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

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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2 March 2015

Just recently I have set up a shop on RedBubble where you can buy my artwork featured on phone and tablet covers, t-shirts, cushions covers etc. Also available are prints, canvases and posters in a large variety of sizes. The quality from RedBubble is incredible, so if you really love one or more of my artworks or cannot afford an original, then take a look and see what you like as this is the next best thing! Just follow the link.

It’s very exciting starting up my online shop and I will be adding new works to keep it updated.

All images are Copyright Michelle Ripari © Michelle Ripari Art




5 October 2014

Why ‘December Calendar Girl’ do you ask? Because my artwork is featured in the month of December in the Australian Coloured Pencils Calendar 2015, that’s why!

The Australian Coloured Pencils Network Calendar 2015 is now available to purchase on REDBUBBLE. Of course I’m so very excited and still in a state of shock and disbelief. What an incredible and dreamlike month or so I’ve had. More than I dreamed could be!

ACPN Calendar 2015


1 October 2014

Colored Pencil Magazine

I’ve been busting to tell you that U.S. Colored Pencil Magazine has selected my drawing ‘Death of a Gum Tree’ to be included in the special ‘Australian’ October Issue! I feel so very DELIGHTED and to have my own art recognised by the art world is so very rewarding. I must be doing something right!

You can purchase this edition of Colored Pencil Magazine via this link – Colored Pencil Magazine