The Many Activities of the Artist

31 March 2016

Just over a month ago, I conducted my very first workshop at a Melbourne primary school. The full day workshop, a coloured pencil ‘incursion’ was with three separate groups of grades. Grades one and two, three and four and lastly, grades five and six. Over 260 children in total! The overall outcomes of the workshop were to introduce the children to the fine art of coloured pencil, the materials and equipment used to create such works, and model step by step the process of creating a work in coloured pencil. The subject was an ‘eye’ and the children studied the eyes of each other; the various colours, shapes and patterns which they could include in their own drawing. For me, it was extremely important that the children would be actively using the skills and techniques presented, to be hands-on and take home either a completed work of their own or a nearly finished one.

At the end of each session, the children had the opportunity to ask questions and many were even wanting autographs. That was a new experience! The feedback that I received from the children and teachers was very positive. A very enjoyable introduction to colour pencils, a motivating and accessible medium for children.

I’m looking forward to running more workshops in the future and hope that I will have similar opportunities with school aged children.


I am also thrilled to have my step by step tutorial ‘Drawing the Old Gum Tree’ published in the March issue of COLORED PENCIL Magazine. Breaking down the actual steps of a drawing can be difficult, writing them specifically as an editorial step by step demonstration for a certain audience is tough. Carefully thinking about every little action you take and what materials, techniques and colours being used.

I have used my drawing ‘Halls Gap Sentry’ for two different and separate audiences now. One being an audience who may be newer to colour pencils as a fine art medium (Artist’s Palette Magazine) and with the most recent for COLORED PENCIL Magazine for an audience who already use coloured pencils as their chosen medium. But for whichever audience, writing any editorial or tutorial step by step, for an Australian or international publication, it is a very enjoyable and humbling part of being an artist.

This is my biggest publication achievement to date, and I’m very proud and thankful to COLORED PENCIL Magazine for giving me the opportunity.

If you wish to purchase the issue with my tutorial you can at 


I was also very excited to participate in the Cardinia Grand Art Exhibition on the ‘desk’ for the Australian Society of Coloured Pencil Artists – AUSCPA. The president of the society Karina Griffiths, was invited to run a demonstration at the exhibition on colour pencils and the society was also given the opportunity to have a desk which we were thrilled about! This gave the society our first real public outing where we could meet fellow artists and lovers of art participating and visiting the exhibition. As I am secretary of AUSCPA, I am very excited to see interest in the society itself, because as the society grows so does knowledge in colour pencils as a fine art medium throughout Australia and worldwide.

For more information on the Australian Society of Coloured Pencil Artists visit

To see more of Karina’s work visit

I was very excited to discover that I have been published in Issue 20 of Artist’s Drawing and Inspiration Magazine in a full page feature in the Gallery section! For your own copy of this issue visit Artist’s Drawing and Inspiration


During the Easter weekend, the Bendigo Rotary Club run the Bendigo Rotary Art Show which is one of the biggest annual art exhibitions in Victoria. Being originally from Bendigo you would think that I have participated in this show before but this year was my first show. I had three works on sale in the show which attracts thousands of visitors throughout the Bendigo Easter Festival weekend, and I was very excited to discover that I sold one work! This is a particular thrilling moment as this is my first show sale. The first of many I hope!

I hope whoever purchased ‘Discarded Treasure’ loves it as much as I loved creating it and I am very thankful to that person!

If you are disappointed that you missed purchasing it for yourself, don’t be dismayed as you are able to get prints via my RedBubble Shop.


Discarded Treasure
‘Discarded Treasure’ 2016 – Coloured Pencil on Paper 29.7 x 42.0cm SOLD

My most recent work completed is a landscape or gum tree study titled, ‘Enduring Stillness’. It represents the endurance of the unique and beautiful Australian gum tree throughout the harsh summer, when the bark comes away from the trunk and branches in large, thick and rough strips or small and smooth, flaky pieces. I want the viewer of this work to remember walks in the bush, breathing in the heavy scent of eucalyptus, with the heat of the summer or otherwise to be introduced to the Australian gum tree, and the broad variety of palette and types.

I also remember the absolute peace and stillness of the bush, the only thing heard being the buzz of insects and the crack and snapping sounds, maybe the bark that is continuously dropping to the ground from the heat.

The particular reference photograph I used to draw ‘Enduring Stillness’ was taken at Halls Gap, Victoria and I have quite a few references of gum trees which I am looking forward to using!

Enduring Stillness
‘Enduring Stillness’ 2016 – Coloured Pencil on Paper 42.0 x 29.7cm $950