Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Drawing with Pastels

Tonight at class I decided to try my first drawing with pastels. I was going to use coloured pencils, and I started a drawing but it didn't really inspire me. It was a still life set up by the teacher but it wasn't quite what I liked. So I came up with an idea for a drawing using pastels and the teacher was able to assist me with some flowers to draw.

I arrived home tonight and in the yellow light at home it is actually starting to look like the actual thing I am drawing. So feeling reasonably pleased so far. I will post the picture when it is complete - not ready to share yet.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Some success at the Art Show

Well, it wasn't my drawing. I also entered a photograph, in fact, a photo that I posted on this blog a while ago of Katie and Peter's cousin walking in Centennial Park. My photo received a Highly Commended award, so I am feeling pretty good about that. I almost didn't enter it. Go to the old blog entry to have a look at the picture.

I am not unhappy about the drawing, as it is my first one and so I am happy to have it framed and ready to go up on the wall. Just have to find a place for it now.

I'm onto drawing a new picture at art class, another still life but with different textures. And I am going to try using coloured pencils this time, so should be interesting. I may try aquarelles or pastels next, not sure which.

Interior Design Workshop - Spotted Magpie Design

On Friday last week, I was invited to spend the day at a friend's newly opened Interior Design store in Paddington called Spotted Magpie Design. She has decided to run workshops as a part of the shop to introduce people to the ideas behind interior design and, if they need it, some people may ask for assistance in their own homes. I think it is a great sales tool.

I spent three hours with 8 other women creating a 'mood board' for one room in my house. I have never done anything like it before. It is all about how you want to feel when you are in that room and what colours, textures, sounds, aromas or scents and tastes influence you in that room.

Finally, I was able to decide on doing a board for our bedroom. Every room in our house needs redoing as we painted the whole house one colour (light butter cream) when we renovated to save costs. Now that I am at home everyday, I am feeling the need for some colour.

The whole experience was a lot of fun, and I enjoyed spending time with other women of all ages, and also spending timee with my friend (not as much as I would have liked).

Now I just have to convince Peter that the mauve and green colour scheme will look good. I think walls mauve with green highlights in the room, with a darker purple curtain. (I love the picture of the green glass candle holder - it really influenced my choice of green, not a colour I normally like).

Part of the influence for coming to this scheme was that the tutor asked us to think about our favourite place to be and to picture it and then think of the smells, sounds, textures, etc associated with that place.

For me, it was a bay in the Marlborough Sounds in New Zealand that was where some of my family lived, and we spent many holidays there when I was growing up. The bay was surrounded by pine-covered hills, there were only three houses, all family, and there was a small sandy beach, with a fresh water creek that ran down the hill to the shore, beautiful river rocks scattered all over the sand where the creek water ran out to sea. So the colours of the bay were a big influence for this.

Even some of the oriental fabrics I found would work and I would love to include some sort of Japanese fabric into the room. As I studied the language and culture for eight years it would be great to have some of the designs I love in the room.

As our room is a real sanctuary for us, from the day, the outside world and even from noisy kid, these were the colours that jumped out at me.

I really hope I can go to another workshop at Spotted Magpie, I had so much fun at this one.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007


Well, the drawing has been framed and handed in at the art show. Judging takes place on Thursday night and e can find out on Friday if we have had any success.

I saw some of the other paintings/drawings when I dropped my drawing off. There is some really great work. It will be interesting to go and have a look on Friday or Saturday night. As there is a whole fair going on at the same time we will probably go on Saturday about 4pm and take Katie on a pony ride and to see the side shows, etc and if she lasts might even stay for the fire splats! (see last blog entry).

I've almost finished the drawing I am doing of Katie. Once complete I'll post a photo of it here. Drawing a face is hard, especially a baby face with no wrinkles.

Last week I picked up a new eraser as suggested by Bruce. It is like putty and can be molded into any shape you need. Thank you so much B for the suggestion, it has already been useful. It is very handy having a friend who paints/draws/etc who can pass on helpful tips.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

First drawing complete

So, it is finished. And having put it in to be framed, and looking back at the photo I can already see something that I want to fix. Darn it.

Anyway, here is the finished product.