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FINE ART and ILLUSTRATIONS

I love to jump around from one medium to the next, it keeps my mind fresh – I just go with whatever I am inspired for. Pencils are a favourite. My work is portrait based. Below is a brief description of the use of traditional media and the subjects I create …

PASTEL PENCILS – Pastels are a favourite, my work with this medium is realistic traditional portraiture. I use Faber Castell Pitts and CarbOthello pastel pencils, Winsor and Newton Pastel sticks on the occasion. Below are samples of my pastel art…

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ACRYLICS – I love to mix up colours as I go and lay that creamy paint down. The quick drying I find advantageous, although at times I use a blending medium.  I use Atelier Interactive Acrylics and Jo Sonjas Acrylic paints. My subjects are realistic but painterly as shown below…

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WATERCOLOURS – Watercolour pencils are fun for control, watercolours are loose and a challenge. Both have their appeal. I use Derwent Watercolour Pencils and Winsor and Newton Cottman Watercolours. The examples below showcase watercolour pencil art at the top, watercolour art at the bottom …

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COLOUR PENCILS  – I use Prismacolour Pencils and Faber Castell Polychromos on vellum. My illustrations come forth with this medium. Sometimes a watercolour look but with pencils. Using a reference I like to recreate my subject into a unique piece as per examples below …

 

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GRAPHITE PENCILS – Graphite is magnificent for sketching ideas and even developing them into a finished illustration. Each piece is representational. As per the examples below, top left ‘Daisy’, top right ‘Death Lily’, bottom left ‘Kitana Love’ and bottom right ‘Alessandra Cabaret Dancer’…

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TATTOOING – I was a tattooer for many years and I am now retired. I am proud to showcase the work people proudly wear that I designed and tattooed for them, these were some of my favourites…

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CROCHET – A craft that I enjoy. Sometimes I make small things like the pieces showcased below – little shoes, beanies, small doll/baby clothing, boleros. Yarn is beautiful, the textures, the colours, the endless patterns of what can be made…

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I am inspired by all things, a colour or colour combinations, something someone says to me, a vision in my mind that pops up sometimes random, sometimes its been sleeping for years and eventually its ready to be developed. Sometimes its a combination of many things. A novel I am reading can give me illustrative ideas. The right reference photo can put my mind into a creative zone. With traditional portraiture I see the dynamic of the piece and how I must portray that in my artistic way, the inclusion of a colour can make a piece sing, the detail that pulls the piece into itself. My passion for art is something that is me and will always be! I love art!!!

You can see my latest pieces of both fine art and illustration and the occasional crocheted item HERE