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!

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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 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