School Holiday Adventures

It’s been an eventful couple of weeks. I set myself some mad projects and seem to have miraculously come through it. I’ve been promising to decorate the middle child’s bedroom for quite a while as she chose the powdery purple colour on the walls when she was four. Never let a four year old choose their wall colour. So here it is, much more suited to a twelve year old.

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And of course there’s been cake making. My first attempt at shaping a cake and covering it in fondant. And it tasted great too!

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We’ve had tragedy as well with yet another fox attack. RIP Bonny, Cilla and Annie. Not sure if we can handle any more sadness, so we’re holding off on getting more chickens for a while. I really miss visiting them twice a day and hearing their happy clucking noises.

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On a happier note. I went to this exhibition opening with my very talented friend, Jaquie Karney, who had painted my portrait. The exhibition is a portrait prize run by The Oak Hill Gallery in Mornington running at the same time as the Archibald Prize which has previously been held at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery.  But it looks like it’s in Ballarat  this year.

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So it’s back to drawing now!

Did I mention I’m enjoying doing these pop-ups?

Still keeping on track with these pop-ups for the 52 Week Illustration Challenge. So far I haven’t managed to scalpel into any of my fingers. Anyone who knows me well will know that that’s pretty good going!

This one is ‘Portrait’ I used to do a lot of portraiture and sold quite a few of pastel paintings of my eldest daughter. She gets fairly bored with sitting for me.

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Here’s the first painting I ever did of her. Wow, that was a long time ago!where-does-she-go-01

Kennedy’s daughter

Today I tackled a really large portrait and I’m feeling ok about it. Last year we went to Africa and stayed on D’s dad’s farm. Whilst there I took a picture of the cook Kennedy’s eldest daughter. So here she is. I’m at the stage I always get with watercolour and portraits. The point where you think you could fiddle about with the detail forever but if you go any further it will start to look overworked or ruined. I was aiming for vibrancy, light and life.

Portrait project

I started a project to give my drawing skills a boost. I asked friends to contribute photo’s of themselves or their children so I can draw them. I’m absolutely loving it, and building up a really nice little portfolio of work. The first one here has to be my favourite portrait to date. I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to do it if I hadn’t asked people and offered to do some work for free.