I am enjoying doing an online art course at WATTS ATELIER;  this was my work for Skill Building Challenge 19.  Three drawings expressing three different emotions using Conte  a Paris 1710 B pencil on smooth newsprint.  Drawing  is seen as a preliminary skill for painting,  because it is  important to understand the structure and plans of the head thoroughly before getting into colour and tone,  even the way we hold the pencil is similar to holding a paint brush!  Love learning news skills.

Feeling more confident with each drawing…….



Stormy morning at Terrigal.   Painted in my small 20cmx15cm watercolour sketch book using gouache paints.

Bones and Baubles

I decided to do  a Skill Challenge No. 18 at Watts Atelier on-line school.  My first one and I am against some pretty amazing  artists. We were required to arrange and photograph a Still Life;   upload  to the student forum and post our progress over a four week period.



First week was working on the composition……….(my collection of skulls)dsc_0043


Second week the lay-in.  Notice how the front plane of the skull is too wide.  I ended up taking a few centimetres out of it……dsc_0043-1


Adding in the mid tone….making decisions of what I want dark or light;  filling in the mid tone  by holding my pencil on its side and rolling the lead down the page.  I am  trying to be disciplined and not go dark to early,  as dark can be impossible to lighten.


Conti pencil on smooth newsprint.     A2


Completed work. ……and no I didn’t win.

Back to the drawing board…….