Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Path of Progress

I like to encourage kids in my workshops to hold onto the artwork they create so - as the years advance - they can see their path of progress.

The paintings below demonstrate my path of progress. I'm guessing the top left hand drawing was painted in the period of 1999 - 2002, the top right hand painting is 2007 and the bottom artwork is 2013.

I think it's great I can compare my work's growth. It shows my development in my technical skill and that hours of hard work are finally paying off!!!

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Library Door Panel (1)

This painting is for one of the door panels in the Bridgetown Library commission.

I personally feel sorry for the little bobtail lizard that is clinging desperately to the branch!

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Library Artwork - main panel

This painting is for the main panel in the Bridgetown Library commission I recently undertook.

I tried to show as many Western Australian animals that are readily seen in the area surrounding the library.

My favourite character, the red-tail cockatoo, was a last minuet addition. He wasn't in the original sketch (view earlier post). See if you can spot him ;)

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Colin Barnett - Library Artwork

The official opening of the Bridgetown Library went well yesterday.

I attended the event as the only artist amidst politicians, councillors and representatives from surrounding shires.

Had a quick chat and photos with WA premier, Colin Barnett, alongside my library artwork.

Pinched this photo from his Instagram account. Would greatly appreciate anyone following this link to leave a comment on his page :)

Library Art - Sketch

The Bridgetown library was officially opened today by WA premier, Colin Barnett.

Happily the artwork - that the local Bridgetown council commissioned me to paint for the children's section in the library earlier this year - had been sent back from the printers in time to adorn a window and two door panels.

I was given much creative freedom in this project with a brief that asked for 'Aussie animals and books' to be included. I greatly enjoyed the whole process to complete this project.

This is the initial sketch for the artwork.

Friday, 19 July 2013


Been a while since I last blogged.....as an excuse I blame work. I've been religiously working on the finishing and revising illustrations for a title released through Walker Books.

Last weekend also saw another successful Balingup's 'Telling Tales' event. With an increase in children participating in writing, illustration and storytelling workshops - run by children's book writers and illustrators. The vibe was really positive.

I ran several illustration workshops, admiring much of the work produced by some extremely talented kids. Unfortunately it is also sad to see many kids imaginations are limited - possible due to rare participation in creativity...

During 'Telling Tales' I also found time to give art demonstrations throughout the day. This was mainly concentrated into this piece, 'Gnomesville'. Painted in watercolour and gouache over ink.

Greeting cards are available at Creations in a Teapot.

The original is also for sale, please contact me directly for further details :)

Sunday, 7 July 2013


This painting began life as a demonstration piece for potential publishers. I based it loosely on Rumpelstiltskin.

However, as with a lot of work it ended up in the 'finish it one day' pile. But unlike most pieces I did actually complete it.....(after a year)!

It's doubtful whether I'll show this to a publisher though. It looks like a Disney fairy story gone slightly demonic!

Saturday, 6 July 2013

'Sharing Secrets' - the sketch

This is the compositional sketch for a painting titled 'Sharing Secrets'.

As you can see I've gone all out on detail!!!

I'm aiming for a moody, atmospheric painting that conveys a feeling of place....

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Balingup - Telling Tales 2013

Telling Tales in Balingup is upon us again.

This annual holiday event is a chance for kids, 4 - 13 years old, to partake in workshops run by children's book illustrators and authors. Storytelling and bookmaking is also available.

I'll be there with my illustrating cap on and hope to see as many kids attending as possible!

This is a great weekend activity for families. Plenty of coffee shops to keep the adults entertained too!

For more information visit the Balingup Events page here.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Sibling rivalry....

This small drawing was created as a demonstration piece for publishers. If there's one thing a publisher wants to see from a potential illustrator is their figurative skills....especially of children!

This scene displays several different emotions. The bossy sister and her smug friend, the annoyed/embarrassed brother and his scared mates. One mate bravely trying to pour oil on troubled waters. It's a scene for the viewer to interpret....possibly it's the sisters birthday party and she's insisting the boys don't alienate themselves from the girls.....who knows...!! :)

I applied a splash of watercolour to accentuate the expressions of the two siblings.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Mary Myfanwy - Earth Dreams

'Earth Dreams' is a book recently released by UK author, Christine Day. 

She commissioned my sister, Mary Myfanwy, to write and perform a song to accompany the promotional video clip.

Mary wrote a soulful song that shared the same title as the book. 

This can now be heard on Youtube. As her brother I'm very proud of little sis! She has a deep, rich voice that is surprising for her age (18) and slight build. Hopefully she'll release a few more songs on Youtube in the near future :)

Botanical Research

I've been spending the last week busily researching for a possible book project I'll be undertaking soon....this project is not yet a dead cert...

This sketchbook extract is an example of the research I'm undertaking. I'm painting as many different plants as possible to store up in case I need them as reference in the near future.

The variances of green in one leaf is incredible! This was frustratingly apparent in the ornamental holly leaf that seems to hold more variations in green than most....there was smoky blue, sap green, dark green, magenta and at lease fifty further colours! Okay...that was a slight exaggeration.....:)

Some of the deciduous trees are still holding their autumn leaves so I've been pinching a few to record as well...