Work In Progress

Watch portraits develop on my Easel

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Unable to post for a week

I am going to be without a computer for one week from tomorrow so will I be unable to make any new posts until April 6th.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Graphite and Charcoal Cat

Here is the drawing I have been working on today. I still have alot of work to do on the light fur below the chin so I have cropped some of this area off! This is the same cat as the one in my website pet portrait portfolio "Jeremiah".

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Charcoal Vs Graphite Drawings

I have been experimenting with a combination charcoal/graphite drawing over the last two days and while it looks ok I the next one I draw will be using Graphite only. This is because I have veiwed other artists work in both mediums and I think I prefer the effects that can be acheived with only graphite. I should be able to post the combie drawing in the next two days.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Charcoal Cat

On the home page of my website you are invited to 'Tell-a pet-loving-friend' about my website to be eligble to win a charcoal portrait of your pet!
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Step 1

Here are steps 1 to 5 of the drawing.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Charcoal cat!

I have been inspired by other artists to do a charcoal and graphite portrait of a cat. I am really excited by my progress and I am photographing it stage by stage to show you. Here is the reference photo I am working from. I will post the first drawing stages soon.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Sunrise Peel Isle Update

Here I have added the masts and their reflections and detailed the boat hulls a little.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Sunrise Peel Isle

Today I have begun painting in the moored boats. They are quite pale at the moment but will finish up being darker and more like sillouettes. I also have to add relections of the boats and their masts. I have renamed the portrait sunrise rather than sunset because I had made a mistake!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


Here is a close up of the Murray Wrasse! I enjoyed using gold and silver paint to highlight him/her!

I have been working on the coral today. I have yet to plan what I want to do with the rest of the painting although some of the fish require more detail. This acryllic painting is 60x24inches.

Head Perch finished!

Head Perch is now finished! I have deepened the sky and signed it!

Here is a close up for you to see the detail.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Sunset Peel Isle Update

Today I have done the water reflections and worked on the clouds. Next step is to add some sillouetted moored boats.

Saturday, March 7, 2009


Yesterday I finally delivered the pastel portrait of Breeze a tri-colour collie to the owner at a dog agility meet. Breeze is ten years old and has sadly been going blind from a young age. I met Breeze and he is a beautful dog. Breeze's portrait was a prize awarded at the 2008 Australian Dog Agility Association Grand Prix.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Sunset Peel Isle

I have done the under colour on the water today and played around with the clouds a bit. When it is finished the water will be mostly a yellow orange relection of the sky with dark sillouetts of boats anchored for the night. This is a place where we often anchor our boat for the night sometimes rafting up for a party with friends.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Cowboy !

Okay! Here is what I have done today. More detail added to Cowboy's face; played around with foreground; darkened hand; but does it look better?

Monday, March 2, 2009

Cowboy Update

Here is what I have been working on today. Balancing the colour of the forground to match that of the background is very tricky! I have done somework on the mans face but it needs finishing and I have altered colours and composition of the for and mid ground. Not satisfied so I will be back at it tomorrow!