic endeavours!

PS: For those who are interested, Cranky Pants Man was drawn completely freehand using pastels and chalk pencils on black paper at art class last night. It was a fun and relaxing way to create and doubled as an excellent exercise in exploring values.

Monday, 8 April 2013

Pencil Play


I've been a silly billy. I left my pastels over at my art teacher's house (Ms Kathy) and I've been feeling forlorn ever since.

Rather than sit and sulk (tempting) I decided to pull out my Faber Castell Polychromos pencils, my Fabriano paper and some turps and set to work to soothe my artistic spirit.

I selected my favourite flower to feature in this artwork, the sunflower and layered colour over colour over colour, brushing over certain segments with the turps. (The turps melts the oil in the pigment, so it slightly blends and smooths the colour.)

Looking at it now, I can see there are a few little areas that could do with a little more layered colour or turps, but I still think it has worked relatively well overall for a little study.

Anyway, thanks so much for stopping by and seeing what I've been up to!

I'll see you around soon,