12 August 2017

I can’t believe it is almost exactly one year since my last blog post. This year has turned my aspirations as an artist upside-down. I first began my career path as a special education teacher and through circumstance found myself facing a completely different direction, but through art I have now turned full circle and returned to teaching.

At the beginning of the year my goal was to strive towards the contemporary art side, to strive towards gallery representation and one day hold a solo exhibition of my work. I understood I would have to increase my body of work immensely and incorporate my work into a similar theme. I love gum trees and bark, so maybe I had a theme to focus on already! Although as I primarily use colour pencil which is a very slow medium, producing a huge body of work was a very daunting process. To be represented by a gallery would be wonderful, but currently it is now not my priority. I’ll explain why.

I’ve started facilitating classes and workshops this year and as I’ve adjusted the process of delivering the material and process along the way, I’ve found I’ve enjoyed it more and more. Especially as participants have provided positive, encouraging and valuable feedback and testimonials. My class size has started to grow which is a great feeling, and as I’m enjoying myself and know that participants are as well, it gives me the confidence to continue.

It appears that the reward for fostering creativity and a positive attitude for creating a fine artwork is highly addictive, and the reason I’ve somehow turned full circle and returned to teaching, the career to which I was trained. Although the type of teaching is quite different of course.

To date, I’ve facilitated numerous classes and workshops for children, teens and adults, including primary school incursions. I’ve also facilitated a workshop at the Stockland Point Cook shopping centre.

My own art has suffered quite a bit unfortunately. My time and energy has shifted into facilitation instead, to provide the best my skill and expertise provides. Once I complete a couple of commissions I currently have on the go, I will start on my own drawing projects with a theme I have in mind. I have considered creating another domain and website which will be exclusively for my artwork and cv, which is more presentable to the contemporary audience, and separates myself as an artist from the art instructor side. But perhaps this is not necessary. Not sure?

To move myself into the next stage and officially start ‘Michelle Ripari Art’ as a business, rather than continually being classed as a hobby by others, I’m currently attending a business course. Enteprising Wyndham Vale is a business start-up program to empower local entrepreneurs and is sponsored by the Centre of Multicultural Youth, the Scanlon Foundation and the Wyndham City Council. It’s a fantastic program where I’m not only learning invaluable tools for starting and running a business, but I’ve also met some inspirational new friends starting or growing their own business venture.

So, what is my business plan you ask.

Since I’ve been running the classes and workshops and seen the confidence of participants grow and knowing that creating art is proven to reduce stress, I’ve thought more and more about the community, with anxiety and pressure being the norm in our daily lives. I understand how creating art is a proven therapy for stress, and would it also be possible to provide and facilitate fine art workshops for businesses, corporations and organisations.

I understand at the beginning of my ongoing research, that art workshops are already readily available for the corporate sector. But the difference my service can offer is step by step fine art workshops facilitated by an award winning and internationally published fine artist, with expertise in my medium.

Participants would have the opportunity to create an artwork separately and then collaborate to produce a larger artwork for the workplace, or created individually to keep. There would also be the opportunity for participants to attend follow-up classes or workshops to develop their skills further.

To share my business plans and pitch with the world is a bit scary, and self-doubt certainly creeps in. Will the service I want to provide be a viable business? How will I share it and get the right audience to notice and want it?

I’ve started networking with other businesses in the Wyndham area, have attended various meetings to introduce myself to others and literally thrown myself out of the ‘art’ circle I’m part of. This way I have been able to meet other business owners who run a wide variety of successful businesses. There is so much I have learnt and can learn from networking. I recently joined BizBuddyHub which provides business owners with a smart set of tools to showcase their business, connect and collaborate with the local business community.

I’m now at the stage when I am ready to facilitate the workshops I know I can provide to businesses, but struggling a little with knowing how to get my target audience to see and need my business. Perhaps those who read this will have some tips in how I can do this. I’ve done so much research and in many ways in can be overwhelming and sometimes contradictory. Do I email everyone I know with an ‘business introductory letter’ and ask them to share? Do I create flyers and drop them personally to as many businesses possible? I don’t know, so yes, any suggestions would be welcome. Maybe you know someone whose business would like the fine art workshop I offer. Or even better, it could well be your business! Please don’t hesitate to contact me!

I will keep working at it, putting myself out there and keep introducing myself to the business world. It’s lots of fun and the information I have learned is invaluable. I’ve found most people to be incredibly supportive. I’ve even made some amazing and inspirational friends along the way.

Do me a small favour and please help me spread the word if the opportunity arises. I know that word of mouth has been the most successful way for my classes and workshops to grow, and that myself as an artist and art instructor has developed a reputation. Hopefully a good one!

Inspiring others to love and enjoy art has been my greatest reward, to personally see the ignited confidence from participants and positive “I can do this!” attitude. And now to take another step and give businesses the opportunity to escape the reality of stress and expectation, to enjoy art, have fun and relax, to develop confidence by experimenting with no fear of failure, cultivate individuality and most of all to reward a team and increase the team connection.

For more information follow the link – Corporate Art Workshops

Looking forward to the challenge! Thank you for being part of my journey. Xx

14 August 2016

The past couple of months have been very busy, too busy to take the time to write a blog but I’ll make sure I update you with all my news to date.

Wyndham Art Prize

It was very exciting to have ‘Halls Gap Sentry’ shortlisted for the Wyndham Art Prize, which is a very new exhibition, only in its second year. All finalists were on display at the Werribee Art Gallery for six weeks from mid March to early May.

'Halls Gap Sentry'

Ann Kullberg’s Hidden Treasures III

In June, Ann Kullberg’s Hidden Treasures Volume III was released, and I was thrilled to have ‘Halls Gap Sentry’ published amongst 260 of the best colour pencil artists from all over the world. This is the second time my work has been selected for Hidden Treasures. You can get your own copy at www.annkullberg.com

CP Hidden Treasures Volume III
June 2016

AUSCPA Colourbrations Exhibition

On the 30th June, the winners were announced for the Australian Society of Coloured Pencil Artists International Online AUSCPA Colourbrations Exhibition. I was excited to be one of almost 200 entries which is quite amazing as this was the debut exhibition with AUSCPA. It was also an extremely busy couple of months with curating the entries, together with all of the committee members, along with my usual secretarial duties. You can visit www.auscpa.org to see all the entries as well as the well deserving winners!

COLOURBRATIONS LOGO FINAL

Artist’s Drawing & Inspiration Magazine

In July I was thrilled to have my THIRTEENTH publication in Artist’s Drawing & Inspiration Magazine Issue, with my name on the front cover! Inside is a five page insight article and five page demonstration step by step of ‘Halls Gap Sentry’. I was over the moon when I was first published on the front cover of Julie Toner’s Just A Little Unwell in 2013, and to have now obtained my thirteenth publication, I’m incredibly humbled and thankful. You can purchase Artist’s Drawing & Inspiration magazine at www.woodlandspublishing.com.au

Artist's Drawing & Inspiration Magazine, Issue 21
July 2016

Camberwell Art Show

In July, I was overwhelmed to discover that ‘Halls Gap Sentry’ received a Highly Commended award at one of the most prestigious art shows in Australia, the Camberwell Art Show. This is a very exciting time for colour pencil art as it’s beginning to stand up against the popular fine art mediums such as oil, acrylic, pastel and watercolour, and win!

Coloured Pencil Drawing Workshop at Monastery Hill

July was an exciting month as together with another colour pencil artist Karina Griffiths, ran a workshop focusing on colour pencil and how to create a fine art piece from start to finish. There was an incredible amount of planning and preparation involved long before the day even started, and the day itself was very long with a huge amount of information to get through. Our aim was to give students all the information they needed for every aspect of their art journey.

The day was an overall success with all our students taking away plenty of knowledge and experience, while giving us the valuable feedback we need to improve subsequent workshops. We also all made new friends who share the passion for coloured pencil!

I was very excited to undertake this challenge of developing and presenting a workshop with one of my favourite artists, who is also a dear friend. You can see Karina’s stunning works at www.karinasfineart.com

Keep your eyes open for upcoming workshops, the next booked for late October including both a follow-up and beginners workshop.

At the beginning of my journey in using coloured pencils, I completed my first coloured pencil portrait. I was happy with the drawing at the time but as I developed my skills and knowledge, I saw my evident lack of creating the correct tones for skin. I was not confident enough to try a portrait again until I had the right understanding of creating realistic skin tones. Recently I completed another portrait of my beautiful dad and as you can see, I think I have improved quite dramatically! If I was to offer any advice to anyone who wanted to learn how to draw or improve their skills, it would be to “Draw, draw, draw! And then draw some more”. With every drawing completed you learn and improve with your skills and technique. Trust me!

Portraits_2014-2016

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 www.coloredpencilmagazine.com 

 

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 www.auscpa.org

To see more of Karina’s work visit www.karinasfineart.com

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

31 January 2016

This year begins a new era in my household. My youngest joins his older three siblings and starts his school life. It is a time of mixed sadness and excitement. I’m sad that my littlest boy and the baby of the family is starting the next chapter and excited that the time has come for me to spend more time doing what I love, creating art.

I plan to complete many more works than I have been able to previously and I have quite a few of my own reference photographs in mind to use. I have similar subjects in mind that you will have already seen as well as others that you have not. My goal is also to create a few works with a similar theme in mind, almost like a series of works. I’m very enthusiastic and motivated and look forward to seeing where it will lead.

In 2o15 I entered a few art shows and with a much larger amount of works being completed I plan to enter more. They are always enjoyable and offer an insight into different artists, styles, themes and popular subjects. I think shows are an important part of developing experience for myself as an emerging artist and help to promote my work.

Mid December 2015 saw an insight and tutorial article published with Artist’s Palette Magazine and for the first month of 2016 I have been honoured to have another publication in ‘Ann Kullberg’s Color 2015 – Color Magazine Collection Book’, which is twelve issues of Color Magazine from 2015 in book form. Included is my Spotlight article from the September 2015 issue. Any work or article I have published is incredibly encouraging to work harder. I consider it a privilege and look forward to sharing more with you!

AK's COLOR Magazine Book

 

 

 

21 December 2015

This month began began with organising my very first calendar consisting of twelve of my most popular works. I wanted to have a variety of subjects in both graphite and colour pencil. I created it using RedBubble and the quality is superb. If you would like to purchase a calendar just follow to link to my RedBubble shop.

Calendar 2016

Mid December came another publication with the Australian magazine ‘Artist Palette’ and consisting of a five page Insight article with fourteen images and also another five page step by step Demonstration article. It was especially fun writing the Demonstration as I had to really think what I was doing as I was drawing ‘Halls Gap Sentry’. It is always an honour to have my work published and this was an especially exciting publication as this was my first Australian magazine article and my first step by step Demonstration.

If you would  like a copy of the magazine, follow the link to Woodlands Publishing and order via the contact form (the article images attached are teasers only and two pages of a five page article).

Artist Palette Magazine Yearbook 2015
December 2015

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10 October 2015

I am extremely excited to announce that Australia proudly now has its own coloured pencil society. We invite everyone, artists and appreciators, local and international, to join the AUSCPA family and grow with us towards creating an internationally recognised pool of talent and inspiration, particularly for those who have never used coloured pencils before! Please visit our website www.auscpa.org and explore the possibilities! (I for one am extremely proud to be a part of this, and know what we have planned! It is truly a new era for coloured pencils in Australia!)

Auscpa Logo with inc

The object of the Australian Society of Coloured Pencil Artists is to foster the practice and appreciation of coloured pencil art within Australia. We aim to bring together coloured pencil artists and art lovers and showcase coloured pencil as an archival, dynamic, easily accessible and versatile fine art medium. The Society hopes to assist the initiation and facilitation of coloured pencil groups and chapters throughout Australia so as to bring coloured pencil artists together. We will encourage and promote coloured pencil tuition and workshops, exhibitions and publications. Membership is open to coloured pencil artists of all levels, from emerging to professional, and art lovers both within Australia and internationally.

COLOURBRATIONS LOGO FINAL

2016 International Online AUSCPA Colourbrations Exhibition

Stay tuned for more information about dates, rules and eligibility, categories, prizes and entry fee!

10 September 2015

This time only a year ago, I had just opened my eyes for the first time to the extraordinary and vibrant world of colour pencil fine art. I was both overwhelmed and inspired by the styles and skills I witnessed. I also had just completed my biggest challenge ‘Death of a Gum Tree’ and was on cloud nine after incredible encouragement and subsequent publications in COLORED PENCIL Magazine, Ann Kullberg’s Hidden Treasures II and later in the year, the Australian Coloured Pencil Network Calendar 2015.

It certainly was the reassurance I needed to continue working with coloured pencils. I know I’ve come so far and learned so much since then. It is a wonderful thing to receive encouragement in the way of likes and comments on the social media platform. Sometimes the world of an artist is a very isolating one and any positive feedback makes you feel as though the long lonely journey undertaken is the right one. Obviously some artworks receive more interest than others, giving a clear indication of the more popular style and subject.

Submitting your own art to magazines is a nerve-wracking thing. If your artwork is an accepted submission to a magazine gallery it is clear proof that your peers value your skills, style and subject choice.

Recently, I had the opportunity as an artist still relatively new to coloured pencils to approach Ann Kullberg, the creator of her magazine recently renamed ‘Color’. I spoke to Ann a couple of times before a more lengthy conversation which was an ‘interview’ for a new section for the magazine called ‘Spotlight’. I can say that Ann was very friendly, genuinely interested and had a great sense of humour. I was a bit nervous beforehand, I mean in the colour pencil world I regard Ann Kullberg to be the queen of colour pencils! She has done more than any other in teaching and promoting the fine art of colour pencil. But Ann put me to ease very quickly with her relaxed and down to earth manner. I also discovered that Ann has a very cheeky side. During our conversation I confessed that “I wish I could lock up the kids so I could draw all day”, then I read the completed article before going to print, I actually burst out laughing splurting my cup of tea everywhere when I saw my words quoted in black and white! I loved that Ann included this as it really does reflect my sense of humour but I do hope that no one takes it too seriously!

I am truly honoured to be part of Ann Kullberg’s incredible magazine. An accomplishment that seemed an impossible thing to reach only a year ago.

So when I say this, I’m also telling myself to keep striving, to keep creating, to keep drawing or painting or whatever it is that we love to do. If it is my dream to be an artist and whatever you dream, then only ourselves can make it a reality with hard work and determination. Not to be undeterred by knock backs or negativity that others and the world can throw at us. With every minute that we keep doing what we love, we are learning, growing, improving and a moment closer to making it come true.

Ann Kullberg's Color Magazine
Ann Kullberg’s Color Magazine, September 2015

For more information, past issues, subscriptions and tutorials please check out – www.annkullberg.com

I’ve also included the links for two artists Ester Roi and Uma Barry that I mentioned in the article. Also, the link for author Julie Toner. Please take a few minutes to check them out.

www.esterroi.com 

www.umabarry.com

www.justalittleunwell.com.au

30 June 2015

The title of this blog has the names of both Hawthorn and Camberwell, which Melbournians will recognise as suburbs of this city I have now lived in for the past 18 years or so. I moved to Melbourne from my home town Bendigo, located in central Victoria for work.

So why is Hawthorn significant other than being a suburb of Melbourne? While I was still working on ‘Kaleidoscope’ my younger brother Greg asked if I was interested in drawing a portrait of the captain of the Hawthorn Football Club Luke Hodge. The Hawthorn club, also known as the Hawks are one the original 12 clubs founded. Greg is a HUGE fan of the Hawks and has been for as long as I can remember and was probably influenced by my older brother who followed them originally. The reference photograph that my brother Greg showed me really captured my imagination. It was a stunning and unique image caught in motion. Luke Hodge holds one arm up, his hand in a position that could have many meanings, his face shows concentration, the rain pours down and in the distance behind the captain is the blurred crowd.

I asked Greg for title suggestions and he immediately came up with ‘The General’, as he considered Luke Hodge to be likened to a general who commands his troops and a pinnacle player of the Hawthorn club, and the reference incredibly shows Hodge doing just that. I hope to have portrayed Hodge just as commanding, strong and in control of his game in my own portrait.

I really loved drawing this portrait. It is always a challenge capturing the details but that is one of the things I really enjoy. The reference photograph was black and white so the contrasts made it more obvious for me to obtain all the values but instead of using graphite, I used colour pencils with the subtle hues of greys and blues mixed with black and white.

I also made sure I had permission to use the reference photograph before I even considered picking up a pencil. I contacted the club via email and very promptly got a reply with permission, something I am always grateful for. Whether it be a professional Australian League Football Cub or a friend who dabbles in photography now and then, permission is considered both polite and professional.

If you would like to learn more about the AFL or the Hawthorn Football Club, please follow the links to read more.

www.afl.com.au   www.hawthornfc.com.au

Faber-Castell Polychromos, Prismacolor Premier colour pencils and white gel pen to highlight a few raindrops. Canson 220gsm paper. 11.6 x 16.5" (A3)
Faber-Castell Polychromos, Prismacolor Premier colour pencils and white gel pen to highlight a few raindrops. Canson 220gsm paper.
11.6 x 16.5″ (A3)

This month I was very excited that two of my works, ‘Death of a Gum Tree’ and ‘Kaleidoscope’ have been accepted into the prestigious Camberwell Art Show which is celebrating its 50th year and opens from the 11th to the 19th of July. It will be a wonderful experience to attend.

I was also thrilled to discover that I was one of 115 colour pencil artists whose work was chosen to be part of Ann Kullberg’s 16th Colored Pencil Annual Show. To be amongst so much talent and absolutely stunning works of art is an incredible honour and there are even a few Australians represented in this international show.

 

My work ‘Kaleidoscope’ as part of Ann Kullberg’s 16th Colored Pencil Annual Show.

31 May 2015

Quite recently I completed my second large scale coloured pencil painting, which I titled ‘Kaleidoscope’. It all began when I happened to see a stunning photograph by a wonderful artist Shirley Davies, whom I’ve had the pleasure to get to know through Facebook – Shirley’s Pencil Art

One wonderful thing about this social media site is the many fantastic connections I’ve made with artists from all over the world, whether it be of a similar passion for colour or graphite pencil or simply the love of art.

Shirley announced through her Facebook page to other artists, a fun challenge she herself would take part in of producing a work in whichever medium chosen by the artist, using the photograph provided. The final piece could also be used in whatever way the artist chose including sale. There are other artists and photographers who are happy for artists to use their photographs to be used as a reference and others who do not. Copyright is something every artist should be aware of and respect and also to be very careful of. It’s always best to assume every photograph is copyrighted, until it can confirmed either way. Copyright can be very tricky and difficult to understand. I’ve erred on the side of caution and have always used reference photographs provided by clients for commissions, with permission from photographer friends and I am also beginning to take my own photographs to use as reference.

I wanted to paint a large scale drawing once again, which would be approximately 42.0 x 59.4cm/16.5 x 23.3 inches or size A2. As with ‘Death of a Gum Tree’ I used Canson 220gsm white paper. I used a grid to enlarge the reference with a under-drawing or in other words, a preliminary sketch made on the paper with a 2H graphite pencil. I often make these under drawings so light that I struggle to see them when I start the painting process with colour pencil!

With this painting I used Faber-Castell Polychromos oil based pencils as I really love the soft creamy texture and wide range of vivid colours, the leads are extremely break-resistant, they have maximum light-fastness and when using solvent, the colours blend extremely well for a painterly effect that I like to achieve.

I combined the Polychromos with Caran d’Ache Luminance pencils which I learned have the highest light-fast permanent colour of any other pencil. I purchased a tin of 36 pencils with some of my prize winning money and I absolutely love them. The colours are striking and alive, and although wax based combine with the polychromos pencils beautifully.

The process of bringing ‘Kaleidoscope’ alive took at least three months. I did complete a couple of commissions in between and working on the painting for only a couple of hours in the evenings was quite frustrating to say the least. Once my children were close to going to bed or already there, I could settle down to draw with my hot cuppa (and maybe even a slice of cheesecake) but sometimes I felt like I was just getting on roll and into the zone when I’d glace at the clock and see the time, knowing I’d be getting up only six hours later. My youngest child is currently at kindergarten two days per week so I’ve make sure I use some of that quiet time to draw although the housework might be forgotten on purpose sometimes.

Even so, this painting took quite a while to complete. I can admit that I am quite a perfectionist with my work and cannot help but to try and capture every single detail that I can see to the best of my ability. I want the viewer to be able to appreciate the painting in two separate ways, from both a distance and up close.

As an artist, my hope is that you the viewer, may see what captured my imagination when I first saw Shirley’s photograph. I was immediately drawn to the colours and shapes of the pebbles. I couldn’t help but see the movement of the water and how the continuous ebb and flow would change these colours and shapes. When I first began to paint I was thinking about the huge variety of colours I had laid out before me, that the pencils became a rainbow. Sometimes I need to concentrate and consider the possible titles for my work, other times they pop straight into my head immediately. This was the case with the title ‘Kaleidoscope’. My husband who meant well, explained the tube shaped toy containing mirrors and coloured glass where the reflections changed patterns. Whereas I knew the meaning of kaleidoscope also represented constantly changing patterns, the sequence of elements and composition of colour. To me, this portrayed exactly what I wanted this pencil painting to be and I believe has now become. I hope you think so too.

I would like to thank Shirley Davies for permission to use her beautiful photograph. I am very appreciative.

Kaleidoscope
‘Kaleidoscope’ 2015 – Coloured Pencil on Paper 42.0 x 59.4cm $1800