Michelle Ripari is an award winning and internationally published fine artist and illustrator, whose tool of trade are pencils; including graphite, watercolour and coloured pencils, and especially loves to work with coloured pencils. Michelle has recently began illustrating for children’s books using watercolour pencils and ink.
To see more of my artworks please visit my Gallery
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RedWest artist member of June…
Michelle Ripari @mripariart
Michelle Ripari is an award winning and internationally published fine artist and illustrator, whose tool of trade are pencils; including graphite, watercolour and coloured pencils, and especially loves working with coloured pencils. Michelle has recently began illustrating for children’s books using watercolour pencils and ink.
“Burnt was completed using coloured pencils after the devastating bushfires that ravaged the country this year. This was more contemporary than my usual work, but I wanted to reflect my connection to country through a self-portrait and my love of the bush and gum trees. The tragedy of the bushfires emotionally touched people all over the world, but I changed the cool and replenishing tears into the dry bark of the eucalyptus. The edges of my face burnt away, as part of our country did.
I love being able to achieve fine details using coloured pencils while still creating a painterly look”. #redwestau #artistofthemonth #art #inspiration #sharingart #loveofart #artofinstagram #artist #creativesoul
Wyndham Together – Learn to Draw an Eye
The Wyndham council have recently launched ‘Wyndham Together’ which consists of free online classes, craft, digital art tours, kids craft, dance workshops, story time, fitness classes and more. You can learn to draw an eye step by step for this fun activity which you should be able to complete within half and hour – Learn to Draw with Michelle Ripari
Artist Aid Auction Bushfire Relief Charity Auction & Exhibition
I’m very proud to be part of the @redwest_au Art Auction which will be opening on Friday 7th February 2020! All funds raised on the night will be split between 2 charities: Wildlife Victoria & Fire Relief Fund for First Nations Communities!
Two of my artworks will be part of the auction: ‘Inevitability’ & ‘Gum Blossom’ which feature Australia’s beautiful gum trees. Hope to see everyone at the opening!
‘Gum Blossom’ L & ‘Inevitable’ R
Whatever your thing… you can get my artwork on lots of fantastic products from high quality prints to stickers and phone cases!
Visit my RedBubble store here
Visit my Vida Studio store here
On 22 November I participated in the Emerge Artist Market where local artists, crafters and artisians had their work displayed and available for sale to the public. The gallery and market was open from Friday evening and over the weekend. I was happy to sell a couple of books Creative Kids Tales 2.
Avington Art & Craft Exhibition
On 19 November I was honoured to act as judge for the Avington Living Art & Craft Exhibition. It was a difficult decision with so many beautiful entries. Congratulations to the worthy winners!
State Rose & Garden Show – Saltwater Art Studio
On 10 November, as part of Saltwater Art Studio I participated in the State Rose & Garden Show. The day was a great success with fantastic attendence by the public, great weather and a popular activity for children organised by Saltwater Art Studio with veggie paint printing and wooden spoon garden labels!
Primo RED Exhibition
The opening night of the Primo RED Exhibition on November 8 was a huge success with a fantastic turn out on a cold, rainy Melbourne evening. Everyone had a wonderful evening; both artists and art lovers alike! The exhibition is open until December 7.
Star Weekly Primo RED article 5 November, 2019
The Creative Kids Tales 2 Publication
I’m very proud to be part of the Creative Kids Tales 2! creativekidstales.com.au
A 310 page ‘flip-it’ junior fiction compilation of 35 authors and illustrators. An honour to have my own illustrations included!
A fantastic Christmas gift for kids at only $17 (plus postage). To purchase please contact me via
This last term of 2019 sees the conclusion of my classes and workshops. I am taking a break although how short or long this will be, and if I return to teaching at all I can’t say at this time.
I’ve been teaching since 2016 and have enjoyed it immensly, especially seeing the confidence of participants growing from an attitude of “It’s too hard…” to “I can do this!” But as much as I enjoy teaching, I feel that my own arts practice needs more attention and so it’s time to refocus, re-energize and renew where I want to go and what I want to do.
Thank you for sharing and creating so many wonderful memories with me and allowing me to guide you along your own artistic journey!